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Ryan W. Hick, MD

Senior Consultant Dermatopathologist

Board Certifications

Dermatology, Dermatopathology






ProPath, a Sonic Healthcare anatomic pathology practice, is privileged to include Ryan W. Hick, M.D., as a part of its dynamic medical team. Dr. Hick is an award-winning, double board-certified dermatopathologist with robust professional medical, leadership, and research experience.

Dr. Hick graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. He then served an internship in internal medicine and residency in dermatology at the same institution. He then completed a fellowship in dermatopathology at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Hick has been appointed to a variety of roles throughout his career, including teaching appointments and medical directorships. Dr. Hick has been practicing as a senior consultant dermatopathologist at ProPath in Dallas, Texas, since 2009. He has been serving as adjunct assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He has also held the position of attending physician in dermatology at Parkland Memorial Hospital Dermatology Clinic in Dallas since 2010. Dr. Hick served as president and secretary/treasurer for the Dallas-Fort Worth Dermatological Society. Dr. Hick is currently a member of ProPath’s Board of Managers and holds the directorship of the American Board of Dermatology after serving as director elect for the same board during 2022-2023. He was named a 2020 Best Doctor by D Magazine and was awarded the AAD Presidential Citation by the American Academy of Dermatology in 2022.

Dr. Hick has an extensive list of peer-reviewed publications in prestigious medical journals in the areas of dermatopathology and dermatology. These include articles published in the Advances in Anatomic Pathology, JAAD Case Reports, and Cutis, among others. He has published two book chapters in Diagnostic Dermatopathology: A Guide to Ancillary Tests Beyond the H&E. He has also presented his research at various professional conferences.

Dr. Hick belongs to several professional organizations. These include the American Society of Dermatopathology, American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, and Texas Dermatological Society, among others.

Dr. Hick holds full medical licensure and is board certified in dermatopathology and dermatology by the American Boards of Pathology and Dermatology.



Brigham Young University (BS)
Provo, UT

Duke University School of Medicine (MD)
Durham, NC


Postgraduate Training

Dermatopathology Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Dermatology Residency
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Internal Medicine Internship
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC


Professional Memberships

American Academy of Dermatology
American Medical Association
American Society of Dermatopathology
Dallas-Fort Worth Dermatological Society
Dermatology Foundation
Texas Dermatological Society
Texas Medical Association


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. Lewin MR, Hick RW, Selim MA. Lichenoid dermatitis of the vulva: diagnosis and differential diagnosis for the gynecologic pathologist. Adv Anat Pathol. 2017;24(6):278-293.

  2. McIIwee B, Hick RW, Weis S. Dermatorynchus geneae: a seldom-described first branchial arch deformity. JAAD Case Reports. 2015;1(5):283-285.

  3. Whitworth W, Hick RW, Nelson K, Sidhu-Malik N. Cerebral cavernous malformations associated with cutaneous angiokeratomas and hemanagiomas. Cutis. 2015;96(5):329-332.

  4. Wang C, Tetzlaff M, Hick RW, Duvic M. Reed syndrome presenting with leiomyosarcoma. JAAD Case Reports. 2015;1(3):150-152.

  5. Goldberg L, Hick RW. Trichoepithelioma, not basal cell carcinoma, in an 8-year-old child. Pediatr Dermatol. 2013;30(2):276-278.

  6. Cohen J, Taylor A, Shedd A, Hick RW. Progressive sclerosis skin lesions in a 49-year-old man. Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(11):1317-1318.

  7. Ratushny V, Gober MD, Hick RW, Ridky TW, Seykora JT. From keratinocyte to cancer: the pathogenesis and modeling of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. J Clin Invest. 2012;122(2):464-472.

  8. Hick RW, Prose N. Penile erosions associated with foscarnet therapy in a child. Pediatr Dermatol. 2010;27(3):302-303.

  9. Zhao L, Li W, Marshall C, Griffin T, Hanson M, Hick RW, Dentchev T, Williams E, Werth A, Miller C, Bashir H, Pear W, Seykora JT. Srcasm inhibits Fyn-induced cutaneous carcinogenesis with modulation of Notch 1 and p53. Cancer Res. 2009;69(24):9439-9447.

  10. Hick RW, Gruver AL, Ventevogel MS, Haynes BF, Sempowski GD. Leptin selectively augments thymopoiesis in leptin deficiency and lipopolysaccharide-induced thymic atrophy. J Immunol. 2006;177(1):169-176.

Book Chapters

  1. Hick RW. Special stains: background. In: Diagnostic Dermatopathology: A Guide to Ancillary Tests Beyond the H&E. London, England: JP Medical Publishers; 2016:31-46.

  2. Hick RW. Applications in dermatopathology. In: Hosler G, ed. Diagnostic Dermatopathology: A Guide to Ancillary Tests Beyond the H&E. London, England: JP Medical Publishers; 2016:47-54.


  1. Hick R, Seykora J. Comparative analysis of murine model of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma with human lesions. American Society of Dermatopathology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2008.

  2. Hick R, Selim, M. Disseminated superficial porokeratosis following stem cell transplant. American Society of Dermatopathology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2008.

  3. Hick R. Common dermatologic disorders. Halifax Regional Hospital, South Boston, VA, 2008.

  4. Hick R. Inpatient dermatology. Johnston County Medical Society, Smithfield, NC, 2008

  5. Hick R. Mast cells: their significance in cutaneous malignancy. Duke University, Durham, NC, 2008.

  6. Hick R. Sarcoidosis of the nails. International Society of Dermatopathology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2007.

  7. Hick R. Marine dermatology. Duke University, Durham, NC, 2007.

  8. Hick R. Interesting cases: pityriasis lichenoides, polyarteritis nodosa, phototoxic reaction. Duke University, Durham, NC, 2007.

  9. Hick R. Pediatric rashes. Sampson Memorial Hospital, Clinton, NC, 2007.

  10. Hick R. Interesting Cases from the Duke University Hospital consult service. Person Memorial Hospital, Roxboro, NC, 2007.

  11. Hick R. Role of leptin in modulation of thymopoiesis. Duke University, Durham, NC, 2003.

  12. Hick R. Nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy. Duke University, Durham, NC, 2006.

  13. Hick R. Interesting cases: undifferentiated autoimmune disease, disseminated aspergillosis. Duke University, Durham, NC, 2006.