Ask a Mentor: On cosmetic dermatology, the importance of training, and ensuring patient safety and optimal outcomes

We are excited to announce our first mentor of 2019: Dr. Vic Narurkar. In this monthly Ask a Mentor segment, we identify an accomplished mentor in the field of Dermatology to answer your questions about career development and their unique areas of expertise.

Do you have questions about cosmetic dermatology, the importance of training, and how to ensure patient safety and optimal outcomes? Dr. Vic Narurkar, board-certified and fellowship trained Dermatologic surgeon whose practice is focused exclusively on cosmetic dermatology will be available to answer all your questions. Simply email us at:  [email protected] or submit your questions through our Instagram page or Facebook page.

About Dr. Vic Narurkar

Dr. Vic NarurkarFounder of the Bay Area Laser Institute, Dr. Narurkar graduated from Brown University and received his MD from Stanford University, where he also completed a residency in dermatology and was selected as chief resident. He then completed a two-year fellowship in MOHS (skin cancer) surgery, as well as laser and cosmetic dermatologic surgery with Philip Bailin, the pioneer of laser applications for skin, at the Cleveland Clinic. As a fellow, Dr. Narurkar was involved in developing pulsed dye and alexandrite lasers used for birthmark and tattoo removal. Upon completion of his fellowship, he was appointed as the Dermatology Director and Assistant Professor at UC Davis Laser Center, where he was the original investigator for laser hair reduction with alexandrite and diode lasers, pulsed dye and KTP lasers for port cosmetic vascular lesions and skin resurfacing with CO2 lasers.

Dr. Narurkar returned to the Bay Area and established the Bay Area Laser Institute several years ago. At the same time, he was invited to join the practice of leading San Francisco dermatologist, Dr. Kathy Fields, co-founder of ProActiv solution. This led to the development of one of the world’s leading aesthetic dermatology practices focused on botox, fillers, energy-based devices and skin care. Many of the procedures used worldwide such as Fraxel laser, Isolaz treatment of acne, Clear and Brilliant laser, Starlux IPL treatments, non-invasive fat reduction with CoolSculpting and Liposonix and the combined use of Botox cosmetic, dermal fillers, Fraxel and thermage for global skin rejuvenation were pioneered in this practice, with several key clinical trials leading to FDA clearances.

Dr. Narurkar lectures both nationally and internationally and is the author of over 100 publications as well as several book chapters. He is on the Editorial Board of several journals including The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and is actively involved in several pro-bono groups such as Project New Start, a Bay Area program high risk youth that removes tattoos using laser technology. In 2009, he was appointed Chair of Dermatology at California Pacific Medical Center (, San Francisco’s oldest hospital.

Although Dr. Narurkar continues to be a pioneer for new and improved practices, he maintains personal treatment with each of his patients at Bay Area Laser Institute. Believing in the importance of training and patient safety, he does not delegate any cosmetic procedures such as injectables to his staff. Due to his hands-on approach and extensive experience, Dr. Narurkar is sought after by other physicians and their families.

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