R. Todd PLOTT, M.D.
Dr. Plott was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. He is a graduate of Frenship High School and Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany, OK. During high school he completed coursework to be an emergency medical technician which allowed him to work as an orderly at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lubbock during his senior year of high school. While attending SNU, he worked in the emergency room at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City to put himself through college.
“Working in the ER was one of the most exciting experiences of my life,” said Dr. Plott. “I couldn’t wait to go into work to see what challenges the evening would bring – we were able to help so many people. I learned how to care for people in life and death situations.”
During that experience Dr. Plott met an intern, Dr. Scott Dinehart, now a dermatologic surgeon in Little Rock, AR, who convinced him to go to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for medical school.
“During medical school, Dr. Dinehart convinced me to apply for a research grant in the department of dermatology,” said Dr. Plott, noting that his research was later awarded first place in a national research competition among young dermatology students.
Winning national recognition for his research project in vitiligo (a depigmenting skin disorder) propelled Dr. Plott into a dermatology residency program at the University of Arkansas Health Sciences. While at Arkansas, he continued his research in vitiligo during residency. To further develop his research skills Dr. Plott obtained additional training in dermatology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. There he trained with some of the nation’s best clinicians and researchers working on the frontier of medicine.
After completing his training, Dr. Plott worked for various pharmaceutical companies to develop many of the prescription products used by dermatologists today. Dr. Plott has led large teams of scientists and worked closely with the FDA. He has contributed to the development of Penlac Nail Laquer, Noratate Cream, Carac Cream, Lotrisone Lotion, Loprox Shampoo, Triaz Pads, Vanos Cream, Ziana Gel and many pediatric studies on topical corticosteroids.
Dr. Plott is best known for the invention of Solodyn Extended-release Capsules for the treatment of acne vulgaris because it has become the most frequently prescribed medication written by dermatologists.