Irena Spektor, MD
I speak: English, Russian
My gender: Female
Where I practice
Atlanta has been a home for me and my family for many years.
After attending the Medical College of Georgia and completing an internal medicine internship, I did a National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored research fellowship and my dermatology residency at Emory University. During my residency, I treated many patients from very different walks of life and was fortunate to be a part of one of the best teaching environments one could wish for.
Dermatology has always been the quintessence of medicine to me. I enjoy the intellectual challenge of solving a difficult diagnosis and invest considerable amount of thought and care into choosing just the right treatment for our members. It brings me great satisfaction when I see positive results. I put a large emphasis on early detection and take pride in well-done surgeries, especially those that may be truly lifesaving as is the case with melanoma skin cancer.
About my practice
I value our members' trust and feel privileged to be given an opportunity to care for them and their families. Having the tremendous resources of Kaiser Permanente gives me the ability to offer more comprehensive care to our members and to communicate with the rest of our health care team more easily.
I strive to keep my knowledge and skills up-to-date by attending advanced professional seminars and continuing my education. This enables me to provide members with the most appropriate and current care possible. In addition, I believe that an educated patient is an empowered patient, so I spend time teaching our members about their condition and treatment options.
Most of my time is spent in a busy general dermatology clinic where I treat a variety of skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc. A considerable amount of my clinic is devoted to skin cancer screenings and skin cancer surgery. As the lead cosmetic dermatologist, I spend part of my time at our Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic, where, along with my colleagues, we offer a variety of cosmetic procedures. This allows our members to have the most complete and comprehensive skin care possible.
How I thrive
A tremendous part of what constitutes me as a person comes from my professional background. In addition to my clinical responsibilities, I volunteer at various community events to promote a healthy lifestyle and preventive care.
In addition to my work, I feel that it is important to maintain focus on my family and friends in order to maintain a well-balanced life. I believe that fostering those relationships enriches my life and gives me additional insight that allows me to relate better to our members and to empathize with their concerns on a much deeper and more personal level.