Dr. Michael Heaphy is double board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatopathology and the International Society of Dermatopathology.
Dr. Heaphy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his medical degree from the University of Texas, Houston. Following an internship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Dr. Heaphy spent a year in Latin America. He worked as a volunteer physician in the rainforests of Eastern Guatemala for an indigenous community development organization called Ak’ Tenamit, which provides the only Western-style medical care for 126 remote Qeqchi Mayan villages. He also spent several months with the department of dermatology in one of South America’s leading infectious disease hospitals, Hospital Muñiz, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dr. Heaphy completed his dermatology residency at Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio where he was named Chief Resident in 2003. That year he served as Resident Trustee for the Ohio Dermatological Association. Finally, Dr. Heaphy completed an additional two years of sub-specialty training in dermatopathology at the University of California, San Francisco under Drs. Philip LeBoit and Timothy McCalmont. During that time he also held a clinical instructorship at UCSF and practiced clinical dermatology at San Francisco General Hospital.
Dr. Heaphy is an expert in the diagnosis of complex skin disease, including rare cancers and inflammatory conditions, many of which can only be diagnosed by correlating the clinical features with the pathologic findings under the microscope.
Dr. Heaphy moved to Reno with his family over the summer of 2018 to join the exceptional clinicians of SCDI. He and his colleague, Dr. Jeff Schackleton, run the dermatopathology consultation service for SCDI. Dr. Heaphy is a Volunteer Clinical Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and enjoys teaching students at the microscope and working with students on research projects.