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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.


Biopsy Technique


  1. Gain a better understanding of skin biopsy techniques including helpful guidelines on choosing the best lesion(s) for biopsy and adapting the appropriate biopsy type
  2. Gain a better understanding of practical considerations to avoid causing artifacts that could hinder optimal dermatopathology interpretation
  3. Gain a better understanding of skin biopsy techniques in specific disease categories including inflammatory and neoplastic diseases


  1. New methods of diagnosis or treatment
  2. Advances in medical knowledge


  1. Nischal U, Nischal KC, Khopkar U. “Techniques of skin biopsy and practical considerations”. J Cutan Aesthet Sura. 2008 Jul;1(2):107-11.
  2. Elston DM, Stratman EJ, Miller S. “Skin Biopsy”. JAAD. 2016;74(1):1-16.

Core Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

What are These Stains?


  1. Gain a better understanding of conventional special stains and immunohistochemical stains used in dermatopathology
  2. Gain a better understanding of immunohistochemical stains used in specific situations or histologic patterns in dermatopathology
  3. Gain a better understanding of notable associations of immunohistochemical stains and specific diagnoses


  1. New methods in dermatologic treatment
  2. Advances in medical knowledge


  1. Kiuru MH and Busam KJ. “In Lentigo Maligna Melanoma: Challenges in Diagnosis and Management”. 2016 Pathologic diagnosis. Springer International Publishing, pp.39-53.
  2. Ferringer T. “Immunohistochemistry in Dermatopathology”. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2015 Jan;139(1):83-105.
  3. Buonaccari JN, Prieto VG, Torres-Cabala C, Suster S, Plaza JA. “Diagnostic utility and comparative immunohistochemical analysis of MITF-1 and SOX10 to distinguish melanoma in situ and actinic keratosis: a clinicopathological and immunohistochemical study of 70 cases”. Am J Dermatopathol. 2014 Feb;36(2):124-30.

Core Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Disclosures: Modernizing Medicine

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