Karen Kagha CV

ASDS Harvard Trained Cosmetic and Medical Dermatologist, Dermatologic Surgeon, Laser Surgeon/Specialist

Delivering compassionate care for patients of all skin types. Deeply committed to providing quality, compassionate patient care. A highly organized, detail-orientated physician, with an artistic eye. A proven professional with strong leadership skills and analytical skills. Works as an interdisciplinary team member with integrity, accountability, and respect. Skilled in mentoring, investigating, and problem-solving medical issues to ensure effective and efficient care. Consistently recognized by patients for outstanding communication skills, positive bedside manner, and positive clinical outcomes.

Professional Work Experience

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Cosmetic & Laser Clinical Fellowship (July 2020- June 2021)

Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Researcher (2020-present)

Dermatologist (2020-2022)

Provide comprehensive dermatologic care including patient evaluation, assessments, planning, and implementation.

  • Patient assessment and planning for cosmetic procedures.
  • Design and conduct innovative dermatology clinical research trials.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans for patients with a broad range of skin conditions.
  • Perform multiple cases of dermatologic surgery including skin cancers and benign excisions.
  • Perform numerous laser surgery cases including but not limited to resurfacing, rejuvenation, vascular lesions, pigmentary disorders, scar revisions.
  • Diagnose and treat medical dermatology conditions.
  • Conduct complete skin examinations, assessments, and procedures.
  • Provide diagnostic interpretation of tests by utilizing evidence-based practices.
  • Perform numerous skin tightening and body contouring procedures.
  • Perform numerous injectable cases with neurotoxin, fillers
  • Provide patient education related to diagnosis and plan.
  • Effective communication with patients, nurses, and families to facilitate patient care.

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA.

Dermatology Residency Program (July 2017- June 2020)

Chief Resident 2019-2020

Skillfully rendered dermatology patient care in accordance with medical standards, procedures, and protocols.

Skillfully performed dermatologic surgery on skin cancers and benign lesions

  • Invited speakers throughout the year and organized department grand rounds presentations.
  • Presented dermatology lectures for residents and medical students.
  • Secured cosmetic supplies for the resident cosmetic clinics.
  • Organized schedules for rotating medical students.
  • Provided dermatology care in university, community clinic, and veterans hospital settings.

Grand Strand Hospital, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Transitional Year Program (July 2016- June 2017)

  • Managed patients on inpatient internal medicine, infectious disease, and intensive care unit services.
  • Managed patients in outpatient setting in dermatology and rheumatology clinics.
  • Prepared patient for testing and procedures by educating the patient and family.
  • Interdisciplinary communication with teams to facilitate efficient patient care.

Education & Licensures

Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA (August 2012-May 2016)

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Dermatology

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (September 2008-May 2012)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Medicine, Health & Society (minor in Spanish)

The Medical Board of California, Medical Licensure

The Medical Board of Massachusetts, Medical Licensure

United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration

Board Certification

American Board of Dermatology - October 2020

Professional Credentials & Associations

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, DEI committee member (2022-present)
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Membership Committee (2022-present)
AAD Dialogues in Dermatology Editorial Board (2019 – present)
Loma Linda University Medical Center, Resident Wellness Representative (2019- 2020)
Loma Linda University Medical Center, Resident Forum Representative (2018 – 2020)
Women’s Dermatology Society, Resident Liaison (2017- 2020)
ABC News Medical Unit, Medical Resident Editor (2017)
Igniting the Dream Conference Suture Lab Coordinator (2013)
Student National Medical Association, Vice-President (2012- 2013)
American Medical Women’s Association, Treasurer (2013- 2014)
American Medical Women’s Association, 1st Year Representative (2012)

Volunteer & Civic Organizations

Medical College of Georgia Student Mentorship Program, Mentor (2013-2016)
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Skin Cancer Screening-Illinois (2015)
Vagina monologues, Actor/Performer, (2014)
Medical Campus Outreach Medical Missions-Trinidad, (2013)
Student National Medical Association, Volunteer, (2012)
FaithCare Community Clinic, Volunteer, (2012)
Office of Housing and Residential Education, Resident Advisor, (2010-2012)
L.I.F.E. Mentoring Organization, Scholarship Chair, (2010-2012)
Alternative Summer Break, Community Service Chair (2009-2012)
Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement (VISAGE) in Guatemala Program, Volunteer Coordinator and Researcher, (2009-2010)

Research Publications

American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Laser Surgery Primer, Editor

David Surprenant∗1, Amanda Goslawski2, Karen Kagha3, Dana Griffinn1, Kumaran Mudaliar4, Kelli Hutchens4, Daniel Opel1, Rebecca Tung1. Angiolymphoid Hyperplasia with eosinophilia: An uncommon presentation and novel treatment of a rare disease. Clinical Case Reports in Pathology. (December 2018).

Vivek Choudhary, Lawrence O. Olala, Karen Kagha, Zhi qiang Pan, Xunsheng Chen, Rong Yang, Abigail Cline, Inas Helwa, Lauren Marshall, Ismail Kaddour- Djebbar, Meghan E. McGee-Lawrence, Wendy B. Bollag. Regulation of the Glycerol Transporter, Aquaporin-3, by Histone Deacetylase-3 and p53 in Keratinocytes. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. (September 2018).

Karen Kagha. Summer 'margarita rash' after drinks and meals in the sun. ABCnews.com. (March 2017)

Kagha, K.C., Miller, I.A., Davis, L.S. A Wheal on the Forearm and Pruritus. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. (July 2016)

Karen C. Kagha1, BA, Andrew Blauvelt2,MD, MBA, Kathryn L. Anderson1, BS,
Craig L. Leonardi, MD3, and Steven R. Feldman1,4,5, MD, PhD. A Boxed
Warning for Inadequate Psoriasis Treatment. Cutis. (September 2016)

Karen Kagha MD, Sabrina Fabi MD, Mitchel Goldman MD. Melasma's Impact on Quality of Life. Journal of Drugs and Dermatology. (October 2019)

Karen Kagha MD, Monica Boen MD, Sabrina Fabi MD, Douglas Wu MD, Mitchel Goldman MD. A Matter of Scale. Journal of American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. 2020.


Merz invited Physician Cosmetic Future Leaders Network June 2022
Allergan Skin Medica Roundtable Discussion Expert September 2022
Byrdie Magazine Medical Board Jan 2022-present

Recent Presentations

Karen Kagha, Invited Speaker Masters of Aesthetics, December 2022
Karen Kagha, American Society for Laser Medicine, A New Skin Pigment Typer (August 2022)
Karen Kagha, American Academy of Dermatology Invited Speaker: Hands on Laser Training: Periorbital Hyperpigmentation (March 2022)
Karen Kagha, Harvard CME Laser & Aesthetic Skin Therapy: What’s the Truth Course – The Skin Typing System (October 2020)

Karen Kagha, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery - CCCA Mimicking Androgenetic Alopecia in a Hair Transplant Candidate – A Special Consideration in African American Women Seeking Hair Transplant Surgery (October 2019)

Karen Kagha, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery – Marsupialization Flap for Superior Helical Rim Repair (October 2019)

Karen Kagha, Cosmetic Surgery Forum – Platelet Rich Plasma in a Case of Scarring Alopecia (November 2018)

Past Presentations


Annual Postgraduate Convention Loma Linda University,
A Tattoo Related Complication: Granulomatous Reaction
to Black Tattoo Pigment


Morbidity and Mortality Presentation, Loma Linda
University Department of Dermatology


Loma Linda University Medical Center,
Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds
A Kwashiorkor Case in the United States Secondary to Rice Milk


Annual Postgraduate Convention Loma Linda University,
A Kwashiorkor Case in the United States Secondary to Rice Milk.


Addressing Disparities in Dermatology Panel, Annual
Medical Education Conference


National Natural Hair Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Recognizing and Managing Hair Disorders in Skin of Color


International Society of Dermatopathology
Gender and Racial Trends Among Dermatopathology Fellows: A 10 Year Analysis


Cosmetic Surgery Forum
Assessing Self-Reporting of Hazardous Cosmetics: California Safe Cosmetic Program Database


Skin of Color Society12th Annual Scientific Symposium
Allergens in Natural Hair Products


International Society of Dermatopathology
An Unusual Case of Angiolymphoid Hyperplasia with Eosinophilia
Presenting as Truncal Nodules Treated with Excision and Vascular Laser


Loyola University Medical Center Department of Dermatology Grand Rounds
Pink Papules on the Trunk

Contact Our Office

SKIN CARE & LASER PHYSICIANS OF BEVERLY HILLS - 9201 W. Sunset Blvd. Suite 602, Los Angeles, CA 90069 US 310.246.0495

Follow us on social media

Stay up to date on the Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

security code