Brothers with Layton roots practice dermatology together – Ogden Clinic provided source, Standard-Examiner 2/8/2015
BOUNTIFUL – Coming from an Air Force family with little to no ties to medicine, doctors Michael and Jason Hadley said they were stepping into the unknown when they applied to medical school.
“Our dad was an F-16 pilot and our grandfather was Gen. Rex Hadley and commander of Hill Air Force Base,” said Michael. “His legacy includes helping establish the Hill AFB museum.”
When the boys decided to pursue medicine, their grandfather was a little disappointed they weren’t joining the Air Force, but he gave them his blessing nonetheless.
Today, they work side by side in Ogden Clinic’s new dermatology office in Bountiful, and they couldn’t be happier.
“This is a new adventure for us,” Michael said. “I have been in practice at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute for the past 11 years. Jason has been with IHC at McKay-Dee Hospital for the past four years. We always wanted to be in practice together, but the timing and opportunity wasn’t right.”
Michael said when he heard about the Ogden Clinic model of physician ownership, everything came together for the brothers, who grew up in Layton.
“Mike and I have been in practice 10 days together,” Jason said. “That said, we’ve had a great relationship for as long as I can remember. Additionally, the dream of being in practice with each other is at least 13 years old.”
“Generally speaking, I enjoy being with and taking care of people,” Michael said. “As a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon, I feel like I can do this in an extremely effective manner. Specifically, I am often referred patients with skin cancers in cosmetically sensitive areas on the face. I can microscopically remove these tumors with a 99 percent cure rate and then reconstruct the ensuing defects.”
In addition to complex medical dermatology, Jason also serves as a national speaker for best skin care products.
“The best skincare products aren’t necessarily the kind you would find in the grocery store,” he said. “Your dermatologist likely sells some great products containing Retin-A, alpha hydroxy acids and vitamins C and E. Remember that there is no miracle in a bottle, but talk to your dermatologist to find the best product for you.”
Jason also said in dermatology, doctors can remove the problem quickly and prevent significant morbidity and mortality. They can do this all with their hands and can diagnose without an MRI.
“That’s not to say dermatology is simple. It is not,” he said. “It is incredibly complex. Indeed there are more unique diagnosis within dermatology, than any other field of medicine. I love that challenge and the corresponding opportunity to intervene and improve the life of a patient.”
The Hadley brothers are 38 and 47 years old, although Michael won’t reveal which brother is the oldest. Jason was in one of the first graduating classes at Northridge High School. Michael graduated from Layton High School. Jason went on to earn a biology degree from the University of Utah. Michael graduated from Brigham Young University.
“Much to the chagrin of my father, (both of my parents are U of U alumni), when I was accepted to the U of U medical school, his response was ‘Now, finally you can get a real education,’” Michael said.
While Michael attended medical school at the U of U, Jason attended Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Michael then did his residency at Emory University and completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic surgery and advanced reconstructive surgery in affiliation with the University of Alabama. Jason completed an internship at LDS Hospital and did his residency at the U of U.
Both brothers are married, both have children and both love the outdoors. Jason has a dog who won’t leave his wife’s side. Michael is excited about getting a dog this spring.
The brothers have a lot in common, but the most important commonality, they said, is their work.
“We are approachable. We are kind, and we hope to create a clinic that makes the patient feel they are being treated by family,” Jason said.