Laurin council, m.d.

Assistant Professor of Dermatology


Dr. M. Laurin Council is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Washington University School of Medicine, who recently joined our faculty.  She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and earned her medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, in 2004.  Dr. Council then completed an internship in surgery, a 2-year research fellowship in melanoma, and dermatology residency, all at Washington University.  Following residency, she completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery at St. Louis University. 


Dr. Council specializes in Mohs surgery and cutaneous oncology.  Her practice also includes minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures such as:


  • Botulinum toxin injections: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin
  • Soft tissue augmentation: Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Laser treatment: vascular lesions, rosacea, sunspots, tattoos, photoaging, fine lines, hair removal
  • Chemical peels
  • Dermabrasion


Dr. Council is a board certified dermatologist and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American College of Mohs Surgery.


Dr. Council sees patients of all ages for surgical and cosmetic dermatologic issues at:


Center for Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery

969 Mason Rd., Suite 200

St. Louis, MO 63141

(314) 996-8810


Selected Publications:


1.  Harbour JW, Onken MD, Roberson ED, Duan S, Cao L, Worley LA, Council ML, Matatall KA, Helms C, Bowcock AM.  Frequent Mutation of BAP1 in Metastasizing Uveal Melanomas.  Science.  2010 Dec. 3; 330(6009): 1410-3.  Epub 2010 Nov. 4.


2.  Council ML, Gardner JM, Helms C, Liu Y, Cornelius LA, Bowcock AM.  Contribution of Genetic Factors for Melanoma Susceptibility in Sporadic US Melanoma Patients.  Experimental Dermatology.  2009; 18(5): 485-487.


3.  Onken MD, Worley LA, Long MD, Duan S, Council ML, Bowcock AM, Harbour JW.  Oncogenic Mutations in GNAQ Occur Early in Uveal Melanoma.  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.  2008; 49(12): 5230-5234.


4.  Gao L, Feng Y, Bowers R, Becker-Hapak M, Gardner J, Council L, Linette G, Zhao H, Cornelius LA.  Ras-Associated Protein-1 Regulates Extracellular Signal-Related Kinase Activation and Migration in Melanoma Cells: Two Processes Important to Melanoma Tumorigenesis and Metastasis.  Cancer Research.  2006; 66(16): 7880-7888.