Micrographic Dermatologic Certification from American Board of Dermatology

Micrographic Dermatologic Certification from American Board of Dermatology

Rapid City Medical Center’s The Skin Institute is pleased to recognize Dr. Sage and Dr. Wittenberg for their Micrographic Dermatologic Certification from the American Board of Dermatology. Both doctors have met the certification requirements established by the ABD, including residency training in an accredited program and successful completion of the certifying examination. This certification is in addition to the FAAD accreditation both doctors already hold for Mohs Surgery. They are now two of just 1,750 diplomates of the American Board of Dermatology to take the Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery Certification Exam.
Both doctors are Board Certified and Fellowship Trained. Each of them studied an additional one year in Mohs micrographic surgery with an accredited American College of Mohs Surgeons (ACMS) to achieve their Fellowship. This additional training had given them the experience in performing complex wound reconstruction as well as successfully dealing with surgical complications and cancer recurrence. Of note, ACMS maintains the highest standard of care and training. Candidates practice a minimum of 500 Mohs surgery cases to become a ACMS Fellow. This is different from ASMS, American Society of Mohs Surgery, an organization that provides education and training to physicians who have not undergone extensive training in Mohs surgery. This type of certification only requires 75 Mohs cases and 45 of which could have been performed during their dermatology residency. Dr. Sage and Dr. Wittenberg’s ACMS Fellowship solidifies them as local experts – highly experienced, competent surgeons who will provide optimal outcomes for patients.
These certification marks are indicative of the quality of continuing education, commitment to cutting-edge and practices of excellence, and continued pursuit of knowledge and medical skills to treat patients within Dr. Sage and Dr. Wittenberg’s practices.
Dr. Gregory Wittenberg is a dermatologist specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery and has always had a passion for the challenges that come with surgery, including removal and reconstruction. He is originally from Hot Springs, South Dakota, where his dad practiced as a veterinarian for over fifty years, but his education has led him to various parts of the United States.

He first attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma and became certified as a physical therapist. After practicing for one year in Rapid City, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and attended the University Of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed an internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He went on to complete his dermatology training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Finally, he completed his fellowship in Mohs surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and has been practicing at Rapid City Medical Center since 1999.

Outside of work, he can be found with his wife and three girls. They enjoy being in the beautiful Black Hills and take part in numerous activities such as kayaking, hiking, running, and playing tennis. Traveling to the many great places the world has to offer is something they enjoy as a family.

Dr. Wittenberg considers his patients part of his family. His personal mission is to ensure that each patient is happy, healthy, and has access to the highest quality care in Rapid City and the surrounding area. He focuses on explaining each part of the surgical process to his patients, making sure they call with any questions. At the end of the day, as long as his patients are happy, he is happy.

————Dr. Robert Sage practices dermatology at The Skin Institute at Rapid City Medical Center, with a fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery. He also has a special interest in skin cancer and facial reconstruction. He is originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and joined The Skin Institute in 2012.

He attended medical school at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, followed by an internship at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. He was trained in dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and completed a fellowship in Procedural Dermatology and Mohs micrographic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr. Sage believes in providing the highest quality care in a patient-centered practice and tailors each patient’s treatment plan to their unique needs. He strives to ensure that patients are educated about their condition and empowers them to be an integral member of the care team. Patients are encouraged to ask questions about their diagnosis, the surgical process, and their expected results.

When he is not at work, he can be found with his family enjoying the many outdoor activities in the Black Hills. They enjoy playing at local parks, golfing, swimming, hiking, bike riding, downhill skiing and playing in the yard at home. They also spend their free time visiting state parks and monuments, tourist attractions and their family farm.

Rapid City Medical Center’s The Skin Institute values the contribution of their physician owners and partners who continue to bring compassionate, quality, cutting-edge care to the Black Hills.

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