Our Mohs Surgeon
Michael Pelster, MD, FAAD
Dr. Michael W. Pelster is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgery, and non-invasive cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Pelster was born and raised in Brentwood, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville. He completed his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University, where he graduated as salutatorian of his class. He remained at Vanderbilt University for medical school, where he received his medical degree and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.
Dr. Pelster moved to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for his internship in Internal Medicine. He remained at Northwestern University to complete a dermatology residency, where he served as a chief resident during his final two years.
Following residency, he completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology under the direction of dermatologic surgeon Dr. Ian Maher at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. His mentor 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 neurotoxins, 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.
Dr. Pelster is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas John P. and Katherine McGovern Medical School at Houston.
He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
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