The Department of Dermatology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Department of Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics

Cosmetic & Surgical Dermatology

Physician Faculty

Our dermasurgeons are highly trained in the surgical management of skin conditions. Each faculty offers unique surgical expertise, ranging from skin cancer therapy to cosmetic surgery. As Dermatologists, our dermasurgeons are specialists of the skin, and are experts on how different procedures affect skin healing and appearance. Our dermasurgeons are nationally recognized for their leadership and contributions to surgical dermatology.


The Dermasurgery Unit is a section of the Department of Dermatology, the first integrated Department of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) and MD-Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC). Dermasurgery is the surgical management of benign and malignant conditions of the skin, hair, nails, mucous membranes, and associated veins and soft tissues. Dermasurgeons are Dermatologists; experts of the skin who further specialize in dermasurgery, which offers both invasive and non-invasive techniques for treatment and rejuvenation. A wide range of patient services (both diagnostic and therapeutic) are available, such as biopsies, excisions, laser surgery, vein therapy, birthmark management, and rejuvenation of sun-damaged skin. Mohs micrographic surgery (a highly specialized and technique for skin cancer) is available at the Mohs/Dermasurgery Unit at MDACC.

For an appointment or to refer a patient, please link to our Contact Information section.

  • Acne scar surgery
  • Aging or sun damaged skin
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy (see vein therapy below)
  • Biopsies
  • Botulinum toxin
    • for migraines
    • for hyperhidrosis
  • Chemical Peels
  • Conscious sedation
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Dermabrasion
  • Excision
  • Fat injection or Fillers
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Immunosuppression and Skin Cancer
  • Keloid revisions
  • Laser surgery
    • CO2 laser treatment of benign and malignant skin growths
    • Laser resurfacing for facial rejuvenation
    • Vascular laser treatment of blood vessels, birthmarks, blemishes
    • Pigment laser treatment of tattoos, brown spots
  • Liposuction- Tumescent outpatient
  • Skin Cancer
  • Melanoma (especially lentigo maligna type)
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Mole removal
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer
    • Basal cell cancer
    • Squamous cell cancer
    • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
    • Microcystic adnexal carcinoma
    • Extramammary Paget’s disease
    • Atypical fibroxanthoma
  • Organ Transplantation and skin cancer
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Rhinophyma surgery
  • Scar revisions
  • Vascular lesions (including birthmarks) and blemishes
  • Vein therapies
    • Sclerotherapy


Our faculty exemplifies excellence and diversity in their expertise, training and background. Our philosophy of patient care is "the needs of our patients always come first"
- Dr. Ronald P. Rapini

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