Margaret Kessler, MD, FAAD

Board-Certified Dermatologist

Margaret Kessler is a board-certified dermatologist who enjoys taking care of a wide range of conditions in both adult and pediatric patients and strives to provide quality dermatologic care. During her training at Case Western Reserve University, she developed a strong medical and surgical dermatology knowledge base.  Her goal is to foster a trusting relationship with her patients by helping them gain an understanding of their condition in a respectful and comfortable environment. Dr. Margaret Kessler is caring for patients at Medical Dermatology Specialists Phoenix, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners.

Dr. Margaret Kessler’s scope of practice includes general and surgical dermatology for both adult and pediatric patients with a special interest in the following:

  • Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Immunobullous disorders
  • Infectious diseases of the skin
  • Cutaneous oncology
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease

Dr. Kessler is an associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix.

Hospital Privileges

  • Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix in Arizona
  • Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona

Leadership & Community Service

  • Arizona Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery Society, 2010-present
  • American Academy of Dermatology, 2006-present
  • American Medical Association, 2009-present
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 2009-present
  • Phoenix Dermatologic Society, September 2009-present
  • Staff Dermatologist, Banner Good Samaritan 925 Free Clinic, 2009-2011
  • Physician participant: Wellcare Foundation 2010-2012
  • Curriculum Revision Committee, NEOUCOM, 2005
  • Peer Mentor for NEOUCOM class of 2006, 2002-2005
  • AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati (AVOC), 2000-2001
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 1998-2000
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Junior Inductee, May 2004-June 2005
  • Vice President May 2004-2005
  • American Medical Student Association, 2001-2004
  • AIDS Task Force Leader, 2001-2002
  • American Medical Women’s Association 2001-2003

Clinic Locations

Medical Dermatology Specialists Phoenix
Medical Dermatology Specialists Phoenix

1331 N. 7th Street
Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ 85006

(602) 354-5770


Dr. Margaret Kessler has participated in the following research studies and publications:

  • 2015 Smith JA, Kessler, M, and Culpepper K. Multiple Firm Yellow Papules Involving Bilateral Helical Rims: Tophi as the Initial Clinical Presentation of Hyperuricemia. Cutis. Accepted for publication.
  • 2011 Lee K, Culpepper K, Kessler, M. Levamisole-induced thrombosis: literature review and pertinent laboratory findings. J AM Acad Dermatol. 2011 Oct;65(4):e128-9.
  • 2010 Ferenczi K, Ohtola J, Aubert P, Kessler M, Sugiyama H, Somani AK, Gilliam AC, Chen JZ, Yeh I, Matsuyama S, McCormick TS, Cooper KD. “Malignant T cells in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma lesions contain decreased levels of the antiapoptotic protein Ku70”; Br J Dermatol, April 2010.
  • 2009 Ferenczi K, Ohtola J, Aubert P, Kessler M, Sugiyama H, Matsuyama S, McCormick T, Cooper KD. “Decreased T cell expression of the anti-apoptotic protein Ku70 in CTCL skin lesions”; The Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting, 2009, Montreal, Canada.
  • 2008 Ferenczi K, Ohtola J, Somani AK, Kessler MA, Young A, Sugiyama H, Matsuyama S, Gilliam AC, McCormick TS, Cooper KD. “Increased Cell Surface Ku70/Ku80 Expression on T Cells Following Apoptosis or Activation Inducing Signals”; The International Investigative Dermatology Meeting, May 2008, Kyoto, Japan.
  • 2008 Kessler MA, Torres-Bonilla G, Winfield H. “Inoculation of Mycobacteria into a Tattoo”; Cleveland Dermatology Society Meeting, Sept. 2008.
  • 2007 Kessler MA, Tamborro J. “X-linked Ichthyosis in 3 Brothers”; Cleveland Dermatologic Society Meeting, Nov. 2007.
  • 2007 Nedorost S, Kessler MA, McCormick T. “Allergens Retained in Clothing”; Dermatitis, 2007; 18:212-4.
  • 2007 Kessler MA, Cooper KD, Kaur H, Gilliam AC. “A Case of Erythematous Supravenous Drug Eruption: One End of the Serpentine Spectrum”; The American Society of Dermatopathology Annual Meeting, Oct. 2007, Baltimore, MD.
  • 2006 Nedorost S, Kessler MA. “Paraphenylenediamine: Contact Allergen of the Year 2006”; Cleveland Dermatologic Society Meeting, Sept. 2006.
  • 2006 Evers M, Kessler MA, Tamburro J. “Kasabach Merrit Phenomenon”; Cleveland Dermatologic Society Meeting, Sept. 2006.


  • 2013-present Subinvestigator for Abbott Psoriasis ESPRIT Registry (P10-023)
  • 2011-2013 Clinical Protocol CN 156018 A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study of the Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacodynamic and Pharmacokinetic Effects of MHS-708163 in the Treatment of Patients with Prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease. [Not a principal investigator]
  • 2011-2013 205MS301: Multicenter, Double-blind, Randomized, Parallel-group, Monotherapy, Active-control Study to Determine the Efficacy and Safety of Daclizumab High Yield Process (DAC HYP) versus Avonex (Interferon Beta-1a) in Patients with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis [Not a Principle Investigator]
  • 2007-2008 Brightfield and confocal microscopy of the anti-apoptotic factor Ku 70 in normal skin and cutaneous T cell lymphoma. Case Western Reserve University, Dermatology Residency Program; Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 1998-1999 Clinical Research Assistant. Mercy Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Gregory Rutecki MD, and Frederick Whittier MD, Canton, Ohio.

What Our Patients Say

Margaret Kessler, MD
5 Stars  She is cheerful, efficient, and very knowledgeable about her area of medicine. –
Source : Healthgrades – Jan 19, 2020
Margaret Kessler, MD
5 Stars  Dr. Kessler is bar none excellent, her bedside manners as well as her always cheerful demeanor has always been enjoyed, every visit. –
Source : Healthgrades – Jan 18, 2020
Margaret Kessler, MD
5 Stars  It’s always a very pleasant and positive experience from check in to my visit with Dr Kessler and her aids. –
Source : Healthgrades – Jan 18, 2020

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