Born with an artistic eye and an innate passion to help others, Dr. Carla Retief, leads an accomplished and respected staff at The Retief Skin Center, located in Nashville, Tennessee. The Huntingdon, Tennessee native graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1989 from Vanderbilt University where she attended on an academic scholarship. Retief obtained her medical degree from The University of Tennessee Memphis, again receiving her degree Alpha Omega Alpha. Upon graduation, Retief became an invaluable addition to the Internal Medicine team at Northwestern Medical Center and Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital during her dermatology residencies, both in Chicago, Illinois. She excelled in the advanced surgical management of skin disorders, reconstructive surgery and laser surgery at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s becoming the chief resident in dermatology in her final year in residency in 1998. Upon completion of her residency, she was selected as one of the top dermatologists in the world to begin a Mohs Micographic Surgery Fellowship, emphasing on skin oncology, Mohs Micrographic, Laser and Reconstructive Surgery. The fellowship, approved by the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, was completed in 1999 at The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. During this fellowship under the guidance of then President of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, she performed over 1000 Mohs Surgery and Reconstructive cases in addition to hundreds of cosmetic and laser cases. Since 1999, Dr. Retief have been practicing and a leader in her field. The Middle Tennessee area is where she has built her uniquely poised practice. With her exceptional training and successful cases, she can offer many state of the art treatments for most skin conditions. She currently removes 800-1000 skin cancers per year using Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Additionally, she performs a variety of cosmetic procedures and surgeries under local anesthesia. Dr. Retief continues to be one of the leaders in the management of facial skin cancer and advanced minimally invasive cosmetic techniques, also performed with local anesthesia. She has been published in The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and The Achieves of Dermatology. Over the past 10 years, Dr Retief has developed her own line of prescription skincare product to effect radical changes in the appearance and overall health of skin over a short period of time. Her patented formula is curated in her laboratory in Nashville experiencing exponential growth each year that continues to introduce new and improved products to the line. Buffrx (by prescription only) will soon be made available to a select number of dermatology offices across the country. She is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Microscopic Surgery and Cucaneous Disease, American Society of Dermatological Surgery and the American Academy of Dermatology. As a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, as well as a member of the Tennessee Medical Association and the Tennessee Medical Association, she continues to provide insights and research in her fields of practice to her patience and the medical world. She has surgical privileges at two of Nashville’s top hospitals, Baptist and the Centennial Medical Center.
It is our pleasure to welcome you to our practice. We are dedicated to serving your needs and achieving quality results. Our goal is to provide a professional environment with the quality of care that you have come to expect in a medical practice. We are confident that our services and friendly staff will exceed your expectations and make you feel right at home.
Dr. Retief's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Dermatology
Board certified in Dermatology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Retief's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Candidiasis of Skin and Nails
Fungal Nail Infection
Henoch–Schönlein Purpura (HSP)
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Adjacent Tissue Transfer
Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Shaving of Skin Lesion
Skin Tag Removal
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Tennessee.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Medical School | Graduated 1994
Northwestern Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed
Rush-Presbyterian St Luke's Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed
The Medical University Of South Carolina
Fellowship Hospital | Completed
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Retief has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, Member
American Academy of Dermatology, Fellow
American College of Mohs Microscopic Surgery and Cucaneous Disease, Fellow
American Society of Dermatological Surgery, Fellow