Sunlight has been known to have a beneficial effect on certain skin disorders—in particular psoriasis—for many hundreds of years. In the first decade of the last century it was discovered that the ultraviolet portion of sunlight was responsible for this effect.
Phototherapy (often called light therapy) involves exposing the skin to an artificial source of ultraviolet light on a regular basis under medical supervision for therapeutic purpose. Many skin disorders are characterized by localized inflammation in the skin that is mediated by the immune system. Ultraviolet light reduces the inflammatory response as well as suppresses the immune system in the skin. These are felt to be the primary mechanisms of action of phototherapy in skin disorders.
Our office specializes in the use of ultraviolet light for numerous skin disease including psoriasis, eczema (dermatitis) and vitiligo.
While psoriasis, eczema (dermatitis) and vitiligo are the three main disorders we treat, there are many other skin disorders that may be treated with phototherapy, especially when first-line therapies are not successful. Your doctor may have referred you to this office for the treatment of one of these less common diseases. We will work with you and best utilize phototherapy to treat your skin condition.
- Phototherapy -- Narrowband UVB Involves exposing the skin to UVB light source for a prescribed time, on a regular schedule
- PUVA Therapy Ultraviolet radiation treatment used for severe skin diseases. Consists of ingesting plant-derived compounds called psoralens and then exposing the skin to UVA (long wave ultraviolet radiation).
- Excimer Laser Treatment Delivers targeted narrow-band UVB to affected areas.
- Pulse Dye Laser Treatment Broken veins on the face, often part of rosacea, as well as portwine stains, hemangiomas in children and red-spots on the body in adults all can be selectively destroyed.
The practice was established by Dr. Warwick Morison in Towson in 1985 and moved to Green Spring Station in 1997. Two broad categories of treatment are provided: ultraviolet light (PUVA therapy and UVB phototherapy) as treatment for psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and other less common conditions, and laser therapy for port wine stains and spider veins on the skin. In addition, patients with sensitivity to sunlight are seen for evaluation, testing and treatment.
Dr. Elisabeth Richard joined the practice in 2009. She was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, and moved to New England to attend Middlebury College in Vermont where she majored in Biology. Prior to medical school, she moved to Boston and worked in research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute as well as in public relations for the biotechnology industry. She graduated in 2001 from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and moved to Maryland to train in Dermatology at Johns Hopkins. She joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2005, and continues to work part-time for the Department of Dermatology, educating residents and practicing general dermatology.
"In dermatology, so many diseases that have been otherwise difficult to treat respond to ultraviolet light therapy. By specializing in this unique area of dermatology, my greatest professional satisfaction comes from using ultraviolet light to successfully treat patients that have otherwise failed prior therapies. These successes yield such tremendous benefits to patients and their quality of life. Knowing I have the knowledge and tools to change someone's life inspires me to give my best."
Johns Hopkins at Green Spring / 10753 Falls Road, Suite 355 / Lutherville, MD 21093
Telephone: 410-847-3700 Fax: 410-847-3703
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Our offices are located at Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station, at the Baltimore Beltway and Jones Falls Expressway interchange.
- From the Beltway (I-695): Take Exit 23B onto Falls Road. Make the first right onto Joppa Road and the second left onto Station Drive. Turn right at the "T" intersection (you are looking at the Foxleigh Office Building) and curve around Foxleigh to the four-story building on your left, Pavilion II.
- From the city: Take the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) north past the exits to the Beltway until the Expressway becomes Falls Road. Make the first right onto Joppa Road and the second left onto Station Drive. Turn right at the "T" intersection (you are looking at the Foxleigh Office Building) and curve around Foxleigh to the four-story building on your left, Pavilion II.
- We are in Pavilion II on the 3rd floor, Suite 355, and the elevators are in the center of the building.
- Free parking is plentiful.
- The MTA Bus 60 from Reisterstown, Maryland stops on the campus of Green Spring Station.
- There is free shuttle bus for patients that runs hourly between Green Spring Station and the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in downtown Baltimore.