About Us

"My father had been developing lesions and blotches on his feet for a little over a year. They had become so swollen to the point where he could not fit his feet in his shoes anymore. We had been to a cardiologist, two dermatologists, and a countless number of podiatrists. All of the aforementioned “professionals” had not a clue what was going on. They provided my family with a variety of thoughtless and inaccurate diagnoses such as age spots, eczema, heat rash, etc.

I had a personal visit with Dr. Summa, and referred my father to her as “one last hope.” It turns out, my father was experiencing a rare form of skin cancer, which was causing the lesions and the swelling to occur. Dr. Summa went above and beyond for my family, providing us with doctors, insurance information, and a variety of other supports to cope with this issue. For over a year, numerous doctors lacked the ability to diagnosis my father, and just simply didn’t take the time to care about what was going on.

She took the time to ask questions and wouldn’t stop until we received an answer. I’ve visited her myself as well for skin care advice, and have referred many family and friends to her. Dr. Summa goes above and beyond for her patients. She takes the time to really care about her patients and that is something that is extremely rare to find in health professionals nowadays."

- Lauren Anania

About Dr. Carissa Summa

Dr. Carissa Summa is a Board Certified Dermatologist. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and Organic Chemistry. Dr. Summa then went on to study medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a unique venture, she dedicated one year to the cutting-edge research of wound healing at Stony Brook University and contributed to textbooks in the field. Upon graduation, she was chosen for the Norman H. Ilowite Award for "Excellence in Dermatology". She completed an internship at Nassau University Medical Center and a Dermatology residency at St.Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx and Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. She achieved chief intern and resident at all hospitals. She has authored several journal articles over the years. Upon board certification, she practiced in four offices in Palm Beach County, Florida for three years. Here Dr. Summa was a clinical instructor for residents in South Florida. She is on staff at Wellington Regional Medical Center and Palms West Medical Center in Florida. In 2008, Dr. Summa returned to New York and opened Adult and Pediatric Dermatology, P.C. in Franklin Square, N.Y. She is affiliated with North Shore LIJ, Franklin General and St. Barnabas Hospitals.

Adam Schaffner, MD, FACS

Fellowship trained in facial plastic and plastic surgery.

Surgical procedures include excision of skin cancer, growths and masses and reconstruction of skin cancer.

About Practice:

Adult and Pediatric Dermatology is proud to be a community oriented practice. Dr. Summa treats patients of all ages and strives to create a warm, comfortable environment. The staff is friendly, courteous, and attentive to all patient needs. Patients' treatments and well-being are of the utmost importance and Dr. Summa strives to treat everyone with compassion and integrity.


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