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Michael Nowak, MD
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Dr. Nowak earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University, followed by a Medical Degree from Wright State University. After completion of an internship in internal medicine, he served as chief resident and cancer fellow at Western Reserve Care System where he completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology.  Dr. Nowak finished his training in Providence, Rhode Island at Brown University where he completed fellowship training in dermatology and dermatopathology. 

After his training, Dr. Nowak joined Palm Beach Dermatology in 1999.  He organized the development and staffing of Palm Beach Dermatology’s CLIA-certified diagnostic dermatopathology laboratory, where he serves as medical director. The laboratory is equipped with the latest technology and staffed with five ASCP-certified and state-licensed technologists who specialize in dermatology samples. 

Dr. Nowak is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and dermatopathology. He has authored over 15 articles in major medical journals on a variety of subjects including malignant melanoma, extramammary Paget’s disease, generalized pruritis, and infectious diseases of the skin. Dr. Nowak is a member of the American Society of Dermatology, College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Dermatopathology. He is also a member of the medical staff at Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach, where he conducts weekly teaching sessions with dermatology residents and has been awarded “Dermatology Attending of the Year” by his peers at the hospital. He is also a reviewer for the journal titled The Physician and Sports Medicine, and is on the editorial board for the journal Postgraduate Medicine. Resident lectures and review of journal articles ensures that Dr. Nowak stays current with the latest advances in the science of dermatopathology.  Dr. Nowak’s practice is dedicated to the evaluation and diagnosis of skin pathology samples. 



  1. Increase clinician's awareness of subtle findings in common lesions
  2. Recognize and identify certain patterns that can assist in formulating a diagnosis
  3. Improve the ability to combine histological and clinical information to render a diagnosis


  1. New advances in dermatologic treatment
  2. New methods of diagnosis and treatment
  3. Development of new technology
  4. Advances in medical knowledge


David E. Elder MB ChB (Author), Rosalie Elenitsas MD (Editor), Bernett L. Johnson Jr. MD (Editor), George F. Murphy MD (Editor), Xiaowei Xu MD (Editor), textbook Lever’s Histopathology of the Skin, Tenth edition.


Andrews Diseases of the Skin. 11th Edition.


Bolognia, Jorizzo, Shafer  textbook by Elsevier Dermatology,3rd edition. 

Core Competencies:

2, 3, 6


Consultant for: Modernizing Medicine

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