Thank you for your interest in the Dayton Skin Surgery Center Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship Program. If you are interested in applying to the Dayton Skin Surgery Center (DSSC) Fellowship Program, please visit the SF Match website to register. You will be required to complete the Central Application Service (CAS) application form. The CAS will then distribute your application to your selected programs.

The Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship originated in 2004. Directed by Heidi Donnelly, MD, our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).


The MSDO fellowship takes place at a private academic practice featuring eight surgery suites outfitted with the latest medical equipment and exam tables. Training encompasses Mohs surgery and reconstruction, dermatologic oncology and excisional surgery, as well as cosmetic dermatology including blepharoplasty, microneedling with PRP, plasma pen, BOTOX®, fillers, chemical peels, and lasers including the Pulsed Dye Laser, CO2 Fraxel Laser, Smoothe Beam, Q-Switched NdYAG and Alexandrite, Long Pulsed NdYAG, and IPL. Additionally, there is an on-site Mohs frozen section CLIA certified laboratory where the fellow is instructed on processing tissue and practicing the techniques of cutting frozen sections, staining, and slide preparation.  MART-1 immunostains are used on Mohs frozen sections for melanoma-in-situ to ensure complete removal. The fellow is trained on interpretation and mapping of MART-1 specimens.

Dr. Donnelly is the owner and medical director of Dayton Skin Care. She serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at Wright State University, where she is also the Director of Dermatologic and Mohs Micrographic Surgery. WSU dermatology residents rotate one to two days a week within the practice. The fellow participates in the monthly didactic lectures, a lecture series provided by Dr. Thomas Lewis, monthly cadaver labs, and quarterly journal clubs held with the WSU dermatology residents. There is an extensive fellowship fresh frozen cadaver lab course curriculum that is covered during the fellowship year.  The lab is held at a local hospital twice a month. The curriculum includes but is not limited to anatomy, facial danger zones, and over 150 flaps, and grafts separated by anatomical site.  Dr. Kasie Adkins and Dr. Ivy Norris serve as faculty members for the Dayton Skin Surgery Center Fellowship Program.

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM without in-house call. Mohs surgery is performed five days per week. Typically, two to three days per month will be utilized for laser surgery, consultations, excisions, and surgical follow-up appointments and research.

Weekly Schedule

MondayDr. Adkins surgical clinic/2 hrs clinical research
TuesdayDr. Donnelly surgical clinic
WednesdayDr. Donnelly surgical clinic
ThursdayDr. Donnelly surgical clinic
FridayDr. Adkins surgical clinic/2 hrs clinical research

Daily Schedule

6-12 Mohs Surgery Cases
2-3 Excisions
1-2 Follow-up Reconstructions
5-10  Consultations, Wound Check & Follow-up Visits

Dayton Skin Surgery Center performs approximately 1,600 Mohs surgeries annually.  The fellow is the primary surgeon on approximately 90% of those cases. Dr. Donnelly works closely with ENT, oculoplastic, and plastic surgery specialists for large multi-disciplinary cases. Collaboration with partnering surgeons, Dr. Kasie Adkins and Dr. Ivy Norris, ensures a well-rounded experience and exposure to different surgical styles which are scheduled at local area hospitals utilizing general anesthesia.

The fellowship affords added educational opportunities.  Rotations with off-site faculty throughout the year include time with board-certified physicians in a variety of specialties.

  • Dr. Gary Palmer, MD-Laser treatments
  • Dr. Thomas Olsen, MD-Dermatopathology
  • Dr. John Moad, MD-Dermatopathology
  • Dr. James Apesos, MD-Plastic Surgery, and liposuction/fat transfer
  • Dr. Steven Schmidt, MD-Plastic Surgery and liposuction/fat transfer
  • Dr. Matthew Fox, MD-Plastic Surgery and liposuction/fat transfer
  • Dr. Jason Hedrick, MD-Plastic Surgery and liposuction/fat transfer
  • Dr. David Ettinger, MD-Plastic Surgery and liposuction/fat transfer
  • Dr. John Haluschak, MD-Oncology
  • Dr. Gregory Rasp, MD-Radiation Oncology
  • Dr. James Ouellette, MD-General Surgery and Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Minia Hellan, MD-General Surgery, and Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Rebecca Tuttle, MD-General Surgery and Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Ronald Warwar, MD-Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Dr. Matthew Garrett, MD-Otolaryngology (ENT)

Core curriculum calls for one research project with publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  A private workstation, and personal computer, as well as access to reference resources through MedLine and the libraries of Miami Valley Hospital, Kettering Hospital, and Wright State University, is provided for research projects.

Conferences and Teaching

Monthly Grand Rounds with WSU Dermatology Residents
Monthly Multidisciplinary rumor board with MVH and KMC
Monthly dermatopathology frozen section slide review with outside Dermpath Lab
Weekly Clinical meeting with Mohs Surgery staff
Monthly cosmetic laser rotations with Dr. Martha Hickmann and Dr. Gary Palmer
Monthly Cadaver Lab
Quarterly Dermatologic Surgery Journal Club with WSU Dermatolgoy Residents
Quarterly Dermatologic Surgery Journal Club with current and previous fellows
Quarterly National Dermatologic Surgery Journal Club participation
Quarterly WSU Dermatology Resident Lectures and Board review
$2,500 CME funding including but not limited to annual ASDS and ACMS meetings

What makes Dayton Skin unique?

  • We have 4 different Mohs surgeons to help train our Fellows each with varying approaches to reconstruction.
  • Unlimited hands‐on clinical surgical experience from day one with a reduction in patient volume the first quarter of the year to allow appropriate time for direct training with Program Director.
  • We offer unlimited cadaver sessions for advanced reconstructive training. On average we incorporate approximately 15 sessions per year. There is an extensive flap and graft curriculum that is completed for each Fellow.
  • We have a Dayton VA patient base. These tumors tend to be neglected and large; they are all Fellow cases.
  • We work with ENT, Plastics, and Oculoplastics in the hospital for extra‐large surgical oncology cases.
  • The volume of cases in a year is about 1600 with a significant portion being large and unusual tumors. Our program falls well above the ACGME national average for complex Mohs surgical cases.
  • Laser and cosmetic training involve 2 different laser surgeons with training on approximately 10 different lasers. (Candela V‐Beam, GentleLase, GentleYAG, Q‐switch YAG, Q‐switch Alex, Fraxel, IPL, PDL, Thermi 250, ThermiSmooth, Apogee, Vectus)
  • Health Insurance is provided through Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield with single coverage paid at 70% by the practice and spouse and dependent coverage paid at 50% by the practice. PHA Superior Dental insurance is also provided for dental/vision with 100% cost to the Fellow.
  • The option to purchase disability insurance coverage through Aflac is available, but not a covered benefit.
  • Professional liability or malpractice insurance will be covered by DSC.
  • Maternity leave will be continued for 6 weeks after delivery, or 8 following a C‐section delivery for which any accrued vacation time will be used.
  • Sick leave longer than 2 days per episode will require the use of vacation time.
  • The annual salary is approximately $66,000 or commensurate with a PGY5 level salary with an additional CME allowance of $2,500.
  • Four weeks of vacation are included as a benefit, CME is included within the four weeks.
  • A cellular phone is provided with service.
  • There is one day per week off from call.
  • The start date for the fellowship is the 3rd or 4th week of July to accommodate time for the move and studying for the boards.

What to you love about the MSDO Fellowship Program at DSSC

“Dayton Skin Surgery offers one of the premier experiences in the country for advanced facial reconstruction, Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology but also uniquely blends academic and private practice perspectives on procedural dermatology. Most important, Dayton Skin Care is a family –we care about our patients, the excellent work we do, and our fellow staff members and colleagues. 2020has proven to be a challenge nationally and globally, but the fellowship and friendship among all colleagues and staff members at DSSC has been so uplifting and comforting. Come experience firsthand this yearlong opportunity to be the best Micrographic Surgeon you can be – it will truly be an experience that will prepare you for a lifetime.” – Joseph W. McGowan, IV, MD (2009‐2010 Fellow)

“I absolutely loved the DSSC family during my fellowship. I had an incredible opportunity to train with four exceptional Mohs surgeons with a wide variety of practice styles, and I never felt that I was a fellow, but a colleague, from day one. I received excellent training that prepared me to confidently offer the best care for my patients. Dr. Donnelly, beyond being an amazing surgeon and teacher, was an incredible mentor. I am forever indebted to her for the wonderful year we had together. Many of the former fellows said that I would miss Dayton and my fellowship year, and I couldn’t agree more.” – Ali M. Rkein, MD (2016‐2017 Fellow)

“One of the things that make Dayton Skin such a strong program is that the people are truly exceptional. You are treated like a family member from day one. The physicians and staff take a vested interest in your training and development.” – Shannon P. Buck, DO (2017‐2018 Fellow)

“DSSC offers an intensive fellowship in dermatologic surgery and specifically facial reconstruction. Dr. Donnelly takes tremendous interest and passion in making her fellows the best surgeons around. The cadaver lab curriculum offers extensive instruction in flap repair and complex reconstruction. The atmosphere is very supportive, and the overall learning experience is excellent!” – Paul J. Gruber, MD (2018‐2019 Fellow)


Thank you for your interest in the Dayton Skin Surgery Center Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship Program.

If you have any questions regarding our fellowship program you can reach our Fellowship Coordinator by calling 937.293.5567 or emailing

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