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ABRY-backed USDP buys Medical Dermatology Specialists

U.S. Dermatology Partners, which is backed by ABRY Partners, has acquired Phoenix-based Medical Dermatology Specialists, a provider of general and surgical dermatology. No financial terms were disclosed.



U.S. Dermatology Partners (“USDP”), formerly known as Dermatology Associates, is pleased to announce that it has expanded further in the state of Arizona by partnering with Medical Dermatology Specialists(“MDS”) in Phoenix. U.S. Dermatology Partners is a physician-owned, dermatology-focused practice management organization.

Medical Dermatology Specialists was founded in 2008 by Dr. Lindsay Ackerman, and has two board-certified physicians on staff. Services provided by Medical Dermatology Specialists include both general and surgical dermatology, in addition to restorative aesthetic procedures.

Dr. Lindsay Ackerman graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed her Dermatology training at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She continued her medical training by completing a fellowship in Immunodermatology and Clinical Education. During her fellowship, she also worked as a Clinical Instructor in the Tulane Department of Dermatology. Dr. Ackerman specializes in General Dermatology and currently participates in the training of primary-care resident physicians in the Phoenix area. She has held several leadership and academic positions, including: Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, State Chair of the Dermatology Foundation Leader’s Society, and a Resident Representative of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, among others.

Dr. Margaret Kessler received her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and completed her Dermatology residency at Case Western Reserve University. Her scope of practice includes general and surgical dermatology for both adult and pediatric patients with a special interest in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, immunobullous disorders, and infectious diseases of the skin, among others. Dr. Kessler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, AZ.

“We are excited to welcome this outstanding practice to the Southwest Division of U.S. Dermatology Partners,” said Dr. Howard Luber, Southwest Medical Director at U.S. Dermatology Partners. “Drs. Ackerman and Kessler of Medical Dermatology Specialists will add the premier practice in downtown Phoenix, affiliated with the teaching institution of Banner Good Samaritan Hospital. Under the strong management team of USDP, combining MDS with Southwest Skin Specialists in Phoenix/Scottsdale and Skin Spectrum in Tucson, we are off to a great start toward building the highest quality state-wide dermatology organization in Arizona.”

U.S. Dermatology Partners
About U.S. Dermatology Partners
Headquartered in Dallas, TX, U.S. Dermatology Partners provides comprehensive practice management services to over 130 board-certified dermatologists and 50 midlevel providers across ~70 locations in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana and Maryland. U.S. Dermatology Partners supports providers so they can focus exclusively on delivering high-quality care to patients.

As one of the largest physician-owned dermatology practices in the country, U.S. Dermatology Partners patients not only have access to general medical, surgical, and cosmetic skin treatment through its coordinated care network, but also benefit from the organization’s strong dermatology subspecialty thought leaders and medical advisory board. The physicians of U.S. Dermatology Partners are fervently focused on providing the highest level of patient-first care, and its team therefore includes recognized national leaders in areas such as clinical research, psoriasis and Mohs Surgery. To learn more, visit

About ABRY Partners
Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, ABRY Partners is an experienced and successful private equity investment firm focused on media, communications, healthcare services, insurance services, business and information services. Since its founding, ABRY has completed more than $62 billion of transactions, representing investments in more than 550 properties.