Optima Dermatology Welcomes Dr. Sherry Yu, MD, FAAD, FACMS, to Our Macedonia, OH Practice

August 2023

Dr. Yu Brings Expertise in Mohs Surgery, Surgical Dermatology, and Medical Aesthetics

Optima Dermatology is excited to welcome Dr. Sherry H. Yu, MD, FAAD, FACMS, to our Macedonia, OH practice. Dr. Yu is a double board-certified dermatologist and micrographic dermatologic surgeon who specializes in performing surgical dermatology, including Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancers, as well as medical aesthetics treatments such as neurotoxin injections, dermal fillers, and laser treatments.

Dr. Yu has been serving patients since 2017, having completed her residency in dermatology through the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program, as well as a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology at Yale University School of Medicine. 

Prior to her residency and training at Harvard and Yale, Dr. Yu received her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University, graduating with the highest honors and an induction into the esteemed Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She then attended medical school at Case Western, graduating at the top of her class and again being inducted into a well-respected honor society – Alpha Omega Alpha. 

She completed an internship in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she was named “Intern of the Month”. She went on to serve as a Mohs Surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as an Assistant Professor in Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Yu also completed the Deland Fellowship in Healthcare and Society at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society; and has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles. 

A Wealth of Experience and Expertise to Guide Patients Forward

Dr. Yu has developed a high level of expertise in Mohs surgery, including spending time as a member of Mohs Surgeons Leading the Future and delivering lectures for local, national, and international conferences. 

As the newest Mohs surgeon to join the Optima Dermatology family, Dr. Yu offers an exceptional perspective and skill for skin cancer patients undergoing this surgery. 

We recently had the opportunity to learn more about Dr. Yu, her approach, and the path that led her to becoming a double board-certified Mohs surgeon and dermatologist.

Where did you go to college?

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

What made you decide to pursue a career in dermatology and Mohs surgery specifically?

I have always liked the balance of medicine and surgery in dermatology and, more specifically, Mohs surgery. Additionally, much of my academic research has focused on how medical conditions affect quality of life and many chronic skin diseases have been shown to have a significant impact on patients.

What is your number one tip when it comes to taking care of your skin?

Wear sunscreen, reapply, and be consistent! It’s much better to have a simple, consistent skincare routine than a complicated one that is hard to maintain.

If there is one thing you want your patients to know about you, what would it be?

I want you to leave your visit with me thinking, “That was so much better than I expected”. That goal drives much of what I do.

What is your favorite aspect of being a micrographic dermatologic surgeon?

I love the ability to treat, and almost always, cure skin cancer while providing compassionate, high–level care to my patients. I also love the ability to see skin cancer on a patient, remove it, and see the pathology and tissue under the microscope on the same day.

What is your approach to treating your patients?

My approach is to listen, be curious, and have open, direct communication with my patients. I try to always remember that no matter the size of their skin cancer, this is often a bigger surgery or procedure for them. I also try to learn about people, their history, and their interests and have the benefit of spending several hours with patients on the day of surgery to get to know them better.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not in the office treating patients?

I enjoy antiquing, hiking, and reading a good book.

What to Expect From Dermatological Care From Dr. Yu and Her Team 

If you’re seeking dermatological care for common skin issues or more complex treatments, including skin cancers, Dr. Yu and her team at Optima Dermatology offer a wide range of services and have advanced training and experience to ensure the highest quality of care. 

Dr. Yu is currently accepting new patients at our Macedonia, OH location. Book an appointment online or give us a call at (855) 277-9689.