Our Staff

At Mary A. Yurko, MD, Dermatology PLC, we recognize that your choice of a dermatologist is driven both by the doctor's competency and personality. When searching for dermatological treatment, you need a dermatologist who is experienced, understanding and supportive. You get this caring attitude from all the staff at Mary A. Yurko, MD, Dermatology PLC every day. Our staff works together as a team to be sure we are responsive to your needs and keep you informed about your health issues. We look forward to getting to know you.


Mary A. Yurko, MD, PhD, FAAD


Educaton & Employment

1972-1976 Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Member of national honor societies for science, biology, and chemistry
BS, Nutrition Science, magna cum laude
1976-1979 University of California at Berkeley
Recipient of a merit fellowship, research and teaching assistantships,and public health traineeship
Project: Effects of cholesterol on red cell membrane shape and antigenicity
Project: An infant feeding guide based on age-appropriate foods and nutrient requirements
MS, Nutritional Sciences
MPH, Public Health Nutrition
1979-1980 Nutrition Consultant
Nutrition Education and Training Program, Petaluma, California
Project: A nutrition education curriculum for junior high students
1980-1981 Senior Research Assistant
Neurology Department, University of California at San Francisco
Project: Models of brain edema
1981-1988 University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
Medical Scientist Training Program
Doctoral thesis: A monoclonal antibody to vacuolar H+ATPase
PhD, Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences, June 1987
MD, Pritzker School of Medicine, December 1988
1989-1990 Internship, Pediatrics
Wyler Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1990-1993 Residency, Dermatology
McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University School of Medicine,
Chicago, Illinois
1993-1994 Fellowship, Pediatric Dermatology
Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University School of Medicine,
Chicago, Illinois
1994-1995 Research Fellowship, Dermatology Foundation
Dermatology Department, Northwestern University School of Medicine,
Chicago, Illinois
Project: Keratinocyte migration as an in vitro model of wound healing
1994-1995 Medical Staff, Veterans Administration Lakeside Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
1995-2012 Physician, Dermatology Center of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1996-present Medical Staff:  active with clinical privileges,
Department of Pediatrics, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1996-present Medical Staff, Department of Medicine, St. Mary’s Medical Center,
Grand Rapids, Michigan
2001-present Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Michigan State
University, East Lansing, Michigan
2013-present Physician, Mary A Yurko MD, Dermatology, PLC
   

Publications

Eichenfield LF, Carney PS, Chow MJ, Tal A, Weinberg JM, Yurko M: Unique approaches for the topical treatment and prevention of cutaneous infections: report from a clinical roundtable. Cutis 74(2 Suppl) 2-23, 2004.

Yurko MA, O’Toole EA, Woodley DT: Phosphorylation of focal adhesion kinase (pp125[FAK]) is increased in human keratinocytes induced to migrate by extracellular matrices.  Journal of Cell Physiology 188: 24-32, 2001.

Yurko MA, Gluck S: Production and characterization of a monoclonal antibody to vacuolar H+ATPase of renal epithelia.  Journal of Biological Chemistry 262: 15770-15779, 1987.

Chan PH, Yurko M, Fishman RA: Phospholipid degradation and cellular edema induced by free radicals in brain cortical slices.  Journal of Neurochemistry 38: 525-531, 1982.

Board Certification

Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology, expires 12-31-2024

Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology, Sub-specialty in Pediatric Dermatology,
expires 12-31-2024

Medical License

Michigan

Professional Activities

1993-present  Member, Society for Pediatric Dermatology
1994-present Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
1996-2007 Member, American Medical Association
1996-2007 & 
2013-present
Member, Michigan State Medical Society & Kent County Medical Society
1996-present  Preceptor for residents and medical students, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners
1999-2002 Member, DeVos Children’s Hospital Executive Committee, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2000-2001 Investigator, Fujisawa Healthcare Inc., Deerfield, Illinois, protocol 99-0-054,
“A phase III open-label study to evaluate the safety of topically applied
tacrolimus (Protopic) ointment for the treatment of atopic dermatitis”
2000-2002 Sub-investigator (with Richard Martin, MD, rheumatology), Immunex
Corporation, Seattle, Washington, protocol 016.0030, “A double-blind,
randomized, placebo-controlled phase III study of etanercept (Enbrel) in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis”
2003-2004 & 
2009-2013
Chief, Section of Dermatology, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan
   

Presentations

March 1996 “Vascular Birthmarks”, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
May 1996 “Human Keratinocyte Migration”, Society of Investigative Dermatology, Washington, DC
Sept 1996 “Dermatology Update”, Medicine Grand Rounds, Spectrum Health, Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
March 1997 “Human Keratinocyte Migration”, American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting, Washington, DC
Sept 1997 “Update in Dermatology”, Medicine Grand Rounds, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Grand Rapids, MI
March 1998 “Congenital Nevi in Children”, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
October 1998 “Skin Cancers & Skin Viruses: What’s New in the Literature”, Medicine Grand Rounds, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
May 1999 “Hemangiomas”, Pediatric Resident lecture, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Grand Rapids, MI
August 2004 “Pigment Abnormalities”, Dinner/Speaker Program to Dermatology PA’s:  Birmingham, MI, sponsored by OrthoNeutrogena
Sept 2005 “Strategies in the Diagnosis & Treatment of Acne”, dinner program for pediatricians, Grand Rapids, MI, sponsored by Dermik
April 2007 “Topical Corticosteroids”, Pediatric Residents’ lecture, Helen DeVos Children’s    Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
June 2007 “Atopic Dermatitis in Children”, dermatology physician assistants dinner meeting, Grand Rapids, MI, sponsored by Skin Medica
May 2008 “Acne Roundtable Discussion” with dermatology physician assistants, Grand Rapids, MI, sponsored by Stiefel
Jan 2009 “Atopic Dermatitis in Children”, dermatology physician assistant meeting, Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 2009 “Plants and Your Skin”, Michigan State University Stuck-On-Gardening conference, Grand Rapids, MI
March 2009 “Skin Cancer”, lecture to graduate students, VanAndel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
January 2012 “Skin Cancer”, lecture to graduate students, VanAndel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
April 2010 “Under A Kid’s Skin – Pediatric Dermatology”, Pediatric Update Conference,    sponsored by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Eberhart conference Center, Grand   Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 2011 “Pediatric Dermatology Treatments”, Kent County Medical Society Annual Medicine Reviews, Prince Conference Center, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
April 2011 “Common Pediatric Dermatology Problems” Pediatric Resident lecture, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
April 2012 “Unusual Pediatric Dermatology Problems”, Pediatric Resident lecture, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
Dec 2012 “Pediatric Dermatology Case Studies”, Pediatric Resident lecture, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
June 2013 “Acne Treatments”, Rambling Road Pediatrics, Kalamazoo, MI, sponsored by Galderma
June 2013 “Acne Treatments”, Lansing area pediatricians, Lansing, MI, sponsored by Galderma
Sept 2013 “Acne Treatments” The Children’s Office Pediatrics, Flint, MI, sponsored by Galderma
Dec 2013 “Pediatric Dermatology Basics”, Pediatric Resident lecture, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI