About Us

  • Dr. Akash A. Patel, MD, FAAD

    Akash Patel, MD was born and raised in the United States. He grew up in North Carolina and has lived in the south for most of his life. He is married and has two beautiful children.

    Dr. Patel has always done well in school. He graduated from NC State University with a perfect 4.0 GPA and was designated as a Valedictorian of the 1996-1997 graduating class (a class of roughly 6,500 students). He graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 1996 with a BA in Chemistry and in May 1997 with a BS in Biochemistry and minor in Economics. He was inducted into seven honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa, and he received numerous academic and athletic awards.

    He attended Duke Medical School, widely regarded as one of the best medical schools in the United States. He did very well in medical school and was selected into membership in Duke’s chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. A minimum requirement for AOA membership is a class ranking in the top 15% of the class. In Dr. Patel’s official Dean’s Letter, it is mentioned that he graduated as one of the top 5 to 10 students in his class.

    Dr. Patel wanted to finish his Dermatology training in the south and he completed his Dermatology residency at Emory University – his first choice. He received excellent clinical and surgical experience by taking care of patients at the Emory Clinic and Hospital, the Atlanta Veteran’s Administration (VA) Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Crawford Long Hospital.

    Teaching and giving back is very important to Dr. Patel. He joined the faculty at UT-Southwestern Medical School in August 2005 and has been teaching residents and medical students. Since August 2005, he helps supervise the residents in the Dermatology Clinic at Parkland Hospital every other Tuesday.

    Dr. Patel has presented at national Dermatology conferences and has had his work published. His most impressive publication is a Continuing Medical Education article (CME) with roughly 300 references published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. He wrote this twenty-page article in its entirety and was first author.

    He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Akash Patel is a member of numerous societies and associations. He truly enjoys being a General Dermatologist. Dr. Patel appreciates every facet of Dermatology and likes seeing rashes and surgically treating skin cancers and other lesions.

  • Dr. Kevin F. Kia, MD, FAAD

    Kevin Kia, MD has a long history of academic excellence. He grew up in Michigan and graduated valedictorian from Utica High School in 1998. He was accepted into the prestigious combined undergraduate and medical degree program at the University of Michigan (consistently ranked one of the best medical schools in the country). There he completed a Bachelor of Science with Highest Distinction (the highest award offered by the university) in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences in 2001. Before entering medical school, Dr. Kia followed up on a life long passion for cooking by moving to Lyon, France to obtain his culinary degree in 2002. Upon returning to the states, Dr. Kia was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honors society in 2004 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the medical school in 2006. He finished his internship in Michigan and then came to UT-Southwestern to complete his residency training in Dermatology.

    Dr. Kia has a strong interest in teaching and research and has accepted an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UT-Southwestern. He spends his academic time overseeing residents on Tuesday mornings at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Hospital and Friday afternoons at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kia’s research has been published in numerous medical journals and presented nationally at multiple conferences. He is a regular speaker at the American Academy of Dermatology where he educates other dermatologists on the importance of cost-effective medicine.  Dr. Kia is dedicated to improving the lives of his patients and advancing the field of dermatology.

    Dr. Kia is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He serves as an editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

    Outside of medicine, Dr. Kia enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and two daughters.
  • Dr. F. Lester Howsden, MD, FAAD

    F. Lester Howsden, MD was born in Nebraska and lived in Dallas for over 30 years. He is married to a retired Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist, Dr. Sue Howsden. They have 2 wonderful daughters and 3 loving grandchildren.

    Dr. Howsden completed medical school at Stanford University a considered by many to be a Top Ten medical school in the United States. He finished his Dermatology training at UT-Southwestern Medical School in 1978 and was one of the first residents to graduate in the history of the department. Dr. Howsden opened our Dermatology clinic in Garland in 1983.

    He has loved General Dermatology his entire career and is an excellent clinician. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Howsden is a member of numerous societies and associations.

    Dr. Howsden retired from clinical practice in August 2010. In his free time, Dr. Howsden enjoys gardening, reading, oil painting, and spending time with his wonderful family.