Introducing Dr. Christian Jordan
Contour Dermatology is pleased to announce that board-certified dermatologist Christian Jordan, M.D., Ph.D. has joined our team of medical providers. Dr. Jordan brings more than 18 years of advanced training to his position at Contour and is now seeing dermatology patients. He is the desert’s only dermatology-trained dermatopathologist, having trained under the current president-elect of the American Society of Dermatopathology at his fellowship in St. Louis. Read more about his credentials below.
Why He Chose Dermatology
What is a Dermatopathologist?
A dermatopathologist reviews skin biopsies to look for things like melanoma, psoriasis, lupus and more. “Anything that happens in the skin has pathological features,” Dr. Jordan explained. “Dermatopathology is almost like being a detective,” he said. “The slide or the specimen doesn’t have a hat that says, ‘hello, I’m psoriasis,’ (for example). Through hundreds of years, people figured out that psoriasis has features.
Dr. Jordan explained that sometimes people have a rash and the clinical features are borderline or the patient has been treated, so the rash is altered in its appearance, and the provider cannot make a confident diagnosis on the clinical findings alone. “They rely on me as the pathologist to give them additional information to favor one diagnosis over another,” he said.
Dr. Jordan’s Role at Contour
An In-House Dermapathologist Means Quicker Biopsy Results
As Dr. Jordan is an on-site dermatopathologist, biopsies no longer need to be sent to Los Angeles to a lab for review. Previously, results turnaround time was two to three weeks. That can feel like a long time, especially when someone is concerned about a possible cancer diagnosis. With Dr. Jordan on board, the turnaround time for biopsy results will be much timelier.