My name is John Ebner. I'm one of the dermatologists here at Arizona Dermatology. I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and at the age of 15 left there to come to the states to continue my education. Eventually, after high school I settled in Tucson, went to the University of Arizona. I majored in Nutrition and Chemistry. After that I decided to go to graduate school and got a master's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. And after that came back to Arizona to go to medical school at Midwestern University.
After medical school I went into a dermatology residency at the Cleveland Clinic. The residency was a combined clinical and surgical dermatology, along with one year of basic research.
What I loved about being at the clinic was that exposure, as well as when I was there getting to work in the lab and understanding some of the mechanisms involved in the development of skin cancer, specifically basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, was really a highlight. It really sort of sparked my interest in terms of how I became interested in understanding skin cancer and how to treat it.
I came to Arizona Dermatology first as a medical student. It was a place where I just wanted to go and get some experience in dermatology, and when I came here I instantly found that this place was a warm and caring environment and a really nice family environment. Everybody was welcoming and warm. And it was one of those places that I was only there for a month as a medical student, but that month was really a month that really changed my course.
I had not really looked at dermatology up until that point, and when I came here and worked with the doctors that were here, Dr. Superfon and Dr. Ko, it was really one of those changes for me that it said, "Gosh, this is one of the most amazing specialties. And I'm definitely going to go into dermatology."
That was really the reason I started out. Now after I was finished with my residency I was obviously inclined to come back here, but I wanted that I had checked out all the other options. So I did lots of interviewing at different practices around Arizona, specifically Phoenix and Tucson. Because of the way that this practice is positioned we have people that have worked here for over ten years and 15 years or 20 years. And not just a couple, two or three these are five, ten, 15 people that have been here for this long. It's so nice to have this kind of longevity and really it speaks to the way that we treat our employees. We hire people and they stay because it's a great place to work and I knew that was going to be the case for me. And so for me it was an easy decision to come and work here.
And so because it's such a warm, friendly, family environment, we're able to keep our staff here for many, many years. Now what's important for patients is that when they come here they see that. They see that we have friendly, kind, welcoming staff. When they come back into the back of the office to see the provider, the people that they talk to and interact with are kind and thoughtful and pleasant, and just happy.