Dr. Nicholas Golda is a fellowship-trained Mohs and dermatologic surgeon whose practice focuses on the treatment of skin cancer. Mohs surgery is a specialized procedure that provides the highest cure rate for skin cancer while also minimizing the amount of skin that must be removed to treat the cancer. Combining this conservative and precise technique with advanced skill and training in facial reconstruction following the removal of skin cancer, Dr. Golda is able to provide excellent cosmetic and functional results following the treatment of skin cancer on the face. Dr. Golda is the only fellowship-trained academic Mohs surgeon in mid-Missouri and has been recognized nationally as an expert in the surgical treatment of skin cancer.

Education & Training

Medical School

Keck School of Medicine at USC


Internal Medicine

  • University of Missouri School of Medicine GME



  • University of Missouri School of Medicine GME


American Board of Dermatology


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Academic Information

Professor of Dermatology
Director of Dermatologic Surgery
Fellowship Program Director for Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology

Research Profile

Dr. Golda is concurrently involved with several research projects related to Mohs surgery and skin cancer with a special emphasis on improving patient experience. Dr. Golda has been awarded numerous grants to help improve skin cancer patient outcomes, and he holds three patents. He also actively publishes in peer-reviewed journals, speaks nationwide at professional organizations regarding dermatologic surgery, is a peer reviewer for multiple dermatologic journals and a member of the editorial board for Dermatologic Surgery, the official publication of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Golda is the founder and program director of the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology fellowship program at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. This is the only ACGME-accredited fellowship program for dermatologic surgery in mid-Missouri.

Research Interests

  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Dermatologic surgery
  • Facial reconstruction
  • Cosmetic dermatology
  • Laser procedures
  • Patient experience and satisfaction
  • Occupational safety
  • Translational research to develop new technologies in energy-based diagnostic and therapeutic modalities
  • Cutaneous oncology and facial reconstruction following skin cancer therapy

Areas of Expertise

  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Dermatologic surgery
  • Facial reconstruction
  • Cosmetic dermatology
  • Laser procedures
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Resident education

Awards & Honors


  • St. Louis Magazine Best Doctors, 2017-2020
  • Best Doctors in America, 2017-2020
  • Publons Top 1% Peer Reviewer Award - Clinical Medicine, 2019
  • Publons Top 1% Peer Reviewer Award - Cross-Field, 2019
  • Columbia Tribune Readers’ Choice Award, 2018
  • ASDSA Top Advocate for Dermatologic Surgery, 2018
  • Most Improved New Patient Access in Dermatology Clinics - Vizient/FPSC, 2017
    • Recognition in role as medical director of dermatology clinics
  • Top Faculty Achiever – University of Missouri Chancellor’s Office, 2016
  • Columbia’s Favorite Doctors – Inside Columbia Magazine, 2015
  • Service Excellence Hero - University of Missouri Health Care, 2006


  • American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
  • Fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)
  • Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS
  • Missouri Dermatological Society (MOS)
  • Association of Professors in Dermatology (APO)
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)


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