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Focus On David Sheinbein, MD

David Sheinbein, MD is associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, the Division of Dermatology. He specializes in dermatologic procedures such as cancer, psoriasis and acne laser skin treatments. He is dedicated to both his work and to his family.

Dr. Sheinbein sees patients in west St. Louis county at 969 North Mason Road, Suite 200.


What happened in the course of schooling to make you choose your specialty?

I was never going to go into dermatology. I was going to be a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon or an oncologist. But as a fourth year medical student, I had the opportunity to do an active rotation in dermatology and once I did, I thought it was a perfect match for me. I loved everything about it. You should know what you want to do by experiencing it.

Dr. Sheinbein enjoying time with his family
Which aspect of your practice is most interesting?

The best part about dermatology is you have a diverse population of people that you treat which, to me, is ideal. I get to see kids, older people, men and women – people from all segments of society with all kinds of dermatologic problems. This is perfect for me because I like variety.

Many people think we just treat simple acne and warts, and although we do take care of those, most of my patients come with more serious and debilitating rashes or skin cancer. I enjoy treating these difficult and serious problems. However, I equally enjoy helping people with more common and simpler problems like acne and warts. These can be serious concerns for people – affecting them emotionally, socially and professionally. It is nice to help people feel better about themselves- no matter what the problem is.

I heard that you work with some of the professional sports teams in the area. What do you do for them?

Yes, that's true. I am the dermatology consultant for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and the St. Louis Rams football team.

Where are you from?

I was born in St. Louis, but moved when I was young to San Diego, California. I ended up in St. Louis because this is where I met my wife. My cousin and I are best friends and I would come to St. Louis every summer to visit. He introduced me to her, we started dating and I moved to St. Louis to keep the relationship going.

What award/achievement are you most proud of?

Professionally, it would be graduating summa cum laude from medical school. Personally, it is my children. They are great kids. In medical school I had my first child, and one thing I realized then was that my role as a father is at least as important as my job as a doctor. The single most important thing to do in life, if you have children, is to raise them right. It is a tough world. You have to teach them how to cope with difficulty, and how to be good people.

What leadership roles or unique positions within the community do you hold? 

I am course master, in charge of teaching dermatology to second year medical students at Washington University.  

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

It is that life is short and you don’t know what could happen from day to day. Make sure you appreciate and enjoy every moment. Don’t take the small stuff seriously and make it into a bigger problem. Appreciate what you have. Appreciate your mental and physical health always and take nothing for granted.

As a dermatologist, patients always ask me if they should go outside. I tell them to go outside, enjoy themselves, but take the appropriate precautions. It is the same with everything in life. Be smart, almost everything is ok if used or done in moderation and proper precautions are taken. Don’t be fanatical.

What lifestyle change could most benefit our health?

Reduce unnecessary stress and worry less about things out of your control.

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