Dr. Aria Vazirnia is a board-certified dermatologist. As a southern California native, he completed his undergraduate education at UCLA with summa cum laude distinction and received his medical degree (M.D.) at UC San Diego School of Medicine. After medical school, Dr. Vazirnia completed his internship in internal medicine at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center where he provided medical care to underserved patients in a county medical facility. He then completed his dermatology training at the UC San Diego dermatology residency program, where he cared for patients at the San Diego VA Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, and the Jacobs Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Vazirnia completed a ASDS-accredited laser and cosmetic fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. In his spare time, Dr. Vazirnia enjoys playing guitar and piano, trying new foods, as well as spending quality time with his family and friends.
All medical dermatology diseases, including acne, rosacea, contact dermatitis, skin discoloration, cellulitis, rashes, HSV, herpes, warts, ulcers, skin lesions, malignant neoplasms of the skin, nail issues, hair loss, skin aging, cold sores, sun damage or actinic keratoses, epidermal cysts, eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic keratosis or benign skin tumors, dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis or cradle cap, folliculitis, hives or urticaria, atopic dermatitis, tinea or tinea versicolor, fungal infections, cosmetic procedure follow-up, surgical procedure follow-up, inflammatory skin diseases, parasitic infections, such as scabies or head lice.
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Qualifications and Education
HONORS & AWARDS
• Resident grant recipient from American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) (2018)
• Outstanding Achievement in Doctoral Education in Medicine, Association of Professors & Scholars of Iranian Heritage (2015)
• NIH TL1 Research Training Grant (2013-2014)
• NIH Short-term Research Training Grant (2011)
• Thomas A. and Virginia Ehrisman Research Scholarship (2009-2010)
• UCLA Dean’s Honor List (for every undergraduate quarter)
• UCLA College Honors (2010)
• UCLA Phi Beta Kappa Honors (2010)
• UCLA Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honors (2007)
• Resident/Fellow Board Representative, American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) (2018-2020)
• Resident Board, California Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery (CalDerm) (2017-2019)
• Resident Liaison, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) (2017-2019)
• Online Education Material Review Committee, American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) (2018- 2020)
• Reviewer, Lasers in Surgery & Medicine (2020-present)
• Reviewer, Cureus Journal of Medical Science (2020-present)
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• Reviewer, Journal of Dermatologic Nurses’ Association (2016-present)
• Residency interviewing committee, Olive View - UCLA internal medicine residency program (2015-2016)
• Medical school interviewing committee, UC San Diego School of Medicine (2013-2014)
• Wellman Center for Photomedicine/MGH: Investigating the effects of lidocaine in the biological properties of basal cell carcinoma, 2019-present Advisor: R. Rox Anderson, MD
• UC San Diego Dermatology: Investigating new dermal cooling devices for treating benign pigmented lesions, 2017-2019
Advisor: Arisa Ortiz, MD
• UC San Diego Dermatology: Investigating the use of short-pulsed 1064nm Nd:YAG lasers in the treatment of rosacea, 2016-2019
Advisor: Arisa Ortiz, MD
• UC San Diego Dermatology: Sub-investigator for a number of randomized controlled trials, including clinical trials for dupilumab in adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis
Advisors: Tissa Hata, MD & Richard Gallo, MD PhD
• UC San Diego Clinical & Translational Research Institute: Graduate program in clinical research theory & design, 2013-2014
• UC San Diego School of Medicine: Studying the effect of comorbid disease on survival in patients with advanced head and neck cancer, 2011-2012
Advisor: Loren Mell, MD
• UCLA Dermatology: Investigating the role of vitamin D in innate immunity, 2007-2010
Advisors: Philip T. Liu, PhD & Robert Modlin, MD
• Vazirnia A, Avram MM (2020). Cryolipolysis. In Carniol, Avram, & Brauer (Eds.), Complications in Minimally Invasive
Facial Rejuvenation: Prevention and Management (pp. 169-173). In Press: Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.
• Vazirnia A, Braz A, Fabi SG. Nonsurgical jawline rejuvenation using injectable fillers. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2019 Dec 31.
• Vazirnia A, Wat H, Danesh MJ, Anderson RR. Intense pulsed light for improving dry eye disease in rosacea. J Am Acad
Dermatol. 2019 Dec 3. pii: S0190-9622(19)33137-8.
• Danesh MJ, Vazirnia A, Anderson RR. Diode laser for the use of lingual venous malformations. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019
Dec 3. pii: S0190-9622(19)33135-4.
• Vazirnia A, Schneider J, Ortiz A. Treatment of benign adnexal tumors in Birt-Hogg-Dubé Syndrome with surgical debulking
in combination with fractional and fully ablative carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. Dermatol Surg. 2019 Aug 22.
• Vazirnia A, Ortiz AE. Treatment of benign pigmented lesions using a novel Dermal Cooling System. Lasers Surg Med. 2018
• Bari O, Vazirnia A, Cohen PR, Romero LS: Genitogluteal Porokeratosis in an HIV-Positive Man: A Case Report and
Review of the Literature on Genital Porokeratosis. Dermatol Online J. Mar 2018; 24(3).
• Zavala K, Vazirnia A, Liu PT (2017). Vitamin D and Innate Immunity. Vitamin D Health, Disease and Therapeutics. 4th ed.
Academic Pr. Print.
• Loh T, Vazirnia A, Afshar M, Dorschner R, Paravar T. Continuity of Care in Dermatology Residency Programs in the
United States. Dermatol Online J. May 2017;23(5):2.
• Vazirnia A, Jacob SE. Teledermatology Viewpoint: Reticulated Violaceous Eruption. JDNA. May/June 2017;9(3):148-149.
• Vazirnia A, Zumwalt M, Jacob SE. Syphilis: A review of the history, clinical features, and management. Dermatology in
• Vazirnia A, Cohen PR. Poland's Syndrome: A Concise Review of the Clinical Features Highlighting Associated
Dermatologic Manifestations. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2015 Aug;16(4):295-301.
• Vazirnia A, Jacob SE. The language of dermatology: cutaneous manifestations and management of syphilis. JDNA. 2015
• Vazirnia A, Jacob SE. A review of the American Contact Dermatitis Society’s Allergen of the Year: 2000-2015. The
Dermatologist. Nov 2014: http://www.the-dermatologist.com/content/review-acds%E2%80%99-allergen-od-year-2000-
• Raju S, Vazirnia A, Totri C, Hata TR. Treatment of merkel cell carcinoma of the head and neck: a systematic review.
Dermatol Surg. 2014 Oct;40(12):1273-1283.
• Vazirnia A, Cohen PR. Acitretin for the management of generalized cutaneous lichen planus. Dermatol Online J. 2014 Sep
• Zakeri K, MacEwan I, Vazirnia A, Cohen EEW, Spiotto MT, Haraf DJ, Vokes EE, Weichselbaum RR, Mell LK. Race and
competing mortality in advanced head and neck cancer, Oral Oncology, 2014 Jan;50(1):40-4.
• Vazirnia, A. & Liu, P.T. (2012). Vitamin D and the innate immune response. In A.A. Litonjua (Ed.), Vitamin D and the
Lung: Mechanisms and Disease Associations (pp. 59-84). New York: Humana Press. Print.
• Liu PT, Wheelwright M, Teles R, Komisopoulou E, Edfeldt K, Ferguson B, Mehta MD, Vazirnia A, Rea TH, Sarno EN,
Graeber TG, Modlin RL. MicroRNA-21 targets the vitamin D-dependent antimicrobial pathway in leprosy. Nat Med. 2012
• Liu PT, Schenk M, Walker VP, Dempsey PW, Kanchanapoomi M, Wheelwright M, Vazirnia A, Zhang X, Steinmeyer A,
Zugel U, Hollis BW, Cheng G, Modlin RL. Convergence of IL-1b and VDR activation pathways in human TLR2/1-induced
antimicrobial responses. PLoS ONE. 2009 June 5; 4(6):e5810.
• Vazirnia, A., Ortiz, A. (2018). Treatment of Benign Pigmented Lesions Using a Novel Pre-Beta Dermal Cooling System:
Clinical Utility and Patient Experiences at a University-based Practice. Oral Presentation presented at: 2018 ASLMS Annual
Conference; Dallas, TX.
• Vazirnia, A., Schneider, J. (2017). Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome. Oral Presentation presented at: 2017 San Diego Dermatology
Society Meeting - University of California, San Diego; San Diego, CA.
• Vazirnia, A., Dohil, M., Matiz, C. (2016). Legius Syndrome. Oral Presentation presented at: San Diego Dermatology Society
– Rady Children’s Hospital; San Diego, CA.
• Vazirnia, A., Hou Z., Admani, S., Romero, L., Nelson, F. (2016). Lupus Pernio. Oral Presentation presented at: 2016 San
Diego Dermatology Society Meeting – University of California, San Diego; San Diego, CA.
• Vazirnia A, Ortiz A. The use of the short-pulsed 1064-nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser in
the treatment of flushing and background erythema in rosacea. Poster presented at: AAD Annual Meeting, Feb 2018; San
Diego, CA, USA.
• David CG, Ojeda VD, Vazirnia A, Nelson A, Ortiz A. UCSD Clean Slate: free tattoo removal program for adult
probationers. Poster presented at: ASDS Meeting, October 2017; Chicago, Illinois, USA.
• Vazirnia A, Ortiz A. Treatment of background erythema in rosacea with the 1064-nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum
garnet laser: two cases. Poster presented at: CalDerm Meeting, September 2017; Santa Barbara, California, USA.
• Vazirnia A, Lee WW, Orme C. A case of vascular access steal syndrome presenting as painful extremity ulcerations. Poster
presented at: CalDerm Meeting, September 2017; Santa Barbara, California, USA.
• Loh T, Vazirnia A, Afshar M, Dorschner R, Paravar T. Evaluation of continuity clinic structure in dermatology residency
programs in the United States and Canada. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2015 May; Volume 72, Issue
5, Supplement 1, AB93
• Loh T, Vazirnia A, Afshar M, Dorschner R, Paravar T (2015). Factors associated with dermatology resident continuity
clinics. Poster presented at: 23rd World Congress of Dermatology Meeting, November 2014; Vancouver, Canada.
• Loh T, Vazirnia A, Afshar M, Dorschner R, Paravar T (2014). Survey on the format of and satisfaction with continuity clinic
in dermatology residency training. Poster presented at: Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD) Annual Meeting,
September 2014; Chicago, IL.
• Vazirnia A, MacEwan I, Zakeri K, Vokes E, Weichselbaum R, Mell L. (2012). The effect of race on competing mortality in
advanced head and neck cancer. Poster presented at: NIH Summer Scholars Poster Session; La Jolla, CA.
• Vazirnia A, Liu P, Wheelwright M, Modlin R (2010). The role of microRNA in mycobacterial disease and the innate
immune response. Poster presented at: UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Poster Session; Los Angeles, CA.
• Dermatology resident director, “Clean Slate” tattoo removal project, UC San Diego 2016-2019
• Volunteer, Free Skin Cancer Screening Program (Spotme®), San Diego, CA 2018-2019
• Volunteer, “Stand Down” program, Department of Veterans Affairs, San Diego, CA 2014-2019
• Volunteer, Dermatology Specialty Clinic, Free Clinic Project, UC San Diego 2013-2019
• Volunteer, General Clinic, Free Clinic Project, UC San Diego 2010-2012
• UCSD SOM representative, National Psoriasis Foundation 2013-2019
• UCSD SOM representative, National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) 2010-2012
• International volunteer, International Service Learning medical team, Jaumave, MX 2008
• AAD, ASDS, ASLMS, CalDerm, SD Dermatologic Surgical Society, ACP, AMSA
• English & Persian (native fluency)
What Patients are Saying
I absolutely love how easy it is to see a dermatologist on this app. For people like me who have waited years for treatment due to being embarrassed and afraid of the cost if I go in person, this is life changing! The doctors are very personal when developing a treatment plan and are very easy to contact and work with. Prescriptions are always available at my pharmacy right away. I can’t explain enough just how much being able to treat my skin problems from my own home has impacted me!
The ability to take photos and speak virtually to a dermatologist is well worth the price. No need for an in-person visit, while receiving the same quality of care. Additionally, there is no time pressure with SkyMD®, whereas in-person visits may be rushed due to the quantity of patients in the clinic.
Knowledgeable. Better than in person. Usually dermatologist doesn’t care to listen what patients have to say about their past experience. The internet has enabled many people to better understand their condition. SkyMD® gives the patient an opportunity to, in detail, discuss his/her experiences.
My doctor provided in depth counseling as to what condition I had, what aggravated it, my treatment options, considerations for my budget, as well as a treatment plan that mitigated my risk of known side effects from the medication. I felt respected and cared for as a patient.
I was surprised at how fast my visit/case was reviewed by a Dermatologist. My visit was actually much better than the one I would have received with an in-person dermatologist. I was able to get a diagnosis and prescription within an hour of submitting my visit.
I explained what problems I was having, sent in a few pictures to further explain and had a dermatologist message me within hours of me submitting my visit request and had an Rx sent to my pharmacy of choice later that day. Overall it has been a very fast and great experience.
Quick diagnosis, ease of use, ability to message my doctor, ability to make follow up appointments at no additional charge, ability to get diagnosis over the weekend, uploading pictures to get diagnosis, native mobile app, sleek UI
It was fast and easy. The cost was reasonable. I didn’t have to leave the house or schedule an appointment months in advance. RX was sent to my pharmacy and the doctor gave me a good treatment plan to follow. This was better than what I expected and I will recommend this service to anyone.
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How it Works
Connect with your doctor securely from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Fill out a short questionnaire and snap photos of your condition.
Get a personalized treatment plan. Prescriptions are digitally routed to your preferred pharmacy.