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What Makes CSI Different From Other Private Dermatology Practices?

High Quality

California Skin Institute provides patients with high quality care and treatments in the dermatology field. Our physicians are board-certified in dermatology, pathology or plastic surgery and hail from the best universities and training programs in the country, including Yale, Stanford, New York University, University of California – San Francisco, and Johns Hopkins. CSI dermatologists teach residents and medical students attending UCSF, Touro University, and Stanford University, as well as offer two nationally-recognized fellowships in Mohs, laser, and dermatologic surgery. They also regularly teach and attend scientific meetings at both the local and national levels.

Expert Interpretation of Biopsies

At CSI, pathologists provide patients with expert interpretation of biopsies. Our Department of Pathology, located in our San Jose/Los Gatos office, is the most advanced full-service pathology lab in a private dermatology practice in the Bay Area. Staffed by board-certified skin pathologists, certified histotechnicians, and an experienced histology staff, we offer interpretation results in a matter of days. Unlike many dermatology groups where the dermatologists interpret their biopsy slides, all of our biopsies and excisions are interpreted in-house by our pathologists in order to provide a more accurate diagnosis.


Many of our dermatologists have subspecialty areas of expertise, including adult, pediatric, and surgical dermatology. Some of our dermatologists are renowned specialists in psoriasis, skin cancer, light therapy, complicated skin rashes, Mohs surgery, reconstructive surgery, and laser techniques. Unlike dermatologists in solo practices, our dermatologists collaborate throughout the day to ensure that patients receive multiple opinions in order to obtain the most accurate diagnosis and treatment strategy possible.* With dermatologists that range from 1 to 47 years out of their residency training, we offer both old-fashioned and more recent treatments…you never know which one will work the best.

Innovative and Unique Local Anesthesia Cosmetic Techniques

California Skin Institute is nationally recognized as a leader in advanced cosmetic surgery under local anesthesia. The Vertical Vector Face Lift, first described by Dr. Morganroth in 2003, has been published multiple times and taught in live surgery courses, as well as presented dozens of times at institutions such as New York University, Mount Sinai Medical Center (NY), University of Miami, University of Utah, and Stanford University. Local anesthesia techniques include the scar-free laser lower eyelift, upper eyelift, neck liposuction, neck lift, chin implant, and liposuction (tumescent, SmartLipo, Cellulaze).

One of the Broadest Laser and Light Treatments in Northern California

CSI offers over 30 different laser and light devices for both medical and cosmetic skin complaints. We are always researching for the best outcomes and are regularly acquiring the most up-to-date technologies including Ultherapy, Coolsculpting, Cellulaze, Pinpointe Nail Fungus laser, SmartLipo, and more. Our physicians and staff are committed to offering technologies that are both effective and well-supported in medical literature.*

Northern California’s Most Comprehensive Skin Cancer Center

CSI offers a unique, multidisciplinary skin cancer program that consists of in-house Mohs surgeons, dermatologists, dermatopathologists, and plastic surgeons that work together for the most options and best outcomes. As the first dermatology practice in the US to offer Electronic Brachy therapy, we are on the cutting edge for non-surgical, non-scarring, needle-free skin cancer treatment.* As one of the largest Mohs surgery practices in Northern California, we have extensive experience in the surgical removal and cosmetic reconstruction of skin cancer lesions.* In the same day, patients receive both the Mohs surgery to target the cancer, and also an advanced, local anesthesia reconstruction for favorable cosmetic and functional outcomes.* Whether you are seeking a surgical or non-surgical treatment option, we offer the broadest range of options with expert cosmetic outcomes.

Safety is Our Priority

CSI is one of the only dermatology practices in Northern California with two AAAHC/Medicare Certified Ambulatory Surgery Centers. These facilities have achieved the highest certification available to provide one of the safest and best controlled surgical experiences. Our highly trained staff provides expert nursing care to complement our physicians and surgeons.

Unique Solutions for Challenging Problems

We receive hundreds of referrals a year from other dermatology and medical groups for challenging dermatology conditions that require specialized care. Our unique and successful treatments for benign tumors of the eyelids, excess sweating of the underarms, acne scarring, undesirable scarring, and dilated oil glands on the face are designed to provide patients with favorable outcomes.*

*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

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