Fostering trusting doctor-patient relationships
To get results, physicians and their patients need a mutually respectful and trusting relationship. I cultivate this trust by thoroughly explaining every diagnosis, communicating my patients’ prognosis, and outlining treatment options. I create an environment where my patients can speak without fear of interruption or inappropriate judgment. In that environment of mutual understanding, we are able to work together to achieve an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Being a patient advocate
While attending medical school, I had an experience that exemplifies why I chose the specialty of dermatology. After an attending physician and resident were done evaluating a patient, I noticed an atypical lesion on the patient’s leg that was not addressed during the exam. Although it was early in my training, I thought it would be in the patient’s best interest for me to encourage the physician and resident to re-evaluate the lesion. They decided to perform a biopsy, which showed that the growth was a melanoma. This experience confirms the importance of being an advocate for the patient and reminds me why I became a dermatologist.
Dr. Jackson enjoys traveling, playing volleyball and basketball, serving in his church, and spending time with his family. He and his wife were raised in Arizona, and they are blessed with three children.