Dr. Melanie Palm – Medical and Cosmetic Dermatologist
Advanced Skin Care Treatment in the San Diego Area
Dr. Melanie Palm, San Diego dermatologist, 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 on the 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 various dermatological publications and co-authored five book chapters on various topics including liposuction, photoprotection / sunscreen use, cosmetic injectables, vein therapy, and laser and energy based technology & devices.
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, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the Women’s Dermatologic Society.
Dr. Palm lectures nationally and internationally on developments in cosmetic dermatology and has been involved in numerous clinical studies. She serves as a clinical investigator, consultant, speaker, and Advisory Board member to numerous injectable cosmetic and laser device companies including Allergan, Galderma, Merz, Lumenis, Lutronic, and BTL. She serves as a key opinion leader in dermatology and cosmetic surgery and is involved as a clinical researcher within the aesthetic dermatology field.
She serves as a media expert to many national outlets in addition to her academic interests. Dr. Palm has contributed regularly to educational pieces for dermatology patients on TV, radio, and print media. Her TV credits include appearances on The Doctors Show, NBC, Fox, ABC, KUSI, and the CW. She is frequently sought out by beauty editors for her expertise and has contributed to pieces on Today.com, Elle, InStyle, Allure, Marie Claire, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Self, Women’s Health, Redbook, and WebMD to name a few.
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 Patient's Choice and Compassionate Doctor Awards, identifying her as one of America’s most compassionate doctors. Dr. Palm also serves on the Board of Angel Faces, a non-profit that supports teenage women that have suffered traumatic burn scars.
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. To view Dr. Palm’s CV, please click here.
If you are in the San Diego area and looking for a dermatologist near you to treat your medical and cosmetic dermatology needs, call Dr. Melanie Palm at 858.792.SKIN (7546) to schedule your appointment.