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Locations:

  • Pinehurst Dermatology

Elena Avila, PA-C, joined Pinehurst Dermatology in 2005, and the practice recently joined The Skin Surgery Center in November 2020. Elena attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, earning a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She went to graduate school at Duke University Medical Center, where she earned her Physician Assistant Certification and Masters in Health Sciences. Elena is knowledgeable in a wide range of medical surgical and cosmetic dermatology for all age groups.

EDUCATION

1996 University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA
BS Psychology/Neuroscience Track

1998 Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
Master of Health Sciences

CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSURES

North Carolina License #000102577
NCCPA Certification #1039292 – October 1998-present
Basic Life Support – 1997-present

EMPLOYMENT

2005-present
Physician Assistant
Pinehurst Dermatology / The Skin Surgery Center

Currently working with two Board Certified Dermatologists in a medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic practice

2004-2005
Physician Assistant
Pinehurst Surgical Clinic

Working with three Board Certified General Surgeons, duties include all aspects of surgical patient care including pre-operative evaluation, first assist on the OR, post- surgical care and minor office procedures

1999-2003
Physician Assistant
Denver Dermatology Consultants, P.C.

Worked with two Board Certified Dermatologists in a fast-paced dermatologic practice

  • Duties included all aspects of pediatric and adult dermatology with a strong emphasis in surgical dermatology including first assist during Mohs micrographic surgery.
  • Active in community in educating the public about skin cancer awareness through community lectures.
  • Skin enhancement was also a focus of our practice utilizing various chemical peels, Botox, collagen injections, microdermabrasion, sclerotherapy and the Diolite laser to optimize each patient’s outcome.

1998-1999
Physician Assistant, General Surgery Department
Pinehurst Surgical Clinic

Worked with three Board Certified General Surgeons with duties including all aspects of care for the surgical patient including pre-operative evaluation, first assist in the OR, post-operative care and minor office procedures.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Academy Of Physician Assistants 1996-present
  • North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants 2003-present

PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURES

Hara M., Toyoda M., Yaar M., Bhawan J., Avila EM, Penner IR, Gilchrest BA. Innervation of metanocytes in human skin. Journal of Experimental Medicine. 184(4):13B5-95. October 1996.

Biopsy and Suture Workshop. Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants, Winter Meeting, Copper Mountain, Colorado, January 2003.

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