She also diagnoses and treats all types of routine dermatologic concerns, including skin cancer; sun damage; acne; rosacea; unwanted scars, birthmarks, tattoos; wrinkles and skin laxity; sun spots and brown spots; and melasma.
Dr. Hale is co-director of CompleteSkinMD, the private practice that she founded in 2014 with her sister Dr. Julie K. Karen, also a Castle Connolly Top Doctor. She spent eight years with Laser & Skin Surgery Center of NY prior to that.
Dr. Hale strives to build long-lasting partnerships with patients and help them achieve and maintain their best skin health at all stages of life.
“Throughout our lives, our skin is a reflection of our overall health and well-being,” she says. “I believe in creating long-term relationships with patients to promote their optimal skin health — not in providing quick fixes.”
In practice since 2003, Dr. Hale is an ardent believer in skin cancer awareness and prevention, and she is dedicated to lifelong learning and teaching on the subject.
“My true passion is skin cancer detection and treatment, and as I tell patients, a suntan is temporary but sun damage and skin cancer may not be,” she says.
“I’m committed to working in partnership with people to educate them about sun protection, skin cancer, maintaining healthy skin, and living a healthy lifestyle in general.”
Dr. Hale earned her medical degree (Alpha Omega Alpha) at the NYU School of Medicine in New York City. She completed a three-year residency at NYU Langone Health’s Skin and Cancer Unit, serving as chief resident in her final year. She completed a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery at NYU Langone, training under Perry Robins, MD, one of the procedure’s first practitioners.
Dr. Hale is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and licensed to practice in New York.
Well known in her field and very highly awarded, Dr. Hale is often featured in the national media. She has shared her expertise with publications and outlets that include The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post; Huffington Post; Good Morning America; TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda; Parents; InStyle; Men’s Health; Vogue; O, The Oprah Magazine; Allure; Health; Fitness; Self; Shape; Elle; Harper's Bazaar; and Glamour.
Dr. Hale has many other professional roles and activities outside of her practice. These include serving as a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the New York University Langone Medical Center, attending dermatologist at the Manhattan VA Hospital, and senior vice president of the Skin Cancer Foundation.
In addition to her many published academic articles and book chapters, Dr. Hale — along with Dr. Karen and Dr. Robins — wrote the Handbook of Dermatologic Surgery. The 2014 book is used by dermatology trainees, practicing dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons, and medical students rotating through dermatology.
NYU School of Medicine
Dermatology, 1999 - 2002
Mohs Surgery, 2002 - 2003
Q: Do you ever advise patients against getting a cosmetic treatment or procedure?
A: Absolutely. We’re not afraid to talk someone out of a procedure or tell them they don’t need something if they’re not a good candidate for it or if they won’t be happy with the results.
And sometimes people come to us for cosmetic procedures or treatments because they’re trying to fill an emotional hole, like stress or sadness in their lives. Depending on the person and the circumstances, it can sometimes be best to advise against those.
Q: Your practice doesn’t seem to offer all the treatments and services some other dermatologists do. Why is that?
A: We like tried-and-true treatments and procedures, the things that really work. We may not always have the sexiest new machines because we’re always aiming for natural-looking and reproducible results that will last over time. We are often bringing new technology into our practice, but only after it has been rigorously studied.
Q: What do you strive for with cosmetic procedures?
A: We’re known for achieving a very natural, relaxed, and refreshed look using injectables such as Sculptra®, which subtly and gradually replaces collagen. My ideal aesthetic is understated and keeps friends and family guessing about whether or not someone has had something done.
At NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, our doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals use a team approach to provide the highest level of care to people from New York City and around the world. We want our patients and their families to feel comfortable during their stay.
At Tisch Hospital, we have more than 300 beds for people who need inpatient care. We also have 66 state-of-the-art operating rooms, an advanced critical care unit, a labor and delivery unit in which more than 6,500 babies are born each year, and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for our tiniest patients. We are also home to the Comprehensive Stroke Center and Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services, where our emergency medicine specialists provide advanced care for adults and children.
Opened in 1963 as University Hospital, our facility was renamed Tisch Hospital in 1989 in recognition of two prominent and generous benefactors—brothers Laurence A. and Preston Robert Tisch.