Joanna Chan, MD

Joanna Chan, MD, CA Plastic Surgery

Dr. Joanna Chan is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon. She is an expert in the surgical management of skin cancers and a variety of cosmetic procedures such as Botox neuromodulators, lasers, injectable fillers, Kybella double chin reduction, chemical peels and treatment of leg veins. Dr. Chan is also trained in advanced surgical reconstruction and local anesthesia cosmetic surgical procedures such as eyelid blepharoplasty and neck liposuction.

Her passion is to create beautifully natural results utilizing advanced, non-invasive laser, injectable, and lifting procedures, all with a philosophy of outstanding care based on expertise and specialized attention to the particular needs of each patient. She speaks Spanish, Fujian / Taiwanese, and Mandarin and has a special interest in treating patients with skin of color.

Dr. Chan graduated magna cum laude in biochemical sciences from Harvard University and completed her medical degree at Stanford Medical School. After medical school and internship, she returned to her hometown of Dallas, TX to complete dermatology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research during residency was awarded 1st place at the Resident & Fellow Symposium Skin of Color Society at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Dr. Chan also won the ProPath Challenge at the AAD, in addition to the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Preceptorship Scholarship and the ASDS Cutting Edge Research Grand Award for her research regarding facial epidermal closures.

She was selected to attend the Mohs College accredited fellowship at the prestigious California Skin Institute and to train with Dr. Greg Morganroth, focusing on Mohs surgery and cosmetic surgery techniques. Dr. Chan has presented at national conferences and has published numerous articles on a broad range of subjects including melanoma, pigmentary disorders, surgical techniques, lasers, and aesthetics. Her artwork has been chosen to be on multiple covers of the Stanford Medical Student Clinical Journal. As a clinical faculty member of University of California Irvine, she has trained surgical and medical residents and students.

Dr. Chan has been repeatedly awarded numerous distinctions, including Super Doctors® “Rising Stars,” American Cancer League Honoree, Doctors’ Choice Award, Top Dermatologist in Los Angeles (International Association of Dermatologists),  “Reader’s Choice” award by the Long Beach Press Telegram, America’s Top Dermatologists, and Castle Connolly Top Doctors. Even more than these accolades, Dr. Chan’s greatest award and compliment is being referred to friends and family of her patients and physician colleagues, due to her outstanding care and results.

Dr. Chan is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and American Academy of Dermatology. She served as chair of the Women’s Dermatologic Society Young Physicians Committee and is an active volunteer in the community. She has performed thousands of Mohs Micrographic Surgery cases and understands the importance of managing each patient’s skin cancer with an individualized approach, paying careful consideration to the unique anatomical considerations, lifestyle, and special needs of each person to provide the highest possible cure and an optimal outcome.

Dr. Chan formerly practiced in Long Beach, and she moved her practice in 2018 to be closer to her family in Silver Lake, where she lives with her husband Dr. William Lee (vascular surgery, USC) and their two boys. Dr. Chan is a musician (piano, violin, viola), and she enjoys travel, ballroom dancing, matchmaking, sampling the restaurant scene, and spending time with her family.

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