Dr. Darst grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and attended DePauw University, where he graduated Summa cum Laude with a major in Computational Mathematics. He then attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently completed a three-year residency in Family Medicine, where he met his wife, Sandra, a private surgical scrub nurse. He practiced in both rural Indiana and Indianapolis, during which time he was an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. His responsibilities included teaching residents and medical students from two hospital training programs. Dr. Darst has always enjoyed the surgical portion of his practice and is educated and skilled in treating diseases of the skin. He sold his practice to specialize in Dermatology, one of the most difficult fields of study to obtain a residency position. Dr. Darst was the first Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Dermatology at Indiana University School of Medicine and published his research on the effects of the platelet activating factor receptor in skin cancer and superantigens in psoriasis, and he developed an animal model of allergic contact dermatitis. He trained in Dermatology at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine where he was the Chief Resident in his third year. Dr. Darst trained in the subspecialty of Dermatopathology at the prestigious program at the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas, under the direction of Dr. Clay Cockerell. He returned to Dayton as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology to teach at his alma mater program and was an Associate Laboratory Director at the Dermatopathology Laboratory of Central States, furthering his knowledge of Dermatopathology with Dr. Tom Olsen. Dr. Darst has passed Board Certification exams in Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Family Medicine. After specializing in Dermatology, he no longer practices Family Medicine, yet he still brings the same caring attitude to all his patients. Dr. Darst and his wife Sandra enjoy several activities such as cycling, hiking, traveling, and Tae Kwon Do, where both he and Mrs. Darst are Black Belts. They enjoy spending time with their nieces and nephews. Dr. Darst was published in Practical Dermatology June 2013. Click HERE to read the article. View Dr. Darst's Curriculum Vitae. Memberships American Academy of Dermatology American Society for Dermatologic Surgery American Academy of Family Physicians Continuing Education October 24, 2016 Where in the world is Dr. Darst? Dubai! As you may have noticed, Dr. Darst has been out of the office the past week. He was invited by DASIL, the Dermatologic Aesthetic Surgery International League to lecture at their Annual Congress. Dr. Darst lectured on breast implant-associated lymphoma, complex patient problems and the effect of social media and the internet on the practice of medicine. Additionally, he co-moderated a series of lectures and discussions along with Dr. Hector Leal Silva from Monterrey, Mexico. Dr. Marc Darst Again Named one of Charlotte's Top Doctor's Dr. Marc Darst was named one of Charlotte's Top Doctor's in 2015, and is featured in CharlotteMagazine's July edition! Dr. Darst was part of the invited faculty for the Cosmetic Surgery Forum. Cosmetic Surgery Forum is unlike other CME meeting; it’s a multi-specialty educational symposium that covers the latest research, treatment and techniques in dermatology and cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic Surgery Forum December 2014 Cosmetic Boot Camp Independent Physicians of the Carolinas Group photo May 2014 Independent Physicians of the Carolinas is a nonprofit corporation (501(c)(6) based in Charlotte, NC. Our mission is to unite medical physicians in the south Charlotte metro area who are not a part of a hospital based network. We want to provide a network for those independent physicians to use as support and to educate the public about who we are. Benefits of Choosing an Independent Physician: More face time with physician - Independent physicians do not have to meet daily patient quotas and can decide how much time to spend with a patient. More scheduling flexibility - Patients can usually get same or next day appointments with an independent physician. Lower charges for self pay patients - Independent physicians usually charge less to their patients than a network provider, which translates to less out of your pocket. Lower cost provider - Your insurance pays as much as 300% more to a network provider than to an independent physician, so you can help reduce your insurer's costs.