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Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Names Shane E. Cook, M.D, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Dermatology

The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has named a Boone County, West Virginia, physician the new chair of its Department of Dermatology.


Shane E. Cook, M.D., assumed the role of department chair and associate professor of dermatology on Nov. 1, and oversees the clinical, research and educational activities of the department. Cook will work to expand the department’s clinical services and research activities with ultimate goals of establishing a dermatology residency program and fellowship training opportunities.


Cook earned his Bachelor of Science from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia, followed by his Doctor of Medicine at Marshall University. He completed his dermatology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, where he served as chief resident. For the past three years, he has served as a dermatologist at Boone Memorial Hospital in Madison, West Virginia. 


“As both an alumnus and West Virginia native, Dr. Cook exemplifies our medical school’s commitment to rural health, and his expertise will help ensure patients across southern West Virginia have access to outstanding dermatology care and treatment,” said Bobby L. Miller, M.D., interim dean of the school of medicine.


Cook’s areas of clinical expertise include skin cancers, acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and vice president of the West Virginia Dermatologic Society.


Cook will practice at the Marshall Dermatology locations in Huntington (1934 11th Avenue) and in Teays Valley (300 Corporate Center Drive, Scott Depot). For appointments and referrals, please call 304-691-1930.


Cook succeeds longtime Huntington dermatologist Charles Yarbrough, M.D., who served as inaugural chair of the department since 2014. Yarbrough announced his intent to step back from his role as chair earlier this year, but remains with the department and will continue to see patients and teach medical students and residents on a part-time basis.




About Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine: 


Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is a state-supported, community-based medical school established in 1977. Our faculty and administration are committed to providing high quality medical education and graduate training to meet the changing health care needs of our nation’s citizens. We specialize in rural health issues as expressed in special efforts to recruit students from rural West Virginia and place graduates in clinical practice in rural areas. Additionally, because we believe that a diverse population offers a rich environment that leads to greater knowledge, understanding, acceptance and mutual respect, we promote an inclusive environment by attracting, recruiting and retaining individuals who represent varying backgrounds and perspectives.


The research enterprise at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is a growing and vibrant operation. Our basic scientists and physician researchers are working collaboratively to advance life-changing discoveries and innovations resulting in dynamic bench to bedside opportunities. True to our mission of providing health care and education to Appalachia, much of our clinical and basic research is focused on health issues related to rural populations. Research opportunities exist for students and resident physicians allowing them exposure to an environment that fosters the training and development of the next generation of scientists.


The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine through its faculty practice plan, Marshall Health, provides excellent medical care to the citizens of Huntington, West Virginia and the entire tri-state region of southern West Virginia, southeastern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. Our 250 physicians and 225 residents and fellows offer care in more than 75 specialties and subspecialties at locations around the region including our outpatient centers and at our primary hospitals, Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

We hope you are interested in learning more about our fine school and will explore other pages for more information about our programs, faculty and alumni.




About Shane E. Cook, M.D.: 


Dr. Shane Cook is a native of Boone County, West Virginia. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from West Virginia Wesleyan College, followed by his Doctor of Medicine from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. After completing a one-year internship at West Virginia University, Dr. Cook completed a well-respected dermatology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in June 2019. As a board-certified dermatologist Dr. Cook is an expert in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all diseases of the skin, hair, nails, oral cavity and genitals. These diseases include but are not limited to skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma), pre-cancerous lesions (actinic keratosis), cysts, lipomas, acne, warts, rosacea, psoriasis, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), birthmarks, eczema (atopic dermatitis), dermatitis, allergic skin reactions, moles, skin tags, shingles, scars, keloids, toenail fungus, ringworm and molluscum.








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