Dr. John Buker

Dr. Buker, a native of Mansfield, Ohio, graduated with honors from Ohio Wesleyan University. He earned his MD degree from the Medical College of Ohio in 1982. He served as class president, was elected president of the Medical Student Section of the Ohio State Medical Association, and was recognized at graduation with several awards for leadership and service. Dr. Buker completed a Psychiatry internship at the Naval Hospital in San Diego then entered Flight Surgery training in Pensacola, Florida where he learned to pilot helicopters. Dr. Buker completed three years of dermatology residency at the Naval Hospital in San Diego and was certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 1990. He completed fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, under the tutelage of Dr. Rex Amonette.

Dr. Buker served as Director of Dermatologic Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda Naval Hospital). In addition to teaching dermatology residents about conventional skin surgery, laser surgery, cryosurgery, electrosurgery, sclerotherapy and various cosmetic procedures, Dr. Buker performed the majority of difficult skin cancer surgeries for the National Naval Medical Center utilizing the Mohs micrographic surgery technique.

A voluntary assistant professor with the Department of Surgery at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Buker is a member of many practicing societies, including the American Acadamy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the AMA, the KMA, and many others. Dr. Buker has authored chapters for several dermatology textbooks dealing with skin cancers, skin cancer surgery, and perioperative emergencies.