True Stories, More Than Skin Deep

Told by Dr. Fiona Rahbar, a board-certified dermatologist

A child whose skin is so fragile it breaks from touch like a butterfly’s wings. An African dermatologist trying to reverse the damages of a flawed medical system, helping one patient at a time. A man living the disease that inspired the legends of the vampire…

The Spot Session gives you an intimate glimpse into the lives of real patients, and reveals the true depth of the field of dermatology. Beyond the surface of acne, warts and Botox is the fascinating world of skin. From vampires to cancer to Michael Jackson, the Spot Session introduces you to a new world never shared before. Told week by week, story by story.

I’m Fiona Rahbar, and I’ll be your guide through these stories.

While there are a myriad of podcasts available, and more created each day, there are very few created and hosted by board certified practicing physicians. There were even fewer about dermatology.
And truly, relatively little is known about dermatology. Even my own parents, when I told them my medical field of choice, said – there is a whole specialty devoted just to acne?
And thus the Spot Session was born. Today I have a lively practice in Charleston SC. I listen to and record stories from patients, and in my free time I enjoy finger painting with my toddler.

And to answer the question, no, we don’t just treat acne.


  • Who is Fiona Rahbar?

    Dr. Fiona Rahbar is a board-certified dermatologist by the American Academy of Dermatology, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

    Dr. Rahbar has completed an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University. Subsequently she studied at and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at the University of Virginia, where she served as Chief Resident during her last year of training.

    Dr. Rahbar has presented at medical conferences including the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Cosmetic Surgery Forum, and published in journals such as OurHealth, Internal Medicine Consultant, Dermatologic Surgery and Cutis.

    In addition to treating patients in the U.S., Dr. Rahbar has volunteered in Haiti and Uganda, and has spent time doing HIV research in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She finds ways to volunteer when possible, including with the International Refugee Committee, Charlottesville Free Clinic and the Remote Access Medicine Clinic in Wise, West Virginia.

  • What makes you different?

    This is the first podcast that is both focused on patient experiences and is hosted by a trained physician.

  • I want to share my story.

    Great, we want to hear it! Send us an email at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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Episode 4

One in a Million

Uganda: how one dermatologist is saving lives, one at a time

Coming Soon

Episode 3

Don’t matter if you’re black or white

On Michael Jackson’s “whiteness” according to the leading academician on the pop icon

Episode 2

Bald is the New Black

New Zealand's First Bald Model