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Dr. Raphael

Dr. Raphael, a native of Syracuse, NY, is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and fellowship-trained Dermatologic Surgeon. He specializes in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for skin cancers and facial reconstruction as well as cosmetic dermatology including injectables, lasers and other non invasive cosmetic procedures. Dr. Raphael completed his medical training at The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After his internal medicine internship, Dr. Raphael completed his residency in Dermatology at Emory University. As a resident, Dr. Raphael was elected to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Board of Directors, the largest specialty organization representing surgical and cosmetic dermatologists.

Dr. Raphael has advanced fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery as well as cosmetic dermatology and laser procedures. He has completed the prestigious ACGME accredited Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fellowship at SkinCare Physicians in Boston, MA. Dr. Raphael has also completed a fellowship in Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery trained by faculty from Harvard, Yale and Brown. This premier fellowship is only one of a few accredited by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Dr. Raphael has authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers in peer reviewed journals in the field of Dermatology focusing on skin cancer and non invasive cosmetic procedures. He was featured on satellite radio as an expert in skin cancer and dermatologic surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and American Society for Laser Medicine.

Dr. Cizenski

Jeffrey Cizenski, MD is a native of Syracuse, New York. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University at Buffalo and was an Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) member at SUNY Upstate Medical University where he earned his medical degree. Dr. Cizenski completed his internship at St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York and his dermatology residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he served as chief resident. Dr. Cizenski has published literature in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, International Journal of Dermatology, British Journal of Dermatology and Cutis. He has also authored book chapters in dermatology texts.
During residency, Dr. Cizenski was the recipient of a grant from the American Society of Dermatopathology for research conducted on Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a rare form of skin cancer. He was later awarded a prize for the presentation of this project at the Texas Dermatological Society Meeting. Dr. Cizenski has a passion for medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.
He enjoys college basketball, NFL football, travel, cooking and spending quality time with his wife and daughter.  Dr. Cizenski is excited to return to central New York to serve the community where he was raised. 

Travis Hayden, MPAS, PA-C

Mr. Hayden completed his undergraduate studies at Le Moyne College and upon graduating he was awarded enrollment into the U.S. Navy’s Health Services Collegiate Program. Through the program he received his formal training as a physician assistant (PA) at the Sisters of Charity Medical Center of Staten Island, New York. He then proudly served on active duty as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy, working as a PA in military and family medicine. During his time in the Navy, he completed his master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. While stationed at the U.S. Naval Academy he pursued his interest in dermatology through training with the dermatology department of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Since completing his tour in the Navy in 2003, he has been working in the field of dermatology where he feels fortunate to be able to provide high quality dermatological care to the many patients in beautiful upstate New York.
Mr. Hayden’s passion is focused on patient care and helping to educate healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care patients’ receive. To that end, since 2003 he has enjoyed teaching PA students and currently holds a faculty position at Le Moyne College Physician Assistant Program as the Assistant Academic Coordinator. He also is a clinical instructor and preceptor for the SUNY Upstate Medical University Physician Assistant Program. In 2013 he was honored to receive the Central New York Physician Assistant Association’s PA Educator of the Year award.
Mr. Hayden is an NCCPA nationally certified PA and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and a Fellow member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) where he has held appointments as Committee Chair and as Board of Director. He is the founding Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants (JDPA) and an inaugural Board of Trustee member and Research Committee member of the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF).

Leah Hodson

Leah joined us at Empire Dermatology in April of 2019. After a career change from customer service she decided to follow her passion and get her degree as a NYS licensed esthetician and couldn’t be happier making people feel their best. Her attention to detail and passion for skin care stands out with each unique client’s skin care needs helping others to feel confident, relaxed, and happy with their results. She is skilled in all things esthetics including advanced training in chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Outside of work Leah likes to travel, practice yoga, and helps brides look their best on their wedding days!