Larry Zhao, MD, a Dermatopathologist with Pikeville Medical Center

Get to know Dermatopathologist Dr. Larry Zhao, who serves patients in Pikeville, Kentucky.

A top dermatopathologist, Dr. Zhao is affiliated with Pikeville Medical Center. He has been rated as one of the top dermatopathologists in the world, and is considered an expert in melanoma, skin cancer diagnosis, skin cancer treatment, and MOHS procedure.

Pikeville Medical Center commits to a culture that provides quality healthcare services through dedicated professionals who continually strive for excellence. Their mission is to advance the health and well-being of the region through comprehensive care in a Christian environment.

With a broad educational background, Dr. Zhao graduated with his medical degree from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his residency in dermatology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Massachusetts. Finally, he completed his fellowships in dermatopathology at the University of California San Francisco, and later at Vanderbilt University.

An expert in his field, the doctor is board-certified in anatomic & clinical pathology, and dermatopathology by the American Board of Pathology (ABPath). The mission of the ABPath is to promote the health of the public and advance the practice and science of pathology by establishing voluntary certification standards and assessing the qualifications of those seeking to practice the specialty of pathology.

To boot, he is board-certified in dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD). The ABD is a voluntary, non-profit, private, autonomous organization formed for the primary purpose of protecting the public interest by establishing and maintaining high standards of training, education, and qualifications of physicians rendering care in dermatology.

Continuously advancing his efforts, Dr. Zhao is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatopathology, the American Society of Dermatology, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Active in the community, he volunteers with several charities and philanthropic organizations, including the Skin Cancer Foundation, the March of Dimes, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Dermatopathology is a joint subspecialty of dermatology and pathology or surgical pathology that focuses on the study of cutaneous diseases at a microscopic and molecular level. It also encompasses analyses of the potential causes of skin diseases at a basic level. A dermatopathologist is a highly trained physician who specializes in diagnosing disorders of the skin under a microscope. 

Among his various accolades, Dr. Zhao has been the recipient of the America’s Best Doctor Award (2021), America’s Best Dermatologist Award (2021), and Top Doctor Award by Castle Connolly Magazine (2020).

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