Nail Disorders Clinic

Examples of diseases of the nails.

Specialty care for disorders of the nails

The OHSU Nail Disorders Clinic is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex nail disorders. A subset of dermatology, nail disease has a diverse scope that includes many rare conditions such as:

  • Infectious nail diseases
  • Benign and malignant tumors such as skin cancer and melanoma
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Congenital nail conditions

What to expect

Due to the specialty required to diagnose and treat rare nail conditions, the Nail Disorder Clinic is available as a referral center for community physicians. If you have a nail issue that your physician is not familiar with, or not responding to treatment, you may want to request a referral.

Your appointment will consist of:

  • A thorough examination of your health history and your nail condition
  • A diagnosis will be made by the clinic director, unless further testing is needed
  • An individualized treatment plan will be chosen depending on diagnosis
  • Follow up and/or treatment appointments will be scheduled as needed

Background

The clinic is directed by Phoebe Rich, M.D., whose interest in expertise in nail disorders spans over 20 years. She lectures nationally and internationally on a vast array of nail conditions, and has authored a textbook, Nail Atlas, as well as numerous book chapters and publications. 

Dr. Rich is a scientific advisory board member of the Council of Nail Disorders, an organization dedicated to research and education about nail disorders and nail science. Additionally, she is a member of the European Nail Society and has been involved in mentoring with the Women's Dermatology Society and the Council for Nail Disorders.