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Andrew Rader Myer Henderson Hall Services


Dermatology is currently open to all eligible patients within the National Capital Region. Appointments are by Face-to-Face and by referral only. 

Services Offered

  • Adult dermatology
  • Pediatric dermatology
  • Skin cancer screening and surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Full body examination for skin cancer evaluation (Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma)
  • Diagnose and treat dermatologic conditions in adults
  • Diagnose and treat dermatologic conditions in pediatric patients
  • Prescribe medications within scope of practice.
  • Shave Biopsy
  • Punch Biopsy
  • Minor excisions of skin/subcutaneous lesions
  • Intralesional steroid injection
  • Cryotherapy
  • Electrodessication
  • Curettage

Services Not Offered

The clinic DOES NOT perform cosmetic procedures including, but not limited to:
  • Laser Therapy (e.g., for acne scarring)
  • Dermabrasion
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Tattoo removal
  • Cosmetic Botox and Fillers
  • Liposuction
  • Laser removal of birth marks
  • Sclerotherapy

Skin Care Information

Mole ABCs

Understanding Sunscreen

What's the best way to sort through the details on sunscreens?

Start by looking beyond the topic of best sunscreen. Get back to the bigger picture, which is protecting yourself from the sun. Here are three main things to keep in mind:

  • Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
  • Wear protective clothing. This includes pants, shirts with long sleeves, and sunglasses. Top it off with a wide-brimmed hat. In addition, consider investing in special sun-protective clothing for golf, gardening, walking, running — even swimming.
  • Use sunscreen. Liberal use of sunscreen is a key part of any program to protect you from the sun.

What does the term 'broad spectrum' mean when applied to sunscreens?

There are two types of UV light that can harm your skin — UVA and UVB. A broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum, sunscreen is designed to protect you from both.

UVA rays can penetrate deeply into your skin and suppress your immune system. This increases the risk of wrinkling and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin. Too much exposure to both UVA and UVB rays raises your risk of skin tumors, including a form of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. The best sunscreen offers protection from all UV light.

Does the best sunscreen also have the highest SPF?

SPF stands for sun protection factor. This is a measure of how well the sunscreen deflects UVB rays. Currently, there's no standard for measuring UVA protection.

Manufacturers calculate SPF based on how long it takes to sunburn skin that's been treated with the sunscreen as compared with skin that hasn't been treated with sunscreen. Theoretically, the best sunscreen has the highest SPF number. Many dermatologists recommend using a product with an SPF of 30 or more. However, no one really agrees on a "good" SPF number. A sunscreen with an SPF of 60 might be better than one with an SPF of 30, but not necessarily — and the SPF 60 product isn't likely to be twice as effective as the SPF 30 product.

To understand this, remember how sunscreen is typically used. It might not be applied thoroughly or thickly enough, and it might be perspired away or washed off while swimming. All this can make even the best sunscreen less effective than the SPF number on the bottle would lead you to believe.

Are spray sunscreens better than other types of sunscreen?

You can use sunscreen that comes in any form: spray, lotion, cream, wax stick or powder. Your choice is a matter of personal preference and which area of the body you're covering. If you have dry skin, you might prefer a cream — especially for your face. A gel might work better for areas covered with hair, such as the scalp.

Which sunscreen ingredients are best?

To ensure broad-spectrum protection, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends sunscreens with any of the following ingredients:

  • Avobenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Ecamsule
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate
  • Octyl salicylate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Sulisobenzone

You might encounter warnings that sunscreens with oxybenzone can irritate your skin, especially if you're sensitive to skin care products. However, a recent analysis of 64 studies indicates that sunscreens with 1 to 6 percent oxybenzone don't pose a significant risk of skin sensitization or irritation for most people.

In addition to sunscreens based on the chemicals listed above, you can now choose from a number of mineral-based sunscreens — sometimes referred to as "inorganic." Their main ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Neither one of these seems to penetrate the skin, and sunscreens based on these ingredients appear to be safe as well as effective.

Are some brands of sunscreen better than others?

Try several different brands to see which works best for you. Brand matters less than how you use the product. In general, look for water-resistant, broad-spectrum coverage with an appropriate SPF — at least 15. Check the expiration date, and follow the directions on the label.

What about claims that sunscreen is ineffective?

Even the best sunscreen isn't perfect. Many sunscreens especially fall down when it comes to UVA protection. In addition, sunscreen use alone isn't thought to prevent all skin cancers. Yet sunscreens are getting better, and using them is certainly better than using nothing at all.

Is there any truth to the claim that sunscreen use can actually increase the risk of melanoma?

Researchers don't understand why people develop melanoma — a serious form of skin cancer. There are several different types of melanoma, and not all types are equally linked to sun damage. Genetics plays a key role as well. Many factors are involved, which makes it hard to link sunscreen use with skin cancer.

If you have any risk factors for skin cancer — especially a family history of the disease — be sure to consult a dermatologist. Also remember this advice from the AAD: "Check your birthday suit on your birthday." If you notice any changes in your skin, such as growths or bleeding, consult a dermatologist right away. When detected early, most forms of skin cancer are quite treatable.

What else is it important to remember about using sunscreen?

When you use sunscreen:

  • Apply generous amounts of sunscreen to dry skin 30 minutes before you go outdoors.
  • Use sunscreen on all skin surfaces that will be exposed to sun — especially your face, ears, hands, arms and lips. If you don't have much hair on your head, apply sunscreen to the top of your head or wear a hat.
  • Coat your skin well and rub sunscreen in thoroughly.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours — more often if you're perspiring.
  • Reapply sunscreen immediately after swimming.
  • Remember that sand, water and snow reflect sunlight and make it even more important to use sunscreen.
  • Since UVA rays penetrate glass and clouds, use sunscreen even when it's cloudy or you're indoors but in rooms with lots of windows.

You can apply sunscreen to children as young as age 6 months. Keep younger children in the shade as much as possible.

What's the bottom line on sunscreen?

Use sunscreen year-round, but don't let any product lull you into a false sense of security about exposure to the sun. A combination of shade, clothing, sunscreen and common sense is your best bet. 

Andrew Rader Us Army Health Clinic
401 Carpenter Rd
Fort Myer, VA 22211


14th St Bridge, Washington, DC

  1. Head southwest on I-395 S Entering Virginia
  2. Take exit 8A for VA-27/Washington Blvd toward Pentagon South Parking/S Arl Ridge Rd
  3. Keep right, follow signs for Virginia 27/Virginia 244/Washington Boulevard/Columbia Pike/South Arl Ridge Road and merge onto VA-27 W/S Washington Blvd
  4. Take the VA-244 E/Columbia Pike ramp to Navy Annex
  5. Turn right onto VA-244 E/Columbia Pike
  6. Turn left onto S Orme St
  7. Turn left onto Southgate Rd. (Restricted usage road)
  8. Turn right onto Hobson Dr (Restricted usage road)
  9. Turn left onto Carpenter Rd (Restricted usage road)

Destination will be on the left


95 Spring Mall Dr, Springfield, VA 22150

  1. Head west on Spring Mall Dr
  2. Turn right onto Loisdale Rd
  3. Turn left onto Franconia Rd W (signs for Interstate 95 N/Interstate 395 N/Interstate 495 E/Interstate 95 S)
  4. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-95 N/I-395 N/I-495 E
  5. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-495 E/Washington/Baltimore/Interstate 395 N/I95 N
  6. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-395 N/Washington and merge onto I-395 N
  7. Take exit 8A to merge onto S Washington Blvd toward Columbia Pike
  8. Take the VA-244 E/Columbia Pike ramp to Navy Annex
  9. Turn right onto VA-244 E/Columbia Pike
  10. Turn left onto S Orme St
  11. Turn left onto Southgate Rd (Restricted usage road)
  12. Turn right onto Hobson Dr (Restricted usage road)
  13. Turn left onto Carpenter Rd (Restricted usage road)

Destination will be on the left


Behavioral Health 2nd floor Option 4
Chief Experience Officer 1st floor Option 0, Option 3
Community Health 2nd floor Option 0, Option 5
Dental Clinic 2nd floor Option 9
Dermatology 1st floor Option 6 
Exceptional Family Member Program 1st floor Option 5
Fort McNair Clinic Fort McNair Option 0, Option 6
Immunizations 1st floor Option 5
Laboratory 2nd floor Option 0, Option 1
Medical Records/ Patient Administration 1st floor Option 0, Option 4
Medication Management 1st floor Option  2, Option  7
Nutrition Services 1st floor Option 2, Option 4
Occupational Health 2nd floor Option 0, Option 5
Optometry 1st floor Option 5, Option 1
Pediatric Clinic (PCMH) 1st floor Option 2, Option 2
Pharmacy (Closed every Wednesday 0800-0900) 1st floor Option 3
Physical Exams 1st floor Option 5, Option  4
Physical Therapy (Active Duty) 2nd floor Option  8
Primary Care Clinic (PCMH) 1st floor Option 2, Option 1
Radiology 1st floor Option 7
Readiness Clinic 1st floor Option 5
Well Women 1st floor Option 5, Option 2

Interactive Customer Evaluation - Andrew Rader Clinic
I recently PCS’d how can I be seen at the Andrew Rader United States Army Health Clinic (ARUSAHC) for my Primary Care?

Easy! Call TRICARE North at 877-874-2273 and request to be assigned a Primary Care Manager at ARUSAHC. Make sure to set up an initial appointment with your new provider and request new referrals for any ongoing specialty care needs (Ortho, Physical Therapy, Sleep Apnea etc…)

I’m already enrolled in TRICARE Prime. How do I change my Primary Care Manager?

Call TRICARE North at 877-874-2273 or visit TRICARE ONLINE to select a new Primary Care Manager or contact the ARUSAHC Benefits Health Advisor for assistance (Timothy Sutton).

I’m under age 65 and enrolled in the U.S. Family Health Plan, how can I change my TRICARE Prime coverage back to ARUSAHC?

Call TRICARE North at 877-874-2273 or visit TRICARE ONLINE to transfer your care back to ARUSAHC, welcome back to Military Medicine!

I am getting ready to retire, how do I continue my TRICARE Prime coverage?

Your change in status (from active duty to retired) will cause an automatic change from TRICARE Prime coverage to TRICARE Standard coverage on your effective date of retirement for yourself and all family members enrolled in TRICARE Prime. While on active duty TRICARE Prime was mandatory for the service member. However, as a retiree TRICARE Prime is optional and you must voluntarily enroll and pay an enrollment fee set by the DoD. To learn more about your TRICARE options when transitioning from active duty to retired status visit, TRICARE Life Events-Retiring

TRICARE Prime coverage for retirees and their eligible family members is available in certain locations within the United States known as Prime Service Areas (PSA’s). It is best to contact the regional contractor for the region where you will retire for information on TRICARE Prime availability. Please visit Prime Enrollment for contact information and Prime Service Area information.

If you plan on retiring within a 100 mile radius of ARUSAHC, you may be able to continue your Primary Care at ARUSAHC. Visit TRICARE ONLINE or contact TRICARE North at 877-874-2273 for enrollment assistance.

Active duty service members transitioning to retirement must re-enroll in TRICARE Prime and submit their TRICARE Prime enrollment fees to the appropriate regional contractor prior to their effective date of retirement to maintain continuous TRICARE prime coverage. Failure to re-enroll in TRICARE prime prior to the effective date of retirement causes an automatic disenrollment from TRICARE Prime for all eligible family members. If there is a break in TRICARE Prime coverage when transitioning from active duty to retirement the retiree and all TRICARE eligible family members previously covered under TRICARE Prime will be covered under TRICARE Standard/Extra until TRICARE Prime coverage resumes.


I am separating from active duty what happens to my TRICARE coverage?

Active duty service members will remain enrolled in TRICARE Prime at their final duty station to ensure they remain fit for discharge. For information on accessing care while on terminal leave visit TRICARE Life Events-Separating

You and your family members may qualify for transitional health care options after your separation date. Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) eligibility is determined by the Services and documented in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. TAMP eligibility can be viewed online via MilConnect. Service members should check with their Service personnel departments for information or assistance with TAMP eligibility.

If you are a member of the National Guard or Reserve, you may qualify to purchase coverage under TRICARE Reserve Select prior to the end of your active duty or prior to the end of your TAMP coverage. For information on TRICARE Reserve Select in the North Region call 1-800-555-2605. If you do not qualify for TAMP coverage (or your TAMP coverage is coming to an end), or TRICARE Reserve Select coverage, you may qualify to purchase coverage through the Continued Health Care Benefit Program. For more information call 1-800-444-5445. Former active duty service members eligible for the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) must complete a new TRICARE Prime enrollment application to continue their TRICARE Prime coverage


I’m turning age 65 soon and I am enrolled in TRICARE Prime at ARUSAHC, can I keep my provider?

For information on your healthcare options, please schedule a detailed benefit brief by contacting the ARUSAHC Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance at least 60 days prior to the month you turn age 65. For information on TRICARE for Life please visit TRICARE 4U or call 1-866-773-0404.

Contact Us


1-833-853-1392, Option 6


7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Clinic closed the first Wednesday of each month for training.


401 Carpenter Road 
1ST Floor
Fort Myer, VA 22211

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