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Meet the Doctor

Dermatology Washington - Dr. Cheryl Burgess Dr. Cheryl M. Burgess is a board-certified dermatologist who has gained national and international acclaim for her expertise and contributions to the field of dermatology. She founded the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Washington, DC and currently serves as President of the practice.

She is known as an authority on non-invasive cosmetic procedures and advanced dermatological technology. She has developed and patented (United States Patent Numbers 7,637,900 and 8,038,665) unique technique of aesthetic enhancement using dermal fillers and neuromodulators. She is an invited lecturer for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Physicians, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Academy of Dermatology. A highly sought-after speaker, she has been invited to lecture for these and many other medical organizations. She was inducted into the prestigious American Dermatological Association

Dr. Burgess is a key opinion leader, an advisor, consultant, and clinical investigator for Revance, Medicis, Kythera, Allergan Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Valeant Pharmaceutical, Merz Aesthetics, BioCosmetic Research Labs. She is often consulted as a medical expert, and she has been featured on NBC News, FOX News, and ABC News. Dr. Cheryl Burgess, MD, appears in a weekly special segment of the NBC-WRC midday news in Washington, DC.

As co-founder of Black Opal, Dr. Burgess is very pleased that two of their products have received recent acclaim by Paula’s Choice. Black Opal provides a line of cosmetics and skin care formulations designed with ethnic skin in mind. Paula’s Choice, an independent marketing research firm with strict guidelines for purity and effectiveness claims, named Black Opal’s Even True Tri-Complex Tonecorrect Fade Gel and Even True Tonecorrect Fade Crème among the "best skin lightening products." Black Opal was the only ethnic brand listed.

Published work

As a researcher and author, Dr. Burgess has written articles that have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Cutis, Dermatologic Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology, and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Burgess is also the author and senior editor of Cosmetic Dermatology (published by Springer-Verlag). She has contributed to numerous textbooks, including Sauer’s Manual of Skin Diseases. She authored the chapters "Poly-L-lactic Acid" inFacial Rejuvenation with Fillers, "Cosmetic Products" in Dermatology for Skin of Color, and "Special Considerations in African-American Skin" in Cosmetic Dermatology in Skin of Color.

Education and experience

Dr. Burgess began her educational journey at the prestigious Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. After earning her doctorate of medicine degree she went on to complete an internal medicine internship followed by a dermatology residency with Howard University Hospital. She has been honored with the revered position of Assistant Clinical Professor at the Georgetown, University Department of Dermatology, Medical Center and George Washington University Hospital, in Washington, DC. Dr. Burgess also founded the Center for Dermatology Physicians Assistant Fellowship Program, (a program accredited by the Association of Post Graduate PA Programs), and she currently serves as medical director.

Professional affiliations include:
  • Fellow – American Academy of Dermatology
  • Member – American Academy of Dermatology
  • Member – American Society of Dermatologic Surgery
  • Member – American Dermatological Association
  • Member – American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Board of Directors – American Society of Dermatologic Surgery
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