Philip D. Shenefelt

University of South Florida, USA

Philip D. Shenefelt received the M.D. degree in 1970, the M.S. degree in administrative medicine 1984, the B.S. degree with honors in 1966, all at University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA. He was board certified by American Board of Dermatology in 1978. At University of South Florida, he worked as an Associate Professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery. He served as Past Chief of dermatology at James A Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, Tampa, FL, USA. He was board certified by American Board of Medical Hypnosis in 2007. In his subspecialty area of hypnosis in dermatology, he has used it as a tool to give the patient access to aspects of the self not readily available in the ordinary conscious state. This positively influences mind-body effects in the areas of inflammatory skin diseases, permits alteration of habits such as scratching or picking, and permits alteration of perceptions such as pain reduction in postherpetic neuralgia. Through advanced study, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Hypnosis, recognized by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. he has published case reports and reviews on hypnosis in dermatology and am conducting a randomized trial research study on hypnotic relaxation for dermatologic surgery. In the broader area of psychodermatology, he has introduced and emphasized cross-disciplinary integration of nondrug therapies along with conventional and alternative drug therapies in the treatment of psychodermatoses with several published reviews that include biofeedback, cognitive behavior, hypnosis, meditation, placebo, suggestion, and yoga as nondrug therapies integrated with herbs, supplements, and conventional drug therapies. In the subspecialty area of allergic contact dermatitis, in addition to being a regionally and nationally recognized expert resource on patch testing and occupational medicine, he has also published epidemiologic studies with respect to allergic contact dermatitis.

Biography Updated on 17 January 2011

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