Maral Kibarian Skelsey, MD
Skin Cancer Specialist
Maral Kibarian Skelsey, MD is Director of the Dermatologic Surgery Center of Washington in Chevy Chase, MD. The Center is a fully licensed, Medicare accredited, outpatient surgical practice specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery — recognized as the most advanced and successful treatment for skin cancer. Services include evaluation and treatment of all dermatologic disorders as well as cosmetic, rejuvenative and reconstructive procedures. The Center has a complete technical support staff and a diagnostic laboratory on site.
Recognized as one of Washington DC’s top doctors in a recent Washingtonian magazine survey of her medical colleagues in the greater Washington DC community, Dr. Skelsey is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery. She has unique training in dermatology, pathology and reconstructive surgery. Her specialization enables Dr. Skelsey to restore the natural appearance of the patient following cancer surgery, provide corrective procedures for patients interested in enhancing their appearance, and has made her a leader in dermatology for more than 20 years.
Dr. Skelsey is Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Georgetown University Medical School and was founding director of the Mohs Surgery Unit. Her research is focused on gene expression profiling for melanoma; noninvasive detection modalities for skin cancer and the relationship between Vitamin D and skin cancer. She speaks regularly at professional meetings on her findings.
Following her graduation from Wesleyan University with a degree in Chinese History and Language, Dr. Skelsey studied the similarities between Western and Eastern medical education in China. Upon returning to the US, she continued research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1987 where she distinguished herself for her work in neuroimmunology. She graduated with honors in 1991 from Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, rated by US News & World Report as one of the nation’s top ten medical schools.
After completing an internship at Georgetown University, she returned to Washington University in St. Louis for her residency in the Division of Dermatology where she performed research on metalloproteases, a key component in the structure and development of the skin. She served as Chief Resident in Dermatology from 1994 to 1995.
She was then awarded a year-long fellowship through the American College of Mohs Surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. There she trained under director Gary Monheit, MD, who is past president of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and the American College of Cosmetic Surgery.
Her fellowship program included extensive training in reconstructive procedures including complex skin grafts, flaps and laser surgery, both for patients with skin cancer and those seeking to improve their appearance. She also completed a fellowship in alopecia and hair disease with Dr. Vera Price at University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Skelsey completed her training in 1996 and assumed the position of Director of Laser and Dermatologic Surgery at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC in 1997.
She founded the Dermatologic Surgery Center of Washington in 2003.
Dr. Skelsey is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). She frequently addresses the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting and courses and serves as faculty for their hands-on training courses in cosmetic injectables and nail surgery. She has published numerous articles in peer review professional journals and is past president of the Washington DC Dermatologic Society, Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery where she served as program chair of the 2019 Annual Meeting in Chicago.
At the invitation of The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Dr. Skelsey was appointed a consultant to the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel, the Medical Devices Advisory Committee and to the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
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