San Diego Skin Care Expert Named 'Best Dermatologist'

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Dr. Susan Stuart has been named the "Best Dermatologist" by the readers of San Diego's Ranch & Coast Magazine. The award, one of many won by Dr. Stuart, acknowledges doctors offering an exceptional level of service in their field.

Dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart has been named the "Best Dermatologist" in San Diego, earning the Readers' Choice award from Ranch & Coast Magazine. The award recognizes top regional doctors from among several practice areas, including San Diego skin care. This is the first year that Dr. Stuart, the founder and director of La Jolla Dermatology (, has received this particular award, but it is one of many she has earned.

"I am honored to see the local community offering such high praise for the work we do," says Dr. Stuart. "It is very fulfilling to know that my reputation goes beyond recognition among my colleagues. I'm also pleased to see people recognizing the value of dermatology care."

Dr. Stuart is also a multiple-time winner of La Jolla Light's "Best of" recognition for dermatologists and has even been named by that publication as the top doctor overall (encompassing all physician categories). She says her practice has earned these accolades by maintaining consistent standards for care that goes "above and beyond" the norm in both cosmetic and clinical skin care in San Diego.

"One of the reasons we have a reputation for exceptional results is that we are committed to using up-to-date, advanced techniques. However, another equally important factor is that we care about our patients and take the time to understand their goals and create a treatment plan that is just for them," she explains. "For me, receiving this award confirms that we have achieved excellence in both areas."

Because Ranch & Coast Magazine award-winners are nominated by local residents, these awards also reflect a practice's relationship with the surrounding community. Dr. Stuart has been providing treatments from San Diego BOTOX® Cosmetic to skin cancer diagnoses since 1994. She says that, for her, local involvement goes far beyond just having a reputation for good results, and she feels this approach is one of the key factors that have helped her earn so many accolades.

"Patients trust me because they know my results, they know that I play an active role in professional societies, they know I value the wellbeing of my community, and they know I am always taking advantage of new opportunities to educate my patients and the public," she notes. "In these ways I can stay in touch with the latest treatments while also showing my patients that each and every one of them is valued and respected."

Dr. Stuart, who was one of the youngest dermatologists to be elected president of the San Diego Dermatologic Society, also served two terms as chairman of the dermatology department at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. She has also contributed her professional insights and advice to local television programs. Recently, Dr. Stuart also joined forces with San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo, a move that broadened her patients' options for combined treatments and, she says, helped reinforce to patients her dedication to their needs.

"My patients recognize that I am committed to delivering the results that they need – even when that means adjusting my practice to make sure that they have access to very sophisticated combination procedures," she says. "They appreciate that I am willing to go beyond what many dermatology practices can do for them to make sure I offer the best."

Dr. Susan Stuart ( is a board-certified dermatologist popular for cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and laser skin rejuvenation, as well as corrective options such as skin cancer treatment. Dr. Stuart earned her medical doctorate from Tulane University School of Medicine, after which she received residency training through the highly respected dermatology programs at Emory University and fellowship training at Stanford University. Dr. Stuart is a recognized leader in San Diego skin care and has received particular attention for her expertise in laser skin care treatments.


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