Mitchel P. Goldman, MD

“Every dermatologist has access to the same products and treatments, but it takes a true artist, with skill and empathy, to create beautiful, natural-looking results.”
About Me

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD

Voted San Diego’s Top Doctors 2020 

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

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 300 peer-reviewed medical publications. He is known as the godfather of sclerotherapy. Additionally, Dr. Goldman has invented many different laser procedures including the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), the Q-switched alexandrite laser for treating tattoos and pigmented lesions, the Ultrapuse CO2 laser and the laser resurfacing procedure, the long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser for treating superficial veins and the Endolumenal radiofrequency and endolumenal laser closure procedure to treat varicose veins and holds multiple treatment patents.

He also serves as a member of over 30 professional societies and a medical consultant to numerous companies, including Allergan, Galderma, Merz, Valiant, Lumenis Laser Corporation, and many others. Dr. Goldman remains extremely active in medical research and has even helped multiple new dermal fillers get FDA approval.

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.

Dr. Goldman is a passionate cyclist and enjoys scuba diving, hiking, skiing, and music. He currently lives in Cardiff, California with his beautiful wife Laura. He is a father of 2 amazing daughters (Risa and Melissa) and stepson (Liam) as well as a grandfather to a grandson and granddaughter (Axton and Devi).

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Where I Practice

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology

9339 Genesee Ave Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92121


My Training & Credentials

Undergraduate & Medical
  • Sept 1973 – Jan 1977 Boston University College of Liberal Arts • Biology B.A. 1977
  • Sept 1978 – June 1982 Stanford University School of Medicine • M.D. 1982
Post-Medical Training
  • June 1982 – June 1983 University of California, San Diego, Department of Medicine • Medical Intern
  • July 1983 – July 1986 University of California, Los Angeles, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Dermatology Resident
Board of Certification
  • National Board of Medical Examiners (Passed, 1983)
  • Board Certified in Dermatology, 1986, American Board of Dermatology
  • Board Certified in Cosmetic Surgery, 2002, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
Professional Societies
  • 1978 – current Member, California Medical Association
  • 1978 – current Member, American Medical Association
  • 1986 – current Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
  • 1987 – current Fellow, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
  • 1986 – current Fellow, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • 1986 – current Founding Member, American College of Phlebology (formerly North American Society of Phlebology)
  • 1986 – current Member, San Diego County Dermatological Society
  • 1986 – current Member, San Diego County Medical Society

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