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Katie Shahwan, MD

About Katie

Dr. Katie Shahwan is a board certified dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs micrographic surgeon. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, as well as advanced cutaneous reconstruction. She regularly publishes on skin cancer, with research interests including high risk squamous cell carcinoma, extramammary Paget disease, cutaneous sarcoma, and reconstructive techniques. Dr. Shahwan also loves to teach, and holds assistant professorships at both the University of North Dakota and The Ohio State University medical schools. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, exploring Grand Forks, and mentoring the next generation of physicians.

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery, American Society for Dermatology Surgery, Women's Dermatologic Society


One of eight surgeons across the US selected for the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) “Mohs Surgeons Leading the Future” program

Philosophy of Medicine

The skin is not only the largest organ of the body, it's also the only part of us that we show the world. Receiving a cancer diagnosis is always scary, and learning that you need skin surgery (particularly on the face) can be overwhelming due to concerns about healing and scarring. I love being a Mohs micrographic surgeon, because the Mohs technique has the highest cure rate for these cancers while conserving as much normal skin as possible. I am also trained in advanced reconstructive techniques, which allows me to repair the wounds with excellent cosmetic results. I'm so excited to provide these services at Altru, and I am also looking forward to getting to know my patients and providing them with excellent care both in and out of the procedure room.

Locations Truyu Aesthetic Center
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Robert Sias Award for Clinical Excellence
  • Dermatology Chief Resident
  • Top Five Abstract, University of Minnesota Dermatology Research Day
  • Magis Star Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Award for Highest Clinical Sciences GPA, Chicago Medical School
  • College
  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience University of St. Thomas
    St. Paul, MN
  • Medical School
  • MD The Chicago Medical School
    North Chicago, IL
  • Internship
  • Internal Medicine Internship Loyola University Medical Center
    Maywood, IL
  • Residency
  • Dermatology University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Fellowship
  • Dermatology Clinical Research Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital
    Boston, MA
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Columbus, OH
  • Safety and Efficacy of Oral Benzodiazepines for Periprocedural Anxiolysis: A Systematic Review Issue #Mar 2, 2022
    • Author: Boettler MA, Shahwan KT, Cusick A, Avila C, Carr
    • Publisher: Dermatol Surg.
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  • Mohs micrographic surgery of penile squamous cell carcinoma in situ with urethral extension Issue #Jan 15, 2022
    • Author: Rismiller KP, Shahwan KT, Yu WY, Bordeaux JS, Carr
    • Publisher: Arch Dermatol Res.
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  • Grading of differentiation in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma: Evaluation of interrater and intrarater reliability Issue #Dec 15, 2021
    • Author: Nash J, Shahwan KT, Chung C, Abidi N, Gokun Y, Pan X, Carr
    • Publisher: J Am Acad Dermatol
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58 Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Overall Rating

4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 Stars

Access to Timely Care


4.8 out of 5 Stars

Communicates Clearly


4.9 out of 5 Stars

Time with Provider is Meaningful


4.7 out of 5 Stars

Listens Well and is Respectful


4.9 out of 5 Stars


Reviews are collected from our patient experience survey results. Comments may be edited or omitted in some instances, for example to remove protected health information or a reference to irrelevant information. We do not alter any information that would change the meaning or sentiment of the comment.

  • 07/25/2023

    The nurse and the doctor were excellent and very professional.

    Rating: 5
  • 07/16/2023

    Dr. Shahwan is knowledgeable and very professional. I would recommend her others.

    Rating: 5
  • 06/08/2023

    Kathryn and her staff were the most professional people that I've experienced medical care with. They were honest about my care procedures and were absolutely the best. I would highly recommend them to anyone I know.

    Rating: 5
  • 05/11/2023

    Always look forward to this appointment

    Rating: 5