David B. Pharis, M.D., P.C. Skin Cancer and Dermatologic Surgery

David B. Pharis M.D.


10/2000: Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Re-certified in 6/2009.

Work Experience

7/2001 - Present Private Practice specializing in the surgical treatment of skin cancer and dermatologic surgery.
David B. Pharis, M.D., P.C.: 11/2010 - present
Georgia Dermatologic Surgery Centers, P.C.: 7/2001-10/2010


7/2001 – present:
Assistant Clinical Professor, Emory University Department of Dermatology


Fellowship: 7/2000-6/2001
Mohs Micrographic and Dermatologic Surgery
Fellowship directors: John A. Zitelli, M.D./David G. Brodland, M.D.
Shadyside Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Residency: 7/1997-6/2000
Department of Dermatology
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
Chief Resident 5/1999-4/2000

Internship: 7/1996-6/1997
Department of Internal Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals
Houston, TX

Medical School: 8/1992-6/1996
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
M.D. with Highest Honor

Undergraduate: 8/1988-5/1992
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
B.S. with Distinction in Biology

Academic Honors

Chief Resident, Emory University Department of Dermatology
Donald C. Abele, M.D. Award for outstanding resident presentation.
Georgia Society of Dermatologists annual meeting. Sea Island, GA. June 1998.

Medical School:
Debakey Scholar Award (top student in graduating class)
Graduated with Highest Honors
Elected as a junior to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Highest Honors in Basic Sciences Award
Debra Kalter Award for Outstanding Student Research in Dermatology
Kenneth L. Burdon Award for Excellence in Microbiology
Harris Busch Award in Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Alfred M. Cinnamon Scholarship
William, James Silas, and Leo Baines Crump Scholarship

Phi Beta Kappa
Honors research degree in Biology
Golden Key National Honor Society
National Dean's List Honorary
Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society

Professional Organizations

Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology
    Allied Health Care/Pt Advocate Liaison Committee: 3/2000-2004
Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery
    Representative to AMA CPT Committee 2/2011-present
    CPT Rapid Response Committee 4/2007-present
Fellow of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
    Membership Recruitment/Retention Committee: 11/2000-2003
Fellow of the Atlanta Dermatological Association
Member of the American Medical Association

State Licensure

Georgia Medical License: 045108


  • Pharis DB. Cutaneous Melanoma: Therapeutic lymph node dissection (TLND), elective lymph node dissection (ELND), lymph node mapping, and sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). Dermatologic Therapy 2005 Nov-Dec;18(6):397-406
  • Pharis DB, Brodland DG. Flaps. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Rapini RP, editors. Dermatology. Philadelphia (PA): Mosby; 2003.
  • Pharis DB, Zitelli JA. The management of the regional lymph nodes in cancer. Br J Dermatol 2003;149:919-25.
  • Papadapoulos DJ, Pharis DB, Munavalli GS, Trinei F, Hantzakos AG. Nasalis myocutaneous island pedicle flap with bi-level undermining for repair of lateral nasal defects. Dermatol Surg 2002;28:190-194.
  • Pharis DB, Zitelli JA. Mohs micrographic surgery for melanoma. Skin Cancer Foundation Journal 2001;19:30.
  • Pharis DB, Zitelli JA. Sunburn, trauma and the timing of biopsies of melanocytic nevi. Dermatol Surgery 2001;27(9):835-6.
  • Pharis DB, Cerenko D, Caughman SW. Sweet’s syndrome in a patient with idiopathic progressive bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. J Am Acad Dermatol 2000;42:932-5.
  • Pharis DB, Papadapoulos DJ. Superiorly based nasolabial interpolation flap for repair of nasal tip defects. Dermatol Surg 2000;26:19-24.
  • Pharis DB, McCall CO, Spraker MK. Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma in a child with the Kasabach-Merritt syndrome. In: Williams CM, editor. Mini consults in dermatology volume VI (CD-ROM). Schaumburg (IL): American Academy of Dermatology; 1999.
  • Pharis DB, Teller C, Wolf JE, Jr. Cutaneous manifestations of sports participation. J Am Acad Dermatol 1997;36:448-59.


  • Pharis DB. “Mohs surgeons and histotechs. How to make each others lives easier.” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mohs Histotechnology. Atlanta, GA. October 2005.
  • Pharis DB. “Melanoma Update.” Combined Annual Meeting of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. San Diego, CA. October 2004.
  • Pharis DB. “The perioperative management of cardiac patients in dermatologic surgery.” Emory University Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds. Atlanta, GA. May 2003.
  • Pharis DB. “Cutaneous malignancies.” Henry County Primary Care Symposium. Stockbridge, GA. April 2002.
  • Pharis DB. “The management of the regional lymph nodes in cancer.” Emory University Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds. Atlanta, GA. March 2002.
  • Pharis DB, Spraker MK. ““Sting” as the cause of treatment failure in atopic dermatitis: an under diagnosed and easily remedied problem.” Emory Dermatology Day. Atlanta, GA. April 2000.
  • Pharis DB, McCall CO, Spraker MK. “Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma in a child with the Kasabach-Merritt syndrome.” American Academy of Dermatology Gross and Microscopic Dermatology symposium. New Orleans, LA. March 1999.
  • Pharis DB. “The Actinic Keratosis Revisited.” Emory University Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds. Atlanta, GA. June 1998.
  • Pharis DB, McCall CO, Spraker MK. “Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma in a child with the Kasabach-Merritt syndrome.” Georgia Society of Dermatologists Annual Meeting. Sea Island, GA. June 1998.
  • Pharis DB. “Eczema and Eczematoid disorders.” Emory University Physician Assistant lecture series on Dermatology. Atlanta, GA. January 1998/1999/2000.
  • Pharis DB. “Hansen’s Disease.” Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Disease Grand Rounds. Houston, TX. November 1996.
  • Pharis DB, Tessman I. “The third role of the recA gene in Escherichia coli SOS repair and mutagenesis.” Purdue University undergraduate honors research symposium. West Lafayette, IN. April 1992.


  • “Inhibition of isomerization of urocanic acid and its effect on UV-induced carcinogenesis.” Advisor: Homer Black, PhD. January 1996 – June 1996.
  • “The third role of the recA gene in Escherichia coli SOS repair and mutagenesis.” Advisor: Irwin Tessman, PhD. January 1991 – May 1992.


protection tip

Remember to apply sunscreen on cloudy days too since theultraviolet light penetrates easily through the clouds

Wear sun protective gear such as a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and long sleeve shirts or pants.





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