Northwestern Fellowship Information

Dear potential applicant,

Welcome to the Northwestern University Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Program! Our one-year fellowship program in dermatologic surgery at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides comprehensive training in oncologic, cosmetic, and laser procedures.  Our fellowship meets all requirements for the ACGME and ACMS-accredited Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology fellowship. The fellowship also includes extensive exposure to clinical research, particularly clinical trials and other patient-centered research. It is our mission to train and equip national leaders in academic dermatologic surgery. 

At Northwestern, fellows will find a world class training experience in the heart of Chicago. The majority of training will take place at Northwestern’s downtown campus, located one block off of Michigan Avenue. Chicago is a culturally diverse city and offers a truly unparalleled living experience, boasting some of the nation’s best museums, sports, dining, and entertainment.

Our fellows receive training from fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons in all aspects of Mohs surgery, including rare and recurrent tumors and complex repairs.  The practice has high volume, and fellows are provided the opportunity to perform many more than the minimum required number of cases.

Fellows also receive extensive training in cosmetic and laser procedures.  Proficiency is achieved through hands-on application of lasers and energy treatments, filler and injectables, scar revision techniques, tumescent liposuction, and many other procedures.  The practice maintains approximately 20 laser and energy devices for a diversity of indications. 

Clinical research is a major part of the fellowship experience.  The fellows are provided staff support, necessary equipment and resources, formal training through coursework as appropriate, and the guidance of regular weekly research meetings with core faculty.  Fellow research may include clinical trials, multicenter cohort studies, analysis of databases, guidelines development, and other work designed to substantially impact the practice of dermatologic surgery. The purpose of the research experience is to prepare the fellow for a career as an independent clinical researcher in academic dermatologic surgery.

Fellows are encouraged to present abstracts, posters, and oral presentations at meetings of major national professional societies.  They are supported to attend the annual meetings of the ASDS, ACMS, ASLMS, SID, AAD, and APD, as well as other national or international conferences that may be of interest. In addition, fellows may also work with other oncologic and surgical specialties at Northwestern, participate in journal clubs and tumor board, and teach Northwestern dermatology residents through didactic sessions.

Our goal is that all fellows experience comprehensive training and individual mentorship to develop into national leaders in academic dermatologic surgery.


Murad Alam, MD

Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA

Vice Chair, Department of Dermatology

Chief of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery in the Department of Dermatology

Professor of Dermatology (Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery), Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Surgery (Organ Transplantation)

Application Process

Starting this application cycle for the 2023-2024 fellowship year, our fellowship will now be a one-year ACGME and ACMS-accredited MSDO program. Applications should be submitted through the standard MSDO application process.  Applicants will need to register with the Central Application System (CAS) on SF Match ( for Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology and designate one of the recipients to be the Northwestern University/Dr. Alam fellowship.   

Graduates of an ACGME-approved dermatology residency program interested in a career in academic dermatologic surgery are particularly encouraged to apply.  Canadian applicants who have completed an equivalent program can be considered but the program does not sponsor or support H1B visa applicants. 

Contact us:

Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA
Program Director

Lisa Glatz
Program Coordinator
676 N. St. Clair St., Ste 1600
Chicago, IL 60611

Current fellows:

Ming Lee, MD

Ming Lee, MD

Boston University Dermatology Residency

Frances Walocko, MD, MEng

Frances Walocko, MD, MEng

Fellow 2021-2023, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dermatology Residency Program

Ross Pearlman, MD

Ross Pearlman, MD

Fellow 2022-2024, University of Mississippi Medical Center Dermatology Residency Program.

Prior fellows:

Ming Lee, MD
Gainesville Skin Cancer Center

Sarah Wilson, MD
West Georgia Dermatology

Anjali K. Butani, MD:

Founder of Anjali MD Dermatology in Orange, California
Founder of Anjali MD Skincare line

Douglas Jackson Fife, MD:

Founder and President of Vivida Dermatology in Nevada (4 locations)

Misbah H. Khan, MD:

Founder and President of M Khan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York

Diana Bolotin, MD:

Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Chicago
Interim Section Chief, Dermatology
Ambulatory Practice Manager, Dermatology
Director, Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Melanie Ann Warycha, MD:

Caremount Medical in Mount Kisco, New York

Kapila Paghdal, MD:

Northern Bergen Dermatology Group in New Jersey

Kira Minkis, MD:

Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Weil Cornell University

Meghan Morrow, MD:

Advanced Dermatology

Abigail Hart Waldman, MD:

Clinical Director, Mohs & Dermatologic Surgery Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Director, Mohs Surgery, VA Boston Healthcare System
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Brian Petersen, MD:

Colorado Permanente Medical Group

Farhaad Riyaz, MD:

Integrated Dermatology in Washington, DC

Rachel Kyllo, MD:

Founder of Meramec Dermatology in St. Louis, Missouri

Brandon Worley, MD:

Florida Dermatology and Skin Cancer Centers

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