CONGRATULATIONS!! Dr. Crutchfield is the only dermatologist selected as a ‘Top Doctor for Women’ every year since the inception of the Minnesota Monthly survey.
Dr. Crutchfield has also been recognized by Minnesota Physician as 1 of the 100 most influential health care leaders in the state of Minnesota. “I want all my patients to look good and feel great with beautiful skin,” says Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. “When you come to Crutchfield Dermatology; the emphasis is on quality, in-depth skincare knowledge and service. That’s what really sets us apart.”
A long list of awards and honors serves as evidence that Crutchfield is good at what he does. What stands out even further is his generous community outreach and support. “I realize that no one gets to where they’re at without the help of many people. And I’m in a point in my career where I can give back.”
His support runs deep, especially for students, not only through scholarships and textbook donations, but also through mentorship. Dr. Crutchfield, a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School is a mentor in the University of Minnesota’s Future Doctors of America Program where undergraduate students of color shadow Crutchfield during patient appointments. They learn the art of medicine and are introduced to a wide variety of opportunities. Dr. Crutchfield recently received the Minnesota Medical Association Foundation’s Minority A_ airs Meritorious Service Award as an outstanding mentor dedicated to students within Minnesota’s Future Doctors Program. Crutchfield’s preceptorships through Harlem’s Touro College of Medicine so impressed two medical student recipients that they relocated to the Twin Cities to practice. His medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School have honored him three times as Teacher of the Year.
Crutchfield’s definition of community enthusiastically includes the Minnesota Twins, and his love of baseball occasionally surfaces in his philanthropic work. During his residency, he learned that a hospice patient and fellow baseball fan dreamed of meeting Kirby Puckett. He arranged the meeting, and Mayo Clinic acknowledged his kindness with the Karis Humanitarian Award. When Twins player Bert Blyleven accepted a dare to eat night crawlers in exchange for a hundred dollar donation to Parkinson’s research, Crutchfield upped the ante to a thousand dollars, challenging other medical clinics to join him. His challenge raised almost $15,000 for the Parkinson’s Association of Minnesota.
Crutchfield also donates to the Twins Community Fund to build ballparks for children in the inner city. “Sports give children focus and a sense of personal achievement,” he explains. “Many sports require a substantial investment, but baseball is financially accessible. You give a kid a glove, a ball, and a bat, and they are good to go.”
Remembering school days when he struggled with dyslexia himself, Crutchfield serves as a Hero Benefactor for the Reading Center; stepping in when available scholarship funds aren’t sufficient to cover the number of hopeful students. For the High school for Recording Arts, founded in Saint Paul to encourage at-risk youth to finish high school by linking lyric writing to English and marketing to mathematics, Crutchfield contributes funding and scholarships. Dr. Crutchfield routinely financially supports and encourages his staff to participate in breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s walks. He has also been given the “Patriotic Employer Award” from the Minnesota National Guard for his support of our troops. Dr. Crutchfield has also been awarded the “Gold Triangle Award” from the American Academy of Dermatology for promoting health-care awareness in underserved areas. He also offered free skin and scar treatments for the survivors of the tragic Minneapolis 35W bridge collapse. Dr. Crutchfield was selected as the first “Physician Health Care Hero” by Medica, Twin Cities Business and KARE11 for “Outstanding contributors to the quality of health care in Minnesota.”
His philanthropy also extends to supporting Camp Discovery, a camp for children with skin diseases. For more than a decade, Crutchfield has been an active supporter and nominator, and dedicated all royalties from the dermatology textbook he coauthored to the program. Once a child is accepted into the camp, their entire experience is covered by donations. “As a child, I loved going to camp. But as a dermatologist, working with children with skin diseases, [I] see so many of them ashamed to go because they are afraid to expose themselves and be teased. Camp Discovery is a place where kids can be kids again.”
Dr. Crutchfield’s efforts continue; he has established a lectureship at the University of Minnesota honoring his parents, Susan Crutchfield MD, as the youngest (at the time) and first African-American female graduate of the medical school, and Charles Crutchfield Sr. M.D. the first practicing African- American Obstetrician-Gynecologist in the Twin Cities, who has delivered almost 10,000 babies. He has also co-authored a children’s book for little leaguers extolling the virtues of being sun-safe and sun protection Little Charles Hits a Home Run is available on Amazon.com, Kindle, Nook and iPad. Proceeds will benefit the Twins Community Fund and Camp Discovery for children.
His latest medical endeavor is an initiative requiring automobile, cell phone and insurance companies equip cars with mandatory technology disabling texting while driving. Visit crutchfielddermatology.com/safetexting for more information. For Dr. Crutchfield, giving back has become a way of life.
About Dr. Crutchfield
Describe your skin care philosophy.
Less is more. I like to do lots of little things that create very dramatic and satisfying results. When it comes to cosmetic dermatology, I tend not to emphasize any one particular treatment. I like to carefully listen to my patients and find out what bothers them. I then create a program that blends several techniques to give them the results they desire. As a Clinical Professor
of Dermatology, I teach to strengthen my specialty and keep my skills sharp. As a perfectionist, I am constantly learning to provide the highest quality of care I can to my patients.
Why do you combine modalities?
To achieve dramatic results, it is not really about one procedure or product. I like to blend lots of different treatments and products in order to achieve patients’ desired results, just like one would use many different words to construct a beautiful poem.
How would your patients characterize you?
Time and time again, patients say, “I really trust you. I have always felt that you have given me your best recommendations and I don’t feel like I am trying to be up-sold on procedures or products I don’t want or need.” Many of my patients have expressed that they are so pleased that I always give my honest opinion and a very fair, appropriate recommendation to achieve their results. I believe “less is more,” and that approach gives our patients beautiful and natural-looking results. My patients’ friends should have no idea they’ve had anything done, only that they look fantastic. In fact, I like to say their friends should be “enviously confused.”
What main goal do you have for your patients on a skin care program?
My goal is to provide the highest-quality skin care in a gentle, natural manner so patients look confident, refreshed and content. I don’t want my patients to look different than their age, just great for their age.
Experience Counts and Quality Matters
In local and national surveys involving physicians, nurses, healthcare providers and healthcare facilities, Dr. Crutchfield has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities. Honors include “Top Doctor” (Minneapolis St. Paul magazine), “Top Doctor for Women” (Minnesota Monthly magazine), “America’s 10 Leading Dermatologists” (Black Enterprise magazine), “America’s Top Doctors” (Castle Connolly Guide), “America’s Top Dermatologists” (Consumers’ Research Council of America) and “The Best Doctors in America 2013” (Best Doctors). In addition to these accolades, Dr. Crutchfield has received the “Gold Triangle Award” from the American Academy of Dermatology, the “Karis Humanitarian Award” from the Mayo Clinic and the “Physician Health Care Hero Award” from Medica, Twin Cities Business and Kare11 Broadcasting. Dr. Crutchfield was also selected by NBC News as “The Grio’s 100 Top newsmakers, making history for the year 2013”. Dr. Crutchfield is a regularly invited guest on the Lori and Julia Show on myTalk 107.1 radio. Crutchfield Dermatology was recently honored as one ofth best 100 Places to Work in Minnesota by Minnesota Business Magazine. Dr. Crutchfield is also the Official Team Dermatologist for the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild, and Minnesota Twins.
Dedicated To Helping People
Although Dr. Crutchfield has extensive training in all areas of dermatology, his special interests include psoriasis, vitiligo, laser surgery, atopic dermatitis, cosmetic procedures (including Botox treatments and alpha-hydroxy skin peels), Epiluminecense microscopy (dermatoscope), and ethnic skin concerns. Dr. Crutchfield will see patients who have difficulty affording medical care at a reduced rate or without charge.
Dr. Crutchfield lives in Eagan with his wife Laurie, daughter Olivia and son Charles IV. His hobbies include painting, photography and baseball.
Crutchfield Dermatology, P.A.
1185 Town Centre Drive
Eagan, MN. 55123
Telephone: (651) 209-3600
Fax: (651) 209-3601
Web site: www.crutchfielddermatology.com
Group Practice/Hospital Affiliations:
Private Practice (see above) and
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School
AAD Membership Status:
Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology
Diplomate, United States National Board of Medical Examiners
Medical School and Year of Graduation:
Mayo Clinic, 1994
Gundersen Clinic, 1995
Dermatology Residency Training:
University of Minnesota, 1998
Masters Degree; Molecular Biology
Mayo Clinic, 1993
BA, Carleton College
Active Medical License: Minnesota
DEA certification: Unrestricted
American Academy of Dermatology
National Medical Association
American Medical Association
Minnesota Dermatologic Society
Minnesota Medical Association
Ramsey County Medical Society
Doctors Mayo Society, Mayo Alumni Association
Specialized Training/Areas of Interest:
Biologic Therapies for Psoriasis
Ethnic Skin Problems
Health Care Participation:
I participate in most managed care programs. Please contact my office for more specific information.
I accept Medicare/Medicaid
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