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Shields Callahan, MD

4.8 out of 5
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252 Ratings
29 Comments

Specialty

Dermatology

Locations

Nelson Clinic
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Stony Point 9109
9109 Stony Point Drive
Richmond, VA 23235

Department

Dermatology

Education

Medical School

Northwestern University/Feinberg School of Medicine

Internship

University of Chicago Medical Center/North Shore

Residency

New York University

Fellowship

VCU Medical Center

Biography

Curing skin cancer in hours with surgical precision
Growing up, Dr. Shields Callahan went on medical rounds before she went to school. She’d accompany her father, a neurosurgeon, as he checked on his patients and assessed their post-operative wounds. That experience and introduction to the “miraculous human body” made her decide early on to build a career in medicine.

Like her father, Dr. Callahan followed a surgical track, but she opted to specialize on dermatology, focusing on skin health. “The skin has always fascinated me,” she said. “Not only is it the body’s largest organ, but it’s the most visible one.”

More specifically, Dr. Callahan treats skin cancer, known technically in the medical world as cutaneous oncology. “I’m a skin cancer surgeon with specialized training in the precise surgical removal of skin cancers, with the aid of a microscope,” she says. “This approach results in the highest cure rate and leaves the smallest defect. My work also involves the delicate process of skin reconstruction to repair the hole created when the cancer was removed – and to do this in a way that ensures the best long-term cosmetic results.”

Patients come to her for treatment of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma and actinic keratoses. She also treats many rare types of skin cancer. Most of her patients are middle-aged or older, fair skinned – and they have sun damage, which can lead to cancer if not monitored.

“The skin exam is one of our best tools to identify cancer,” Dr. Callahan says. “Taking a skin sampling – which is a biopsy – is an easy, low-risk procedure that allows for a definitive diagnosis of various skin growths and rashes.”

With select surgical procedures, Dr. Callahan acknowledges that her team has a distinct privilege of curing patients of cancer in just a few hours. Surgeries are conducted in the outpatient clinic with local anesthesia, which reduces risks. She’ll review the original skin biopsies to confirm the diagnoses, and she takes time to answer any questions they might have about their skin cancer. She then uses a skin marker to draw around the cancerous area, to help them understand the size of the tumor and surgical site.

Until the surgery is under way, however, she can’t completely know the extent of any skin cancer, and that can mean adapting the reconstruction process. Some patients will require grafts of skin, cut from another body area, to patch the hole or perhaps flaps, where surrounding skin is cut and slid over the defect. “Other patients will require straightforward side-by-side stitches,” she says. “Still other patients will do best without stitches, as we let the wound heal on its own. The uncertainty of the day is a challenge, but it also makes it interesting for me as a surgeon.”

In recent years, dermatology has benefited from more sophisticated and less invasive technologies to evaluate the skin. “The dermatoscope is a hand-held polarized magnifying glass that allows us to better examine the skin,” Dr. Callahan says. “In addition, several new drugs are now available that specifically target advanced and/or metastatic skin cancer. That is allowing patients to live a lot longer with a serious disease.” 

Her personal interests include running, traveling, art, food, surfing and Pilates.

Research Interests

Rare presentations of skin cancers, prevention of secondary skin cancers, skin cancer in transplant recipients, emerging non-invasive technologies to detect skin cancer early

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American College of Mohs Surgery
 

Clinical Interests

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Dermatologic Oncology
  • Procedural Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Dermatology

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Locations

Nelson Clinic

401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Stony Point 9109

9109 Stony Point Drive
Richmond, VA 23235

Ratings & Reviews

252 Ratings
29 Comments

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Dr. Callahan solved a problem I had for 5 years after 5 doctors before her could not.
June 2019
Excellent care by nurses and doctor.
June 2019
Very good.
May 2019
I do wish the physician had asked me if I had any questions, particularly on an issue I asked about.
April 2019
She is an excellent doctor - always concerned & compassionate about my condition.
April 2019
Dr. Callahan is excellent. She deserves to headup Stony Point Dermatology The Staff is very supportive of her.
April 2019
I would recommend the provider to others BUT would caution against the clinic and the doctor's availability. [...] Dr. Callahan is now only available to see patients once a month. I fear the next step is not at all.
April 2019
Dr. Callahan was personable & caring. She explained my concerns about "aging" skin.
April 2019
I love Dr. Callahan's bedside manner. Very kind and compassionate and explained things fully and in terms I could understand.
March 2019
Dr. Callahan replaced my former doc of 10+ years & seems even better.
January 2019
Dr. Callahan was thorough and very pleasant.
January 2019
Dr. S. Callahan is one sweet, kind, concerned; down to earth doctor.
January 2019
She is terrific!
January 2019
Nice, personable, patient.
November 2018
All great.
November 2018
Dr. Callahan is great! She immediately put me at ease and explained everything about my procedure.
November 2018
Dr. Callahan was very informative
November 2018
I felt very good & confident in Dr. Callahan's overall treatment & procedure pre and post op.
October 2018
Dr. Callahan was great.
October 2018
Excellent.
October 2018
Excellent care by provider who was new to me! Loved her.
September 2018
I have been to three dermatologists in past several years, none of whom I've felt comfortable. This MD is EXCELLENT.
August 2018
I am as pleased with Shields Callahan
August 2018
Dr. Callahan was extremely knowledgeable as to my ailment and concerns. Would recommend her to family and friends.
July 2018
Dr. Callahan was very helpful and took a look @ my husband's issue, as well.
July 2018
Very compassionate & concerned about my condition.
June 2018
Excellent care. Will return to this physician.
June 2018
I have already recommended the Dermatology Clinic to others.
May 2018
Excellent "bedside" manner.
May 2018

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Clinical Interests

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Dermatologic Oncology
  • Procedural Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Dermatology

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