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Meet Dr. Laing

Valerie B. Laing, MD, FAAD, FACMS

Valerie Laing Board-Certified Dermatologist Mohs Surgeon

Dr. Laing has practiced dermatology and MOHS surgery since 1993. She is an expert in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer. She is excited to be a part of the Knightdale community and looks forward to continuing to serve the residents of North Carolina.

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Laing attended Harriton High, where she ran cross country and rowed crew. After college, she pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a physician and matriculated at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Go Gators. There she found her love of surgery and dermatology, was elected to the AOA Medical Honor Society and graduated in the top 15% of her class. Dermatology Residency at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill brought her to North Carolina, and except for a fellowship in Louisville, she has never left.

Dr. Laing undertook an intensive one-year fellowship training in MOHS Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at University Associates in Dermatology in Louisville, KY with Dr. Mike McCall. Dr. McCall had the honor of training under the venerable Dr. Fred Mohs himself. During the fellowship, Dr. Laing was recruited to East Carolina University to start a MOHS Surgery and Dermatologic Surgery section. She started this unit in 1993 bringing MOHS surgery to the people Downeast. For many years she was the only MOHS surgeon in this growing and underserved region of North Carolina. Dr. Laing is proud to have served and lived in eastern North Carolina for 15 years and values immensely the integrity and determination of the patients she has had the privilege to know. 

Dr. Laing and her husband and daughters moved to downtown Raleigh several years ago, where they are excited to be a part of the downtown revival. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, eating out, and sailing the family’s sailboat “Sunburn” in anticipation of sailing around the world one day.

Education

1992-1993

Fellowship in MOHS Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, University Associates in Dermatology, Louisville, KY

1992-1993

1989-1992

Residency in Dermatology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

1989-1992

1988-1989

Internship in Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals

1988-1989

1988

M.D. University of Florida College of Medicine

1988

1983

B.S. University of Florida in Zoology

1983

1979-1981

Navy – Marine Reserve Officer Training Corps, University of Florida

1979-1981

1988 Syntex Dermatology Award

1988 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Award

1988 Edward R. Woodward Surgical Award

1987 Alpha Omega Alpha

1983 Phi Beta Kappa

Fellow, American College of MOHS Surgery

Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology

Fellow, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Member, North Carolina Dermatology Association

Member, North Carolina Medical Society

Skin Cancer Screening, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, May 1994
Doctor of the Day; North Carolina General Assembly, March 2, 1995
Med-Law Classic Volunteer, April 10, 1995
Medical Journal, WNCT-TV Greenville, NC, April 18, 1995
Media Contact for The News Bureau – ECU Experts Guide – Dermatology, 1995-1997
Skin Cancer Screening, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, May 13, 1995
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics, July 1995
Participant, WITN-TV “Doctors on Call”, Carolina East Mall, Greenville, NC, January 27, 1996
Skin Cancer Screening, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, May 23, 1996
Participant: Health Sciences Golf Classic, May 23, 1996
Presentation to employees at Glaxo-Wellcome, Greenville, NC, on Skin Cancer, June 13, 1996
Skin Cancer Screening, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, May 17, 1997
Presentation at North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation Safety Day, Raleigh, NC, August 1997
Skin Cancer Screening, Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount, NC, 1998
Skin Cancer Screening, Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount, NC, 1999
Evaluation of Nash General Hospital Operating Room Personnel regarding surgical soap scrub related skin problems, July 1999
Skin Cancer Screening, Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount, NC, 2000
Skin Cancer Screening, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, May 2003
Skin Cancer Screening, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, May 2004
Skin Cancer Screening, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, May 2005
Skin Cancer Screening, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, May 2006
Skin Cancer Screening, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, May 2007
Skin Cancer Screening, NCEMCS, Raleigh, May 2010