Layne Nisenbaum, “one of a kind” Palm Beach dermatologist, 53

Layne Nisenbaum, a well-known Palm Beach dermatologist and the 28-year partner of former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, died Thursday. He was 53.

Dr. Nisenbaum’s expertise in skin care and anti-aging techniques attracted Palm Beachers to his practice, Island Dermatology and Laser Institute, for many years.

He suffered liver failure while waiting for a transplant, Foley said.

Foley said he met Dr. Nisenbaum, a Detroit native whose family moved to Miami when he was 11 months old, in Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Nisenbaum, an osteopathic physician and board-certified dermatologist, was constantly stopped at social events by people asking for a diagnosis of a skin issue, and he always handled those requests with patience, Foley said. He started his Palm Beach practice in the late 1990s.

”He made the island more beautiful. He made the people of the island more beautiful and he did it with the skills of a passionate professional,” Foley said.

Dr. Nisenbaum, a graduate of what is now Nova Southeastern University, was conscientious about his field and “was always the first” to offer the latest procedures and have the latest equipment, Palm Beach resident Maureen O’Sullivan said.

Dr. Nisenbaum supported the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, The Society of the Four Arts, and Compass, a community center in Lake Worth for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals.

”There will never be another one like him. He was one of a kind. He had such a joy for life,” Foley said. “Even when he was ill, he didn’t complain. He was a fighter.”