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Mara C. Weinstein Velez, M.D., FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist who completed a prestigious Laser, Cosmetic and Dermatologic Surgery fellowship at SkinCare Physicians in Boston, with clinical faculty from the Harvard and Yale Departments of Dermatology. She is thrilled to be part of the Derma...
Mara C. Weinstein Velez, M.D., FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist who completed a prestigious Laser, Cosmetic and Dermatologic Surgery fellowship at SkinCare Physicians in Boston, with clinical faculty from the Harvard and Yale Departments of Dermatology. She is thrilled to be part of the Dermatology Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center and to serve as one of the only Fellowship-trained Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons in Western NY.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Princeton University and completed her Dermatology residency training at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Weinstein has been invited to present at national professional meetings, published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored chapters in dermatologic textbooks including Surgery of the Skin, Treatment of Traumatic and Burn Scars and Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology. She has been working in clinical research for over 4 years as both a sub-investigator and principal investigator and has participated in over 15 clinical research trials for state-of-the-art laser devices, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments and new acne medications.

Dr. Weinstein has received numerous awards and achievements, including the Excellence in Teaching Award, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Women's Dermatology Society (WDS) Mentorship Award, and was most recently selected to be a part of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Future Leaders Network. She serves on the Board of Directors for the WDS and holds positions on Diversity, Networking, Fundraising and educational committees for national societies. Outside of work hours, Dr. Weinstein enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, exercising and traveling.

Faculty Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Dermatology (SMD)


Post-doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship, Dermatology, SkinCare Physicians. 2015 - 2016

Residency, Dermatology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. 2012 - 2015

Internship, Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. 2011 - 2012


MD | Northeast Ohio Medical University. 2011


Member Enrichment and Leadership Development Forum (MELD), Resident/Fellow Scholar. 2017

ASDS Future Leaders Network. 2017 - 2018

Resident/Fellow Scholar. 2016

Excellence in Teaching Award. 2015

Resident/Fellow Scholar. 2015

Mentorship Award Recipient. 2015

ARTE Scholar. 2015

Preceptorship Award Recipient. 2014

Junior Faculty Member and Top 20 Resident Scholar. 2013

Caregiver Appreciation Award. 2013

Resident/Fellow Scholar. 2013

Resident/Fellow Scholar. 2012

Diversity Mentorship Program Scholarship Recipient. 2011

Highest Academic Achievement for Basic Sciences. 2007

Student Ambassador. 2005

Top Writer in Medical Research and Education,Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholarship Recipient. 2003


Journal Articles

Microneedling: a new approach for treating textural abnormalities and scars.

Hogan S, Velez MW, Ibrahim O

Seminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery.. 2017 December 36 (4):155-163. Epub 1900 01 01.

Isotretinoin and Timing of Procedural Interventions: A Systematic Review With Consensus Recommendations.

Spring LK, Krakowski AC, Alam M, Bhatia A, Brauer J, Cohen J, Del Rosso JQ, Diaz L, Dover J, Eichenfield LF, Gurtner GC, Hanke CW, Jahnke MN, Kelly KM, Khetarpal S, Kinney MA, Levy ML, Leyden J, Longaker MT, Munavalli GS, Ozog DM, Prather H, Shumaker PR, Tanzi E, Torres A, Velez MW, Waldman AB, Yan AC, Zaenglein AL

JAMA dermatology.. 2017 August 1153 (8):802-809. Epub 1900 01 01.

Science of Aging Skin: What Happens to Our Faces When We Age and What To Do About It

Weinstein Velez, M.

The SKINNY, Schweiger Dermatology Quarterly. 2017; 1.

Invited Guest Editor of Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery: Medical and Aesthetic Treatment Across the Broad Spectrum of Ethnicites. Editors: Drs. Kenneth Arndt, Philip LeBoit and Bruce Wintroub. Published December, 2016.

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. 2016; .

ILK Index and Regrowth in Alopecia Areata.

Stallings AM, Velez MW, Fiessinger LA, Piliang MP, Mesinkovska NA, Kyei A, Bergfeld WF

The journal of investigative dermatology. Symposium proceedings. 2015 November 17 (2):47-9. Epub 1900 01 01.

Parvovirus mimicking acute HIV infection.

Saed S, Weinstein Velez M, Tomecki KJ, Fernandez AP

Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine.. 2015 August 82 (8):481-2. Epub 1900 01 01.

Angioinvasive opportunistic filamentous mycoses in immunocompromised patients.

Saraiya A, Weinstein M, Khetarpal S, Kyei A, Piliang M

Dermatology online journal.. 2015 May 1821 (5)Epub 05/18/2015.

Psoriasis Therapies and Risk for Herpes Zoster

Weinstein Velez M, Fernandez A.

Practice Update Online. 2015; .

The natural history of halo nevi: a retrospective case series.

Aouthmany M, Weinstein M, Zirwas MJ, Brodell RT

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.. 2012 October 67 (4):582-6. Epub 03/02/2012.

The art and science of surgical margins for the dermatopathologist.

Weinstein MC, Brodell RT, Bordeaux J, Honda K

The American Journal of dermatopathology.. 2012 October 34 (7):737-45. Epub 1900 01 01.


Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery (2017)

Chapter: Perioral Rhytides

Authors: Hogan S, Weinstein Velez M, Arndt KA

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer 2017

Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery (2017)

Chapter: Cellulite

Authors: Hogan S, Weinstein Velez M, Kaminer MS

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer 2017

Treatment of Traumatic and Burn Scars (2016)

Chapter: Patient Selection and Counseling

Authors: Weinstein Velez M, Dover JS, Arndt KA, Saedi N.

Publisher: McGraw-Hill 2016

Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series: Botulinum Toxin (2016)

Chapter: Comparison of Botulinum Toxins

Authors: Weinstein Velez M, Rohrer T

Publisher: Elsevier Saunders 2016

Surgery of the Skin (2015)

Chapter: Patient Evaluation, Informed Consent, Preoperative Assessment, and Care

Authors: Weinstein M, Vidimos AT

Publisher: Elsevier 2015


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