Meet Dr. Pelster
Dr. Michael W. Pelster is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. He has dedicated his career to specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgery, and noninvasive cosmetic procedures. He graduated from Vanderbilt University as salutatorian of his class in his undergraduate program. He remained at Vanderbilt University for medical school where he received his medical degree and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He moved to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL for his internship in internal medicine. Dr. Pelster remained at Northwestern University to complete a dermatology residency where he served as a chief resident during his final two years.
Following his residency, he earned and finished an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology under the direction of his mentor and dermatologic surgeon Dr. Ian Maher at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Maher sits on the board of the American College of Mohs Surgery and is internationally recognized as a reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Pelster also received extensive instruction in cosmetic dermatology, including the use of neurotoxin injections, injectable fillers, and laser devices.
Dr. Pelster has published multiple articles in various journals, including JAMA Oncology, Dermatologic Surgery, and JAAD Case Reports, as well as several textbook chapters on dermatology and dermatologic surgery topics. He has also served as an article reviewer for JAMA Oncology and Dermatologic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Pelster is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School at Houston. He was born and raised in Brentwood, TN, a suburb of Nashville.