Joel Sears, M.D., FAAD

Position: Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon, Board-Certified Dermatologist

  Specialties: Medical Dermatology, Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery, Skin Cancer Treatments

  Location(s): Spokane Valley, WA, Coeur d’Alene, ID

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Dr. Sears devotes his practice to skin cancer and facial plastic surgery. After finishing his dermatology residency, he completed full university training on Mohs surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, and laser sciences. He is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) and has a passion for curing skin cancer.

Raised in Iowa, Dr. Sears received his medical degree at the University of Iowa which included a scholarship at Oxford University in England. He served as Chief Resident during his dermatology residency training, after which he completed the recognized Fellowship in Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Dr. Sears founded Advanced Dermatology and Skin Surgery in 1991. He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and American College of Mohs Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. He served as Trustee on the Boards of Spokane County Medical Society and American Cancer Society. He has lectured nationally and internationally on skin surgical procedures.

Additionally, Dr. Sears is currently affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI medical residency program as a Clinical Assistant Professor.

Dr. Sears cherishes his family time with his wife, Honor, their three children, and five grandchildren. He is a private pilot and enjoys skiing, antique clocks, and “puttering around” on his hobby farm.


  • Fellowship
    • Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology
      University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
      Iowa City, Iowa
  • Residency
    • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics- Dermatology
      Iowa City, Iowa
  • Internship
    • Mercy Hospital and Health Services
      San Diego, CA
  • Medical School
    • The University of Iowa College of Medicine
      Iowa City, Iowa
      Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Iowa
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Bachelor of Arts


  • American College of Mohs Surgery
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
  • Washington State Medical Association
  • Idaho Medical Association
  • Spokane County Medical Society