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PE-backed Platinum Dermatology Partners acquires Howsden Dermatology

Platinum Dermatology Partners, which is backed by Sterling Partners, has acquired Texas-based Howsden Dermatology, a provider of medical and surgical dermatological care. No financial terms were disclosed.


November 01, 2017 11:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Platinum Dermatology Partners (“Platinum”) announced today that Howsden Dermatology has joined its network, further enhancing Platinum’s presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Platinum is a dermatology-focused physician services organization with a rapidly growing network of top-ranked dermatology practices in Texas.

Howsden Dermatology serves the eastern Dallas communities of Garland, Rowlett and Mesquite, and is known for its superior medical and surgical dermatological care, as well as its keen focus on skin cancer detection and treatment. Founded in 1983 by Dr. F. Lester Howsden, MD, FAAD, Howsden Dermatology patients today are cared for by Dr. Akash A. Patel, MD, FAAD, and Dr. Kevin F. Kia, MD, FAAD. Drs. Patel and Kia are devoted to serving the communities in which they work, and the dermatology community at large, with their highest commitment to quality skin care. Both are long-time honorees of D Magazine’s “Best Doctors in Dallas,” and since 2005, both have remained actively involved in teaching future dermatologists at The University of Texas Southwestern—many of whom are now practicing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“Times are most definitely changing, and we were looking for the right partner to help us grow and provide the best care for our patients. Platinum became an obvious choice,” said Dr. Patel. “Dr. Kia and I have worked very hard to maximize quality and efficiency. We want our patients to have the highest quality of care; so to us, it was really important to find a partner who shares our goals and priorities. Platinum stands apart from the rest because they don’t want to change how we operate—they have no interest in micromanaging us; they are enhancing our strengths and showing us ways we can grow through their vast resources. One other huge distinguishing factor for us was the quality of physicians we join in the Platinum network. We have tremendous respect for these Platinum Dermatologists—all are well-regarded by their peers and the medical community at large—and we wanted to be part of this strong team. Platinum was by far the best choice for us.”

Platinum’s model is attractive to physicians because it empowers dermatologists to grow and enhance their practices while providing exceptional clinical care and retaining ownership and autonomy. Platinum’s management creates partnerships with physicians that lead to better operational and clinical outcomes, encourages collaboration among dermatology professionals, and drives practice growth opportunities that are unmatched in an independent practice.

“My physician partners and I are thrilled to welcome the Howsden Dermatology team to our growing network. We are excited about our continued growth in Dallas and throughout Texas,” said Kent Aftergut, MD, a dermatologist in the Platinum network and member of the Platinum Clinical Advisory Board. “Drs. Patel and Kia are outstanding additions to the Platinum network, and each are great representations of physicians that have a passion for this specialty. Having worked for years with Dr. Kevin Kia teaching the next generation of dermatology residents, I can say with great confidence that their practice provides the highest level of dermatological care. This is a great opportunity for Platinum to add two more great clinicians to our current roster.”

To learn more about a partnership with Platinum Dermatology Partners, visit or contact Michael Pennington, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, at

About Platinum Dermatology Partners
Headquartered in Dallas, Platinum Dermatology Partners builds true partnerships with highly reputable dermatology practices to empower growth and best-in-class dermatology services. Through Platinum’s differentiated, physician-centered model, physicians drive clinical care and their practice culture, while benefiting from the business expertise, resources and shared best practices available through the Platinum network. As a comprehensive physician management services organization, Platinum offers collaboration among top-notch dermatology professionals and practice growth opportunities unmatched in an independent practice. Platinum is backed by Sterling Partners.