Dr. Michael Pelster, a native of Brentwood, Tennessee, joined Nashville Skin in September of 2021. He is an expert in Mohs micrographic & reconstructive surgery, cosmetic dermatology, & general dermatology for both adults and children.
Dr. Pelster received his Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Spanish and Music (Piano) from Vanderbilt University, where he was named Banner Bearer as the salutatorian of the College of Arts and Science. He then attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he received his Doctor of Medicine and was elected by his peers into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Pelster completed his internship in internal medicine and a three-year residency in dermatology at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He served as a chief resident at Northwestern during the final two years of his residency. Following residency, Dr. Pelster completed a Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology fellowship at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, with extensive training in Mohs surgery, complex reconstructive surgery, and minimally-invasive cosmetic dermatologic modalities including Botox, fillers, and laser and energy-based devices. This fellowship was completed under the mentorship of Dr. Ian Maher, who is regarded as one of the premier reconstructive dermatologic surgeons in the country.
Dr. Pelster is a board-certified dermatologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD). He is an associate member of the American College of Mohs Surgery. He has authored numerous articles in national peer-reviewed journals as well as several book chapters, primarily on high-risk skin cancer and surgical reconstruction. He also serves as a Contributing Editor for the journal Dermatologic Surgery as well as an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals. In addition, Dr. Pelster has served as a presenter at the annual meetings of the American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative (ITSCC), and the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS). Dr. Pelster also serves as the Editor of the Surgical Section of Board Prep Plus, the AAD’s resource for residents preparing for the dermatology board exam.
Prior to joining Nashville Skin, Dr. Pelster practiced Mohs surgery and cosmetic and general dermatology for three years in private practice in the suburbs of Houston, TX. He has performed more than 6,000 skin surgeries, including over 3,000 Mohs procedures. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston. In 2021, he was recognized as a Rising StarSM in Texas Super DoctorsTM by his peers. Dr. Pelster returns to Middle Tennessee with his wife (a medical oncologist and native Tennessean as well), daughter, and Bernedoodle to be closer to family and friends.