Dirk Elston, M.D., F.A.A.D.
Dr. Elston is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston. He has more than 30 years’ experience in health care delivery including more than two decades of involvement in health policy, quality, models of care and medical coding. He has testified before congress on physician reimbursement and has worked on behalf of the American Medical Association and the Institute of Medicine on issues of quality, patient access and reimbursement.
Dr. Elston is Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and has served as president of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatopathology. He is an Honorary Professor at China Medical University in Shenyang China and Guest Professor at the Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University in Changsha, China and an honorary member of the German Dermatological Society.
Dr. Elston is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, did his dermatology residency at Walter Reed Medical Center and a dermatopathology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the author of over 541 peer reviewed publications and 75 textbook chapters. He is the Associate Editor in Chief of eMedicine dermatology, is one of lead authors of Andrews Diseases of the Skin and Editor in Chief of the Requisites in Dermatology series of textbooks. He received the 2020 American Academy of Dermatology Gold Medal in recognition of commitment and service to the specialty of dermatology, 2008 Walter Nickel Award for Excellence in Dermatopathology Education and the 2013 Founder’s Award of the American Society of Dermatopathology. Other teaching awards include the UIC, Rush and Cook County Dermatology residents teaching award, St Luke’s-Roosevelt Volunteer Teacher of the Year Award, Brooke Army Medical Center Department of Medicine Outstanding Teacher Award, Brooke Army Medical Center Department of Pathology Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Darl Vanderplueg Excellence in Teaching Award.