Alan Nathan Moshell, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.4 out of 5 (386 reviews)

Specialities: Dermatology

Languages: English

(301) 951-2401

About me

Alan Moshell, MD, is the former Chief of the Division of Dermatology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Moshell is an established and highly experienced dermatologist with more than 40 years of treating dermatological disease in adults. He currently specializes in allergic contact dermatitis, photosensitivity, and immunologically based skin disease, such as blistering diseases and eczema.

True to his investigative nature, Dr. Moshell constantly studies the current literature and uses this information to apply newly developed approaches and treatment modalities that can benefit his patients. Dr. Moshell is the only dermatologist in the Washington, DC region performing artificial UV exposure to quantitate photosensitivity in patients with suspected photosensitive diseases. He is also one of few dermatologists to do photo patch testing (a specialized procedure to look at allergic reactions to chemicals and/or sunlight) in addition to an extended battery of other tests for allergic contact dermatitis.

Dr. Moshell received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine, where he stayed to complete his residency in dermatology and an NIH sponsored fellowship in dermatology. Following his training, Dr. Moshell served as a medical officer and later a clinical consultant in dermatology for the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. For nearly 30 years he worked in several positions at the NIH, including Expert in the Dermatology Branch of the NIH’s National Cancer Institute; Skin Diseases Program Director and Branch Chief for the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; and Branch Chief and Program Director for the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

As the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and one book, Dr. Moshell is an active participant in the continuing education and advancement of the dermatology field. Dr. Moshell has been honored numerous times for his contributions to the field of dermatology. Some of these recognitions include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Skin Association, Presidential Citation from the Society for Investigative Dermatology, Certificate of Appreciation from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Distinguished Service Award from DEBRA of America, and the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award on 5 occasions. He has been a committee member and has held officer positions for numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Dermatological Association, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Association of Professors of Dermatology, and the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

As an advocate for academic medicine, Dr. Moshell has dedicated himself to the training and early career development of academic dermatologists. For over a decade, he has been involved in resident education at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Over this time, his influence has greatly increased the likelihood that dermatology resident graduates pursue an academic medical career. These individuals will lead future advancements in dermatological treatment and contribute to the education of future and currently practicing dermatologists.

Philosophy of Care
“I approach each patient as a partner with whom I’m working to improve their health and quality of life. For this reason, I take the time to explain the disease process to my patients as well as the steps we’ll be taking to evaluate their diagnosis and find treatment options. My goal is for my patients to feel comfortable and confident throughout the diagnosis and treatment processes.”

“I follow treatment guidelines set by the national organizations in dermatology but will consider additional options/modalities. I’m ready and willing to adopt new treatment approaches, based on academic literature and findings, to find the treatment that works best for each patient.”

“For patients referred by other physicians, I will perform the requested evaluations, develop a treatment plan, and send a report, but then send the patients back to their physician, unless specifically requested to assume their care.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Hair Diseases
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Examination
  • Psoriasis
  • Rash
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Wart Removal
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormalities Of The Skin
  • Acne
  • Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis
  • Ainhum
  • Albinism
  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis
  • Allergic Vasculitis
  • Alopecia
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Anal Condyloma
  • Anal Warts
  • Angioma
  • Angiosarcoma
  • Angular Cheilitis
  • Anhidrosis
  • Aphthous Ulcers
  • Atrophie Blanche
  • Atypical Mole
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Becker Melanosis
  • Bedbugs
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Skin
  • Benign Neoplasm Of The Lip
  • Birthmark
  • Blau Syndrome
  • Blister
  • Blistering Disorder
  • Boil
  • Brittle Nails
  • Bruising
  • Bullous Disease
  • Bullous Pemphigoid
  • Burns
  • Cafe Au Lait Spots
  • Calcinosis Cutis
  • Candidiasis
  • Carbuncle
  • Cellulite
  • Cellulitis
  • Cellulitis Of The Buttock
  • Cellulitis Of The Leg
  • Cellulitis Of The Neck
  • Cherry Angioma
  • Cold Sore
  • Condyloma Lata
  • Condylomata Acuminata
  • Congenital Dermal Melanocytosis
  • Congenital Herpes
  • Congenital Nevi
  • Contact And Allergic Dermatitis Of The Eyelid
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Cradle Cap
  • Crows Feet
  • Cutaneous Amyloidosis
  • Cutaneous B Cell Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous Candidiasis
  • Cutaneous Horn
  • Cutaneous Larva Migrans
  • Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous Vasculitis
  • Cutis Aplasia
  • Cutis Laxa
  • Cutis Marmorata Telangiectatica Congenita
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans
  • Dermatographism
  • Dermatomycoses
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dermatophytosis
  • Dermoid Cyst
  • Diaper Rash
  • Drug Reaction
  • Dry Scalp
  • Dyschromia
  • Dyshidrosis
  • Dyskeratosis Congenita
  • Dyskeratosis Follicularis
  • Dysplastic Nevus
  • Ear Dermatitis
  • Ectodermal Dysplasias
  • Eczema
  • Edema Of Eyelid
  • Epidermal Nevi
  • Epidermoid Cysts
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Erythema
  • Erythema Ab Igne
  • Erythema Marginatum
  • Erythema Migrans
  • Erythema Multiforme
  • Erythema Nodosum
  • Erythroderma
  • Erythromelalgia
  • Eyelid Cancer
  • Facial Aging
  • Female Alopecia
  • First Degree Burns
  • Folliculitis
  • Freckles
  • Frown Lines
  • Furrowed Tongue
  • Furuncle
  • Genital Herpes
  • Genital Herpes Female
  • Genital Herpes Male
  • Genital Warts
  • Geographic Tongue
  • Glomangioma
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Graft Versus Host Disease
  • Granuloma Annulare
  • Granuloma Inguinale
  • Growth On Head
  • Growth On Neck
  • Hair Diseases
  • Hairy Tongue
  • Hand Dermatitis
  • Head Cyst
  • Head Papilloma
  • Hemangiomas
  • Herpes
  • Herpes Simplex Dermatitis Of The Eyelid
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Herpetic Whitlow
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Hirsutism
  • Human Papilloma Virus Hpv
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Hyperkeratosis
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hyperpigmentation Of Eyelids
  • Hypertrichosis
  • Hypertrichosis Of The Eyelid
  • Hypohidrosis
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Hypotrichosis Of Eyelid
  • Ichthyosis
  • Iga Vasculitis
  • Impetigo
  • Impetigo Herpetiformis
  • Inclusion Cyst
  • Incontinentia Pigmenti
  • Inflammation Of The Eyelid
  • Ingrown Hair
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Ear
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Keloid
  • Keratin Cyst
  • Keratoacanthoma
  • Keratoderma
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Kerion
  • Lentigo
  • Leukoplakia
  • Lice
  • Lichen Nitidus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lichen Sclerosus Of The Penis
  • Lichen Sclerosus Of The Vulva
  • Lichen Simplex
  • Linear Iga Bullous Disease
  • Lip Disease
  • Lipomas
  • Livedo Reticularis
  • Livedoid Vasculopathy
  • Liver Spots
  • Localized Scleroderma
  • Lupus Panniculitis
  • Lymphangioma
  • Malassezia Furfur
  • Male Pattern Baldness
  • Mastocytosis
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma Of The Eyelid
  • Melanoma On Finger
  • Melanoma On Hand
  • Melasma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Metastatic Melanoma
  • Milia
  • Miliaria
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Mongolian Spot
  • Mouth Ulcer
  • Mucinosis
  • Mucklewells Syndrome
  • Mycosis Fungoides
  • Nail Disease
  • Neck Papilloma
  • Necrobiosis Lipoidica
  • Neurofibroma
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 2
  • Nevus
  • Nevus Flammeus
  • Non Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Ocular Dermatitis
  • Ocular Eczema
  • Ocular Rosacea
  • Onychomycosis
  • Panniculitis
  • Papa Syndrome
  • Papules
  • Parapsoriasis
  • Paronychia
  • Pemphigus Vulgaris
  • Perioral Dermatitis
  • Periorbital Cellulitis
  • Pernio
  • Petechiae
  • Photodamage
  • Photosensitivity
  • Pickers Nodule
  • Pigmentation Disorders
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Pilar Cyst
  • Pityriasis
  • Plantar Wart
  • Poikiloderma
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Polymorphous Light Eruption
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Port Wine
  • Pre Cancers Of The Skin
  • Pressure Ulcer
  • Protoporphyria
  • Prurigo
  • Prurigo Nodularis
  • Pruritic Urticarial Papules And Plaques Of Pregancy Pupp
  • Pruritus
  • Pseudofolliculitis Barbae
  • Psoriasis
  • Pubic Lice
  • Purpura
  • Pustule
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum
  • Pyogenic Granuloma
  • Rash
  • Ridged Nails
  • Rosacea
  • Salmon Patches
  • Scab
  • Scabies
  • Scalp Psoriasis
  • Scaly Skin
  • Scar On Neck
  • Sebaceous Hyperplasia
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Eczema
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Sebum
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Sezary Syndrome
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Bullae
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Changes
  • Skin Disease
  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Skin Spots
  • Skin Tag
  • Skin Ulcer
  • Sneddon Wilkinson
  • Solar Dermatitis
  • Spider Veins
  • Squamous Carcinoma In Situ
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma Of Skin Of Lip
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma Of The Skin
  • Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome
  • Staphylococcus Infections
  • Stasis Dermatitis
  • Stevens Johnson Syndrome
  • Strawberry Mark
  • Striae
  • Striae Gravidarum
  • Subacute Cutaneous Lupus
  • Sunburn
  • Sunspots
  • Sweat Gland Carcinoma
  • Sweet Syndrome
  • Telangiectasia
  • Telogen Effluvium
  • Tinea Blanca
  • Tinea Capitis
  • Tinea Corporis
  • Tinea Cruris
  • Tinea Manus
  • Tinea Nigra
  • Tinea Pedis
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
  • Trachonychia
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Unwanted Hair
  • Urticaria
  • Vascular Birthmarks
  • Viral Exanthem
  • Vitiligo
  • Warts
  • Wrinkles
  • Xanthoma
  • Xerosis
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Procedures I perform

  • Actinotherapy
  • Biologic Therapy For Skin Diseases
  • Biopsy Of External Ear
  • Biopsy Of Eyelid
  • Biopsy Of Lip
  • Biopsy Of Nail
  • Blue Light Laser
  • Body Piercing
  • Chemical Skin Peel
  • Chemodenervation Eccrine Glands
  • Cosmetic Botox
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Cryotherapy For Skin Lesions
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Dermatologic Immunopathology
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Dermoscopy
  • Destruction Of Benign Skin Lesions
  • Destruction Of Premalignant Skin Lesions
  • Electrosurgery For Skin Lesions
  • Excision Of Benign Lesions
  • Excision Of Malignant Lesions
  • Flaps Repair Of Wounds
  • Graft Repair Of Wounds
  • Incision And Drainage
  • Isotretinoin
  • Juvederm
  • Laser Dermatology
  • Laser Treatment Of Skin
  • Liposuction
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Mole Check
  • Mole Examination
  • Mole Mapping
  • Patch Tests
  • Photodynamic Laser Therapy
  • Phototherapy
  • Psoralen Ultraviolet A Therapy
  • Psoriasis Laser Treatment
  • Pulsed Dye Laser
  • Rejuvenation
  • Restylane
  • Sclerotherapy For Spider Veins
  • Sebaceous Cyst Removal
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Chemosurgery
  • Skin Examination
  • Skin Fillers
  • Skin Resurfacing And Rejuvenation
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Tattoo Removal
  • Tetracycline Prescribing
  • Ultraviolet Therapy
  • Wart Removal
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Practice locations

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5530 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

301-951-2400

Fax 301-951-2401

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Dermatology, Dermatology

Fellowship Program: New York University Medical Center (1975)

Residency Program: New York University Medical Center (1974)

Internship Program: New York University Medical Center (1972)

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine (1971)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.5
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.4
  • Provider gave easy to understand instructions

    4.4
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.3
  • Provider showed respect

    4.5
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.3
  • Aug 27, 2021

    Resident was thoroughly and attentive, but the doctor was haphazard and not very helpful for my particular need

  • Aug 13, 2021

    The lack of detailed medication instructions at the time of my visit, and an apparent contradiction with the dispensing pharmacy instructions, necessitated me having to call the provider's office after hours to obtain clarification.

  • Aug 4, 2021

    Good