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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation Program


ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation Program

Cosmetic Accreditation






 Each program is responsible for managing its process for selecting Fellows. ASDS has provided the above sample application which can be used by Fellowship Program. However, ASDS has no involvement in this process. Fellows interested in knowing the status of an application they submit to a Program should speak directly to the Program Director.  

The purpose of the program is to confirm and recognize the Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Programs that meet high quality standards and promote practices that provide Fellows with the proper training and expertise to perform cosmetic dermatologic surgery procedures. 

Fellowship Training Programs

All Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Programs accredited by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery will be one year in duration and begin either on July 1, August 1 or September 1 of each calendar year. The principal objective of such programs is to: Educate dermatologists in advanced cosmetic dermatologic surgery procedures.Initiate the process of academic development in those individuals who aspire to careers in the university hospital environment.Inspire the skills and enthusiasm required to maintain a lifelong commitment to continuing education in the field of cosmetic dermatologic surgery.  

The emphasis of the Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Curriculum is the acquisition of knowledge and skills based upon specific categories. With only one Fellow per two faculty members, there is ample opportunity for hands-on experience, as well as intimate faculty exposure and one-on-one learning. 

Key Components of Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship

One calendar year of training in the office/facility of the Fellowship Director where the majority of time is spent training. The Fellows must participate in 300 cosmetic dermatologic surgery cases and observe 1000 cases under the direct supervision of the Fellowship Director or Associate Fellowship Director in at least five of the eight categories of procedures identified in the Procedures Table.The Fellow must receive didactic and clinical instruction in all areas of the curriculum.Exposure to experiences designed to augment their training: writing and reviewing clinical manuscripts, attending local and national conferences, presenting at clinical conferences and teaching residents.  

Congratulations to the following fellowship programs for receiving full accreditation:

Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California  (Dual Accreditation with Procedural Dermatology)
Cosmetic Laser Dermatology – Goldman, Butterwick, Groff, Fabi & Wu 
Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Specialists (Dual Accreditation with Procedural Dermatology)
Maryland Laser, Skin, and Vein Institute 
Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center
New! Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York
McDaniel Laser & Cosmetic Center
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation Dermatology (Dual Accreditation with Procedural Dermatology) 
New! Skin Associates of South Florida
Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills
SkinCare Physicians 

New! Union Square Laser Dermatology
UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center  

You can find the detailed information for all the programs in the DermSurg Fellowship Finder.

Questions? Need a PDF application? Email hherron@asds.net 


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