Michael Andrew Cardis, MD| Dermatology | MedStar Health

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

4.7 out of 5 (331 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
  • Mohs Surgery
  • 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
  • Dermatologic Immunopathology
  • Dermoscopy
  • Destruction Of Benign Skin Lesions
  • Destruction Of Premalignant Skin Lesions
  • Isotretinoin
  • Mohs Surgery
  • 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
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Network OA
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Open HMO
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • 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
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus


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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  • Dec 4, 2023

    Dr. Cardis is a very professional, experienced, and excellent doctor.

  • Nov 6, 2023

    Dr. Cardis has remained the same. His intent is always the concern of me, the patient, and answers all my questions with care and love. I recommend him to anyone.

  • May 8, 2023

    Dr. Cardis is personable, friendly very professional, concerned about the patient and their well being. However, he is also extremely busy, sought after as an expert in his field.