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Deborah F. MacFarlane, MD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Dermatology, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

A graduate of Otago Medical School, New Zealand, Dr. Deborah MacFarlane received training in general surgery at Auckland Hospital New Zealand, Ohio State University and Massaschusetts General Hospital.  After completing a dermatology fellowship she trained in dermatology at Columbia Presbyterian, New York. Following this she received specialty training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery at Baylor, Houston and joined the faculty at Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as Director of Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery.  She now serves as Director of the Mohs Unit at MD Anderson and holds adjunct appointments as Professor of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery.  She is also Director of the Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at MD Anderson.

Dr. MacFarlane is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, an Associate of the American College of Mohs Surgery and a fellow in the American Academy of Dermatology.  She is a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons and the Women's Dermatologic Society.  The editor of a textbook on skin cancer and author of numerous papers.  Dr. MacFarlane is an active lecturer both nationally and internationally.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler
Unit Number: 1452
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT11.6099

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1985 University of Otago, New Zealand, MBChB
1983 Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, MPH, Public Health
1979 University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand, BS, Psychology (Hons) First Class

Board Certifications

11/1996 Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1/2003-8/2009

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Director of Mohs Laboratory, Department of Dermatology, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, 7/2009-present
Fellowship Program Director, Department of Dermatology, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 6/2009-present
Director of Cosmetic Surgery, Department of Dermatology, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, 2003-6/2009

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Medical Staff Member, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, 1/2003-present

Professional Memberships

American College of Mohs Surgery
CME Committee Member, 2013-present
Frederick Mohs Award Committee, 11/2007-present
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Rolling Meadows, IL
Member New Revenue Task Force, 2/2013-present
Mentor, International Dermatologic Surgery Mentoring Program, 11/2012-present
Membership Work Group, 11/2008-present
Association of Professors of Dermatology
Member, 12/2009-present
Harris County Medical Society, Houston, TX
Member, 1/2009-present
Houston Dermatology Association, Houston, TX
member, 1/2003-present
Texas Medical Association, TX
member, 1/2003-present
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Women Faculty Programs Department Liaison for the Department of Dermatology, 3/2010-present
Women's Dermatologic Society, Lynchbury, VA
Chair, Local Regional Task Force, 3/2013-present
Chair Women's Dermatologic Surgeons Committee, 11/2012-present
Membership Committee, 11/2010-present
Derm Surgery Task Force, 11/2007-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Shimizu I, Cohen PR, Macfarlane DF. Surgical Treatment of Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Nail Unit. Int J Dermatol 52(8):996-8, 8/2013. PMID: 23869928.
2. Macfarlane DF, Wysong A. A Schema Using Fixed Anatomic Landmarks for Biopsy Site Identification on the Head and Neck. Dermatol Surg. e-Pub 7/2013. PMID: 23870072.
3. Shimizu I, MacFarlane DF. Full-thickness skin grafts may not need tie-over bolster dressings. Dermatol Surg 39(5):726-8, 5/2013. e-Pub 2/2013. PMID: 23379480.
4. Delaney A, Shimizu I, Goldberg LH, MacFarlane DF. Life expectancy after Mohs micrographic surgery in patients aged 90 years and older. J Am Acad Dermatol 68(2):296-300, 2/2013. e-Pub 11/2012. PMID: 23200199.

Books (edited and written)

1. Weber RS, Moore BA. Ed(s) MacFarlane DF. Cutaneous Malignancy of the Head and Neck: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Plural Publishing, Inc., 2011.
2. MacFarlane DF,. Skin Cancer Management-A Practical Approach. Springer, 2010.

Last updated: 7/23/2014