Hi! I am Dr. Coverman, and I would like to tell you a bit about myself, my background, training, and interests.
I was born in Ohio, but grew up in Miami where my father established his dental practice in 1955. I attended local public schools and then completed my pre-medical studies at the University of Florida in 1967. I then came back to the University of Miami School of Medicine and graduated with my M.D. degree in 1971. At that time my original interest was in cardiology, but I always remembered my special training in medical school learning dermatology. I was fortunate to work within one of the finest dermatology departments in the world, and several of my teachers have gone on to become world famous in their field as well as chairmen of their own dermatology departments. From Miami, I drove literally across the country to Seattle, Washington to begin my residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. This is one of the top 10 Internal Medicine programs in the United States.* I trained with Dr. Robert Petersdorf, the lead author of one of the premier textbooks of Internal Medicine. I completed my Internal Medicine training in 1974, and became board certified that year. I then stayed in Seattle to complete my Dermatology fellowship in 1976, and became Board Certified in Dermatology in 1977. Miami and Seattle: two different parts of the country, two different cultures, two different climates, but two great places to live and experience the best in academics.
My military service was at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska (Strategic Air Command Headquarters). I was a Major and Chief of Dermatology. While there, I obtained a clinical faculty teaching position at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. I taught dermatology residents, and had several spend time with me in my clinic.
Following Omaha, I then looked for a place to live permanently. I chose Austin, Texas for several reasons: it has a southern climate (I love outdoor sports, particularly golf, jogging and tennis), and I wanted a city between the two coasts in order to travel easily to medical meetings and to see family. I also wanted a major university (University of Texas) because of sports, culture, and academics. Austin was, and is, a thriving, aggressive, cultured, and very educated city. It fit all of my needs. The bonus is that Austin is adorned with the great friendliness of Texans. The “Live Music Capital of the World!”
In 1978, I set up my solo practice, and progressed from one employee to twelve. I have always been hungry to learn more and do more, and every time a new technology, procedure, or medical advance came out, I tried to be the first to learn it, master it, and then use it. In 1981, I became the first doctor in all of Texas to use Zyderm Collagen implants (fillers) for soft tissue augmentation. In 1983, I traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio and trained on lasers with Dr. Leon Goldman and his staff. Again, I was the first in Austin to use lasers for the skin, and since then have become proficient in the following lasers:
- CO2 laser – first in Austin
- Argon laser – first in Austin
- Neodynium Medlite II Yag laser – first in Austin
- Medlite IV Yag laser – first in Austin
- Palomar Q Yag 5 – first in Austin
- Aura KTP laser – first in Austin
- Ultrapulse CO2 laser for resurfacing – first in Austin
- Cynosure yellow pulsed dye laser – first in Austin
- CoolGlide laser – first in Austin
- GentleLase laser – first in Austin
- N Lite laser – first in Austin
- Smoothbeam laser – first in Austin
- Norseld Dual Yellow Laser – first in Austin
- Plasma resurfacing – first in Austin
- Quantum SR FotoFacial IPL – first in Austin
- Fraxel: repair
- Fraxel: restore
- Omnilux LED (Phototherapy) – first in Austin
- XTRAC Excimer laser
I also became the first dermatologist to open a medically supervised skin care salon within his office in 1981. We continue to offer all salon services, and I now work with two licensed aestheticians full time. Within this setting, I was the first dermatologist in Austin to offer the following:
- Full salon services in my office, under my direct supervision
- First to offer Physician Grade skin care products in my office
- Zyderm Collagen injections
- Sclerotherapy for spider veins
- FotoFacial using the newest generation Quantum SR IPL
I support many of the performing arts in Austin including the Paramount Theater, Zachary Scott Theater, the Austin Opera, the Austin Symphony, and Austin Classical Guitar.
I am a prodigious reader and a student of history and the English language. I read anything I can get my hands on: periodicals, newspapers, and books. I particularly enjoy discussing with my patients the books that they are reading, too. A passion of mine is art and photography, and examples of my own work, as well as that of my family, are proudly displayed in my office.
In addition, I play golf, lift weights, and run. I love to travel and during those travels, I often attend medical meetings. I remain certified by the AMA through its Physician’s Recognition Award and have been selected as a Super Doctor in Texas for the years of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
I have an overriding principle regarding my practice of medicine: I treat every patient as if they were part of my family, and I consider every one of my staff as part of my family as well. I know that feeling is reciprocated. Every time I go to the doctor myself, I deliberately remind myself what it is like to walk in your shoes. When in other offices, I am aware of my surroundings, the helpfulness and courtesy of the staff, the cleanliness of the office, the professionalism of the physician treating me and even such things as waiting times. Every doctor should occasionally be a patient.
Michael H. Coverman, M.D.
Austin Dermatology Clinic, P.A.
11623 Angus Road, Suite 25
Austin, TX 78759
Undergraduate: University of Florida, September 1964-1967. Associate of Arts
Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine, September 1967-1971. Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
Internship: University of Miami School of Medicine, June 1971-June 1972. Internal Medicine
Residency: University of Washington School of Medicine, July 1972-July 1974. Internal Medicine
Fellowships: University of Washington School of Medicine, July 1974-June 1976. Senior Fellow, Dermatology
N.I.H. Summer Research Fellowships, 1968, 1969
Florida Heart Association Summer Research Fellowship, 1970
Royal Postgraduate School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London, England
* Texas Super Docs – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
American Board of Dermatology, June 2009, Voluntary Recertification
American Board of Dermatology, November 1977, Lifetime certificate
American Board of Internal Medicine, June 19, 1974, Lifetime certificate
National Board of Medical Examiners, July 1, 1972
State of Texas, June 1978 to present
Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honorary Society
Phi Delta Epsilon, 1967
International Hyperhidrosis Society
International Association of Dermatologists
Chief, Dermatology Service, Ehrling Bergquist USAF Regional Hospital, Offutt AFB, 1976-1978
Major, USAF. Honorable Discharge 1978
Clinical Instructor, Dermatology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, July 1976-July 1978
Clinical Instructor, Dermatology, Creighton University, July 1976-July 1978
Laser Training Preceptor Medical Alliance, 1997
Course Lecturer, Professional Medical Education Assn., Inc., The Laser Training Institute™, February 12-13, 2005
Clinical Associate, Nova Southeastern University, Southwest Florida, May 2011-August 2011
Super Doctors, Texas Monthly – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
America’s Top Dermatologists – 2009
Top Dermatologist in Austin, TX, International Association of Dermatologists – 2013
Vitals Top 10 Doctor – 2014
Seton Central Hospital, Seton Northwest Hospital, St. David’s Hospital
American Academy of Dermatology
American Medical Association
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
Austin Dermatological Society
Texas Dermatological Society
Texas Medical Association
Travis County Medical Society
President, Austin Dermatological Society, 1988
Secretary, Austin Dermatological Society, 1987
Travis County Medical Society, Journal Committee, 1989-1991, Public Relations Committee, 1984
Seton Hospital, Laser Committee, 1990-1991
Coverman, M. H.: Alternative Therapies for Acne, Aphthae, Insect Bites, and Bullous Diseases. Dermatologic Clinics, 7: 71, 1989.
American Academy of Dermatology, National Annual Meeting, December 1988
Humana, “Speaking of Women’s Health,” November, 2002
Region XIII Texas School Nurses, 1978, 1979
University of Texas Pre-Medical Society “Becoming a Doctor”, 2005
Austin American Statesman – multiple articles including Smoothbeam Laser, Hair Transplantation, Skin Care in Sun.
Television – Multiple appearances on KVUE, KTBC, KEYE especially on new laser therapies, sunscreen use, Sclerotherapy, fillers and injectables, tattoo removal.
Investigator – Collagen Corporation – 1981 – Zyderm Collagen Final Phase Human Studies.
Investigator – Allergan -2006 – Juvéderm Final Phase Clinical Human Studies (JET Study)
Evolence Star Training