Dermatologist Dr. Appel graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington. He completed his Internal Medicine internship at the University of Cincinnati Hospital. He was Chief Resident at the University of Louisville Hospital, Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and currently practices out of Wilmington Health’s Porters Neck location.

Dr. Appel is a native of Lexington, KY, and he loves to watch a good basketball game.

Dr. Appel was awarded 2020 Best Doctor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Meet Dr. Appel - Video

Clinical Interests

Skin cancer, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, dermoscopy, dermatopathology, and cosmetic dermatology

Patient Satisfaction

Our patient satisfaction surveys help us identify areas of improvement to work toward providing you with the best healthcare in the area. Patient satisfaction, along with increasing the quality of care delivered and reducing healthcare costs, are the three organizational objectives we focus on each and every day.

How does James Appel compare?

  • How would you rate getting an appointment as soon as you needed? 

    4.60 out of 5
  • How would you rate how well this provider communicates? (easy to understand, listens carefully to you, shows respect for what you had to say, sensitivity, friendliness)

    4.85 out of 5
  • Using a number from 1 to 5, where 5 is the best provider possible and 1 is the worst provider possible, what number would you use to rate this provider?

    4.89 out of 5
  • When this provider orders a blood test, x-ray, or other test for you, how would you rate how well this provider’s office follows up to give you those results?

    4.71 out of 5

"I strive to provide patients with the care they deserve by keeping up to date on dermatologic literature and the current standard of care in dermatology. My staff and I treat every patient the way we would want to be treated."

James Appel, MD


''Dr. Appel is knowledgeable and clearly cares about his patients. He is a good listener and does not rush you through the appointment. All of my concerns were addressed. The office staff was friendly and helpful. I would recommend Dr. Appel's practice to family and friends.''


''Dr. Appel takes his time with his patients and you feel like he has answered all your questions.''


''Excellent prompt care by Dr Appel - 5 stars.''