Robert J Segal
- Clinical Professor, Medicine
Dr. Segal is the senior clinician in the Division of Dermatology at the University of Arizona. He has over 35 years of clinical experience in Dermatology, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Contact Dermatitis. Dr. Segal invented the Dermablade and holds 6 patents on the tool used worldwide for tangential skin excisions and biopsies. He also developed the line of Segal re-sterilizable electrodes. A graduate of Deerfield Academy, Cornell University, SUNY Medical School at Syracuse, and Stanford Dermatology residency, Dr. Segal is the person responsible for advanced medical education in the Division of Dermatology at the U of A.
- A.A. Trumpet Performance, Magna cum Laude
- John Wood Community College, Quincy, Illinois, United States
- State University of New York Upstate Medical School, Syracuse, New York, United States
- BA in English and Biology
- Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, Ithaca, New York, United States
- Banner University of Arizona Medical Center (2014 - Ongoing)
- University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (2008 - Ongoing)
- Univ. Physicians Healthcare (2008 - 2014)
- University Medical Center (2006 - 2014)
- Northwest Medical Center (2005 - 2014)
- Archer Medical Technologies (ARHT) (2005)
- Dermatologist Sheftel & Associates (2005)
- Memorial Medical Center (2002 - Ongoing)
- Mountain View Regional Medical Center (2000 - Ongoing)
- Memorial Medical Center (2000 - 2004)
- Memorial Medical Center (1995 - Ongoing)
- Dermatology Center, PC (1995 - Ongoing)
- Southern Illinois University (1994 - 1995)
- St. Louis University (1993 - 2000)
- St. Louis University Hospital (1993 - 1996)
- Stanford University Department of Dermatology (1992)
- Blessing Hospital (1989 - 1990)
- Blessing Hospital (1989 - 1990)
- Southern Illinois University Medical School (1986 - 1994)
- Southern Illinois University Medical School (1980 - 1986)
- Blessing Hospital (1979 - 1995)
- Quincy Medical Group (1979 - 1995)
- St. Mary's Hospital (1979 - 1992)
- Stanford University Hospital (1979 - 1980)
- County Public Health Dept. (1976 - 1979)
- Chairman, Ultraviolet Monitoring Group
- Winter 1996
- Member Environment Committee
- Winter 1996
- Southwestern Dermatologic Society
- Winter 1996
- El Paso Dermatologic and Meterologic Society
- Winter 1995
- Clinical Scholar
- Stanford University, Winter 1992
- President of Adams County Medical Society
- Winter 1990
- Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology
- Fall 1979
- Elected President Elect
- Pima County Medical Society, Fall 2018
- Vernon and Virginia Furrow Excellence in Teaching Award
- University of Arizona, Fall 2018
- AMA Physicians Recognition Award for CME
- Spring 2016
- American Academy of Dermatology for CME
- Spring 2016
- President of Dona Ana County Medical Society
- Winter 2001
Licensure & Certification
- American Board of Dermatology Recertification (2009)
- Dermatology American Board Certification (1979)
- Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners (1979)
- License to Practice Medicine, New York State (1976)
- SPEX Exam, Arizona (1992)
- License to Practice Medicine, New Mexico (1995)
- License to Practice Medicine, Arizona (1993)
- License to Practice Medicine, Missouri (1992)
- License to Practice Medicine, Illinois (1979)
- License to Practice Medicine, California (1976)
Dr. Segal's current research interests is in investigating the role of Vanadium in the widespread eczematous eruptions occasionally seen after metallic surgical implants. He also is interested in developing a novel local anesthetic from biologic material. He is developing a program on the metallurgy, the development and the best practice regarding blades used for skin biopsy.
Dr. Segal teaches Dermatology to the first and second year medical students at the University of Arizona in the foundations and advanced topics blocks. He also teaches third and fourth year medical students in the outpatient clinics. In addition, he has responsibility for house staff education for Family Practice, Internal Medicine and ED residents who rotate through the division.
Clinical DermatologyMEDI 850B (Fall 2020)
Clinical DermatologyMEDI 850B (Fall 2018)
Clinical DermatologyMEDI 850B (Fall 2017)
Clinical DermatologyMEDI 850B (Fall 2016)
- Fazel, M. T., Segal, R. J., Te, C., & Jedlowski, P. M. (2018). Cutaneous Adverse Effects of Diabetes Mellitus Medications and Medical Devices: A Review. Am J Clin Dermatol, 1-18.
- Jedlowski, P. M., Fazel, M. T., Fazel, M. T., Fazel, M. T., Fazel, M. T., Te, C., Segal, R. J., Segal, R. J., Segal, R. J., Segal, R. J., Segal, R. J., Te, C., Te, C., Te, C., Te, C., Jedlowski, P. M., Jedlowski, P. M., Jedlowski, P. M., Jedlowski, P. M., & Fazel, M. T. (2018). Cutaneous Adverse Effects of Diabetes Mellitus Medications and Medical Devices: A Review. Am J Clin Dermatol, 1-18.
- Krase, I. Z., Wickenheiser, M., Chao, J., Kurtzman, D., Segal, R., Culpepper, K., & Shi, V. (2018). A rare cause of unilateral facial rash. Clinical and experimental dermatology.
- Segal, R. J., & Sally, E. (2017). Allergic reaction to Vanadium causes a diffuse eczematous eruption and titanium alloy orthopedic implant failure. Cutis, 99(4), 245-249.More infoA patient presented with a rash who had had a titanium alloy implant in her toe 6 weeks earlier. The implant failed and was removed; using the Arizona planetary science lab we tested the device and found it had 4% vanadium with abnormal distribution of the alpha and beta phases on the surface. Plus the screws in contact with the plate were different in composition from the plate. We determined the patient was allergic to vanadium trichloride. Her rash cleared when the plate was removed.
- Riaz, I. B., Kamal, M. U., Segal, R. J., & Anwer, F. (2016). First reported association of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and interstitial granulomatous dermatitis. BMJ case reports, 2016.More infoInterstitial granulomatous dermatitis (IGD), a rare disease, is well known to be associated with connective tissue disorders, malignancies and several drugs. We describe this first case of IGD in association with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL). A 66-year-old woman with a 6-year history of untreated CLL/SLL, presented with a 2-month history of progressively worsening eruption of the left thigh, along with fatigue, lymphadenopathy and night sweats. Skin biopsy showed findings consistent with IGD and infiltration of CLL. The eruption was non-responsive to treatment with antibiotics and local steroids. There was a significant improvement in the rash after an initial cycle of chemotherapy (combination therapy with bendamustine and rituximab) and complete resolution by the third cycle, for the treatment of her CLL. We suggest that the possibility of an underlying haematological malignancy should be investigated in patients with a skin rash non-responsive to conventional therapy.
- Fosco, S. W., Gibney, M. D., & Segal, R. J. (1998). Traumatic tattoo from battery operated earrings. Cutis, 61(1), 34-36.
- Goldberg, L. H., & Segal, R. J. (1996). Surgical pearl: a flexible scalpel for shave excision of skin lesions. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 35(3 Pt 1), 452-3.
- Segal, R. J., & Goldberg, L. H. (1996). Surgical Pearl: A flexible scalpel for shave excision of skin lesions. JAm Acad Dermatol, 35, 452-453.
- Segal, R. J. (1995). A transport cup for resterilizable electrodes. Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.], 21(2), 175-6.More infoA cup to transport resterilizable electrodes is introduced.
- Segal, R. J. (1995). Surgical Gem: A transport cup for resterilizable electrodes. Dermatol Surg, 21, 175-176.
- Segal, R. J., Penneys, N., & Nahass, G. (1994). Prostatic Carcinoma Metastatic to Skin mimicking malignant melanoma. J Cutan Pathol, 21, 280-282.
- Egbert, B. M., Price, N. M., & Segal, R. J. (1979). Steatocystoma multiplex. Arch Dermatol, 11(5), 334.
- Segal, R. J., & Jacobs, P. J. (1979). Sporotrichosis-The Stanford Experience. Report of five cases and review of the literature. lnt J Dermatol, 59, 639-644.
- Burn, A. E., Faga, J. P., & Segal, R. J. (1978). Cutaneous manifestations of dysproteinemias. JAM Podiatry Assn, 68, 442-446.
- Segal, R. J. (1978). Koebner reaction from 'switch' marks. lnt Psoriasis.
- Segal, R. J., & Watson, W. (1978). Kaposi's varicelliform eruption in. Arch Dermatol, 114, 1067-1069.
- Ward, B., McCulley, J. P., & Segal, R. J. (1978). Stevens-Johnson syndrome involving topical anesthesia with proparacaine hydrochloride. Am J Opthal, 186, 133-135.
- Segal, R. J. (1972). Effect of vasoligation of 14-day-old and 21 -day-old rats on spermatogenesis. lnt j. Fertil, 17, 33-34.
- Segal, R. J. (1972). Effect of vasoligation of 14-day-old and 21-day-old rats on spermatogenesis. International journal of fertility, 17(1), 33-4.
- Segal, R. J. (1997, Spring). "the cold truth about Nitrogen". American Academy of Dermatology. San Francisco.
- Segal, R. J. (1996, Spring). "patent your invention". American Academy of Dermatology. Washington, DC.
- Segal, R. J. (1996, Spring). The cold truth about Nitrogen. Southwestern Dermatological Society. Tucson, AZ.
- Segal, R. J. (1995, Spring). "patent your invention". American Academy of Dermatology. New Orleans.
- Segal, R. J. (1995, Spring). Ambient ultraviolet in the southwest. Southwestern Dermatological Society. El Paso, TX.
- Segal, R. J. (1994, Spring). North Central Optometry Council. NEED CONFERENCE NAME. Minneapolis.
- Segal, R. J. (1993, Spring). NEED TITLE. Heart of America Conference. Kansas City.
- Segal, R. J. (1987, Spring). NEED TITLE. Heart of America Conference. Kansas City.
- Segal, R. J. (1986, Spring). Featured Speaker. State and Provincial Optometry Conventions. Ontario.
- Segal, R. J. (1985, Spring). Featured Speaker. State and Provincial Optometry Conventions. Missouri.
- Segal, R. J. (1984, Spring). Featured speaker. State and Provincial Optometry Conventions. Oregon.
- Segal, R. J. (2016, March). Vanadium-The Hidden Allergen in Surgical Implants. American Society of Contact Dermatitis. Washington DC Mayflower hotel: Am Society of Contact Dermatitis.More infoSpectacular full color poster of a hot topic at the meeting about Vanadium Allergy in a woman following surgical implant of a metatarsal titanium alloy plate.
- Gibney, M. D., Fosko, S. W., & Segal, R. J. (1998. Traumatic tattoo from battery-operated earrings(pp 34-6).More infoTraumatic tattoos result from accidental deposition of pigmented particles in the dermis. Battery-operated devices should be added to the list of situations in which traumatic tattoos may arise. In this case, an iron-containing tattoo was removed by Mohs' micrographic surgery with an acceptable cosmetic result.
- Egbert, B. M., Price, N. M., & Segal, R. J. (1979. Steatocystoma multiplex. Report of a florid case and a review(pp 334-5).More infoA patient had numerous cysts over almost all of his skin surface. The lesions were persistently infected, painful, and odorous, and were contributory to the patient's psychological problems. The cysts were histologically determined to be of the steatocystoma multiplex variety. Several therapeutic modalities were used but only surgical incision, drainage, and electrocautery were beneficial.
- Segal, R. J., & Jacobs, P. H. (1979. Sporotrichosis(pp 639-44).More infoFive cases of cutaneous sporotrichosis were seen at the Stanford University Department of Dermatology from 1966 to 1977, where the disease was previously unreported. The possibility of sporotrichosis should be considered when suppurative cutaneous lesions do not respond to antibacterial agents. Skin biopsy of sporotrichotic lesion is often nonspecific, while culture is the best method of diagnosis.
- Burns, A. E., Fagan, J. P., & Segal, R. J. (1978. Cutaneous manifestations of the dysproteinemias: with a case report(pp 542-6).
- Segal, R. J., & Watson, W. (1978. Kaposi's varicelliform eruption in mycosis fungoides(pp 1067-9).More infoKaposi's varicelliform eruption, caused by herpes simplex type 1, developed in a patient with mycosis fungoides four days after initiation of photochemotherapy with methoxsalen plus long-wave ultraviolet light (PUVA). He had a history of recurrent localized herpes infection. Vidarabine (adenine arabinoside) was used as treatment. Rechallenge with PUVA did not provoke another herpes infection. Kaposi's varicelliform eruption is rare in mycosis fungoides. Vidarabine may prove to be useful in the treatment of widespread herpes simplex.
- Ward, B., McCulley, J. P., & Segal, R. J. (1978. Dermatologic reaction in Stevens-Johnson syndrome after ophthalmic anesthesia with proparacaine hydrochloride(pp 133-5).More infoA 53-year-old woman, treated in the acute phase of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, received one drop of proparacaine hydrochloride 0.5% in each eye for topical anesthesia. One hour later she developed new bullae of the hands and feet.