Dr. Palm – Dermatologist

Dr. Melanie Palm is the founding director of Art of Skin MD, assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, and staff physician at Scripps Encinitas Memorial Hospital. Dr. Palm is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon offering a full-spectrum of medical and cosmetic dermatologic care.


Dr. Palm graduated with high distinction earning a joint degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and the Booth Graduate School of Business. She was awarded Intern of the Year and completed her dermatology residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Lukes in Chicago, IL, serving as Chief Resident in her final year of training. Dr. Palm completed an American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery fellowship in La Jolla, CA and is currently faculty for the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery review course.


Born in Missouri, Dr. Palm graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in Art History. She conducted undergraduate research as a Howard Hughes fellow.


An accomplished author, Dr. Palm has published over 25 articles in the dermatological literature and co-authored four book chapters on various topics including liposuction, photoproteciton/sunscreen use, cosmetic injectables, vein therapy, and laser technology. She has received numerous investigative and leadership accolades including the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Young Investigators Writing Competition, the American Academy of Dermatology Leadership Forum, and the ASDS Future Leaders Network. Dr. Palm serves multiple leadership roles locally and nationally for organizations such as the San Diego Dermatologic Surgery Society, ASDS, and Women’s Dermatologic Society.

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Dr. Palm lectures nationally and internationally on developments in cosmetic dermatology and has been involved in numerous clinical studies. She is the youngest educational consultant and physician trainer for Sculptra® Aesthetic, and since 2010, Dr. Palm has been one of the nation’s top 5 elite Sculptra® trainers, instructing dermatologists and plastic surgeons on facial revolumizing techniques.  She currently serves on the Sculptra National Advisory Board member as well as part of the National Sculptra Consensus Committee for best practices and safety regarding Sculptra Aesthetic Use.


Dr. Palm enjoys being active in the philanthropic community of San Diego. She was inducted into the Amonette Circle of the Skin Cancer Foundation for providing community skin cancer screenings and fundraising efforts with like-minded businesses in the community. Dr. Palm is a repeat recipient of both the Patients’ Choice and Compassionate Doctor Awards, identifying her as one of America’s most compassionate doctors.  Since 2010, Dr. Palm has also been committed to annually raising money for the Skin Cancer Foundation through the Art of Skin MD SolSearch event.


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