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Desiree Ratner, MD

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Desiree Ratner, MD, is a Voluntary Attending and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine. She specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, cutaneous oncology, and facial reconstruction. Dr. Ratner did her medical training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She did her internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, followed by her dermatology residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. She then did two years of fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery, reconstruction, and general dermatologic surgery with Dr. Donald Grande, first at New England Medical Center in Boston, MA, and then at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington MA. After practicing in Baltimore and teaching part time in the Departments of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland affiliated Veterans Administration Hospital, she returned to New York City and became the Director of Dermatologic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center of the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she remained from 1997 to 2012.

Dr. Ratner has served on the Boards of Directors of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative Group, and the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons. She has served as Chair of the Sulzberger Institute of the American Academy of Dermatology and is currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Procedural Dermatology section of the Association of Professors of Dermatology. She has been Co-Editor of the Dermatologic Surgery Journal since 2007, and is an Editorial Board member for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has authored or coauthored more than 100 publications, and has given over 100 presentations at national and international meetings. She has been listed as one of the Castle Connelly Top Doctors since 2005, and as one of the New York Times Best Doctors and America’s Top Surgeons since 2009.

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Zilkha Foundation Scholarship, Institut de Recherches Scientifiques sur le Cancer

Doctor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Bachelor of Arts, Brown University