Midland, Texas, dermatologist Russell Akin was named a "2013 Rising Star" by Texas Monthly magazine. The former pharmacist went to medical school because he wanted to interact with patients and is now the only dermatologist at Midland Memorial Hospital who performs Mohs surgery. Akin says he enjoys the surgical aspect of dermatology. "I enjoy being able to treat skin cancers with the way that I feel offers a high cure rate," he said.

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