Mitchel P. Goldman MD

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Founder, Medical Director


Cosmetic Laser Dermatology



Inspired by his father to choose a profession that provided a valuable service to his community, Mitchel P. Goldman, MD started practicing medicine in 1982 and completed his dermatology residency in 1986. He is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Goldman was President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and Founder and President of the American College of Phlebology. Originally from Miami Beach, Florida, Dr. Goldman is a graduate of Stanford University Medical School and Boston University (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa). Dr. Goldman is recognized for pioneering research on multiple laser techniques, skin rejuvenation, liposculpture, and vein therapy.

Dr. Goldman is considered a leading medical authority around the world and has authored 14 medical textbooks, some in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions, on cosmetic and laser surgery, dermatology, sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and cellulite, several of which are considered definitive medical texts in their respective fields—as well as over 350 peer-reviewed medical publications. He was also named the #1 most published doctor in Dermatologic Surgery, the premier peer-reviewed medical journal in dermatology. Dr. Goldman is known as the godfather of sclerotherapy.

He is the founder and Medical Director of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, medical director for West Dermatology, founder of SkinMedica, as well as a volunteer clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Honorary Professor of Dermatology for the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. Dr. Goldman is an associate editor of numerous medical journals including Dermatologic Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology, and Venous Digest. He also serves as chairman of the Calecim Professional Medical Advisory Board.

He lectures both nationally and internationally on innovative surgical and treatment techniques and is a recipient of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery’s “21st Century Achievement Award,” the 2009 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Presidential Award for Outstanding Contribution in Teaching and Research, as well as the 2016 Presidential Citation, from the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) for “invaluable contribution as an international ambassador and worldwide leader in laser and energy device education.” In 2022 and 2023, Dr. Goldman was named America’s Best Cosmetic Dermatologist by Newsweek, ranking #1 out of 125 of the most renowned cosmetic dermatologists in the U.S. He is also the Director of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Fellowship Program and has practice/hospital affiliations with Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California.