Meet Dr. Amit Pandya
Dermatologist and Pigmentary Disorders Specialist in Dallas
- Holder of the:
- Dr. J.B. Shelmire Professorship in Dermatology
Dermatologist Amit Pandya, M.D., is the only full-time pigmentary disorders specialist in Texas.
He is an expert in treating vitiligo, a disease in which the skin loses color; post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, usually caused by acne in darker-skinned individuals; and melasma, which causes brown patches on the face.
Vitiligo affects about two million people in the United States, yet few institutions offer the breadth of treatment options available at UT Southwestern Medical Center through Dr. Pandya.
Treatments include phototherapy, requiring different types of machines to shine ultraviolet light on the whole body, localized areas, or the hands and feet. He also can use an excimer laser to treat smaller lesions.
Some cases call for surgical treatments such as micrografting, blister grafting, and noncultured epidermal suspension grafting, also known as cellular grafting and melanocyte keratinocyte transplant procedure (MKTP). Dr. Pandya traveled to China, India, and Detroit to be trained in noncultured epidermal suspension grafting, and UT Southwestern is one of only two places in the country to offer it.
As part of his research on vitiligo, Dr. Pandya is compiling one of only five vitiligo registries in the world that collects data on patients and the disease. He intends to acquire funding to conduct more research that could eventually find a cure.
Currently, he also is working with scientists to develop a blood test that may be able to predict disease activity. This would help dermatologists know how aggressive to be with treatment.
“I’m excited to spend my life tackling this issue,” he says. “It’s something I really care about.”
Because pigmentary disorders affect individuals from a wide variety of races, ethnicities, and nationalities, Dr. Pandya has a strong interest in understanding the cultural background of his patients. As a teacher of cultural competence to medical students, Dr. Pandya speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Gujarati and is able to greet patients in 16 different languages. He gathers as much information as possible about his patients’ background and condition in order to holistically treat them, not just their disease.
“There may be economic barriers, time barriers, or cultural barriers to certain types of treatment,” he says. “I try to customize a solution for every patient based on his or her individual needs.”
Dr. Pandya has been recognized as a Best Doctor by D Magazine and a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly and as an Outstanding Teacher by UT Southwestern medical students for many years.