Volume 14 - Issue 1 - January 2006

O ne of the first calls that New Orleans dermatologist Patricia Farris, M.D., received in the days after Hurricane Katrina pummeled her city was from a pathologist, who had been trying to get through to her to let her know that a patient’s biopsy had come back positive for melanoma. “After the cell phones came back up, that was one of the first calls I got—the pathologist reporting that I had a melanoma diagnosis on a patient who couldn’t be located,” Dr. Farris recalls. “I found her several weeks later, in Florida.” The first written communication private practitioner and Tulane Unive