Professional Interests

SKIN CANCER, MELANOMA, DISEASES OF THE SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS
Dr. Hines has given numerous lectures and presentations to the community over the past 14 years on the topics of skin diseases, skin cancers, melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, and many others.  Dr.Hines has given lectures to primary care physicians in the Seattle area on other skin diseases such as dermatitis, urticaria (hives), and other 'tips and 'tricks' to treat skin disorders.  Dr. Hines was the first physician in Washington State to perform Mohs Micrographic Surgery on melanoma using MART-1 Immunostaining, and has since taught the technique to others. 

MENTAL ILLNESS, STIGMA, BIPOLAR DISORDER, SCHIZOPHRENIA
Since 2008, Dr. Hines has significantly contributed to educating our community by giving lectures on the topic of mental health and the stigma of mental diseases. Many members of our community are unaware the impact that mental illness has on families, and the true cost of treating mental disorders far outreaches even our wildest expectations.  While Dr. Hines presents a message of hope, he also is pragmatic and realistic about the difficulties in approaching this problem.  A study performed this past year concluded that despite increased knowledge about the biology of mental illness, community stigma has actually increased over the past 10 years.  In order to effectively combat the stigma surrounding mental illness, we must all tell the truth and share our experiences.  If everyone openly discussed mental illness, we would not have stigma surrounding this common problem.

MENTAL ILLNESS AND ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
Our mental health profoundly affects our physical health.  For example, this relationship is seen when individuals overeat when depressed, while others nearly stop eating all together. This relationship is so strong that weight loss is actually a criteria for diagnosis of depression by psychiatrists, family practice and internal medicine physicians!  However, the interdependence of mental health and physical health goes much deeper. For instance, those with serious mental illnesses such a schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression often are unable to seek medical care because they are so debilitated.  Poor self-care is nearly diagnostic for mental illness. The self-neglect then causes other problems such as higher rates of Tuberculosis, skin and soft tissue infections, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, wounds such as frostbite and ulcers, pneumonia and other infectious problem.  As you can see, it is imperative we give our homeless population access to health care to decrease the above problems in this vulnerable population.  
 
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If you would like Dr. Hines to give a presentation to your community, group, or event, please call our office. Presentations can be customized to your group with different depths of discussion depending on the audience.

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