The California Skin Institute is California’s largest and most comprehensive dermatology, laser and cosmetic surgery practice with offices in Mountain View, San Jose – Los Gatos, San Jose – O’Connor, Saratoga, Los Altos, San Mateo, Monterey-Ryan Ranch, San Francisco – Pacific Heights, San Francisco – Laurel Heights, Monterey – Ryan Ranch, Salinas, Monterey, Santa Cruz County, Castro Valley, South San Jose, Daly City, Dublin, San Jose – Santana Row, Santa Rosa, Redwood City and Palo Alto (2014). We are dedicated to achieving excellence in patient care, education, and the advancement of the field of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Despite the advanced technology available at CSI, we never lose sight of the importance of compassion, open communication and unconditional support in the care of our valued patients.
The California Skin Institute team consists of experienced physicians, nurses, cosmetic consultants, aestheticians and support staff who are committed to providing the highest quality of dermatologic care. Many of the staff have worked at CSI for many years and possess a broad range of experience in managing the most challenging skin conditions. We are committed to staying on the cutting edge and work diligently to ensure that our patients are treated in the manner that we would expect for our own family members.
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Greg S. Morganroth, M.D. is the Founder and President of the California Skin Institute. He is one of a handful of Board Certified, Fellowship-Trained Dermatologic Surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in Mohs Surgery, laser surgery, reconstructive, and cosmetic dermatologic surgery. Dr. Morganroth is an expert in the surgical management of skin diseases, skin cancer, laser surgery, and advanced cosmetic techniques performed with local anesthesia. He has performed over 18,000 Mohs surgery procedures and an equal number of advanced skin reconstructions and scar revisions since 1995. He is also recognized nationally in his field for his unique, minimally invasive cosmetic rejuvenation procedures with local anesthesia. Since 1995, he has performed thousands of facelifts, eyelifts, body sculpting with liposuction, neck sculpting, chin implants, scar revisions, laser procedures, chemical peels, and hair transplants with local anesthesia. In 2010 based on his advanced reconstruction and skin surgery techniques, Dr. Morganroth won the Iron Surgeon competition in Chicago, IL based on the votes of over 600 of his peers in the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.
He is a native of Michigan and was an undergraduate at The University of Michigan. He received his M.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan School of Medicine where he was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society. Dr. Morganroth completed an internship at the University of Pennsylvania and a dermatology residency at Yale University. During his dermatology residency, his clinical interests focused on the advanced surgical management of skin disorders including skin cancer surgery, laser surgery, and reconstructive surgery. After completing his dermatology training at Yale in 1994, he was one of approximately 35 dermatologists in the world to begin a Mohs, Laser, and Dermatologic Surgery fellowship emphasizing skin oncology and Mohs, laser, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. This fellowship, approved by the American College of Mohs Surgery, was completed in 1995 at the Skin and Mohs Surgery Center, Baptist Medical Center and Hunkeler Eye Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri. During this fellowship, he trained with a Mohs and laser surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, and ophthalmic plastic surgeon providing a broad foundation of surgical training. Following his fellowship, he moved to Silicon Valley to enter a private practice of dermatologic surgery in the summer of 1995.
Dr. Morganroth has spent his career focusing on developing state-of-the-art, local anesthesia skin surgery techniques combining facets of dermatologic surgery, facial plastic surgery, and ophthalmic plastic surgery. His surgical procedures provide dramatic and natural results with the safety and minimal downtime afforded by the use of local anesthesia. He is frequently asked to present his reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery techniques at national dermatology and facial plastic surgery meetings. Recently, New York University in New York City invited him to give the keynote lecture at their Advanced Dermatology Course titled “One Perspective on the Future of Advanced Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery”. In 2010-2011, he has lectured by invitation at Stanford University, New York University (a second time), the University of Miami, and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He has been invited to publish multiple book chapters on his Vertical Vector Facelift technique, chin augmentation, facial reconstruction, and his approach to prevent and correct facelift complications in multiple prominent dermatologic surgery reference textbooks. He has also published numerous clinical and research articles since medical school in prestigious medical journals including: The New England Journal of Medicine; Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Clinics in Plastic Surgery; Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology; Archives of Dermatology; and Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
Since 2004, Dr. Morganroth has been an active fellowship director for Mohs Surgery, Skin Surgery, and Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Techniques. Initially under the auspices of the American College of Mohs Surgery from 2004-2011, this one year fellowship is now independent to encourage an emphasis on advanced cosmetic surgery techniques, laser, and scar revisions surgery. Dr. Morganroth’s one-year dermatologic surgery training program is one of approximately 75 active training programs in the world and one of the only two fellowship programs offered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Three of his past surgical fellows have been recruited to academic medical centers on the East and West coasts to treat patients and train dermatology residents in advanced techniques. Two past fellows entered private practice in Southern California and Northern California and third returned to treat our military personnel as a Mohs surgeon in the US Army. As a recipient of multidisciplinary training during his fellowship, Dr. Morganroth enjoys collaborating with colleagues from dermatology and other surgical specialties. He is regularly visited by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, and oculoplastic surgeons from the US and abroad to observe him operate at the California Skin Institute. He has held various academic appointments that currently include Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University, clinical faculty of the Mittelman Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship training program based in Los Altos, CA, and previously as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco. He was founder and co-director of the Next Step Dermatologic Surgery Course at Stanford University in 2004-2005 and will be reviving the Next Step Dermatologic Surgery Course at the new California Skin Institute surgery center and conference center at the San Jose/Los Gatos location beginning in early 2012.
Dr. Morganroth is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, California Dermatology Society, and the American Academy of Dermatology. As an expert in skin surgery and skin cancer, he receives hundreds of referrals a year from dermatologists and other physicians around the Bay Area and beyond for their patients in need of specialized skin cancer surgery, skin lesion removal, scar revision, laser surgery, and facial, eye, and body cosmetic surgery.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children exploring the Northern California coastline, skiing, searching estate sales and auction houses for antiques, real estate investment, home theater audio and video, and attending automobile driving and enthusiast events.
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After 18 years of solo practice, nationally-recognized dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Abel is “excited to bring her practice to California Skin Institute of Mountain View”. She “shares the dedication to excellence in dermatology care and looks forward to collaborating with CSI physicians and offering CSI’s advanced technology to her patients.”
Dr. Abel is a board-certified dermatologist who graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore. After a combined medicine and surgery internship at San Francisco General Hospital and one year of internal medicine at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, she began her Dermatology residency at New York University Skin and Cancer Center. While at NYU, she was Chief Resident in her third year and held an NIH fellowship in Immunology in her fourth year. After returning to California in 1975, she practiced part-time at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara and at Stanford University Medical Center. She was on the full-time faculty in Dermatology at Stanford University of Medicine from 1982 to 1990. Since 1990 she has been in private practice in Mountain View, California and is a member of the general medical and pediatric dermatology staff at El Camino Hospital. She currently holds a teaching position as Adjunct Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Abel is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, 22 book chapters, and published a book entitled “Photochemotherapy in Dermatology” in 1991. She contributes to the Dermatology subsection of Scientific American Medicine. She has served on the medical advisory board of the National Psoriasis Foundation and as Assistant Editor of the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Abel is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Medical Society memberships include Alpha Omega Alpha, Santa Clara Society Medical Association, San Francisco Dermatologic Society, Pacific Dermatologic Society, Noah Worcester Society, North American Clinical Dermatologic Society, and the American Medical Association. She has been voted onto the Best Doctors lists in both San Jose and San Francisco.
Her practice areas of interest include psoriasis, phototherapy (UVB and PUVA), laser treatment for psoriasis, and pediatric dermatology.
In her own words: “I was born and raised in a small town in central Illinois. My father owned the one drug store in town where during my high school years I worked part time. After high school, I attended pharmacy school at the University of Illinois. It was my father’s hope that I would come back home to take over the family business. But during pharmacy school I realized that medicine was my calling. After graduating pharmacy school and taking some summer school classes to meet my pre med requirements, I attended medical school at University of Illinois in Chicago. During those years I met and married my husband, who was in orthodontic training at that time. Between the time of my residency and starting private practice we had two children, a son and a daughter who are now married and have children of their own.
In 1963, I started my private practice of dermatology in San Jose, California. After several years I moved to Saratoga where I have continued to practice for over 35 years. During those years I have seen some remarkable changes in the field. In my early years I treated skin diseases and did very little surgery. As dermatology became more of a surgical field, I took many post graduate courses in skin surgery and cosmetic procedures. In the l980′s I became interested in fat transplantation to fill in facial wrinkles. I went to Paris, France to learn liposuction and fat transplantation from the experts there. From then on I have been performing a variety of cosmetic procedures including laser, filling agents, Thermage and Botox.
I enjoy providing cosmetic procedures because I like to make patients look better and feel better about themselves. I feel privileged to be part of a dermatology group which is dedicated to providing the best skin care for all types of dermatological problems.”
Kim Albridge, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist serving the Santa Cruz county area for 20 years. Her areas of expertise include dermatologic and skin cancer surgery, medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. “I am excited to be a part of the California Skin Institute team. They are an exceptional group of dermatologic professionals with many available advanced technologies. I am passionate about combining individualized personal attention with state of the art technology to achieve the highest quality of care for my patients.”
Dr. Albridge completed her medical school, medicine internship and dermatology residency all at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her prior education included undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University in her home state of Tennessee, where she graduated magna cum laude with a double B.S. in Mathematics and Molecular Biology. While in college, she pursued a year abroad at Leeds University in England and discovered her interest in dermatology, joining a research team, during her time there.
Dr. Albridge has been committed to her field and her community. She has been a Volunteer Clinical Faculty at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Stanford Dermatology Program, participated in numerous community skin screening throughout the years, and provided regular dermatologic presentations to individual programs and medical professionals of Santa Cruz county. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatology Surgery, and the Women’s Dermatology Society, and is a member of the Santa Cruz County Medical Society.
Deirdre Alexander, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist practicing in San Francisco since 2005. Dr. Alexander specializes in cosmetic dermatology and maintains an interest in general dermatology for adults and children.
She attended the New York School of Medicine and then completed her internship in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her residency in dermatology was completed at the New York Hospital- Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Alexander worked in Manhattan for 3 years following her training. In 2000, Dr Alexander married a neurosurgeon and moved to the Bay Area. For the first five years she was in private practice in Berkely. In 2005, she joined the dermatology practice of Dr. Lawrence Kaminsky which later merged with California Skin Institute – San Francisco.
In her free time, Dr. Alexander enjoys running, swimming and spending time with her husband and four children.
Dr. Anhalt is a board certified dermatologist in practice for the past 20 years and joined California Skin Institute in January 2009. He received his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at Cornell and became board certified in internal medicine. He then completed residency training in dermatology at Stanford University. The combined training in internal medicine and dermatology provides the foundation for his expertise in skin disease and broad understanding of how the skin reacts to internal disease.
He is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Stanford Dermatology and Chief of Dermatologic Surgery at the Stanford VA Medical Center in Palo Alto. He devotes approximately 20% of his time to teaching residents and medical students at Stanford Medical Center. He also lectures nationally and internationally on the diagnosis and treatment of various skin diseases.
Dr. Anhalt’s special interests include skin signs of internal disease as well as medical, surgical, cosmetic and laser surgery of the skin. He is the author of multiple publications including medical journal articles and textbooks. He lives in Los Altos with his wife, also a physician-researcher, and their three children.
His peers have voted Dr. Anhalt into “Best Docs” in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and nationally for the past 6 years. His practice is dedicated to personalized care of the highest quality – a perfect fit for the California Skin Institute.
Dr. Anhalt will lead the Los Altos office of California Skin Institute and will be available in the San Jose office to consult with patients with difficult to diagnose and treat skin conditions.
Katharine Ball, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist with specialist training and expertise in Mohs micrographic surgery, advanced reconstructive techniques, cosmetic procedures and laser surgery. Her work in the Bay Area began with a cutaneous autoimmunity fellowship at Stanford University that cultivated her interest in clinical trials and complex medical dermatology. She then went on to complete her dermatology residency at Stanford. Immediately prior to joining CSI, Dr. Ball furthered her expertise in Mohs surgery and procedural dermatology through a selective and intense fellowship at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Ball has published numerous peer-reviewed articles covering a breadth of medical and surgical dermatology.
Dr. Ball was born and raised in England. She is fond of hiking, nature, sewing, ceramics and jewelry design. For the past 6 years she has enjoyed spending her vacation time volunteering at Camp Discovery, a summer camp for children with severe skin diseases.
Ernest Bloom, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist practicing in the East Bay area.
He attended University of California in Davis, Medical School, and completed his internship at University of California, Irvine/Long Beach. He went to the University of Montreal for his dermatology residency. Rather than specialize in any one particular rare skin disease, he concentrates on providing the best therapy for the most common skin challenges. This includes, both medical, and cosmetic challenges. He treats both adult and pediatric patients.
Dr. Carson is a board certified dermatologist with over thirty years of clinical experience treating adult and childhood conditions of skin, hair and nails. Dr. Carson trained at Stanford, Mayo Clinic, and UCSF among other institutions. Dr. Carson is a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University Medical Center and a Clinical Lecturer in Dermatology at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco; he has taught at both institutions since 1980. Dr Carson is in charge of dermatology education for the Family Practice physicians at San Jose O`Conner Hospital.
Dr. Carson has been in private practice in San Jose since 1980, he is thrilled to become a dermatology provider at CSI because of the high quality of care they provide, the opportunity for multidisciplinary interaction, and the access to state-of-the-art technologies.
Sara B. Colby, M.D. graduated Summa Cum Laude from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and received her Medical Degree from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland and her dermatology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Colby served as an Assistant Professor of dermatology at UCSF Veterans Hospital, San Francisco, Ca and began private practice in the Los Gatos area in 1983.
She is a board certified dermatologist and a member of the International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. “I have especially enjoyed the transition from a general dermatology practice to one which also offers cosmetic options such as laser surgery, intense pulsed light, skin fillers, and Botox®. The addition of cosmetic dermatology services for our patients has been exciting and extremely rewarding. I am particularly proud of the Institute and the opportunity to provide medically supervised, effective skin care products to patients. Men and women are able to reverse many types of skin damage and “turn back the hands of time”. We have also seen remarkable success and improvement with our acne patients where over-the-counter and prescription medications have in the past failed. The skin care products we offer are chosen after rigorous testing, review of clinical studies and demonstration of proven efficacy. Our services are based on extensive research and investigation of medical technology to ensure our patients receive the finest quality that dermatology has to offer. Our staff has the skill, judgment training and experience to provide exceptional dermatology care”.
Dr. DeLuca is a native of Gilbert, Arizona. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Arizona State University. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arizona. During medical school, she pursued a one year research fellowship in melanoma genetics with Dr. Rhoda Alani at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. After completing an internship in internal medicine at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, MD, she went on to complete her residency training in dermatology at Johns Hopkins, where she was selected to serve as the Chief Resident in her last year of training. She has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles on cutaneous oncology. Dr. DeLuca enjoys treating patients of all ages. Her main interests lie in Mohs surgery, lasers, and cosmetic procedures. In her free time she enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and running with her chocolate lab Sadie.
Dr. Jason Dudas is a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He is passionate about helping his patients look and feel their best, and understands the profound effect that one’s appearance can have on self-esteem and psychological well-being. Dr. Dudas focuses on getting to know every patient, identifying their goals, designing an individualized treatment plan, and ensuring that each patient is comfortable with and excited about their upcoming transformation.
Dr. Dudas was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. He attended the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors in Biology and Spanish. It was at that time that he became interested in plastic surgery and began scientific research related to the field. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, and during that time he also completed a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellowship, studying the use of stem cells in Plastic Surgery. His research has been extensively published in medical and scientific journals.
Dr. Dudas then completed his plastic surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was trained in all areas of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body. He then relocated to the Bay Area to complete a facial plastic surgery fellowship at the University of California San Francisco, where he was also appointed as an instructor teaching the art and science of plastic surgery. Throughout his career, he has trained with some of the world’s most renowned and reputable plastic surgeons, and is pleased to bring that vast experience to every patient encounter.
Before joining California Skin Institute, Dr. Dudas was in practice at an exclusive cosmetic surgery clinic and medical spa in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. He specializes in breast and body cosmetic surgery, including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, and body contouring procedures such as arm lift, thigh lift, and the “Mommy Makeover”. Dr. Dudas also specializes in all aspects of facial plastic surgery, including facelift, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), rhinoplasty (nose job), reconstruction after skin cancer, hairline lowering/forehead reduction, and hair transplantation, as well as non-surgical facial rejuvenation such as Botox, Juvederm, and laser treatments.
In his leisure time, Dr. Dudas enjoys traveling, foreign language, cooking, fitness acitivities, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the Bay Area..
Shahin Fazilat, M.D., San Jose – Los Gatos
Director – CSI Division of Breast and Body Plastic Surgery
Dr. Shahin Fazilat is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He believes strongly in providing personal care for each of his patients, and prides himself on being an approachable surgeon with whom his patients can feel comfortable voicing their questions and concerns. He sees each patient personally and approaches each patient individually.
Dr. Fazilat grew up on the east coast and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland at College Park. He then attended the historic Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. graduating in the top quarter of his class. Following medical school, Dr. Fazilat received his General Surgery training at The Washington Hospital Center. He was one of ten physicians selected to accelerate through General Surgery training in less than five years. It was during this time that his passion and love for plastic surgery flourished. Throughout college and medical school, Dr. Fazilat consistently placed into highly competitive programs such as The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellowship Program. In the NIH, he worked along side world-renowned physicians and researchers conducting independent research projects. Dr. Fazilat has authored and co-authored several journal articles.
Dr. Fazilat completed his Plastic Surgery training in New York City at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons/Harlem Hospital Program. During this time, he trained with internationally recognized experts in the field of Plastic Surgery at Columbia University/Harlem Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York University. In addition, Dr. Fazilat completed a year-long Cosmetic Surgery apprenticeship in Arlington, Virginia where he had the opportunity to work with a premier plastic surgeon. Upon completion of his Plastic Surgery training, he accepted a fellowship position in Hand and Microsurgery at Stanford University. Dr. Fazilat continues his relationship with Stanford University by serving as an adjunct clinical professor in the division of Plastic Surgery at the Medical Center.
Dr. Fazilat feels his patients deserve to have a trained physician working with them at all times, therefore he personally performs all procedures. His practice is centered on breast and body cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Fazilat works closely with prominent surgical oncologists, has specialized training in microsurgery, and utilizes oncoplastic techniques in breast reconstruction. He performs many of the latest breast surgeries including breast reduction with vertical “lollipop” short scar and breast lift with minimal incision technique. Dr. Fazilat also has extensive training and expertise with all surgical options available for post weight loss surgeries including body-contouring, abdominoplasties, liposuction, body lifts, arm lifts, thigh lifts, as well as “mommy makeovers”. Surgeries are customized based on the individual’s needs, physique, desires, and medical necessity.
Manu Gujrati, M.D. is a board-certified Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon and a fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon who practices in the San Jose/Santana Row and Dublin locations. His clinical interests range from facelifts, eyelid surgery, and hair surgery to rhinoplasty/nasal surgery, facial implants, scar revisions, and numerous non-invasive treatments (dermal fillers, fat grafting, and Platelet-Rich Plasma often called the “Vampire Lift”). Dr. Gujrati also has extensive training in Ear, Nose and Throat care, ranging from allergies, nasal breathing issues, chronic sinus infections, voice problems, thyroid disease, and salivary gland cancers.
Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Gujrati is a graduate of the prestigious Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University in Chicago. After completing a Bachelors degree with Honors in Molecular Biology and Philosophy, he completed his Medical Degree in 2001 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a Top 10 U.S. Hospital, and was then honored with a Fellowship through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the molecular basis of Head and Neck Cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He then completed an internship and residency in Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Kentucky with a clinical focus in trauma and reconstruction; advanced cancer of the head and neck; nasal, allergy and sinus surgery; corrective eyelid surgery; and inner ear surgery. Next, Dr. Gujrati completed a facial plastic surgery fellowship at the Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Center and The Alabama Hair Institute. This fellowship, approved by both the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery, provided a comprehensive training in facial cosmetic surgery and hair transplantation.
Dr. Gujrati has authored and co-authored several articles in the medical literature covering topics from Head & Neck Cancer to Outcomes in Cosmetic Surgery.
He is an avid tennis player and fan, hiker, enjoys running along the Bay, live music, traveling when he can, and follows all Chicago sports teams with a passion.
Richard Hambley, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist that has been specializing in skin cancer and Mohs Micrographic Surgery in Monterey for over 20 years.
Before coming to Monterey, Dr. Hambley completed an intensive surgical fellowship in Skin Cancer and Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He taught dermatology as part of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, completed a 3-year dermatology residency at the University of Pittsburgh, and became a Board Certified Dermatologist. Prior to his dermatology training he completed a family practice residency at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Hambley is a fifth generation Californian who lives in Monterey and is a married father of four children . He was born in San Francisco and grew up mostly in Stockton, California. He enjoys bicycle riding, hiking, and swimming.
Dr. Hambley is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology. This organization accredits the Mohs fellowships and certifies the training of Mohs Surgeons. Dr. Hambley is also board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association and the Monterey County Medical Society.
Dr.Herbert Holman is a native of Houston, Texas. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 with a major in Zoology and a minor in History. Dr. Holman obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1973. Following medical school, he completed his internship at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in the Department of Internal Medicine. His residency in Dermatology was at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky, from 1974 to 1977. He was Chief Resident from 1976 to 1977.
Dr. Holman is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a member of numerous medical societies including the Pacific Dermatological Association, the San Francisco Dermatological Society, the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association and the California Medical Association.
Following his training, Dr. Holman has been in the private practice of dermatology in Castro Valley since 1977. His practice consists of a combination of medical and surgical dermatology. He has been a regular volunteer at numerous community skin cancer screenings and previously served as team dermatologist for the Golden State Warriors.
Outside of work, Dr. Holman enjoys long-distance cycling and hiking, as well as travelling on active vacations with his wife.
Dr. Francis Hsiao makes patient care his top priority. His ultimate goal is for all his patients to love how their skin looks and feels. Subscribing to the philosophy that healthy skin stems from a regular lifestyle, healthy diets, and gentle skin care, Dr. Hsiao believes that each person needs a personalized plan to optimally nurture their skin.In addition, he is also an expert in in botox, fillers, laser technology, and cosmetic surgical procedures. He employs these techniques to help his patients achieving their goals.
Dr. Hsiao grew up in the Bay area. He pursued his bachelor and graduate degrees at Ivy-league institutions, Cornell University and Harvard University, where he was supported by the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute and National Science Foundation. He was fortunate to be mentored by several giants in academics, including two Nobel Prize laureates. Dr. Hsiao was among a handful of medical students to be sponsored by the highly competitive NIH Medical Scientist Training Program to pursue a combined MD-PhD degree. At Tufts University, Dr. Hsiao fell in love with dermatology as a medical student, and has been an advocate for it since. He was trained as a dermatologist at University of California’s Davis Medical Center, and was subsequently selected to complete a highly-rigorous Mohs micrographic, cosmetic, and laser surgical fellowship at Boston University. Prior to joining California Skin Institute, Dr. Hsiao was on faculty in Rhode Island, and served as an Associate Program Director for a Procedural Dermatology and Mohs Surgery fellowship. As a widely-published author, doctor, and caregiver, Dr. Hsiao places a premium on top-quality patient care.
Dr. Hsiao is pleased to return to the Bay area as both a dermatologic surgeon and a member of a vibrant community. He is fluent in Chinese, and his office staff can speak additional languages. When not in the clinic, Dr. Hsiao enjoys tennis, running, fitness training, cooking, arts, music, theatre, live performance, and spending time with his friends and family in the Bay area.
Dr. Hure, a native Californian, returned to her home state to join California Skin Institute. She is a board certified Anatomic Pathologist specializing in Dermatopathology. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences and Political Science and a master’s degree in Comparative Pathology. While attending medical school at Ross University, she undertook many leadership roles including class representative and helping to establish a charity community health clinic. After graduating with high honors, Dr. Hure completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven-affiliated Saint Mary’s Hospital. She then completed an Anatomic Pathology residency at the University of Massachusetts, where she served as chief resident. She stayed on at the University of Massachusetts as a fellow in dermatopathology, enjoying comprehensive training in both dermatology and dermatopathology and fostering her research interests in pigmented lesions and non-melanoma skin cancer.
Dr. Hure has authored peer-reviewed articles, a book chapter and presented her research at national meetings of the American Society of Dermatopathology and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, cooking, photography and playing tennis.
Lawrence Kaminsky, M.D, is a board cerfified dermatologist practicing in San Francisco since 1988. He attended New York Medical College graduating with honors, and completed his internship at San Francisco Gerneral Hospital. He was NIH Fellow in AIDS research at UCSF, and went on to complete his residency in dermatology at this institution. He practices in all aspects of dermatology, including diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, cosmetic procedures, and general dermatology. He is an associate clinical professor of dermatology at UCSF. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, golf and bridge.
In 2003, owner and founder, Linda Levenson, introduced the Medi-Spa concept in Silicon Valley. Now merged with the California Skin Institute, Morphosis Rejuvenation Studio celebrates ten years of excellence. With its revolutionary approach to skin health, Morphosis combines the latest advances in aesthetics and beauty technology. Welcome to Morphosis Rejuvenation Studio at CSI, where it has never been so easy to look so good!
Linda Levenson, M.N., N.P., MEP-C received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, and her Masters Degree in Nursing from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Levenson received her Nurse Practitioner Degree through San Jose State University, and her Public Health Certificate from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. She has been the Government Relations Co- Chair for CANP (California Association of Nurse Practitioners)
As the owner and founder of Morphosis Rejuvenation Studio. Levenson has performed over 10,000 procedures with BOTOX Cosmetic and advanced dermal fillers, including Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane. She instructs other medical practitioners in advanced dermal filler injection techniques.
After completing his training at Mayo Clinic in 1979, Dr. R. Kurt Lofgren returned to Salinas, California, his home town, to practice with his father, Robert C. Lofgren, M.D., until the elder Dr. Lofgren retired. Dr. R. Kurt Lofgren was in solo private practice until moving to California Skin Institute in August, 2013.
For several years, he was on the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Lofgren has also been President of the Monterey County Medical Society in 1989, Chief of Staff of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in 1992, and a California Medical Association delegate since 1990 (formerly Chair of the District VII delegation).
Dr. Lofgren now has his own private practice and does routine dermatologic surgery, fillers, BOTOX®Cosmetic, Dysport, and sclerotherapy. His laser technology includes:
- Excimer Laser – for psoriasis, eczema, and vitiligo
- IPL – for facial rejuvenation
- LightSheer Diode Laser – the “Gold Standard” for hair removal on all skin types; leg veins, benign pigmented lesions, and Pseudofolliculitis Barbae
Michele Mak-Fung, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist specializing in adult and pediatric dermatology. She is a native of Hong Kong and fluent in written and spoken Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). Dr. Mak-Fung is proud to bring her dermatology skills to California Skin Institute where her practice interests focus on pediatric and adult dermatology.
After finishing high school in Hong Kong, she attended the University of Washington and graduated magna cum laude in Chemical Engineering. The following two years were spent pursuing a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University studying intracranial polymeric drug delivery systems. Next, she attended medical school at Yale University and then stayed at Yale University for an internship in the Department of Internal Medicine and a dermatology residency in the Department of Dermatology. Following the completion of her dermatology training at Yale in 2004, she worked in private practice in Connecticut for one year and then Virginia for four years where she taught dermatology to medical students from the Medical College of Virginia and George Washington University.
Dr. Mak-Fung enjoys seeing both pediatric and adult patients, and she finds it gratifying to address both the medical and cosmetic needs of her patients.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the Washington DC Dermatological Society
Dr. Maldonado-Knapp, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist and leads the California Skin Institute- Monterey location. She obtained a B.A. magna cum laude in Molecular Biology and Biophysics from Yale University in 1985. After graduating college, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Molecular Biology at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Maldonado-Knapp graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1991 where she also received High Honors for her work in medical immunology research. She then completed her internship and dermatology residency at Stanford University Medical Center in 1996.
Dr. Maldonado-Knapp is an expert in a variety of cosmetic procedures with over 15 years of experience including lasers, Botox, and fillers. She is one of the first practices in Monterey to offer specialized cosmetic procedures including Ulthera, Pinpointe laser, Cool Sculpting, and Fraxel laser. She also has expertise in the management of medical and surgical conditions of the skin, hair, and nails for adults and children.
Dr. Maldonado-Knapp, M.D. is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the American Society for Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. In addition, Dr. Maldonado-Knapp enjoys serving as a mentor to students aspiring to study medicine. She has appeared numerous times on local television discussing skin care issues and has published various articles in local newspapers.
Dr. Maldonado-Knapp has been happily married for almost 25 years to a product design engineer and has two wonderful daughters.
Dr. Reza Malek completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in 1991 and continued his internship and a diagnostic radiology residency at the Medical Center of Delaware, a Thomas Jefferson University affiliate. He completed a cardiovascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 1997.
Dr. Malek was the chief of Interventional Radiology at Riverside Community Hospital and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center for five years. He also was an assistant clinical professor at University of California Irvine Medical Center. In 2001, Dr. Malek as acting Chief of Interventional Radiology at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. He also has a masters in neurovascular diseases from Paris SUD university and a neurointerventional fellowship from UCSf.
He participated on a trial with Dornier endovenous laser device for varicose veins before they got their FDA approval. He is a pioneer in using interventions techniques for treatment of varicose veins.
He is boarded in Radiology and Interventional Radiology and is a full member of the Society of Interventional Radiology and the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery and various venous societies.
Dr. Malek specializes in all aspects of pain in the lower extremities including venous diseases, peripheral vascular disease and radicular pain management. He has given many talks locally and internationally on venous diseases like varicose veins, pelvic congestion syndrome and DVT.
He is active in teaching, research, and publishing in this field.
Anjali Varma Morales, M.D., Ph.D., is board-certified in dermatology and internal medicine, specializing in general adult and pediatric dermatology. She received her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University. She completed her medical degree and doctor of philosophy from the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute. She then completed a residency in internal medicine at Stanford University, followed by working for two years as a hospitalist at Kaiser Santa Clara.
She returned to Stanford University to complete a two-year fellowship in cutaneous lymphoma. She then completed residency in dermatology at Stanford University and joined California Skin Institute in July 2011.
Dr. Morales’ interests in dermatology include skin cancer screening, and treatment of complex medical diseases, including cutaneous lymphoma, autoimmune skin diseases, psoriasis, eczema, and acne. She performs excisional surgery for skin cancers and benign skin lesions, and has expertise in Botox and fillers.
Dr. Morales has published articles in some of the most prominent peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Journal of Dermatopathology.
Dr. Morales is married with three children. She is fond of piano, guitar, and enjoys most of all, time with family.
Aimee Paik, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist based out of our Salinas office. She specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology including conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Paik graduated magna cum laude from Brown University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. She received her medical degree from the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine and went on to complete her Dermatology training at the University of California at Irvine. At UC Irvine she underwent extensive training in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology, as well as laser surgery.
During her time in residency, she was selected as Chief Resident and was awarded the Resident Teaching Award by her peers. Prior to residency, she completed an internship in Internal Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach, where she was awarded the Internship Excellence Award. In addition to general dermatology, Dr. Paik has a special interest in moles and the use of dermoscopy, a technique that aims to detect melanoma early, while avoiding unnecessary surgeries. She also has had extensive training in the use of Botox, fillers and chemical peels for facial rejuvenation.
Dr. Paik was born and raised in Los Angeles. She enjoys cooking, hiking and traveling, but she enjoys spending time with her family and friends most of all. She is fluent in both Spanish and Korean.
In his own words: “Initially my interest in Dermatology was academically oriented. I taught full time for several years at Stanford University and was Acting Chief of Dermatology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. At that time I also was involved in clinical research, but spent most of my time supervising medical students, residents and fellows. During those years my interest in dermatologic surgery blossomed and became a dominant interest. This led to leaving Stanford and forming a small group practice in Freedom, CA in l980. I have continued with my teaching at Stanford and the Palo Alto VA Hospital as an Adjunct Clinical Professor in Dermatologic Surgery.
Currently I practice full time with Dr. Kim Albridge. We have succeeded to develop a practice which is patient friendly in atmosphere and décor. Our patients tell us that what they like best about our office is that all calls are answered by a “live” receptionist who knows many of our patients by name, we have a great selection of current magazines, and we make every attempt to see our patients within 5-l0 minutes of their appointment time. We offer a full range of dermatologic services: general skin exams and treatment of all skin disorders, preventative care, excision and repair of skin cancer and melanoma. We also offer cosmetic services such as chemical peels, injection of fillers, Botox, sclerotherapy, and laser services (resurfacing, hair removal, vascular and pigmented lesion removal). Renova, M.D. Forte, Refinity and Obagi products are also available.
We currently accept most insurance plans, including Medicare, however we have chosen not to participate in HMO plans, as we find they are not conducive to quality patient care and satisfaction, nor to a happy work environment.
I am an active participant in community skin screenings, Dermatology talks and presentations. I’m a member of numerous professional societies including AAD, ASDS, AMA, CMA, PDA, SID, SFDS, and SCCMS.
On a personal note, I’m married to a teacher and have two grown “boys.” We are a soccer family and enjoy most outdoor sports, particularly hiking, snow and water sports. My own personal passion is catch and release fly fishing.”
Dr. Christopher R. Spock is originally from Canton, Connecticut. He received his undergraduate degree in English at Princeton University. He then received his M.D. from Yale University where he graduated Cum Laude. His medical school thesis research received the prestigious William U. Gardner Prize for the most outstanding thesis in the graduating class. Dr. Spock spent one year working as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow in the Yale University Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery during which he was awarded the American Society for Maxillofacial Surgery Research Award. Following medical school Dr. Spock completed a one-year medical internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where he was also elected to serve on the hospital ethics committee. He completed his dermatology residency at the University of Miami Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. Dr. Spock has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and has been published in Archives of Dermatology; Journal of Investigative Dermatology; Cosmetic Dermatology; and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His clinical interests include Mohs, laser, and cosmetic surgery. Outside of work he enjoys kiteboarding, yoga, skiing, and traveling.
Dr. John Weiss, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has a long and distinguished career in dermatology. Adept in many aspects of medical and surgical skin care, with special expertise in contact dermatitis and cryosurgery, a hallmark of his style is getting to know his patients in order to personalize their treatment. After receiving his B.S. and M.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Weiss went on to a residency in dermatology at the University of Chicago. Following his board certification, he was in private practice dermatology in the Chicago suburban area for nearly 30 years and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine for more than 20 years. For 17 of those years he was a chairman of the dermatology section. During his time in the Midwest he served as president of the North Suburban Branch of the Chicago Medical Society and president of the Chicago Dermatological Society which named him Practitioner of the Year in 1992. As a community service, he also served on the Evanstron Arts Council for six years. He was elected president of that group in 1983.
In 1992, Dr. Weiss moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Shortly thereafter, he began practice in Castro Valley. He is also a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. An active member of both the San Francisco Dermatology Society and the Pacific Dermatology Association, he has served as president of both organizations and was named the Practitioner of the Year by the San Francisco group in 2005.
Nationally, he has been a frequent lecturer at numerous conferences, including the American Academy of Dermatology. He has served on several committees of the AAD and was founder and director of its National Library of teaching slides until 1996.
He is the father of two sons, one of whom has followed his footsteps and begun a career in medicine. He and his wife live in Oakland, where they pursue their shared love of theatre, opera, and travel. Dr. Weiss has a passion for football and golf as well.
Susan Wolf, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist and lead physician at the CSI-San Mateo location. After ten years of practicing comprehensive dermatology in a two-physician practice, she is excited to join California Skin Institute-San Mateo along with her staff and associate physician. Dr. Wolf shares the California Skin Institute goal of providing state-of-the-art dermatology care while maintaining the individual patient attention expected by our patients. The hallmarks of her care include taking the time to get to know her patients personally and helping them understand treatment options, plans and expected outcomes. In addition to medical and surgical dermatology, she excels at minimally invasive cosmetic procedures for sun damaged and aging skin. “Merging my practice with CSI is an exciting opportunity for me. I will now be able to offer new cutting edge laser, light, and ultrasound rejuvenation technologies to the San Mateo community.”
Dr. Wolf is a native of Illinois and was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. She received her B.S. in the field of Architecture and after 4 years of apprenticeship in San Francisco, she pursued her interest in the field of medicine. Dr. Wolf was accepted to Yale Medical School where she was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship, published a first author paper in a major scientific journal, spent 2 months in Mumbai studying dermatology and pediatrics and was an editor of the Yale Medical Journal. She completed her medical internship at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven, CT., the same year she gave birth to her daughter, and then moved back to the Bay area for her dermatology residency at Stanford University School of Medicine.
In 2001, Dr. Wolf became a board certified dermatologist and went into private practice. “My goal to work and care for patients in the same community I live, shop and raise my daughter became a reality.” Dr. Wolf’s high level of expertise, aesthetic sense, and personal approach contributed her growing vibrant medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice in downtown San Mateo. In 2009-2010 she was awarded “Best of San Mateo Physician and Surgeons” and for the last 4 years listed in “America’s Top Dermatologist” She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatological Surgery, and is an active member of the San Mateo County Medical Association and California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.
Cynthia A. Fazekas, RNP, is a Registered Nurse Practioner who has specialized in Dermatology for over 20 years. She received her Nursing Degree from Evergreen Valley College, Nurse Practitioner Certification from San Jose State University and a degree in Health Services Administration from St. Mary’s College. She is an invited preceptor for third year Family Practice residents from UCSF at Natividad Hospital, she instructs student nurse practitioners. She is also a trainer for national dermatology related companies that utilize the latest techniques in the art of esthetic treatments. Her focus is quality, compassionate care for her patients as well as esthetic challenges. Teens and patient-focused cosmetic care are just two of her specialty areas.
Her background also includes over 18 years in the United States Air Force Reserve (now retired). She has been deployed to Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan as Commander of the Trauma Surgical services. She has also attended Post-graduate command courses including Air War College.
She enjoys traveling in her Airstream with her husband and two dogs, Gunny and Kona. Her family is the focus of her free time. With three children and five grandchildren in three states travel is a must.
Joe Gorelick, MSN, FNP-C joined California Skin Institute with over 10 years experience as a Nurse Practitioner. Mr. Gorelick’s practice involves all aspects of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology at the University of California at Davis and received a Master of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Joe is nationally board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Nurse Practitioner Program at Holy Names College in Oakland, California where he lectures on dermatological conditions and surgical techniques. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Touro University Medical School in Vallejo, California.
Joe works as a consultant to the medical industry, lecturing on medical and cosmetic dermatology. He is a trainer and nationally acclaimed injector of toxins and fillers. In addition to toxins and fillers Joe also performs cosmetic procedures such as; miraDry, Ultherapy, Vascular Laser, and Obagi Blue Peel. He takes special interest in complexion correction, and minor cosmetic procedures to remove unwanted growths.
Joe actively volunteers with the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and The Skin Cancer Foundation by performing skin cancer screenings in community settings. Joe has a particular interest in peer-to-peer education. Additionally, he serves as an advisory board member, faculty member, guest lecturer, trainer and consultant to numerous pharmaceutical companies. This exchange of information leads to advances in the practice and art of dermatology among Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants; he considers this a personal honor.
Liz Papp, PA-C is a certified physician assistant who has practiced medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology since 2000. She is excited to bring her skills and experience to California Skin Institute after working with two other Bay Area dermatology practices. Liz has a Bachelor of Arts in languages from San Francisco State University and speaks three languages. Her first foray into medicine was working in emergency services as a paramedic for Alameda County. After 10 years as a paramedic, she matriculated at Stanford University School of Medicine where she obtained a Physician Assistant degree in 1998. Ms. Papp has expertise in general and cosmetic dermatology, Botox® and various fillers, IPL/ BBL/ Photofacial, EVLT, sclerotherapy, liposuction, Ulthera, CO2 laser skin resurfacing and many other lasers. Liz is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants, California Association of Physician Assistants, Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and American College of Phlebology.
Outside of work, Liz enjoys spending time with her pets and family experiencing the outdoors, hiking, running and cycling.
Michelle Quinn joined California Skin Institute in 2007, with over 14 years experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science at University of San Francisco and received a Master of Science degree from the University of California, San Francisco.
Ms. Quinn is nationally, board certified with the ANCC. She is an active Medical Staff Member at UCSF, continuing to put in clinical hours at UCSF/Mt. Zion Prepare Clinic, a clinic in which she is an original, founding NP. She also is an active preceptor and mentor for UCSF Graduate Students, in the Community Health Systems Department/Adult Nurse Practitioner and Graduate Programs.
During the 3 years prior to joining CSI, she practiced Dermatology at San Jose Medical Group and was the sole practitioner for the last 10 months prior to leaving to travel internationally. Michelle was one of two NPs to complete the pilot program of an intensive 12 month mentorship and didactic Dermatology training course for NPs and Primary Care Providers at The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), Santa Therese. Prior to this she was an NP in the Allergy/Immunology Department with TPMG, South San Francisco. She also practiced briefly at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Chelsea Clinic and Ambulatory Clinics, Internal Medicine and Community Health. Prior to specializing in the Dermatology field Michelle worked in Intensive Care, Critical Care, Peri-Operative, and PACU settings at UCSF and various institutions in California and Massachusetts for over 14 years.
In addition to her clinical experience Michelle has been active with community education and international volunteer medical trips, traveling extensively to bring health education, primary care and surgical assistance to underserved international communities.
Nikki has been working in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery in the Bay Area for over a decade, and takes an active role as a PA in our community. She is part of the San Francisco Bay PA Association, local PA Dermatology clubs and regularly attends National meetings. She is trained in general and cosmetic dermatology, treating all ages ranging from infants to geriatrics. Nikki is certified in multiple laser treatments and a variety of injectables. Due to her plastic surgery training, she excels at dermatological surgical procedures. In 2002, prior to her work in Dermatology and Plastics, Nikki launched her PA career in a San Francisco family medicine practice, giving her the broad medical knowledge to treat dermatologic conditions.
Prior to practicing in the Bay area, Nikki graduated from the University of New England’s Physician Assistant’s Masters at the top of her class. Her requisite patient care experience before grad school involved two years as a paramedic in Detroit, MI. Ms. Satovsky’s under grad degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a BA in pre-med and French.
Nikki loves to spend time with her family, surf, hike, camp, cook, and as a self described “foodie,” takes full advantages of the bay area’s restaurants and culture.
Ms. Turek joined the Institute in 2004 as a Physicians Assistant with over 20 years of experience. She graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to specializing in the field of dermatology Ms. Turek worked primarily in urgent care and emergency medicine in the states of New York, Florida and California.
Her vast experience with a diversity of patients is one of her greatest assets. Her focus at California Skin Institute is general dermatology with an interest in the management of acne.
Melissa Wheeler, MPAS, PA-C joined California Skin Institute in 2012 as a certified physician assistant. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Central Florida and then graduated with her Masters degree from the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Florida. Moving from Florida, Melissa brought over 5 years of clinical experience as a physician assistant specializing in both general and cosmetic dermatology. As a board certified physician assistant her clinical experience in dermatology spans all ages and a vast array of skin, hair and nail disorders. She is extensively trained and experienced in cosmetic treatments including Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, Perlane® and JUVÉDERM®XC®. Melissa is an active member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Melissa enjoys participating in community events including skin cancer screenings. She encourages complete skin exams for all patients in the effort to decrease skin cancer and skin cancer mortality. Her compassionate care of all her patients leaves a lasting impression. Outside of clinical practice, Melissa’s interests include traveling, gourmet cooking, reading, and caring for her young daughter.
Hannah brings over 20 years of medical practice experience to the California Skin Institute. She is a board certified Nurse Practitioner whose specialties include dermatology, cosmetic surgery, dermatologic surgery, oncology, hematology and neurosurgery. Hannah received her Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and also holds a Masters Degree in Nursing. During her career she has practiced as a Nurse Practitioner at Stanford University Hospital, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, and for the United States Navy at Oakland Naval Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Hannah’s interests include outdoor sports and gourmet fusion cooking.
Department of Radiation Oncology
Dr. Kurtzman, a board certified radiation oncologist, received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, New York, and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr. Kurtzman has long been an advocate of skin preserving treatment techniques for the management of skin cancer. He was instrumental as an early developer and investigator with Xoft, the leading electronic brachytherapy device manufacturer devoted to skin cancer treatment. He also served as Xoft’s medical director for 2 years. Dr. Kurtzman is also nationally renowned for his expertise in ‘real-time’ prostate brachytherapy.
He has presented at multiple national meetings and teaches physicians on this advanced technique from around the globe. He is notable for performing implants all throughout the Bay Area and has treated over 4000 patients over the past ten years with this approach. He serves on the medical advisory board of several medical device companies.
Dr. Rizwan Nurani is a board certified Radiation Oncologist who specializes in the application of highly targeted radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. He has a particular interest in the use of new techniques in brachytherapy– the placement of radioactive sources into or immediately adjacent to skin and other cancers.
Dr. Nurani earned his Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington and subsequently enrolled at the institution’s School of Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Medicine with research honors. Continuing his training at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Dr. Nurani completed a residency in radiation oncology, serving as Chief Resident in his final year.
Dedicated to advancing his field, Dr. Rizwan Nurani has presented and published his scientific research on a wide range of cancer treatments. His work has been published in the Journal of Urology, the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the International Journal of Radiation Oncology.
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A board certified physician in Radiation Oncology, Dr. Robert Sinha has been in practice for over 15 years.
Dr. Sinha specializes in the treatment of skin cancer and leads the California Skin Institute Department of Radiation Oncology . He specializes in “targeted” radiation techniques such as high dose rate electronic brachytherapy (eBx) and Cyberknife radiosurgery.
After graduating summa cum laude from the Honors Program at Rutgers College of Engineering, he pursued his medical degree at UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School, where he was a merit scholar and class treasurer. Dr. Sinha completed his training in Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sinha also serves as Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View and Los Gatos. He has presented data on advanced radiation techniques at numerous national and international conferences. He is the scientific program co-chair of the national radiosurgery meeting and an active member of the American College of Radiation Oncology and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.
Outside of work, Dr. Sinha enjoys hiking with his wife and son, scuba diving and playing “over 40” basketball.
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Dr. Taira is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist. He graduated with a degree in Economics from Stanford University. He subsequently obtained his medical degree from Stanford University medical school. He completed his residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Taira is an active member of the American Brachytherapy Society, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the American College of Radiology.
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Dr. Tran graduated from University of California, Berkeley in Bioengineering and received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed her residency at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. She completed fellowship training in brachytherapy at Clinique St. Catherine in Avignon, France. Dr. Tran had been in private practice in Portland, Oregon and in San Jose.
Marek Lorenc MD is a dermatologist who specializes in dermatologist and procedural dermatology. Dr. Lorenc is licensed to practice in California. He practices dermatologist and procedural dermatology at Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in 3562 Round Barn Cir Ste 320, Santa Rosa, California.
Dr. Lyle J. Rausch obtained his M.D. degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1980. He trained in dermatology at Stanford from 1980-1984 where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology, specializing in skin surgery, including Moh’s cancer surgery, laser and cosmetic dermatology and reconstructive surgery. He has been in private practice in Palo Alto and Redwood City since 1984.
Dr. Rausch is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Dermatology, the America Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and local and state medical societies. He is also on the clinical staff of Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Prior to entering medicine, Dr. Rausch pursued a career in brain research, receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Memphis in 1972. He then accepted a position at the UCLA Medical School as an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Physiology and the UCLA Brain Research Institute. He did research on the evolution of emotionality and taught in the UCLA medical and dental schools as well as the Department of Psychology.
Dr. Rausch has published extensively in national and international scientific journals on the topics of emotionality, olfaction, neurophysiology, psychology, and skin diseases. He gives frequent lectures on dermatology and skin cancer to schools, community groups, and professional meetings. He has been recognized as a leader in his field by “Who’s Who in Medicine,” San Francisco Focus magazine and the International Association of Health Care Professionals.
Dr. Rausch is married with four children and resides with his wife Mary in Redwood City.