“There are few careers in which you do good every single day,” Dr. Joshua Spanogle says of his choice to pursue a career in medicine. “Medicine is one of them. Though it would be naive to say there’s no moral ambiguity in medicine, at its very core, it is a profession grown out of doing good for people in need.
“I love that about being a doctor. For someone who’s curious, medicine is fantastic. I learn something new every day. One thing that stays the same about medicine is that everything changes.”
Medicine was not always Spanogle’s primary focus. He started college at Yale University earning his undergraduate degrees in humanities and theater studies. Then his goals shifted to the healing sciences. Spanogle attended medical school at Stanford University, which was followed by a dermatology residency at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Spanogle topped off his professional training with a Mohs Surgery and Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.
“I specialize in skin cancer removal and the reconstruction of the wounds after the tumor is removed,” Spanogle says. “With the Mohs technique (a specialized way of removing tumors), our cure rates are extremely high, in the 98 to 99 percent range.”
“I’m extremely privileged in that I get to cure cancer every day.”
Spanogle’s professional affiliations include the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Surgeons, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons and the American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.