Vanguard Skin Specialists

Vanguard Skin Specialists specializes in medical dermatology, particularly the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. We have locations in Colorado Springs, Canon City, Pueblo, and Woodland Park.

We are a dermatology and plastic surgery practice committed to caring for our patients like family. We specialize in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Our multi-specialist team includes dermatology, plastic surgery, Mohs surgery, and dermatopathology physicians

Mission: Our operating principles: - We are passionate about delivering the best medical care and patient experience possible - We go the extra mile to take care of our patients - We are professionals who act with integrity, at all times - We create a positive working environment, where we operate as one team and never let another team member fail - We partner with other community doctors to ensure patients receive coordinated and thorough care - We make a positive impact on our patients, our community, and the world at large Find out more about our values at

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The Best of the Springs - Voting

We've been nominated for Best of Springs Best Medical Practice and Best Medical Spa categories. We'd love your support! Please vote.

Dr. Paul Pierce | Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Colorado Springs

Have you been considering cosmetic plastic surgery? As we welcome Dr. Paul Pierce to Vanguard Skin Specialists, both he and Dr. Jim Banich are waiving their cosmetic consultation fee in February! Call 719-355-1585 to schedule with either plastic surgeon. Dr. Paul Pierce, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who focuses on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body.

Vanguard Skin Specialists & Healing Haiti Sponsorships

Learn more about our our partnership with Healing Haiti.
We invite you to join us in this support. Vanguard Skin Specialists is honored to partner with Healing Haiti to support a medical clinic and community building in the poorest areas of Haiti. Please v...

Our holiday style - smiles, sweaters, and face masks 😷.

Any guesses who this masked Santa might be? Drop your guess in the comments!

Vanguard Skin Specialists - Best Place to Work 2020

Today's Sunday Gazette announced Vanguard Skin Specialists is one of the BEST WORKPLACES in Colorado Springs (2nd place-Large Company category). Our 2-minute video story about what happened in 2020:

#bestworkplaces, #bestworkplace, #vanguardtribe The Vanguard Tribe has spoken, and we’re recognized as one of the top 3 large companies to work for in Colorado Springs for two years in a row. While this ma...

Mohs Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons: Why We Work Together at Vanguard Skin Specialists | Vanguard Skin Specialists

Vanguard Skin Specialists offers both Mohs Surgery and Plastic Surgery. This is why it matters for skin cancer patients. Mohs surgery and plastic surgery--We're the only practice in southern Colorado offering both on the same day at the same location.

Five Loaves, Two Fish, and Over a Thousand Served | Vanguard Skin Specialists

"The human species has always experienced fear and faced natural catastrophes. What makes us uniquely human is our ability to imagine and create a better future for ourselves and each other. ... Choosing to love is where miracles begin." - Dr. Chung shares about our miracle when someone chose to love.

The Best of the Springs - Nominations

Would you help nominate Vanguard Skin Specialists for Best of Springs - Medical Practice? We'd love your support! Thank you!

Hidradenitis Suppurativa: The Recurrent Boil Problem that Nobody Talks About | Vanguard Skin Specialists

Do you get recurrent painful “boils” or “abscesses” in the armpits, groin, buttocks or other skin folds? It may be time to talk about it. Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a skin condition that occurs in the groin, armpits, breasts, and abdominal skin folds in which inflamed reddish bumps occur and are often called “boils.”

Getting rid of pesky warts: What you can do at home and what your dermatologist can do in the office | Vanguard Skin Specialists Warts are benign growths that are often flesh-colored, gray, or brown with black dots and commonly found on hands, elbows, knees, and feet.

Vanguard Medical Providers Dancing on the Rooftop

Vanguard medical providers can't gather in a room, so we socially distance by dancing on the rooftop. Who has the best dance moves?

Dry Skin: Answering My Patients Most Common Questions | Vanguard Skin Specialists

Has the recent cold weather affected your skin? Here's Rachel Frederickson PA-C's advice on dry skin. Excessive bathing, use of products that dry out the skin, harsh environmental causes, and normal skin aging all contribute to dry skin.

Patients Who Feed My Soul | Vanguard Skin Specialists

"It is our patients who inspire us and remind us that what we do is not just a job, but a calling. . ." Read more from Dr. Vinh Chung. Carlos (not real name) was the last patient on my schedule for the day. He was coming in because of a skin cancer on the right side of his nose.

You Had a Skin Cancer. Are You Practicing Adequate Sun Protection? | Vanguard Skin Specialists

Advice from Dr. Renata Prado, Mohs surgeon and skin cancer expert. Therefore, you are right to think that the most important way to prevent a future skin cancer is by avoiding exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

Terri Nagy, PA-C | Dermatology | Vanguard Skin Specialists

Vanguard Skin Specialists is excited to welcome Terri Nagy, PA-C! Terri Nagy has been a board-certified physician assistant since 1998. She practices medical dermatology, caring for patients in all age groups and all skin conditions.

How to combat mask acne, AKA ‘maskne’

Dr. Maria Sheron shares her advice on "maskne" with KKTV news. If you’re having acne issues for the first time in years, you are not alone--the culprit could be your mask.

Our Northgate office is now open! Accepting new patients at 13492 Bass Pro Drive.

Best of Pueblo 2020

Vanguard Skin Specialists and Dr. Vinh Chung are both in the running for Best of Pueblo. Would you please vote and help us win? Thank you! Check it out now!

Do you have a spot you're concerned about? We'll be available tomorrow morning (Saturday, 9/11) at 9348 Grand Cordera Pkwy.

That’s stage 3 melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. This Colorado Springs woman is using her story to encourage others to get their skin checked this weekend FOR FREE. On the picture on the left, you can see the spot on her neck she waited years to get checked. Thankfully she survived but she doesn’t want anyone else to go through the same thing.

So join us this Saturday (9/12) to get any concerning spot on your skin checked for FREE by dermatologists in Colorado Springs! Tell your family and friends, too. It is our 3rd event with Vanguard Skin Specialists. They’ve already saved so many lives with our two previous events with them this summer. We LOVE you Dr. Vinh Chung and the staff at Vanguard!

What: FREE Drive Thru Skin Spot Check Screening Event
Where: Vanguard Skin Specialists parking lot at 9348 Grand Cordera Parkway in Colorado Springs
When: September 12th from 9 am-noon

Re-Finding the Joy in Dermatology - Practical Dermatology

Dr. Vinh Chung shares his secrets for his optimism. Here is his interview in Practical Dermatology -- how to find joy in practicing dermatology. Vinh Chung, MD shares the secrets to his optimism, Part 1

Mohs Micrographic Surgery – The best option for most skin cancers | Vanguard Skin Specialists

Dr. Renata Prado explains why Mohs Surgery is the best choice. Mohs Micrographic Surgery was recommended to you among many other treatment modalities because your doctor considered several aspects of your skin cancer.

Dianne Derby

Did you miss our Pueblo Spot Check! Come out on Sat morning, 9/12 to our Briargate office. We'll be doing it again. A simple skin spot check could save your life.

Get your skin checked today for FREE! 11 News is at Vanguard Skin Specialists in Pueblo right now. It's at ‪5700 North Elizabeth Street‬. The dermatologists will be checking patients ‪from 9-11‬ for free

KKTV 11 News

Our team was out this morning in Pueblo, offering a FREE Drive Thru Spot Check. If you missed it, we are running our next community event on Saturday, 9/12 in Colorado Springs. Stay tuned for details!

Get your skin checked today for FREE! 11 News anchor Dianne Derby is at Vanguard Skin Specialists in Pueblo right now. It's at ‪5700 North Elizabeth Street‬. The dermatologists will be checking patients ‪from 9-11‬ for free!

Pandemic related stress causing hair loss

We are seeing an increase in patients experiencing hair loss. Dr. Maria Sheron explains on Fox21 News how the pandemic could be affecting you and your hair. COLORADO SPRINGS — It’s been months since the Coronavirus pandemic hit, and now we are learning more about how this virus is affecting our bodies, including our hair. “We are gett…

CASA of the Pikes Peak Region

CASA is an amazing organization that changes lives in our community! Please consider joining us and supporting their work.

“As a refugee, I was a child without a country… a child without a home,” says Dr. Vinh Chung, a Colorado Springs dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who at age three fled post-war Vietnam in a treacherous family boat journey that eventually landed him in the United States.

Now, Dr. Chung's practice - Vanguard Skin Specialists - is a business partner of CASA. Read about the Chung family and what they're doing now to improve the world around them.

Dianne Derby

It's stories like this that make our work meaningful! Please come to our next free skin check event. Skin checks save lives!

She says our skin check event saved her life! When she heard about my melanoma diagnosis (I'm fine) she showed up with hundreds of you to get checked, too.

THIS is what makes me full of gratitude for my career.

Dr. Chung and Vanguard Skin Specialists we are so grateful for our partnership with you. You saved her life.

KKTV & Vanguard Drive Thru Spot Check - What to expect | Vanguard Skin Specialists

PUEBLO - The KKTV and Vanguard Free Drive Thru Spot Check is coming to PUEBLO on August 18. Find out more! Drive through and get your skin checked for free. If you have a new or changing mole, Vanguard's dermatologists can give you peace of mind.

Sunscreen Tips from an Experienced Dermatology PA | Vanguard Skin Specialists

Stay safe in the sun with these tips from Joe Cari, PA-C. Sunscreen is not a product to scrimp on, and most people do not apply enough to achieve SPF 30+ protection. To achieve the desired SPF, you have to layer.

Dr. Tamar Hajar | Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon Colorado Springs, CO

Welcome Dr. Tamar Hajar, to Vanguard's Pueblo office! She is a highly trained dermatologist, fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, speaks Spanish fluently, has a warm personality, and loves people. No wonder we're so excited!!! Dr. Tamar Hajar is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who completed her medical training in both Mexico and the United States.

The Global Leadership Summit - Global Leadership Network

Our leadership team is looking forward to this event! Your generosity brings The Global Leadership Summit to more communities worldwide. Learn how you can equip, encourage and inspire Christian influencers globally by providing the access to leadership tools where needed most.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: I may have skin cancer. What now? (A webinar with Dr. Renata Prado). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Are you concerned about a spot that you think may be skin cancer? Join Dr. Renata Prado on Friday for a live, free webinar about concerning spots and what to look for. Dr. Renata Prado shares what patients need to know about skin cancer. Should you be concerned about the spot on your skin? What are the warning signs for skin cancer? What is the best treatment for each type of skin cancer? Dr. Prado is a dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon, who specializes in the...

Colorado Springs dermatologist shines a light on ‘maskne’

Dr. Maria Sheron with Vanguard talks to Fox 21 news about the recent skin condition "maskne." Here are tips for you to try before you see a dermatologist. COLORADO SPRINGS — If you’ve noticed a couple of acne spots after wearing your face mask, you’re not alone, it’s called ‘maskne’. “We call it acne mechanic…

How to Spot Skin Cancer

If you spot something different or new on your skin, it is a good idea to have a dermatology provider take a look. Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. If you know what to look for, you can spot warning signs of skin cancer early.

Shaping My Son’s Heart on Father’s Day (by Dr. Vinh Chung) | Vanguard Skin Specialists

Dr. Chung shares, "On Father’s Day, while most fathers slept in, watched TV, or tended the grill, I got up at sunrise to voluntarily submit myself to a form of physical torture. I’m not a runner, nor am I built like one, but on this special day I chose to run 26.2 miles for no other reason than to have my son watch me do it." READ WHY. . . As a father, I would do anything to protect my children. I realize that I cannot remove all the painful thorns in Luke’s path, so I had decided to teach him how to walk through the pain. And it is okay to limp if needed.

For Patients, For Community, For the World

We are a dermatology and plastic surgery practice committed to caring for our patients like family. We specialize in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, and we also take care of the full range of dermatology and plastic surgery conditions. Our multi-specialist team includes dermatology, plastic surgery, Mohs surgery, and dermatopathology physicians.

Vanguard Skin Specialists was founded in the summer of 2009. Dr. Vinh Chung and his wife, Leisle, began the practice with a vision to make it the center of excellence in Colorado for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. The goal: provide the standard of care found in a major medical center, but in an environment that is accessible, warm, and welcoming to patients. Over time, Vanguard Skin Specialists has grown with additional medical providers and staff members who also believe in Vanguard’s operating principles and values. It’s Vanguard’s people and values that set us apart.

From taking care of underserved populations to sponsoring projects locally and around the world, Vanguard strives to make a positive impact on patients, community, and the world at large.

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9348 Grand Cordera Pkwy, Ste 160
Colorado Springs, CO

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 17:00
Thursday 07:30 - 17:00
Friday 07:30 - 16:00
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