Edward C. Sarkisian, M.D.
Dr. Sarkisian is a medical dermatologist at Fort Wayne Dermatology. He is board certified from the American Board of Dermatology, has taught the practices of this field for decades, & became president/co-owner of Fort Wayne Dermatology in 2003. Dr. Sarkisian’s attention to detail & leadership keeps Fort Wayne Dermatology moving forward in business.
Thomas W. McGovern, M.D.
Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon
Dr. McGovern grew up in Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and obtained a degree in biology from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. He proceeded to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he completed medical school on a US Army scholarship. His transitional internship was performed at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon (near Augusta), GA. He next served two years doing defensive biological warfare research (vaccine development) at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick (near Frederick), MD. His training resumed with a three-year dermatology residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora (Denver suburb), CO, and he finished his US Army obligation by running the dermatology clinic at Fort Riley (near Manhattan), KS for two years. Following an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, he moved to Connecticut where he completed a one year fellowship in Mohs and Advanced Dermatologic Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven. He has performed Mohs Surgery at Fort Wayne Dermatology Consultants since January 2000.
Mohs surgeons act as both a surgeon who cuts out cancer and repairs defects and as the pathologist who examines microscope slides of the skin to see if the cancer is removed or not. Because of its tissue-sparing nature and its unparalleled cure rates, Mohs surgery is the preferred treatment for skin cancer on cosmetically sensitive areas, large or recurrent cancers, or cancers that have an aggressive pattern under the microscope. In August 2021, he added treatment of shallow melanomas with the Mohs procedure.
With the assistance of his reliable team of compassionate, experienced, and talented surgical assistants and histotechnologists, he has removed over 34,000 skin cancers (as of January 2023) – the vast majority on the face – with the Mohs technique. Of those defects, 55% were sutured side-to-side, 25% healed on their own, 15% were reconstructed with local flaps or grafts, and 5% were referred to local plastic surgeons for repair.
Dr. McGovern has published numerous book chapters, articles, and editorials and has given many oral presentations on various aspects of skin disease. He received the Gold Triangle Award from the American Academy of Dermatology for excellence in public education for skin disease. He currently serves as an at-large member of the National Board of the Catholic Medical Association and has overseen national outreach to Catholic medical students and young physicians in training since 2019. He is now doing this on an international level for medical students around the world with a multi-national team of physicians and medical students. In 2022 at an international conference in Rome, he received the Gold Medal of FIAMC (the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations) for excellence and creativity in effectively serving the needs of Catholic medical students and young physicians.
He has co-hosted the weekly radio show and podcast Doctor, Doctor since January 2018 that now airs on Saturday mornings on over 350 radio stations. It has won three straight Gabriel Awards of the Catholic Media (not Medical) Association for excellence in broadcasting competing against full-time media professionals. His first book What Christ Suffered: A Doctor’s Journey Through the Passion received a 2022 award from the Catholic Media (not Medical) Association as the Best Book written about Jesus and has been an Amazon #1 Best Seller in its category of Christian Historical Theology just before Easter in 2021 and 2022. He is a Knight Commander of the over 900-year-old Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Dr. McGovern and his wife Sally live in Fort Wayne and have seven home-schooled children.
Jennifer L. Hobbs, M.D.
Cosmetic & Medical Dermatology
Dr. Hobbs is a cosmetic & medical dermatologist at Fort Wayne Dermatology. She is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine, is board certified from the American Board of Dermatology & became co-owner of Fort Wayne Dermatology in 2003. Specializing in both cosmetic & medical dermatology includes laser treatments, rosacea, age spots, sclerotherapy, & Botox injections.
Patrick Veerkamp, M.D.
Cosmetic & Medical Dermatology
Dr. Veerkamp is a cosmetic & medical dermatologist at Fort Wayne Dermatology. After graduating from the Indiana University School of Medicine, completing residency at Wright State University & gaining experience from clinical trials, the Fort Wayne native moved back & started practicing at Fort Wayne Dermatology in 2021. Dr. Veerkamp’s areas of interest include medical, surgical & cosmetic dermatology, laser treatments, and neurotoxin injections.
Pamela S. Shoda, NP
Pamela Shoda is a Nurse Practitioner at Fort Wayne Dermatology. She accredited her nursing degree from Purdue University, has provided nursing care in various health care settings & has been with Fort Wayne Dermatology since 2004. Pamela Shoda is certified in Family Practice through the American Nurses Credentialing Center with additional training in dermatology & specializes in general medical dermatology for all ages.
Nicole Helsom, P.A.
Nicole Helsom is a Physician Assistant at Fort Wayne Dermatology. She accredited her Bachelor of Science degree from Madonna University & continued on to receive her Master of Science degree from University of Saint Francis in physician assistant studies. As a Physician Assistant (PA), Nicole is one of over 55,000 medical providers formally trained to practice medicine with physician supervision. Nicole provides a wide variety of services including diagnosing illness, writing prescriptions, ordering & interpreting lab tests, wound suturing & medical/surgical treatments.
Laura Baker, ANP-BC
Laura Baker is a Nurse Practitioner at Fort Wayne Dermatology. She graduated with her Master of Science degree in the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program from Purdue University & went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing from IPFW. With certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, additional training in dermatology, & being a member of the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners, Laura is more than equipped to help with all your skin care needs.
Ben Giarmo, NP-C
Ben Giarmo is a Nurse Practitioner at Fort Wayne Dermatology. He graduated with his Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Saint Francis, obtained his Registered Nursing License in 2009 & has been with Fort Wayne Dermatology since 2013 as a practicing provider. With a history of providing nursing care for local hospitals & volunteering at local community health events, Ben is always willing to learn & provide aid at Fort Wayne Dermatology.
Duane Wampler, P.A.
Duane Wampler is a Physician Assistant at Fort Wayne Dermatology. Duane has a long history as a PA providing patients with general health & dermatology practices. With over 26 years as a Physician’s Assistant, Duane became the head of our Warsaw location in 2021. He looks forward to treating his patients for all their future skin care needs.
Audrey H. Jones, FNP-C
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Audrey is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in Dermatology. She began her nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after receiving her ADN from Rhodes State College and continued to receive her BSN through Ohio State University. Audrey’s long-time interest in dermatology led to a specialty clinical rotation, which paved the way for her to join our team in 2017.
Elizabeth Lichtsinn, NP-C
Elizabeth “Lizzie” is a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in Dermatology. She began her nursing career at Lutheran Hospital after graduating from the University of St. Francis. While working as a registered nurse at Fort Wayne Hospitals, she gained valuable experience on the med-surg floor, surgery, and family practice. She completed her Master’s in Nursing at the University of Saint Francis. Lizzie has three years of dermatology experience as a nurse practitioner before joining Fort Wayne Dermatology Consultants.