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Faculty 2018-2019

The Department of Dermatology at UC Irvine's School of Medicine is committed to advancing clinical care, education, and research to help patients with diverse dermatological conditions.

The department's world-class faculty is dedicated to preparing medical students and residents for careers in private practice and academia. Our vibrant educational program is designed to help residents and fellows treat the gamut of dermatologic conditions with conventional and groundbreaking therapies, and to conduct sophisticated clinical development programs from basic pharmaceutical studies to phase III clinical trials.

The department's faculty is actively engaged in clinical, translational, and basic research as principal investigators. Our faculty work in the Dermatology Clinical Research Center, which is involved in all phases of clinical testing, including Food & Drug Administration approval of investigational drugs and lasers, new indications for drugs, over-the-counter products, and pharmaceuticals for cosmetic use.

Dermatopathology, a division of the Department of Dermatology, provides expertise in the pathology of the skin. The laboratory also provides services to community physicians, the Pathology Department at the UCI Medical Center, and supports clinical and basic research protocols.

The Department of Dermatology has been transformed over the past 10 years and is now nationally recognized as a leading program for clinical practice, research, and teaching. With 17 faculty, 15 residents, 1 ACGME procedural fellow, and 3 clinical research fellows the program is well positioned to continue to develop further in the educational mission of the program.

The UC Irvine Dermatology Program is based in Irvine, but has major elements at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Long Beach and the UCI Medical Center in Orange. Specialty areas include tertiary care of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, laser and aesthetic surgery, pigmented skin disorders, immunobullous diseases, psoriasis, gynecologic dermatology, rheumatologic dermatology and oncodermatology.

Recent national awards (including Dr Sergei Grando with three RO1s), have boosted the department from last in the nation to above the 19th place among dermatology programs with federal funding. RO1 research awards to Dr Kelly (Chair of the Department) and Dr Ganesan Vice Chair for research leads our basic science arena and physician scientist training program. Dr. Natasha Mesinkovska leads a team of faculty and staff in robust clinical trial activities.

The SOS 11 clinical practice in Irvine is beautiful and a very well-equipped space where our faculty provide expert care including the full range of medical dermatology, Mohs and excisional surgery and a wide range of energy-based device and cosmetic procedures. We also have multiple non-invasive imaging options providing patients access to light-based imaging and energy-based therapeutics rarely available in any other academic or private practice.

The faculty, residents, and staff of the department of dermatology are proud to be part of UC Irvine Healthcare and look forward to building a better future for the health of those living in Southern California.