Dr. Kuriata brings highly specialized expertise in medical, surgical, and cosmetic skin
care to Southwestern Michigan. Having grown up in nearby Dowagiac, Michigan, Dr.
Kuriata was eager to provide care in his hometown in addition to other communities in
Southwest Michigan. After completing his dermatology residency in Kirksville, Missouri
in 1999, Dr. Kuriata came to St. Joseph, Michigan to begin work as a dermatologist,
starting Advanced Dermatology, which he owned and operated for 20 years before
selling his practice to Dermatologists of Central States, (DOCS). Starting January of
2019, the practice has been renamed, Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center, a part of
Dermatologists of Central States.
Dr. Kuriata holds a certificate of added qualifications from the American Osteopathic
Board of Dermatology in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancers.
By utilizing this technique, Dr. Kuriata is able to effectively remove skin cancers with a
low rate of recurrence, and is skillfully trained in minimizing the amount of scarring that
results from this type of surgery.
In May 2014, Dr. Kuriata was awarded the Clarence Beckwith Distinguished Alumni
Award from Lake Michigan College. Dr. Kuriata’s career towards becoming a Doctor
started when he attended Lake Michigan College, earning his associate degree as a
Medical Laboratory Technician in 1986. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree
in Medicine as a Physician Assistant from Western Michigan University in 1989, before
attending medical school at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
where he earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery degree in 1994.
In 2013, Dr. Kuriata was named a “Fellow of Distinction,” by the American Osteopathic
College of Dermatology for his professional and educational contributions to the field of
dermatology. In addition to working as the primary dermatologist for the Dermatology
and Skin Surgery Center, Dr. Kuriata is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department
of Osteopathic Surgical Specialties for Michigan State University College of Osteopathic
Medicine. He was the Department Chairman and Program Director for
MSU/COM/Spectrum Health Lakeland’s Dermatology Residency Program from 2012-
2019 and in 2019, received an award of appreciation for his years of service from the
Department of Graduate Medical Education at Spectrum Health Lakeland.
In his spare time, Dr. Kuriata enjoys spending time with his wife, children and
grandchildren, as well as fishing, watching movies, and playing the drums.