Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship


The Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship is offered by DermSurgery Associates  in partnership with Houston Methodist. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This position is one year in length and offers extensive training in Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstruction. Our goal is to train fellows who will continue to contribute to the field long after completing their training.

The fellowship is led by Leonard H. Goldberg M.D., FRCP, FAAD with support from Arash Kimyai-Asadi M.D., FAAD, and Anna Drosou, MD, FAAD. Fellows spend alternate weeks with each surgeon, allowing them to gain exposure to different approaches and different practices to both Mohs surgery and wound closure. In addition, there are several other fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons at our practice and affiliated clinics. There are other dermatologist in the practice who do a variety of cosmetics, including lasers, neuromodulators, and fillers. The fellows will have a chance to interact with these physicians at various times throughout the year based on their interests. The surgical curriculum will include hands-on experience using the Mohs technique, reconstructive methods including second intention healing, primary closure, grafts, and flaps. All surgical closures are done in-house. Our faculty performs well over 4,000 Mohs procedures a year and the fellow will typically perform over 1,000 cases as the primary surgeon.


Fellows perform Mohs surgery every day of the week. On weeks spent with Dr. Goldberg, Mondays occur at the outpatient Dermatology Therapeutics center of the Houston Methodist Hospital. All other days with Dr. Goldberg are located at the main DermSurgery clinic. Dr. Goldberg performs between 10-15 Mohs cases per day on surgical days and 4-5 on surgical/follow up days. Fellows become familiar with reading Mohs surgery slides stained with toluidine blue, hematoxylin and eosin (H&E), and MART-1. Fellows are expected to take general dermatology call for the Houston Methodist Hospital consult service for the duration of the fellowship year. This responsibility is shared equally between the two fellows.


Fellows are expected to engage in several scholarly pursuits throughout the fellowship year. Previous fellows have completed work leading on average to several peer reviewed publications or book chapters. The faculty will do their best to support any interests the fellow may wish to pursue.

Selection Process

Two fellows are selected each year. The ACGME requires that the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship only accept applicants who have completed a Dermatology Residency in an ACGME approved program. Our program is ideally suited to those who would like to master Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstruction. Our ideal candidate is someone with a history of scholarship, strong letters of recommendation, and demonstrable interest in dermatologic surgery.

Our goal is to provide advanced training in an exceptional environment, creating exceptional leaders in dermatological surgery. Learn more about the fellowship program and application process. 

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