Dr. Aaron Z. Hoover MD took a bit of a winding path from his undergraduate studies at University of Notre Dame, all the way to where he practices today at Front Range Dermatology Associates. He began his medical education at The Ohio State University College of Medicine (graduated in 1998), and he has excelled at every endeavor, with words such as “honors” and “outstanding” following him every step of the way. After interning in Pediatrics in 1999 at the James Whitcomb Riley hospital for Children in Indiana and a stint overseas as a general medical officer in the army, he moved to San Antonio and did his residency at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC). Dr. Hoover was the top graduate resident in his class.
Dr. Hoover became a fellow at the Prestigious Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He is one of only a handful of distinguished physicians who became dual board-certified in dermatology and dermatopathology when he finished his education. Dr. Hoover then spent the remaining time in the military teaching the next generation of dermatology residents.
To begin this article with a mini-biography may not be covered by usual editorial practices by any measurement, but Dr. Hoover has such an outstanding and varied background, it is important to consider as part of who he is.
As a dermatologist, he really enjoys treating his patients – and from all the great reviews that keep building up on his website, he is very good at what he does. Dr. Hoover is quick to credit his great staff, fellow providers, and office administrator for ensuring the people in Northern Colorado get the best possible care at Front Range Dermatology Associates.
He enjoys the variety dermatology has to offer from acne to skin cancer.
“Acne may sound like a minor condition. However, there is nothing like having a patient come in with a face covered in acne who cannot or will not look their doctor in the eye. After receiving treatment, the acne begins to subside, and the doctor can enjoy carrying on a conversation with the patient. It is really nice to see patients come ‘out from under their hoodies’ when the treatment is over – especially youthful ones!” Dr. Hoover also feels rewarded by catching early melanomas and other types of cancer using dermoscopy, treating the autoimmune disorders and psoriasis, and more recently, the atypical symptoms of COVID.
Dr. Hoover mentioned that one of his most recent challenges (in the time since COVID came on the scene) is treating hair loss from COVID. Not knowing this as a typical “symptom” of COVID, he explained that it is more than just finding a hair or two in the shower. People have experienced massive shedding and do not know why, and Dr. Hoover mentioned that it is his job to educate them, start them on a treatment plan and when they leave, they know they are on the road to recovery.
He also is always thinking about his “scratch your head” patients whose condition may be hard to treat or difficult to solve, even when he lays down at night to go to bed. He says there is “something about that 2am time” frame that often causes him to wake up with answers for patients.
In his spare time, Dr. Hoover looks forward to being able to do family things again, without pandemic precautions. He has a wife and two children, and they love taking adventures together. He also loves to watch movies.
Dr. Hoover is one of the most positive doctors that I know. He is calm, thorough, detailed, and smart.
His key to keeping a good attitude?
“Just keep smiling behind your mask,” he quipped.