National Doctors’ Day
Wednesday March 30, 2022

In honor of National Doctors’ Day, we asked six of our dermatologists what they love about being a doctor.

  • What made you want to become a doctor
  • I wanted to be a scientist from the time I was 6. years old. When I went to college I decided I wanted to conduct research pertinent to human disease. I became a doctor in order to have a deep understanding of human disorders and where research might address unmet need.

  • What do you love the most about dermatology?
  • I fell in love with dermatology from the very beginning. It is visual and very hands on and I love performing procedures. I also love the breadth of knowledge that is required, medical, surgical , dermatologic and cosmetic.

  • What do you like the most about being part of #TeamSDG?
    I love being part of a large group of excellent providers from whom I can constantly learn new things, exchange ideas and with complimentary skill sets. I love the environment of mutual respect and support.

  • Any skin tips you tell all of your patients?
  • A solid and simple anti-aging skin care regimen is to use an anti-oxidant serum in the morning and a retinoid


  • What made you want to become a doctor
  • My first career was in finance, but I realized that my true passion was in medicine. I decided to become a doctor in pursuit of a career that I would find both intellectually and emotionally fulfilling. Being a doctor has given me the opportunity to combine my intellectual curiosities of science and medicine with my humanitarian interests in helping others. Although it was a long road, and everybody thought I was crazy at the time when I left my job to become a student again, I have no doubt that I have been lucky enough to land in the best career possible for me and couldn’t be happier.

  • What do you love the most about dermatology?
  • I love the visual aspects of dermatology – being able to see the conditions we treat and the results of our work in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. I also love the variety that we see in dermatology, allowing me to work with both my mind and my hands. In any given day, I am doing such a wide range of activities: surgery on skin cancers, managing complicated medical conditions, and performing cosmetic procedures.

  • What do you like the most about being part of #TeamSDG?
    SDG has a great team of people that has grown rapidly, but has never lost sight of the most important thing: working to deliver outstanding medical care and always putting our patients first. This mentality comes down all the way from the top, staying true to the principles of Dr. Schweiger that made me originally join the practice over 8 years ago.

  • Any skin tips you tell all of your patients?
  • Of course, like every dermatologist, I’m telling all my patients to wear sunscreen, etc. However, one tip that many people don’t think about, is the benefit of sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your back will avoid those wrinkles and volume loss that come from years of pressing your face against a pillow. I can always tell when my cosmetic patients favor one side of their face for sleeping, because after a lifetime, it shows, and we have to compensate for it with our treatments.


  • What made you want to become a doctor
  • I have been surrounded by medicine my entire life! My grandmother was a gynecologic surgeon and graduated from medical school in India back in the 1930s! My parents as well as both of my brothers are also Physicians. I have always felt that becoming a physician is one of many ways to serve our community.

  • What do you love the most about dermatology?
  • Dermatology truly combines every aspect of the science and art of medicine in one field. The ability to care for pediatric and adult patients, to diagnose a wide range of skin conditions that can be a reflection of internal health, to guide patients through the challenges of navigating marketing of skincare and cosmetics, and to have the ability to directly treat patients surgically and/or cosmetically is a privilege. I love that I “switch gears” throughout the day between skin cancer, rashes, acne, cosmetic, and surgical concerns. My day is never boring.

  • What do you like the most about being part of #TeamSDG?
    The best part about being a part of #TeamSDG is the “team”. I truly feel that I have access to support and resources to allow me to focus on patient care.

  • Any skin tips you tell all of your patients?
  • I have two major skin tips to offer all of my patients.

    The first: Consider your skin a “check engine light”. Sometimes our skin can be a reflection of our internal health or stress in our lives. If you are facing challenges with your skin, talk to your Dermatologist to help ease your concerns.

    The second: Paying more for skincare does not always mean you are getting more. There is a lot of marketing noise that can make it difficult to navigate skincare routines. Save yourself a lot of time and money and talk to your Dermatologist to offer a concise and targeted skincare routine.


  • What made you want to become a doctor
  • I have always loved science, and grew up exposed to health care – my mother was a nurse with a local physicians office.

  • What do you love the most about dermatology?
  • Dermatology has it all – a great combination of complex medicine, surgery, pathology and cosmetics. We are often able to make diagnoses and improve skin conditions in real time.

  • What do you like the most about being part of #TeamSDG?
    #TeamSDG offers camaraderie and support at all levels – the ability to discuss challenging cases with peers and world class back office management to allow me to spend my time focusing on patient care.

  • Any skin tips you tell all of your patients?
  • Sunscreen is the cheapest and most important anti-aging product on the market!


  • What made you want to become a doctor
  • I wanted to be a doctor since I can remember. It was just something in me from the beginning.

  • What do you love the most about dermatology?
  • There is so much that I love about dermatology–seeing patients of all ages, the variety of issues seen daily, it is both a medical and procedural profession, and being able to help people feel so much better physically and psychologically.

  • What do you like the most about being part of #TeamSDG?
    The best part of #TeamSDG that I have experienced is the support provided by the executive team as well as the collective approach used to tackle issues.

  • Any skin tips you tell all of your patients?
  • As far as skin tips, I tell everyone to use sunscreen daily, even if they never leave their apartment.


  • What made you want to become a doctor
  • My path to medicine was not straightforward. After doing non-medical work for a number of years, I realized that I didn’t feel fulfilled on a daily basis. After doing a medical mission abroad, I realized that helping patients improve their health was my calling, one that would sustain me day in and day out.

  • What do you love the most about dermatology?
  • I love the satisfaction of treating a skin condition and seeing the immediate, visible improvement. Dermatology offers this unique opportunity in medicine. In my subspecialty of Mohs skin cancer surgery, diagnosing the condition, treating it and assessing clear margins under the microscope in real time, and then repairing the resulting skin defect offers a sense of completeness and ownership over the process.

  • What do you like the most about being part of #TeamSDG?
    The Schweiger Dermatology team is dedicated to the patient experience. In this day and age, patients are savvy and want not only the most quality medical care, they also want and deserve an efficient, positive, and compassionate experience. The medical assistants, nurses, doctors, and patient care representatives all work to this end. I feel strongly that patients have a positive experience when they see me for what can be a nerve-wracking procedure, and the SDG team delivers it.

  • Any skin tips you tell all of your patients?
  • As a skin cancer doctor, I stress the importance of wearing sunscreen, or a moisturizer with sunscreen in it, all year round. Millions of Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer annually, and the vast majority of these are caused by chronic sun exposure. Studies have shown that SPF 30 blocks 97% of UV rays, however that is based on perfect, lab supervised application. Increasing the SPF to 50 or above is helpful, especially in the case of imperfect application or less frequent reapplication.

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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