Emily Porter Gerson, MD

A native Washingtonian, Dr. Emily Porter Gerson attended the Holton Arms School in Bethesda and earned her bachelor’s degree in French and Art History from the University of Michigan. She received her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. After medical school, she completed her residency training in dermatology at Brown University where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Gerson has been working in private practice in the Washington metropolitan area since 2003.

Dr. Gerson is a board-certified dermatologist. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at George Washington University. Dr. Gerson has been voted a “Top Doctor” in Washingtonian Magazine numerous times and was chosen as the Best Dermatologist by Bethesda Magazine.

Dr. Gerson takes great pride in the care she provides her patients. She feels that it is essential that she spend a sufficient amount of time with each patient so that all of their concerns are addressed and all of their questions are answered. She is skilled in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology and sees both adults and children.

What Her Clients Say

Sonni Efron

“Dr. Gerson has treated our family for years, curing us of all manner of skin afflictions and imperfections. She is a superb diagnostician, but even better, a warm, caring and compassionate doctor. I recommend her without reservation.” 

Jennifer Miller

“Dr. Gerson is an incredibly thorough and kind doctor. I never feel that she is rushed and I really appreciate how she takes the time to fully explain her diagnosis. Simply put, she is a wonderful doctor and I highly recommend her!”

Leigh Pierce Holley

“Emily Gerson is the ultimate in Dermotology!  She is incredibly thorough, up front and honest with her patients.”

A. Sklaire

“Dr. Gerson has been my doctor for many years.  She is smart, a great diagnostician, has a lovely bedside manner and is such a caring doctor.”

Julie Schuman

“Dr. Gerson is the best of the best. She takes the time to get to know her patients and talk without feeling rushed- so few doctors do that today!! She makes the experience, even less “fun” procedures, such a pleasure because she is so lovely. My kids, husband and I have gone for years and all look forward to going!!”

Monika Goyal MD, MSCE

“Dr. Emily Gerson is one of the most thoughtful, caring, and smartest physicians I know. She has not only treated me with compassion, but is my first call when I, as a Pediatrician, need a dermatologic consult!-And she is always right!!”

Andrea D.

“Emily Gerson is a terrific problem solver and is as thorough and reasonable as any doctor I have ever seen as a patient.”

Robin Friedman

”I have seen Dr. Gerson as my dermatologist for the past 10 years and have been so impressed by her knowledge of real dermatology, experience and bedside manner. She has the perfect combination! I have also brought my children to her and she was wonderful in treating their eczema and other skin issues and knew exactly what they were. I highly recommend her to anyone!”

Mark S.

“I have several skin issues and have seen many dermatologists over the years.  Dr. Gerson is the best. She takes the time to get to know her patients.  And she'll never rush you through a visit.  It's a unique and unreplicated office experience. She has a warm and compassionate bedside manner.  Dr. Gerson is an amazing clinician and person.”

Betsy S. Dodek

“Dr. Gerson has been our family dermatologist for many years and we cannot say enough positive things about her. She is thoughtful in her approach and her skills are among the best I have ever seen. She helped our daughter with a tricky pierced ear problem and removed a mole from my face with not a trace of a scar. I am truly grateful to have her in our corner!”

Erin W.

“Dr. Gerson has seen all four members of our family since our teens were in elementary school. In addition to being kind and patient, she’s also cautious and incredibly thorough; several years ago she identified a malignant melanoma that had been routinely dismissed by another dermatologist. I believe that her attention to detail (and the subsequent Mohs surgery she recommended to remove the melanoma) saved my husband’s life. We would follow her anywhere.”

James T.

“Dr. Gerson has an excellent bedside manner.  She made me feel at ease and patiently answered all my questions.  I highly recommend Dr. Gerson.”  

Elaine Miller

“I have been a patient of Dr. Gerson’s for the past 8 years. During that time, I have found her to be an excellent doctor with a terrific bedside manner. Her knowledge is extensive in both medical and cosmetic dermatology.”

Jon T.

"Dr. Gerson has the all of the qualities one wants in a doctor -- she's friendly, thorough, knowledgeable, and has a great 'bedside manner' if an issue arises."

Marc M.

“I have been a patient of Dr. Gerson’s for many years and cannot recommend her enough.  She is patient, thorough and has a great bedside manner.”

Sara M.

“Knowing I wasn't always the most careful in the sun when I was younger, I had been to several dermatologists after moving to MD.  None did as thorough a job in checking my skin or made me feel as comfortable as Dr. Gerson.  I've told everyone since they have to see her immediately.”

Colleen D.

“Dr. Emily Gerson is not only a talented and thoroughly professional physician, but is also charming, personable and a true pleasure to engage with. As a longtime patient, I look forward to seeing her thrive in this new adventure – and getting the best care ever!”

R. London

“Dr. Gerson is the best! Her calm and professional manner has made her my trusted dermatologist for many years and the only dermatologist I have ever trusted for my three children. From severe diaper rash and ear piercing to teenage acne and annual skin checks, Dr. Gerson’s expertise has always been a comforting support.”