WestDerm Merges with Platinum Dermatology Partners

Merger Creates Leading Dermatology Practice in Southwest U.S.


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WestDerm and Platinum Dermatology Partners (“Platinum”) announced a partnership to merge and become an industry-leading dermatology group practice organization focused on being the partner of choice for physicians across the Southwest. The newly merged organization now includes 170 physicians and over 300 total providers who practice across more than 100 locations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas.


By joining forces, both organizations will be better together as they work to advance care for millions of patients, build an elite community for dermatologists to practice, and expand opportunities for team members to grow their careers. The merger was completed on June 17, 2022.


“We’re very excited about joining forces. The combination of WestDerm and Platinum creates a dynamic community for dermatologists to practice medicine,” said CEO Brian Stern, which also had five of its physicians named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Medical and Cosmetic Dermatologists in 2022. “We look forward to advancing clinical care in dermatology while simultaneously increasing access to patient care.”


“Combining forces with WestDerm enables both groups to provide more resources to better serve our physicians and expand our network,” said Michael Pennington, President of Platinum. “We believe the best clinical and business outcomes are achieved through partnership and alignment between management and physicians. This merger furthers Platinum’s objective to expand our model in a way that is fundamentally good for the specialty.”


“We’re better together,” said Mitchel Goldman, M.D., Medical Director at WestDerm and a renowned, board-certified dermatologist who has pioneered numerous innovations in dermatology. “As a combined organization, we’ll have a deeper team of clinical experts. Our physicians will be able to share knowledge and actively learn from one another, which will improve clinical outcomes.”


Anthony Petelin, M.D., Phoenix-based board-certified dermatologist, and board member of Platinum adds, “Today’s news is significant for the specialty of dermatology. In addition to expanding our care to patients in the communities we serve, we’ll also increase our collective capabilities with some of the foremost thought leaders in dermatology.”