Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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June K Robinson, MD

June K Robinson, MD

Research Professor of Dermatology

Focus of Work

Bio

The body of work explores early detection of melanoma by skin self-examination (SSE) by those at risk to develop a melanoma. This research evolved from qualitative research in focus group testing of rulers and magnifying glasses to assist with SSE to a randomized trial of the educational and skills training intervention with qualitative measures by self-reported surveys and diaries. This randomized controlled trial has enrolled 500 pairs of melanoma patients and their skin check partners. The pa...[Read full text]The body of work explores early detection of melanoma by skin self-examination (SSE) by those at risk to develop a melanoma. This research evolved from qualitative research in focus group testing of rulers and magnifying glasses to assist with SSE to a randomized trial of the educational and skills training intervention with qualitative measures by self-reported surveys and diaries. This randomized controlled trial has enrolled 500 pairs of melanoma patients and their skin check partners. The pairs will be followed for two years and the development of new clinically concerning pigmented lesions will be monitored.

In order to improve the early detection of melanoma by physicians providing care, Dr. Robinson's research seeks to move beyond the usual didactic lectures with skin simulation models. The current model with multiple pigmented lesions affords medical students and primary care resident trainees the opportunity to learn the skills needed for early detection of melanoma. Simulation training modules build self–confidence as the students and trainees master the skills of early detection of melanoma, counseling the patient, and performing a skin biopsy of a clinically suspicious pigmented lesion. The skin simulation interactive learning will enhance the reliability of healthcare provided by primary care physicians via opportunistic screening.

Dr. Robinson's research interest over the last decade has also included prevention of skin cancer by harm reduction messages and educational interventions with teens and young adults with a particular focus on reducing indoor tanning and sun protection. Recently her sun protection research was expanded to kidney transplant recipients, whose risk to develop skin cancer can be modified by sun protection. She is working with a team of researchers to develop interactive tablet personal computer behavioral interventions tailored to the individual kidney transplant recipient.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • MD: University of Maryland (1974)