Dermatopathology : Our Dermatopathologists

Our Dermatopathologists

All of our dermatopathologists are clinicians as well as dermatopathologists, giving them the unique perspective that comes from examing skin with the dermatologist’s eye as well as with the microscope. Their clinical work informs their dermatolpathology and vice-versa. In addition, all of our dermatopathologists are engaged in highly-regarded research, offering yet another invaluable and cutting-edge perspective to their work and diagnoses.

George W. Elgart, M.D. is the Director of Dermatopathology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and serves as the Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery’s Vice-Chairman for Education. His undergraduate education was at Carnegie-Mellon University and he took his medical education at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. After five years of medicine and dermatology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, he returned to Richmond for a fellowship in dermatopathology under renowned dermatopathologist James W. Patterson, M.D. He completed his training as a senior staff fellow at the National Cancer Institute’s Dermatology Branch before arriving in Miami in 1993. His special interests in dermatopathology include malignant melanoma and infectious diseases, and he maintains a research interest in bullous disease and cancer metastasis.


Paolo Romanelli, M.D., Professor at the Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, is Board Certified in both Dermatology and Dermatopathology. He is the Director of the ACGME-certified UM Dermatopathology fellowship. He has an extensive background in anatomical pathology and dermatology with special expertise in the histopathology of wound healing, deposition disorders and immunohistochemistry. His work on wound histology has been presented nationally and internationally and appears in numerous peer-reviewed journals. His clinical interests are in psoriasis, mycosis fungoides and collagen vascular diseases.

A native of Italy, Dr. Paolo Romanelli earned his undergraduate degree at Collegio Alla Querce and his M.D. from the University of Pisa School of Medicine. He has won several Best Teacher awards, published in peer-reviewed journals, presented lectures at national and international dermatology meetings including the AAD, EADV, and Masters of Pediatrics and co-authorizationored a Dermatology Therapeutics book. Dr. Romanelli also sees general dermatology patients and is Director of the Psoriasis Biologics Clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital.



Evangelos V. Badiavas, M.D., Ph.D. is a board certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist with specialized interest in wounds. He heads a federally-funded wound healing research laboratory at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Stem Cell Institute. The laboratory is focused on the role of bone marrow and stem cells in wound healing, regenerative medicine, and gene therapy.