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William M. Ramsdell, M.D. - Dermatologist

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William M. Ramsdell, M.D.


Diplomate – American Board of Dermatology

American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Following eight years of training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, Dr. Ramsdell began private practice in Austin, TX in 1983. For over three decades, he has provided conscientious, cutting edge medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatologic care.

He is board-certified by both the American Board of Dermatology as well as the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery. He is the only dermatologist in the state of Texas and one of about twenty dermatologists in the United States to have achieved such status. He has been recognized by his peers as a Texas Monthly Super Doctor every year since the award was initiated, earning him Texas Monthly Super Doctors “Hall of Fame” distinction.

Dr. Ramsdell is currently focused on Mohs surgery for skin cancer, as well as cosmetic surgeries. He has performed over 11,000 cases of Mohs surgery. He is a sought–after speaker at national meetings where he teaches eyelid surgery, face and neck lift surgery and laser skin resurfacing. He is the author of multiple papers in peer-reviewed medical journals. Please view his curriculum vitae for more information.

Avid hobbies include creating and collecting art, gardening, hunting and fly–fishing. He is very proud of the expert care, kindness and individual attention provided to our patients at Central Texas Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery.

Curriculum Vitae

Texas dermatologists have honored Dr. Ramsdell with the Super Doctors® designation every year since the program’s inception in 2004. This annual list of outstanding practitioners, selected by their medical peers, is published in a special advertising section in Texas Monthly and comprises approximately the top 5 percent of the state’s physicians in each area of specialty. As a member of the Super Doctors Blue Ribbon Panel, Dr. Ramsdell is among the highest scoring dermatologists — the very best of the best.
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Miracle Foundation

Dr. Ramsdell serves on the board of directors of The Miracle Foundation. He is pictured with several of the foundation’s beneficiaries in this video clip from India.

Dr. Ramsdell with child

Dr. Ramsdell serving with MEDICO in Honduras.

Dr. Ramsdell with Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson visits with Dr. Ramsdell during the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Gardens on Tour event. Dr. Ramsdell’s home was selected for the 2007 tour.

Dr. Ramsdell’s success with native Texas Hill Country plants is evident at his home and office. He is a popular guest on radio and TV gardening programs and is the subject of a profile on KLRU-TV’s Central Texas Gardener.

Artwork by Dr. Ramsdell

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Curriculum Vitae

Personal History

BUSINESS ADDRESS 102 Westlake Drive, Suite 100 | Austin, TX 78746

PHONE 512.327.7779

DATE OF BIRTH October 2, 1952

PLACE OF BIRTH Shreveport, Louisiana


Education and Training History

UNDERGRADUATE University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in Biology, 1975

MEDICAL Baylor College of Medicine, M.D. 1979

INTERNSHIP St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (Baylor Affiliated), Internal Medicine, 1979-1980

RESIDENCY Baylor College of Medicine, Dermatology, 1980-1983



American Board of Dermatology 1983

American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery 2018

Certification Examination, American Society for Moh’s Micrographic Surgery

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification 2018


Honors and Awards

Magna Cum Laude Graduate University of Texas at Austin

Phi Beta Kappa

American Academy of Dermatology Continuing Medical Education Award

American Medical Association Continuing Medical Education Award 1996-

Texas Super Doctor 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Texas Monthly Doctors Hall of Fame

Consumers Guide to Top Doctors American Academy of Dermatology Leadership Circle for Volunteerism Award


Professional Organizations

American Academy of Dermatology

  • Diplomate, 1983-present
  • Task Force on Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening: 1991-1996

American Academy of Facial Cosmetic Surgery

  • Diplomate, 2017-present

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

American Cancer Society

  • Chairman, Austin Chapter, 2004-2006
  • Board of Directors, Austin Chapter: 1988-1991, 2001-2012
  • Board of Directors, Texas Chapter: 1990-1995
  • Task Force on Skin Cancer: 1989
  • Public Education Committee: 1988-1991
  • Chairman, Texas Skin Cancer/Melanoma Project: 1989
  • Medical and Professional Committee: 1988-1995

American Medical Association

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

American Society for Mohs Micrographic Surgery-Fellow

Austin Dermatological Society

  • President, 1988-1989

Brackenridge Hospital

  • Medical Executive Committee, 1987-1989
  • Chief, Department of Dermatology, 1987-1989

Texas Dermatological Society

  • Member, 1983-present
  • Public Education Committee, 1989
  • Program Director, Texas Dermatological Society Meeting,
    October 1989, Austin, Texas
  • Chairman, Skin Cancer Screening Committee, 1989
  • Vice President, 1992-1993
  • Long Range Planning Committee, 1992-1993
  • Executive Committee, 1992-2000
  • Director, Skin Cancer Screening, 1996

Socioeconomic Representative to Texas Medical Association 1996-1999

Texas Medical Association

  • Committee on Cancer, 1990-1993

Travis County Medical Society

  • Alternate Delegate to Texas Medical Association, 1995-1997

Additional Activities

Medical Director Clinicor Research 1995-1999

Certified Preceptor Coherent Laser Company, Lumenis Laser Company

The Miracle Foundation Board of Directors – 2007-2017, Medical Director – 2008-2017

Dr. Ramsdell’s Presentations

Cutaneous manifestations of Crohn’s disease. Society for Pediatric Dermatology Meeting. Aspen, Colorado, July 13, 1982.

Recognizing Skin Problems that Need Physician Intervention. Southwestern College Health Association Meeting. Austin, Texas, October 19, 1985.

Dermatology Update. Health Issue Series. The Austin Women’s Center. Austin, Texas, June 19, 1986.

Differential Diagnosis of Generalized Skin Rashes. Education Lecture Series. University of Texas Health Center. Austin, Texas, February 4, 1987.

Skin Cancer: Prevention and Detection. Texas Occupational Health Nurses Organization Annual Meeting. Corpus Christi, Texas March 12, 1989.

Skin Cancer Prevention in Women. Texas Medical Association Meeting. Fort Worth, Texas, May 13, 1989.

Skin Cancer. South Austin Medical Center Grand Rounds. Austin, Texas April 18, 1989.

The 1989 Texas Melanoma and Skin Cancer Screening Program. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. New York, New York, September 30, 1990. (Presented by Deborah Coody, R.N., M.S.).

Recognition of Premalignant and Malignant Skin Disorders. Texas Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference. Austin, Texas, October 12, 1991.

Keloids – Pathophysiology and Treatment. Serono Laboratory Investigator Meeting. Islamorada, Florida, November 19-22, 1993.

A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled, Multicenter Study of Recombinant Interferon-Beta (REBIF) Administered by the Intralesional Route in the Treatment of Condyloma Acuminatum in Men and Women. Ramsdell W.M., Maloney J.M., Parish L.C., Douglas J.M., Davis S.A., Beutner K.R., Millikan L.E., Vaickus L., Klockowski J.M., Bock D.

A Double-Blind Comparison of 0.5% Polofilox Gel and Vehicle Gel in the Treatment of External Anogenital Warts. Tyring S.K., Edwards I.E., Ramsdell W.M., Corey L., Kotner S., Vance J.C., Friedman D.J., Christensen C.W., Dromgoole S.H., Killey F.P. Poster exhibit. American Academy of Dermatology Meeting. Washington, D.C., February 10-15, 1996.

C02 Laser Resurfacing. Texas Dermatological Society/Texas Medical Association Meeting. Austin, Texas, April 24, 1998.

Tumescent Liposuction-panelist. Texas Dermatological Society/Texas Medical Association Meeting. Austin, Texas, April 24, 1998.

Moderator – Afternoon Session on Melanoma. Texas Dermatological Society/Texas Medical Association Meeting. Austin, Texas, May 14, 2004.

Pigmented Lesion Case Studies. Texas Dermatological Society/Texas Medical Association Meeting. Austin, Texas, May 14, 2004.

Sculptra – Advances in the Management of Facial Lipoatrophy. Austin, Texas, November 11, 2004

Blepharoplasty and Brow-Lifts for the Dermatologic Surgeon. American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana. November 11, 2016

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery; Lipo, Lifts and Lids: American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting; February 17, 2018; San Diego, California.

Surgical Synchronicity – Advanced Techniques in Blepharoplasty and Surgical Browlifts for the Dermatologic Surgeon. American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois. October 7, 2017.

Dr. Ramsdell’s Publications, Abstracts

Jarratt MT, Ramsdell WM. Infantile acropustulosis. Arch Dermatol 1979;
115: 834-836.

Jarratt MT, Bybee DJ, Ramsdell WM. Eosinophilic fasciitis. J Am Acad
Dermatol 1979; 1: 221-226.

Ramsdell WM, Jarratt MT, Fuerst J, Stern J. Bullous disease of childhood.
Amer J Dis Child 1979; 133: 791-794.

Tschen JA, Ramsdell WM. Disciform erythrasma. Cutis 1983; 31: 541-547.

Ramsdell WM. Pathology quiz case 1: Recurring digital fibroma of childhood. Arch Dermatol 1983; 119 (8): 700-702.

Rosen T, Moore JK, Tschen JA, Ramsdell WM. Granuloma inguinale. J Am Acad Dermatol 1984; 11: 433-437.

Ramsdell WM. Self assessment examination: Squamous cell carcinoma of the lower lip. J Am Acad Dermatol 1988; 1: 28A-41A.

Ramsdell WM. Skin cancer: A primer for the nondermatologist. Tex Med 1989; 85 (2): 52-55.

Ramsdell WM. Severe reaction to diphenhydramine. J Am Acad Dermatol 1989; 21 (6): 1318-1319.

Ramsdell WM. The postauricular flap. In Robins P (ed). Surgical Gems in Dermatology; Vol 2: 38-39, Igaku-Shoin Medical Publishers, Inc.; 1989.

Ramsdell WM, et. al. The Texas skin cancer/melanoma project. Tex Med 1991; 87 (10): 70-73.

Ramsdell W. Mohs micrographic surgery. Travis Co Med Soc Journal 1993:14-16.

Koh HK, Norton LA, Geller AC, Riegel DS, Miller DR, Sikes R, Vigeland KM, Bachenberg EU, Menon PA, Billon SF, Goldberg G, Scarborough DA, Ramsdell WM, Muscarella VA, Lew RA. Evaluation of the American Academy of Dermatology’s national skin cancer early detection and screening program. J Am Acad Dermatol 1996; 21 (6): 971-978.

Tyring S, Edwards L, Cherry LK, Ramsdell WM, Kotner S, Greenberg MD, Vance JC, Barnum G, Dromgoole SH, Killey FP, Toter T. Safety and efficacy of 0.05% podofilox gel in the treatment of anogenital warts. Arch Dermatol 1998; 134: 33-38.

Ramsdell WM. Regarding financial interest. Derm Surg 2000; 26 (1): 94.

Xu XC, Wong WYL, Goldberg L, Baer SC, Wolf JE, Ramsdell WM, Alberts DS, Lippman SM, Lotan R. Progressive decreases in nuclear retinoid receptors during skin squamous carcinogenesis. Cancer Research 2001;61 (11): 1-12.

Ramsdell WM. Reconstruction of large full thickness defect of the lower lip. Derm Surg 2001; 27 (10): 905-907.

Ramsdell WM. Letter to the editor regarding erosive pustular dermatosis. Derm Surg 2004; 30 (2): 237.

Ramsdell WM. Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. Arch Facial Plast Surg 2009; 11 (1): 62-63.

Ramsdell WM. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. Semin Plast Surg 2012;26: 125-130.

Ramsdell WM. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing complications. Semin Plast Surg 2012;26: 137-140.

Dicicco B, Johnson W, Allred J, Ramsdell WM. Koenen’s tumor and facial angiofibromas in a case of Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome: a cutaneous contribution to growing evidence of a relationship with tuberous sclerosis complex. J Amer Acad Dermatology. Accepted and pending publication.