Dr. Raphael, a native of Syracuse, NY, is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and fellowship-trained Dermatologic Surgeon. He specializes in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for skin cancers and facial reconstruction as well as cosmetic dermatology including injectables, lasers and other non invasive cosmetic procedures. Dr. Raphael completed his medical training at The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After his internal medicine internship, Dr. Raphael completed his residency in Dermatology at Emory University. As a resident, Dr. Raphael was elected to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Board of Directors, the largest specialty organization representing surgical and cosmetic dermatologists.
Dr. Raphael has advanced fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery as well as cosmetic dermatology and laser procedures. He has completed the prestigious ACGME accredited Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fellowship at SkinCare Physicians in Boston, MA. Dr. Raphael has also completed a fellowship in Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery trained by faculty from Harvard, Yale and Brown. This premier fellowship is only one of a few accredited by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Raphael has authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers in peer reviewed journals in the field of Dermatology focusing on skin cancer and non invasive cosmetic procedures. He was featured on satellite radio as an expert in skin cancer and dermatologic surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and American Society for Laser Medicine.
Virginia Tracey MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill followed by a dual MD/ MPH degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Tracey also completed a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship studying metastatic melanoma. During medical school Dr. Tracey was appointed membership to Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Society. She was also awarded the university wide Tulane 34 Award.
Dr. Tracey completed internship in internal medicine and dermatology residency at Tulane University Medical Center. During residency, she served on the American Academy of Dermatology Residents and Fellows Committee. She received awards for best senior resident research project by Louisiana Dermatologic Society and the annual Dermatopathology Resident Award.
She has published papers in peer reviewed journals including Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, and Cutis. She also has co-authored chapters in dermatology and internal medicine text books.
Dr. Tracey enjoys taking care of patient’s medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic needs. She spends her free time with her husband and 2 young daughters.
Rachel Dorrer, PA-C, is originally from Rochester, New York. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies, with a minor in Biology, at Hofstra University. During her undergraduate studies, she was a recipient of the Hofstra University Presidential Scholars Academic Scholarship. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies also at Hofstra University, graduating with Summa Cum Laude Honors. During her training, Rachel completed and presented her master’s thesis examining the effects of Spironolactone on PMS symptom improvement in female acne patients.
Rachel has always had a strong passion for dermatology, especially medical and surgical dermatology. She enjoys caring for the pediatric, adolescent and adult population. Rachel is a NCCPA board certified Physician Assistant and is currently an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA).
Rachel is excited to be back in Upstate New York. Out of the office, she enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with her family.
Leah joined us at Empire Dermatology in April of 2019. After a career change from customer service she decided to follow her passion and get her degree as a NYS licensed esthetician and couldn’t be happier making people feel their best. Her attention to detail and passion for skin care stands out with each unique client’s skin care needs helping others to feel confident, relaxed, and happy with their results. She is skilled in all things esthetics including advanced training in chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Outside of work Leah likes to travel, practice yoga, and helps brides look their best on their wedding days!