SkinMD Joins QualDerm Partners

Dr. Ellen Jacobson’s Belle Meade-based Practice is QualDerm’s Fifth Affiliated Practice Location in Tennessee

(September 10, 2020) 

QualDerm Partners, a company that creates market-leading dermatology practice partnerships through affiliations and de novo development, today announced SkinMD has joined the company’s network of affiliated physician-owned practices.

Ellen Jacobson, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, is the founder of SkinMD which is located in the Belle Meade area of Nashville. The practice provides general dermatology, skin cancer care and cosmetic procedures.

“Over the years, my staff and I have worked hard to build a practice that patients can trust to give them high-quality dermatology care and an outstanding experience,” says Dr. Jacobson. “We’re excited to partner with QualDerm. Their commitment to quality and physician autonomy allows us to keep our practice’s culture intact while enabling us to grow and expand our services.”

Dr. Jacobson earned her medical degree from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis. After that, she spent two years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Jacobson then returned to Tennessee to complete a dermatology residency at the University of Tennessee. A Nashville native, Dr. Jacobson is actively involved in the community and served on the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability.

In 2017, QualDerm partnered with its first Tennessee practice, Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology, which has locations in Hendersonville, Hermitage and Lebanon. Brentwood Dermatology is also a local QualDerm-affiliated practice. The company currently has a total of 45 practice locations in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, with plans to expand further.

Dermatology practices that partner with QualDerm have access to management support, guidance and capital for service expansion and growth. The foundation of QualDerm’s partnership model is maintaining physicians’ clinical autonomy, which ensures patient care remains at the highest levels. Physician partners also have a strong voice in shaping QualDerm’s policies and growth strategies. Physicians are represented on the corporate board of directors and lead the Quality Council. Further, the company’s practice management structure is organized into Regional Joint Operating Committees whose membership is made up of both physicians and business professionals. This allows practice management decisions to be made based on local market needs and conditions.

“We’re honored that Dr. Jacobson has chosen to affiliate with QualDerm,” says Bill Southwick, Chief Executive Officer of QualDerm. “QualDerm seeks to partner with the highest-caliber dermatologists. Dr. Jacobson’s expertise is a valuable addition to our organization. We look forward to working with her to further expand patient access to high-quality care here in Tennessee.”


About QualDerm Partners

QualDerm Partners helps top-tier dermatologists position their practices for sustainable growth and profitability. The company creates market-leading practice partnerships through affiliations and de novo development. QualDerm provides the management support, capital, and guidance for growth. Under QualDerm’s True PartnershipSM model, physicians are partners, not employees, and retain their own practice brand. This doctor-driven model is designed to maintain physicians’ clinical autonomy and ensure the highest-quality patient care. QualDerm offers physicians tailored partnership structures to meet their needs, as well as the option to sell their practices.  For more information, visit


About SkinMD

SkinMD specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Located in the heart of Belle Meade, the entire team at SkinMD is dedicated to excellence in patient care and education – providing the most advanced medical and cosmetic techniques. Comprehensive skin revitalization services are provided in a comfortable, medically-controlled setting. SkinMD was founded by Ellen Jacobson, MD, a board-certified dermatologist. For more information, visit:




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