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Tina S. Alster, MD

Founding Director, Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery

Tina S. Alster, MD

Founding Director, Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery

Biography

Tina S. Alster, MD is the founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and is a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC as well as consulting associate of dermatology at Duke University. She received her B.S. and M.D. degrees with highest honors from Duke University and completed her dermatology residency at Yale University.

Dr. Alster is a world-recognized leader in dermatologic laser surgery and is credited with having written the first textbook on cosmetic laser surgery. She has since published hundreds of articles and 7 additional textbooks on the subject.

Dr. Alster has held and maintains leadership and board positions in numerous professional and national organizations including the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS), Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS), among others. She has served as a consultant to several skin care and device companies, including Lancôme and La Mer. Her commitment to teaching and mentoring others is evident in the hundreds of physicians she has trained in her career as well as her establishment of scholarship endowments for women pursuing careers in medicine at Duke University and, most recently, a cosmetic dermatology resident education fund at Yale University.

Dr. Alster has received numerous accolades by her peers including the prestigious ASLMS Leon Goldman Lectureship Award (2001), American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Presidential Citation Award (2017), Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) Mentorship (2009) and Legacy (2014) Awards as well as the ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award (2018). She has been a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in America for each of the past 17 years.  In addition to serving as an expert on TV and radio, she has been acknowledged in America’s Top Doctors, Town & Country’s Best Cosmetic Surgeons, America’s Elite 1000, Allure’s Influencer of the Year, Elle Genius Awards and Washingtonian’s Best Doctors and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 1 percent of physicians in dermatology in US News & World Report.