David Elpern majored in comparative literature at Columbia college and earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine in 1970. He was a general practitioner for four years before completing his dermatology residency at Johns Hopkins where he served as Chief Resident.

For the past twenty years, David has had a special interest in medical education. He has organized an annual national continuing medical education course in dermatology, as well as symposia on the medical humanities for the past ten years.

He brings over thirty-five years of clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders in the Northeast and Hawaii. In the year 2000, he started a teledermatology service, Virtual Grand Rounds in Dermatology, which still serves the global community.