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Dekker Deacon
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Dekker Deacon, MD, PhD

Languages spoken: English

Clinical Locations

Huntsman Cancer Institute - Cancer Hospital South

Clinic 2C, Dermatology/Melanoma
801-587-7000
  • Dekker C. Deacon, MD, PhD completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Utah and has a special interest in the genetics of skin cancer and skin cancer treatment, including Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma and others. He is a member of the Melanoma Disease Center, and regularly participates in a weekly melanoma multidisciplinary treatment planning conference. In addition to skin cancer, which he treats at both The Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah Hospital clinics, Dr. Deacon sees general dermatology patients for a wide range of conditions including Actinic Keratoses, Acne, Warts, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Rosacea, Hives, Rashes, Skin Lesions, Cysts, Skin Infections, Excessive Sweating, Hair and Nail Disease, and Drug Reactions. In his free time, he enjoys spending time hiking, biking, and skiing with his wife.

    Patient Rating

    4.9 /5
    ( out of 137 reviews )

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    Patient Comments

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    August 20, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    I really like the treatment I got

    August 17, 2023
    UH HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

    He is the best! Y.

    August 14, 2023
    UH HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

    Just good service

    August 13, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Dr Deacon is very knowledgeable and professional. He will and has allocated sufficient time to explain the medical issues and appropriate treatment.

    August 11, 2023
    UH HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

    Dr. Dekker Colin is one of the best MD. Doctor I ever met.

    August 08, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Dr Dekker is a great doctor. I'm already starting to improve from treatments. Very friendly, personable, and put me at ease. He listened to my concerns and confirmed my conditionDr. in both legs, not just 1 like my previous dr. I can't say enough good about him.

    July 23, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    He was very caring with me as my mom died from melanoma & I was very nervous to be there. I was very impressed with his professionalism with his students. Please commend him for a job well done both as a provider and a teacher.

    July 20, 2023
    UH HOSPITALS AND CLINICS

    He is very easy to talk to, he listens like he really wants to hear what I have to say.

    July 06, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    He was very helpful with my treatment plans!

  • Dekker C. Deacon, MD, PhD completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Utah and has a special interest in the genetics of skin cancer and skin cancer treatment, including Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma and others. He is a member of the Melanoma Disease Center, and regularly participates in a weekly melanoma multidisciplinary treatment planning conference. In addition to skin cancer, which he treats at both The Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah Hospital clinics, Dr. Deacon sees general dermatology patients for a wide range of conditions including Actinic Keratoses, Acne, Warts, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Rosacea, Hives, Rashes, Skin Lesions, Cysts, Skin Infections, Excessive Sweating, Hair and Nail Disease, and Drug Reactions. In his free time, he enjoys spending time hiking, biking, and skiing with his wife.

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Dermatology -Primary

    Education history

    Chief Resident Dermatology - University of Utah School of Medicine Chief Resident
    Dermatology - University of Utah School of Medicine Resident
    Internship Internal Medicine Preliminary Year - University of Utah School of Medicine Intern
    Biomedical Sciences - University of California, San Diego Ph.D.
    Professional Medical Medical Scientist Training Program - University of California, San Diego School of Medicine M.D.
    Molecular Biology and Biochemistry - Middlebury College B.A.

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Scherzer MT, Deacon DC, Judson-Torres RL (2023). Perilesional Epigenomes Distinguish Melanocytic Nevus Subtypes. J Invest Dermatol, 143(9), 1631-1633. (Read full article)
    2. Kelly BG, Liu T, Deacon DC (2023). Persistent Green-Blue Plaque in a Healthy Woman. JAMA Dermatol, 159(3), 335-336. (Read full article)
    3. Kuceki G, Deacon DC, Secrest AM (2022). Amelanotic Melanoma Treated as Fungal Infection for Years. Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine, 2022(Article ID 2598965), 1-3.
    4. Sahni DR, Deacon DC, Madigan LM (2022). The impact of seasonal temperature variation on the incidence of pernio during the COVID19 pandemic. JAAD Int, 10, 3-5. (Read full article)
    5. Deacon DC, Smith EA, Judson-Torres RL (2021). Molecular Biomarkers for Melanoma Screening, Diagnosis and Prognosis: Current State and Future Prospects. Front Med (Lausanne), 8, 642380. (Read full article)
    6. Deacon DC, Madigan LM (2020). Inpatient teledermatology in the era of COVID-19 and the importance of the complete skin examination. JAAD Case Rep, 6(10), 977-978. (Read full article)
    7. Grossman D, Okwundu N, Bartlett EK, Marchetti MA, Othus M, Coit DG, Hartman RI, Leachman SA, Berry EG, Korde L, Lee SJ, Bar-Eli M, Berwick M, Bowles T, Buchbinder EI, Burton EM, Chu EY, Curiel-Lewandrowski C, Curtis JA, Daud A, Deacon DC, Ferris LK, Gershenwald JE, Grossmann KF, Hu-Lieskovan S, Hyngstrom J, Jeter JM, Judson-Torres RL, Kendra KL, Kim CC, Kirkwood JM, Lawson DH, Leming PD, Long GV, Marghoob AA, Mehnert JM, Ming ME, Nelson KC, Polsky D, Scolyer RA, Smith EA, Sondak VK, Stark MS, Stein JA, Thompson JA, Thompson JF, Venna SS, Wei ML, Swetter SM (2021). Prognostic Gene Expression Profiling in Cutaneous Melanoma: Identifying the Knowledge Gaps and Assessing the Clinical Benefit. JAMA Dermatol, 156(9), 1004-1011. (Read full article)
    8. Topham C, Deacon DC, Bowen A, Cipriano SD (2019). More than goosebumps: A case of marked skin dimpling in an infant. Pediatr Dermatol, 36(3), e71-e72. (Read full article)
    9. Deacon DC, Happe CL, Chen C, Tedeschi N, Manso AM, Li T, Dalton ND, Peng Q, Farah EN, Gu Y, Tenerelli KP, Tran VD, Chen J, Peterson KL, Schork NJ, Adler ED, Engler AJ, Ross RS, Chi NC (2019). Combinatorial interactions of genetic variants in human cardiomyopathy. Nat Biomed Eng, 3(2), 147-157. (Read full article)
    10. Veevers J, Farah EN, Corselli M, Witty AD, Palomares K, Vidal JG, Emre N, Carson CT, Ouyang K, Liu C, van Vliet P, Zhu M, Hegarty JM, Deacon DC, Grinstein JD, Dirschinger RJ, Frazer KA, Adler ED, Knowlton KU, Chi NC, Martin JC, Chen J, Evans SM (2018). Cell-Surface Marker Signature for Enrichment of Ventricular Cardiomyocytes Derived from Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Stem Cell Reports, 11(3), 828-841. (Read full article)
    11. Hashem SI, Perry CN, Bauer M, Han S, Clegg SD, Ouyang K, Deacon DC, Spinharney M, Panopoulos AD, Izpisua Belmonte JC, Frazer KA, Chen J, Gong Q, Zhou Z, Chi NC, Adler ED (2015). Brief Report: Oxidative Stress Mediates Cardiomyocyte Apoptosis in a Human Model of Danon Disease and Heart Failure. Stem Cells, 33(7), 2343-50. (Read full article)
    12. Zhang K, Deacon DC, Rao F, Schork AJ, Fung MM, Waalen J, Schork NJ, Nievergelt CM, Chi NC, OConnor DT (2013). Human heart rate: heritability of resting and stress values in twin pairs, and influence of genetic variation in the adrenergic pathway at a microribonucleic acid (microrna) motif in the 3'-UTR of cytochrome b561 [corrected]. J Am Coll Cardiol, 63(4), 358-68. (Read full article)
    13. Qiao H, Prasada Rao HB, Yang Y, Fong JH, Cloutier JM, Deacon DC, Nagel KE, Swartz RK, Strong E, Holloway JK, Cohen PE, Schimenti J, Ward J, Hunter N (2014). Antagonistic roles of ubiquitin ligase HEI10 and SUMO ligase RNF212 regulate meiotic recombination. Nat Genet, 46(2), 194-9. (Read full article)
    14. Yoshioka N, Gros E, Li HR, Kumar S, Deacon DC, Maron C, Muotri AR, Chi NC, Fu XD, Yu BD, Dowdy SF (2012). Efficient generation of human iPSCs by a synthetic self-replicative RNA. Cell Stem Cell, 13(2), 246-54. (Read full article)
    15. Deacon DC, Nevis KR, Cashman TJ, Zhou Y, Zhao L, Washko D, Guner-Ataman B, Burns CG, Burns CE (2010). The miR-143-adducin3 pathway is essential for cardiac chamber morphogenesis. Development, 137(11), 1887-96. (Read full article)
    16. Ward JO, Reinholdt LG, Motley WW, Niswander LM, Deacon DC, Griffin LB, Langlais KK, Backus VL, Schimenti KJ, OBrien MJ, Eppig JJ, Schimenti JC (2007). Mutation in mouse hei10, an e3 ubiquitin ligase, disrupts meiotic crossing over. PLoS Genet, 3(8), e139. (Read full article)
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