Dafnis Carranza, M.D.

Dr. Dafnis Carranza is the Founder and Medical Director of Dermatology And Skin Cancer Consultants, dedicated to comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology in West Tennessee. Dr. Carranza is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, and Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in Family Medicine. She is a nationally recognized educator and consultant in the field of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

She moved to Jackson in 2008 and became the first fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgeon to practice in this area. She has years of dermatologic surgical experience and has performed thousands of Mohs and reconstructive cases.

She was raised in Los Angeles California and attended UCLA where she earned a bachelor’s degree in physiological sciences. At graduation she was awarded the Chancellor Service Award for her commitment to community service. She obtained her medical degree from the prestigious David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she was recognized with the Edith and Carl Lasky Memorial Award for excellence in melanoma research. She continued her education at UCLA where she completed a dermatology residency and served as chief resident. After residency she obtained additional surgical training by completing a Mohs micrographic surgery fellowship at UCLA. She is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery. For her continued dedication to serving others in 2009 she was awarded the President of United States Volunteer Service Award.
Dr. Carranza has received numerous honors and awards for her contribution to the field of Dermatology and Dermatologic surgery. She has been published multiple times in peer-reviewed medical journals, book chapters and has been invited to give presentations at academic dermatologic meetings in the US and abroad.

Dr. Carranza takes pride in providing excellent service and dermatologic care to her patients. She treats patients for all skin related conditions, and specializes in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Carranza also has extensive experience with various cosmetic procedures. Dr. Carranza offers an important perspective to cosmetic dermatology as a woman and physician. She only offers treatments that have worked for her and she continually reviews breaking research and undergoes training to expand her expertise. She is one of the top injectors in the USA of the longest lasting filler, Bellafill. She received the “Bella Diamond” award in 2015 for her expert skill and her achievements in the aesthetic field.

For her work in dermatology and Mohs surgery she was recognized in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and was voted one of America’s Top Dermatologist by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.

Dr. Carranza is married, when she is not working she enjoys watching movies, hiking, traveling and spending time with her family.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Dermatology and Skin Cancer Consultants, PLLC, Humboldt TN
Founder and Medical Director, 8/2011- Present

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Family Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, 7/2016- Present

The Jackson Clinic P.A., Jackson TN
Dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery, 8/2008-8/2011

TRAINING

University of California, Los Angeles
Mohs Micrographic Surgery & Procedural Dermatology Fellow

  • Trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, surgical reconstruction, lasers, and various cosmetic procedures including botox, fillers, peels and sclerotherapy

University of California, Los Angeles
Dermatology Residency

  • Chief Resident
  • UCLA Health Care STAR Recognition Award

White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles
Internal Medicine Internship

EDUCATION

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles

M.D.

  • UCLA SOM Deans Scholar
  • Edith and Carl Lasky Memorial Award for Excellence in Research
  • American Dermatological Association Student Research Fellowship Recipient
  • UCLA SOM, Letter of Distinction- Foundations in Clinical Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. Physiological Sciences

  • UCLA Chancellors Service Award
  • Golden Key National Honor Society Lifetime Member

RESEARCH

UCLA Department of Internal Medicine Division of Dermatology, Michael S. Kolodney, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Student Research Scholar

  • Investigated potential mechanisms by which RhoGTPases stimulate melanoma cell metastasis

UCLA Department of Family Medicine and Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture,
Michael Wada, M.D., M.P.H., David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D.
Researcher

  • Needs assessment research to determine barriers in obtaining health care services for the medically underserved community of Central City Garment District and Pico Union

PUBLICATIONS

  • Grossberg A., Carranza D., Chiu M., Lee C, Craft N. Dermatologic Care in Homeless and Underserved Populations: Observations from the Venice Family Clinic. Cutis 2012; 89:25-32.
  • Custis T, Beynet D, Carranza D, Greco J, Lask GP, Kim J. Treatment of Melomental Fold Rhytides with Hylacross Hyaluronic Acid Combined with Botulinum Toxin A Compared with Hylacross Hyaluronic Acid Alone. Dermatologic Surgery. 2010 Nov;36 Suppl 3:1852-8.
  • Ke M., Moul D., Camouse M., Avram M., Carranza D., Soriano T., Lask G. Where Is It? The Utility of Biopsy-Site Photography. Dermatologic Surgery. 2010;36:198-202.
  • Carranza D., Young L. Successful Treatment of Metastatic Chron’s Disease with Cyclosporine. J Drugs Dermatol, 2008 Aug;7(8):789-91.
  • Carranza D., Chiu M., Haley J. Facial Porokeratosis. SKINMed 2008 Jan-Feb;7(1):51-52.
  • Soriano T., Beynet D., Carranza D. Laser Hair Removal in Darker Racial Ethnic Groups, in Grimes PE et al. Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery for Darker Skin Types, Philadelphia: Lippincott;2008:303-309.
  • Carranza D. Warts:New Solutions to an Old Problem. The Dermatology Report Summer 2007;1(1):26-29.
  • Iyer S., Carranza D., Kolodney M., Macgregor D., Chipps L., Soriano T. Evaluation of Procollagen I Deposition After Intense Pulsed Light Treatments at Varying Parameters in a Porcine Model. Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy 2007 Jun;9(2):75-8.
  • Collison E.A., Carranza D., Chen I.Y., Kolodney M.S. Isoprenylation is Necessary for the Full Invasive Potential of RhoA Over Expression in Human Melanoma Cells. Journal of Investigative Dermatology 2002 Nov;119(5):1172-6.
  • Davis K., Carranza D., Cotliar J., Soriano T. Clinical Improvement of Cutaneous Sarcoidosis with Intralesional 5-Flourouracil. Journal of American Academy of Dermatology. Submitted for publication.

LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

Mohs Surgery Indications and Contraindications. Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Update in Dermatology for the General Practitioner. Jackson, Tennessee. March 2012.

  • The Most Common Cancer. Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Grand Rounds. Jackson, Tennessee. May 2009.
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Options for Papillomata Seen in Costello Syndrome. American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. San Antonio, Texas. February 2008.
  • Fractional Photothermolysis For Melasma In Women with Skin Types IV-VI. 21st World Congress of Dermatology. Buenos Aires, Argentina. October 2007.
  • Where Is It? The Utility of Biopsy-Site Photography. American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. October 2007.
  • Multiple Hereditary Glomangiomas. California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting. Monterey, CA. September 2007; The LA Metropolitan Dermatological Society University Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. May 2007.
  • Introduction to Dermatology. UCLA School of Dentistry. Los Angeles, CA. April 2007.
  • Vulvar Neoplasms. UCLA Dermatology Grand Rounds. Los Angeles, CA. February 2007.
  • Facial Porokeratosis. American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. February 2007; California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. September 2006.
  • Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C February 2007.
  • Autologous Platelet Concentrate in Granulating Defects of the Lower Extremities Following Mohs Micrographic Surgery. American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. February 2007; ACMMSCO Annual Meeting. Scottsdale, AZ. April 2006.
  • Acute Hemorrhagic Edema of Infancy and Disseminated MAC Infection. American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. March 2006.
  • Costello Syndrome. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society University Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. February 2006.
  • Primary Cicatricial Alopecias. UCLA Dermatology Grand Rounds. LA, CA. September 2005.
  • Acute Hemorrhagic Edema of Infancy. Pacific Dermatologic Association Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada. August 2005.
  • Parasitic Infections in Dermatology. UCLA Dermatology Grand Rounds. LA, CA. May 2005.
  • Diffuse Epidermolytic Palmoplantar Keratoderma. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society University Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. November 2004.
  • Signaling Through Rho GTPases Mediates Spongiotic Change. The Society for Investigative Dermatology. Los Angeles, CA. May 2002.
  • A Comparison of RhoA and RhoC on the Melanoma Cell Cytoskeleton. The Minority Trainee Research Forum. San Diego, CA. March 2002.
  • The Effect of RhoA on the Melanoma Cell Cytoskeleton. Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Advances in Medical and Surgical Dermatology Symposium. New York, NY. December 2001.
  • Treatment of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome with IV IgG. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society University Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. October 2001.

OTHER HONORS & AWARDS

  • Best of the Best Dermatology Clinic –Dermatology and Skin Cancer Consultants, PLLC, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Best of the Best Dermatologist—Humboldt TN, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2011-2012
  • Consumer’s Research Council of America, America’s Top Dermatologists, 2010, 2011
  • The President of the United States Volunteer Service Award, 2009
  • Members Making a Difference Award, American Academy of Dermatology, 2008
  • Leadership Circle for Volunteerism, American Academy of Dermatology, 2008
  • 21st World Congress of Dermatology Scholarship Recipient, 2007
  • Chilean Society of Dermatology and Venereology Scholarship Recipient, 2007
  • Skin Disease Education Foundation Education Award Recipient, 2007
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting Scholarship Recipient, 2006
  • ASDS Dermatologic Surgery Preceptorship Award Recipient, 2006
  • Women’s Dermatologic Society Renewal Retreat Resident Scholarship Recipient, 2006
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund Recipient, 2000 & 2001
  • UCLA SOM Representative for AMSA National Leadership Training Program, 1999