Kenne Ogunmakin, MD joined Suzanne Bruce and Associates in 2015. She practices full-time out of our Katy office.
Where are you from & where did you grow up? I am Nigerian American. I was born in Reading, England, but grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. I have spent most of my life in Houston and its surrounding areas. Though I loved my time in Lubbock during residency, I was definitely itching to come back to good ol’ Houston. What can I say? Home is where the heart is!
What is it about medicine that you love? I love that medicine is a field with never-ending knowledge. We never stop learning. There is continuous research and development of new techniques, procedures, and treatments. I am grateful for this because I have many family members that have benefitted from this. My mother is a breast and ovarian cancer survivor, and she is fortunate to be here today because of the development of new chemotherapeutic agents. I constantly look forward to advancements in dermatologic therapies that I can use to treat my patients and improve their quality of life.
Why did you choose to go into dermatology? I chose dermatology because it is a truly robust field. It gives me the opportunity to perform surgery and cosmetic and medical procedures and research new therapies. I love that I can play an investigative role when practicing medical dermatology. At times, skin changes may be the only manifestation of an underlying systemic disease. For instance, by taking the time to notice a subtle rash on the face, I may be able to diagnose systemic lupus, which will result in early initiation of appropriate therapy. I am similarly passionate about cosmetic dermatology. I can minimize aging and improve dyspigmentation, body contour, and overall appearance with a combination of injectables, chemical peels and laser devices. It is awesome just how much a patient’s self confidence and quality of life improve by these procedures! Most importantly, I truly love that I am afforded the opportunity to have continuity of care. As a general dermatologist, I am able to see patients of all ages, which allows me to care for an entire family and grow with each individual.
How would you describe your style as a doctor? I try to take my time to listen to all my patients. It is crucial for me to know my patients both personally and medically. Taking the time to understand what stressors a patient is confronted with may aid in developing a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Do you have a personal motto/mantra? Don’t take life for granted. Value those that you love.
What issues/organizations do you feel passionate about? I am passionate about treating skin of color. I am very excited about the new technologies that allow us to treat a variety of skin types safely. In the past, dermatologists faced limitations while treating darker-skinned patients with laser therapy, so I am excited that we now have many new options!
Something you LOVE TO DO…. I love traveling and spending time with my family. I have been to almost every continent, except South America and Antarctica. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will ever be brave enough to make it to Antarctica. My twin sister, Taiye, is my best friend and I have been fortunate to have her as a companion during these journeys.