Michael Andrew Cardis, MD| Dermatology | MedStar Health
Michael Andrew Cardis

Michael Andrew Cardis, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (382 reviews)

Specialties: Dermatology

Languages: English

About me

Michael Cardis, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He sees patients for all dermatologic concerns and reads skin biopsies. His clinical interests include melanoma, pigmented lesions, infectious diseases, and tropical medicine. His research interests include the evaluation and management of melanoma and pigmented lesions. The comprehensive nature of Dr. Cardis’ training in both dermatology and dermatopathology allow him to expertly fuse clinical findings and histopathologic features.

Dr. Cardis received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Following his internship, he joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center/MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for a three-year residency in dermatology, during which he was awarded the Resident International Grant for a Rotation in Botswana by the American Academy of Dermatology and the Resident Teaching Award by MedStar Dermatology. Finally, before rejoining MedStar Washington Hospital Center as faculty, Dr. Cardis completed a fellowship in dermatopathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Telemedicine Association, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society of Dermatopathology.

In alignment with his interests in global health, teaching, tropical medicine, infectious skin disease, and telemedicine, Dr. Cardis has coordinated, led, and participated in multiple international medical initiatives in China, Haiti, and Botswana.

Dr. Cardis believes that the use of telemedicine could benefit patients with limited access to a dermatologist. He is currently involved in the development and oversight of the telemedicine curriculum for dermatology residents. He is a member of the Young Professional Telemedicine Engagement and Education Work Group and co-author for teledermatology curriculum modules published by the American Academy of Dermatology.

Philosophy of Care
“My philosophy of care is to give patients access to the best care possible while keeping their best interests in mind at all times. Working at an academic and research hospital means that I have access to the most up-to-date treatment options for my patients.

“I’m a highly inquisitive person by nature and my dual-specialty training in dermatology and dermatopathology allows me to have a more comprehensive perspective when diagnosing and treating skin conditions.

“It’s important to me that I communicate clearly with my patients, so that they have a clear understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options in order to make informed decisions regarding their care.”

Clinical areas of focus

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

Conditions I treat

  • Acne
  • Atypical Mole
  • Bullous Disease
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous Vasculitis
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans
  • Dermatophytosis
  • Dysplastic Nevus
  • Eczema
  • Erythema Nodosum
  • Folliculitis
  • Granuloma Annulare
  • Hair Diseases
  • Herpes
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • Impetigo
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Lentigo
  • Lichen Nitidus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Metastatic Melanoma
  • Mucinosis
  • Mycosis Fungoides
  • Necrobiosis Lipoidica
  • Neurofibroma
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1
  • Nevus
  • Non Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Onychomycosis
  • Panniculitis
  • Paronychia
  • Perioral Dermatitis
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Plantar Wart
  • Poison Ivy
  • Polymorphous Light Eruption
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Pseudofolliculitis Barbae
  • Psoriasis
  • Pyogenic Granuloma
  • Rash
  • Rosacea
  • Scabies
  • Scalp Psoriasis
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Tag
  • Squamous Carcinoma In Situ
  • Staphylococcus Infections
  • Stasis Dermatitis
  • Tinea Capitis
  • Tinea Corporis
  • Tinea Pedis
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Xanthoma
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Procedures I perform

  • Cryotherapy For Skin Lesions
  • Dermoscopy
  • Destruction Of Benign Skin Lesions
  • Destruction Of Premalignant Skin Lesions
  • Isotretinoin
  • Mole Check
  • Mole Examination
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Wart Removal
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Practice locations

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5530 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 730
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815


Fax 301-951-2401

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106 Irving Street Northwest
POB 410S
Washington, DC, 20010


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

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthy Families
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Amerigroup DC Healthy Families
    • Amerigroup DC Alliance
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Navigate
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Fellowship Program: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2019)

Residency Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (2018)

Internship Program: Akron City Hospital (2015)

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University (2014)

News and publications

1: Cardis MA, Gehris RP, Koch E, Choudhary S. Painless red nodule on the face of 
an adolescent male. Pediatr Dermatol. 2019 Jul;36(4):e79-e80. doi:
10.1111/pde.13823. PubMed PMID: 31290607.

2: Cardis MA, Jiang H, Strauss J, Gulley JL, Brownell I. Diffuse lichen
planus-like keratoses and clinical pseudo-progression associated with avelumab
treatment for Merkel cell carcinoma, a case report. BMC Cancer. 2019 Jun
4;19(1):539. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-5759-1. PubMed PMID: 31164102; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC6549366.

3: Cardis MA, Hathaway O, Brownell I. Innumerable lentigines in a mother and
daughter. Pediatr Dermatol. 2019 Jan;36(1):160-162. doi: 10.1111/pde.13701.
PubMed PMID: 30675945.

4: Cardis MA, Montealegre Sanchez GA, Goldbach-Mansky R, Richard Lee CC, Cowen
EW. Recurrent fevers, progressive lipodystrophy, and annular plaques in a child. 
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019 Jan;80(1):291-295. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2018.08.043. Epub
2018 Sep 8. PubMed PMID: 30205133.

5: Cardis MA, DeKlotz CMC. Topical sirolimus for treatment of a venolymphatic
malformation in an adolescent girl. Pediatr Dermatol. 2018 Nov;35(6):e406-e407.
doi: 10.1111/pde.13622. Epub 2018 Aug 28. PubMed PMID: 30152558.

6: Cardis MA, Huppmann AR, Kirkorian AY. Rapidly growing subcutaneous mass in an 
infant. Dermatol Online J. 2018 Jul 26;24(5). pii: 13030/qt4q51v1cb. PubMed PMID:

7: Cardis MA, Sowash MG, Mosojane KI, Kovarik C, Williams V. HIV-associated
erythema elevatum diutinum: a case report and review of a clinically distinct
variant. Dermatol Online J. 2018 May 15;24(5). pii: 13030/qt38c4c9g3. Review.
PubMed PMID: 30142732.

8: Cardis MA, DeKlotz CMC. Intralesional Deoxycholic Acid Treatment for
Fibrofatty Residua of Involuted Infantile Hemangiomas: A Novel Therapeutic
Approach. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Jun 1;154(6):735-737. doi:
10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.0617. PubMed PMID: 29801031.

9: Cardis MA, Moshell AN. Diphenylcyclopropenone-induced psoriatic
koebnerization. Int J Dermatol. 2018 Apr;57(4):492-493. doi: 10.1111/ijd.13905.
Epub 2018 Jan 18. PubMed PMID: 29345301.

10: Cardis MA, Kirkorian AY. Giant Cutaneous Horn Arising in an Epidermal Nevus. 
Pediatr Dermatol. 2017 Sep;34(5):e290-e291. doi: 10.1111/pde.13221. Epub 2017 Aug
7. Review. PubMed PMID: 28783212.

11: Cardis MA, DeKlotz CMC. Cutaneous manifestations of tuberous sclerosis
complex and the paediatrician's role. Arch Dis Child. 2017 Sep;102(9):858-863.
doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-312001. Epub 2017 Mar 28. Review. PubMed PMID:
28351834; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5574405.

12: Cardis MA, Pasieka HB. Grouped Pustules on an Erythematous Base. N Engl J
Med. 2017 Mar 9;376(10):971. doi: 10.1056/NEJMicm1609042. PubMed PMID: 28273013.

13: Cardis MA, Ni J, Bhawan J. Granular cell differentiation: A review of the
published work. J Dermatol. 2017 Mar;44(3):251-258. doi: 10.1111/1346-8138.13758.
Review. PubMed PMID: 28256763.

14: Cardis MA, Dugan EM, Silverman RA. Solitary Tumor on the Palm of a Young Boy.
Pediatr Dermatol. 2016 Nov;33(6):669-670. doi: 10.1111/pde.13020. PubMed PMID:

15: Cardis MA, Pasieka HB. Safety of Topical Neuromodulators for the Treatment of
Pruritus. JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Dec 1;152(12):1390-1391. doi:
10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.3118. PubMed PMID: 27626772.

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  • Apr 22, 2024

    Dr. Cardis explained my treatment options and respected my choices. He is very knowledgeable, courteous, and respectful.

  • Apr 15, 2024

    Answered all question I had

  • Mar 25, 2024