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Dermatology Washington - Open Quote Icon I had a fantastic experience with Dr. Burgess this morning. After suffering a bout of major red, itchy rash all over face and neck, I was referred by Dr. Burgess by the GW Student Health Center. Even though I was not an existing patient, her office gave me an 8:30a time slot for the next morning when I said it was urgent.

When I arrived, I got there about 10 minutes early to leave time for paperwork, etc. The office is clean, very modern, excellent reading material. Her receptionist did not bat an eye at my rash when he handed me the new patient forms, and I was seen promptly at 8:30.

The PA was friendly, warm, and attentive, and I saw Dr. Burgess after a brief history with the PA. Dr. Burgess was great -- very sweet, reassuring, and direct with her recommendations. They gave me samples of some sensitive-skin sunblock to use, and there is a CVS right across the street where I could get scripts filled.
~ Megan J, Washington DC Dermatology Washington - Close Quote Icon

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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.

Dr. Cheryl Burgess was a clinical investigator in the research trials for the company Kythera that developed the FDA cleared product Kybella, an injectable treatment used for adults who are dealing with excess fat in the submental area.

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" in Facial 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.

Dr. Cheryl Burgess was a clinical investigator in the research trials for the company Kythera that developed the FDA cleared product Kybella, an injectable treatment used for adults who are dealing with excess fat in the submental area.

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