Fellowship Opportunity

Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship


The Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship is offered by DermSurgery Associates in partnership with the Houston Methodist Hospital. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS). The 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 two fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons: Leonard H. Goldberg M.D. and Arash Kimyai-Asadi M.D. 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 four 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 with Dr. Goldberg or Dr. Asadi. On weeks spent with Dr. Goldberg, Mondays occur at the outpatient mohs surgery center of the Houston Methodist Hospital. All other days with Dr. Goldberg are located at the main DermSurgery clinic in the Texas Medical Center. Dr. Goldberg performs between 10-15 Mohs cases per day. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dr. Goldberg only performs Mohs cases in the morning and sees surgery follow-up cases in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity for fellows to assess their surgical progress and learn how to improve their reconstruction skills. On Thursday morning, Dr. Goldberg and the fellows participate in general Dermatology Grand Rounds held by the Baylor College Department of Medicine. Fellows are also expected to participate in monthly national Mohs College Journal Club.

On weeks spent with Dr. Asadi, Mondays and Fridays are spent at our satellite clinic in Brenham, TX. Patients at this clinic tend to have larger or more advanced tumors, making this a great reconstruction opportunity for fellow education. All other days are spent at the main DermSurgery clinic close to the Texas Medical Center. Surgery follow-up cases are seen between surgical cases each day. Dr. Asadi performs between 12-16 Mohs cases per day.

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.


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 fellowship starts on July 1 each year and ends on June 30.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2022.

We request that applicants hold a license to practice medicine within the U.S. at the time of application.


Program Director: Leonard H. Goldberg, MD – [email protected]

General Inquiries:  [email protected]


Leonard H. Goldberg, MD, FRCP, FAAD

Dr. Goldberg, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, is world-renowned in the field of Dermatologic surgery.  He is a leader in the field of Mohs surgery and skin cancer and is both a recognized speaker and author of more than 325 publications. He was previously Chief of Dermatologic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and is a member of numerous professional societies and committees, including the American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery, and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Goldberg is Chief of Dermatology at Houston Methodist Hospital and is a Professor of Clinical Medicine. Dr. Goldberg is a Fellowship Director for the American College of Mohs Surgery and he has trained over 40 fellows in his capacity as Fellowship program director.

Arash Kimyai-Asadi, MD, FAAD

Dr. Kimyai-Asadi, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. During his 3 years as an undergraduate student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Science, he completed a triple major, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with Bachelors of Arts in Biology, Philosophy, and Psychology. He then attended medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his dermatology training at the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University, where he served as a chief resident. Subsequently, he completed a Mohs micrographic surgery fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Leonard H. Goldberg. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles as well as book chapters in clinical and surgical dermatology. He is regularly invited to present his techniques and research findings at national and international meetings that focus on dermatologic and reconstructive surgery.

Current fellows:

Elizabeth Hall, MD

Remi Hamel, MD

Previous fellows:

Isadore S. Tarantino, M.D.

Kourosh Beroukhim, M.D

Sonal Parikh, M.D.

Nhan Nguyen, M.D.

Maya Sinai, M.D.

James L. Griffith, M.D., M.S.

Mario V. Mitkov, M.D.

Young J. Kwak, M.D.

David R. Wright, M.D.

Blake R. Zelickson, M.D., Ph.D. (Research)

Wesley J. Wu, M.D.

Marc K. Rubenzik, M.D., Ph.D.

Keyan Matinpour, M.D.

Chetan Vedyas, M.D.

Salar Hazany, M.D.

Andrew R. Styperek, M.D.

Anna Drosou, M.D.

Diane N. Trieu, M.D.

Camile L. Hexsel-Folk, M.D.

Farah Awadalla, M.D.

Adisbeth Morales-Burgos, M.D.

Michael P. Loosemore, M.D.

Aton M. Holzer, M.D.

Irene J. Vergilis-Kalner, M.D.

Bahar F. Firoz, M.D., M.P.H.

Adam J. Mamelak, M.D.

Justin J. Vujevich, M.D.

Steven Q. Wang, M.D.

Daniel S. Behroozan, M.D.

Arash Kimyai-Asadi, M.D.

Samuel Ray Peterson, M.D.

Murad Alam, M.D.

Erin S. Gardner, M.D.

Robin H. Friedman, M.D.

Hiram A. Ruiz, M.D.

Brooke A. Jackson, M.D.

Deborah F. MacFarlane, M.D.

Tatyana R. Humphreys, M.D.

Hoang N. Pham, M.D.

Robert V. Kolbusz, M.D.

Michael K. Burns, M.D.

Dan H. Meirson, M.D.

Joseph Alcalay, M.D.

Seth L. Matarasso, M.D.

Daniel M. Siegel, M.D.