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Eagan Dermatologist

Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D.

Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD, is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed a transitional internship at the Gundersen Clinic.

An annual selection as a “Top Doctor” by Mpls/St.Paul Magazine, Dr. Crutchfield has been named  one of “America’s 10 Leading Dermatologists” (Black Enterprise), “America’s Top Doctors” (Castle Connolly Guide), “America’s Top Dermatologists” (Consumers’ Research Council of America), and is the only dermatologist selected as a “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly every year since the inception of the survey. Dr. Crutchfield has also been selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” an honor awarded to only 4% of all practicing physicians.

Dr. Crutchfield has won numerous University of Minnesota Medical School teaching awards, including ‘Clinical Faculty Teacher of the Year’ and two “Distinguished Teaching Awards”.  Dr. Crutchfield lectures the University of Minnesota medical students and often receives high praise.  Dr. Crutchfield also teaches the dermatology residents on campus and via externships at his clinical practice focusing on conditions in ethnic skin, vitiligo, psoriasis, acne and aesthetic medicine. 

Dr. Crutchfield is the co-author of the children’s book on sun protection Little Charles Hits a Home Run, the dermatology textbook A Clinical Atlas of 101 Common Skin Diseases co-authored with renowned dermatopathologist Bernie Ackerman, and recently published the smart phone application for primary care physicians Dermatologist in Your Pocket, co-authored with former the University of Minnesota Chair, Peter Lynch. Dr. Crutchfield has over 100 scientific and educational publications including the first report on using macrolactams to treat facial seborrheic dermatitis. He publishes an online “dermatology-case-of-the-month” that is delivered to over 30,000 physicians, monthly.

Dr. Crutchfield has appeared on the cover of multiple national medical publications that focus on the business side of medical practice. He authors a weekly newspaper column on skin care, makes guest appearances on a local radio station discussing current topics for good skin health, and appears quarterly as a skin expert guest on a local award-winning cable television program. Dr. Crutchfield is also a Professor of Biology at Carleton College.

He is a member of the AΩA National Medical Honor Society, an expert consultant for WebMD and CNN Health with Sanjay Gupta, M.D. and he has received the “Gold Triangle Award” from the American Academy of Dermatology, the very first “Physician Health Care Hero Award” from Medica/KARE11  and is a recipient of the Karis Humanitarian Award from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

In local and national surveys, Dr. Crutchfield has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on skin of color. An active member of the community, Dr. Crutchfield was recently recognized by NBC News’ TheGrio.com as one of the “Top 100 African-American Newsmakers Making History in the United States.” He is also a founding member of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine, a nonprofit organization. Dr. Crutchfield is a dermatology editor of the ever-popular VisualDx, an atlas for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians.

In honoring his parents and giving back to the dermatologic community, Dr. Crutchfield, through efforts associated with the Crutchfield Dermatology Foundation, has established the Doctors Charles and Susan Crutchfield  Annual Lectureship at the University of Minnesota, Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds, dedicated to addressing current topics in the diagnosis and treatment in skin of color. His parents graduated form the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1963. Charles Sr. M.D. has delivered over 10,000 babies in the Twin Cities, and Susan M.D. was both the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Minnesota Medical School and, at the time, at age 22, was the youngest person to ever graduate from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His educational efforts have been recognized by inducting him and his wife, Laurie, into the Presidents Club Heritage Society and Presidents Club Chancellors Society at the University of Minnesota. His additional philanthropic efforts on behalf of Camp Discovery, a camp for children with skin disorders has been recognized by membership in the ‘President’s Circle’ of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Crutchfield Dermatology has been recognized as “One of the 100 Best Places to Work” by Minnesota Business Magazine and Dr. Crutchfield has also been recognized by Minnesota Physician Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders in the state of Minnesota”.

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.

An avid sports enthusiast, Dr. Crutchfield is also the team dermatologist for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Wild and Timberwolves professional sports organizations.

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.

Contact Information:

Crutchfield Dermatology, P.A.
1185 Town Centre Drive
Suite 101
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 Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-5:00PM

AAD Membership Status:

Board Certification:

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

Graduate Degree:
Masters Degree; Molecular Biology
Mayo Clinic, 1993

Undergraduate Degree:
BA, Carleton College
Professional Biography:

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
Atopic Dermatitis
Laser Surgery
Epiluminecense Microscopy
Cutaneous Surgery
Cosmetic Procedures
Ethnic Skin Problems

Health Care Participation:

I participate in most managed care programs. Please contact my office for more specific information.
Medicare/Medicaid Participation:
I accept Medicare/Medicaid

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