Dr. Tina Alster: Mentoring a New Generation of Doctors

By Michelle Alford on January 26, 2011 in Heroes

h17Tina S. Alster, M.D.has been practicing medicine for over twenty years. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and completed her dermatology residency at Yale University. She is currently a clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center and is the founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery.

Dr. Alster has published over 300 hundred articles and 8 textbooks about dermatologic laser surgery, including The Essential Guide to Cosmetic Laser Surgery. Her primary topics of research have been photodamaged skin and birthmarks. She has been featured on Oprah, CNN, the Today Show, 20/20, the Discovery Channel, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Dr. Alster decision to become a doctor was influenced by many people throughout her youth. Her parents emphasized the importance of education and pushed her to excel in school. In high school, her chemistry teacher recognized her potential and encouraged her to pursue a career in science.

Dr. Alster founded the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery prior to the creation of any similar centers. She recognized the growth potential of laser surgery and believed that a focused center would provide better service to the growing number of clients.

Laser surgery can be personalized to treat most skin conditions. Frecklessunspotsbirthmarkstattoos,acne scarsburn scars, and moles can all be treated with specialized forms of laser surgery. Dr. Alster mostly uses pigment-specific lasers—which are used to treat freckles, sunspots, pigmented birthmarks, moles—and vascular-specific lasers—which are used to treat vascular birthmarks.

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