Michelle T. Pelle, M.D., a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, specializes in medical care for severe skin diseases, skin cancers and general dermatologic disorders. She is a Principal Investigator in clinical research trials that study the effectiveness of skin therapies. Additionally, she has ten years of experience in the performance of cosmetic and laser rejuvenation procedures. She has been an invited speaker at many national and international clinical dermatology conferences. Dr. Pelle is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Medical Dermatologic Society, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the San Diego Dermatologic Society. Dr. Pelle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1997 from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. She completed an Internal Medicine Internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, followed by a Dermatology Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. She then completed a two year Clinician-Educator fellowship as an Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in autoimmune and medical dermatology. She has held Assistant Professorships at Boston University and at the University of California, San Diego. In 2006, she established MedDerm Associates to offer a service-oriented center for the focused management of skin disease. Dr. Pelle is married and has one son and one daughter. She enjoys art and design, skiing, kettlebells, and being a Mom.
Dr. Pelle specializes in the care of severe skin diseases, general dermatology, cosmetic rejuvenation procedures and minimally invasive laser therapies. MedDerm also boasts one of the most comprehensive Phototherapy Centers in California for the treatment of various skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and skin cancers. In addition, Dr. Pelle and the MedDerm team are involved in clinical research trials aimed at advancing and refining therapy for various skin diseases.
Dr. Pelle'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
Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Pelle'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
Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
Connective Tissue Disorders
Dermatitis Due to Drugs
External Ear Disorders
Fungal Nail Infection
Granuloma of Skin
Herpes Simplex Infection
Insect Bites and Stings
Leg and Foot Ulcers
Localized Fat Deposits
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Molluscum Contagiosum Infection
Nail and Nail Bed Infection
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Poisoning
Port Wine Stain
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Thinning of Skin
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Acne Scar Removal
Adjacent Tissue Transfer
Aged or Sun-Damaged Skin Treatment
Biopsy of Affected Tissue
Cosmetic Laser Surgery
Cosmetic Neck Surgery
Cryosurgery for Skin Lesions
Cryotherapy for Warts
Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning
Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
Destruction of Penile Lesion
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Cyst
Excision of Lipoma
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Excision of Soft Tissue Lesion
Fractional Ablative Laser Treatment
Fractional Non-Ablative Laser Treatment
Glycolic Acid Skin Care Treatment
In-Office Skin Procedure
Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
Intense Pulse Light
KTP Laser Treatment
LED Light Treatment for Acne
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Nail Treatment
Laser Office Procedure
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Spider Vein Treatment
Laser Surgery for Skin Conditions
Laser Treatment of Varicose Veins
Narrow Band UVB Light for Psoriasis
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment
Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Treatment
Repair of Pigmentation Defect
Scar Revision Surgery
Shaving of Skin Lesion
Skin Cancer Surgery With Reconstruction
Skin Tag Removal
Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
Titan Skin Tightening
Varicose Vein Surgery
Wrinkle Reduction by Injection
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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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.
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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.
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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.
Franklin and Marshall College
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
Jefferson Medical College
Medical School | Graduated 1997
University of Pittsburgh
Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
Geisinger Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 2001
University Of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Pelle 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.