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Zein E. Obagi, M.D  – a personal biography

Zein E ObagiZein Obagi, MD is a Board Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a member of many academies and societies in the United States and abroad, with over 30-years of experience in dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, skin rejuvenation, and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Obagi developed the concept of Skin Health Restoration and the standard by which skin conditions can be successfully treated regardless of skin color or age.

An internationally renowned educator and research physician, Dr. Obagi is the leading authority with respect to skin health. Dr. Obagi's systems (Nu-Derm®, C® Rx, ClenziDerm™, & Rosaclear™, under Obagi Medical Products) are the world's leading physician dispensed product lines.

With the invention of the Obagi® Medium Depth and Obagi® Blue Peel, Dr. Obagi removed the variables that make conventional chemical peels risky, making it possible to treat all skin types and color without discrimination. Together his systems for Skin Health Restoration have broad application for conditions untreatable before by conventional methods with the added safety of being performed on all skin colors, including Asian, Hispanic, and African-American skin types.

Dr. Obagi is the founder of skin health science that is the gold standard in dermatology to treat and rejuvenate the skin, going beyond the skin surface to target skin at the cellular level for total skin activation and renewal. Dr. Obagi's established approach to skin health restoration and rejuvenation is relied upon by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and patients around the world. He authored "Obagi Skin Health-Restoration and Rejuvenation," Springer, 1999, utilized by physicians and medical schools internationally. Dr. Obagi has and continues to train thousands of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and cosmetic surgeons around the world via medical symposia, academy courses, guest speaker engagements, and onsite private training sessions.

Dr. Obagi's accomplishments have bestowed upon him unparalleled name recognition (King of Skin) and expertise in the prevention and treatment of all skin types and conditions. The Obagi Nu-Derm® system is utilized by over 7 thousand physicians in the United States. Today, his original ideas about skin health have been instrumental to practitioners in providing safe and effective treatment to patients at various Obagi affiliated medical centers.

Zein E. Obagi, M.D  Short Personal Career Highlights

  • Diplomat, American Board of Dermatology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
  • Licensed to practice in California and Michigan

Private Practices

  • 2006 – Present Obagi Skin Health Institute
  • 1994 – 2006 Obagi Dermatology Medical Clinic
  • 1994 – Present Obagi Dermatology Medical Clinic, San Gabriel Annex
  • 1989 – 1994 Obagi Dermatology Medical Clinic

Professional & Affiliated Practices

  • 1997 – Present Chief Consultant  Obagi Dermatology and Cosmetic Center, U.A.E.
  • 1996 - Present Chief Consultant Obagi Laser and Skin Health Center, Indonesia
  • 1994 – Present Chairman, Dermatology Department  Obagi Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Hospital, Saudi Arabia
  • 1989 – Present Obagi Dermatology Medical Clinic  France
  • 1984 – 2006 Chief Medical Consultant  Obagi Medical Products (OMP), California

Military Experience

  • 1980 – 1981 Staff Dermatologist and Commander , United States Navy, Long Beach CA , Discharge U.S.A – Honorable Discharge

Professional Societies and Membership

  • Diplomate, American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Society of Dermatologic Surgery
  • International Society of Dermatology
  • Society of Investigative Dermatology
  • American Academy of Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery

Invited Lectures since 2000:

  • May 2010: Laser Europe 2010, Tarragona, Spain
  • February 2009: Medical Meeting of Plastic Surgery, Mexico.
  • October 2008: USC Department of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery), Los Angeles, CA
  • Octoboer 2008: British Association of Cosmetic Doctors, Scotland
  • February 2007: UCOP-LA Event, Lunch Panelist, Los Angeles, CA
  • November 2005: XXII International Intensive Hands-on Course on Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, Spain
  • September 2005: Instructional Course and Presentation (One Day Symposium)
  • Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Division, Maryland
  • June 2005 Instructional Course and Workshop, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Beverly Hills, California
  • April 2005:American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • October 2004: American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, Pre-symposia on Reconstructive Alloplastic and Aesthetic Approaches to the Mid-Face
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • May 2004: Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons, University of California Irvine, College of Medicine, California
  • April 2004: Annual Meeting, Dubai Dermatologic Society, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • February 2004: XXXV National Congress, Mexican Association of Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mexico
  • November 2003:14th International Congress of Aesthetic Medicine, Nevada
  • May 2003: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc, Massachusetts
  • May 2002: European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Svolvaer, Lofoten
  • April 2002: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc., Nevada
  • April 2002: Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists, Nevada
  • April 2002: New York Regional Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, New York
  • December 2001: (One-Day symposium) Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York
  • September 2001: (One-Day symposium) Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Division,  Maryland
  • June 2001: The Ninth Annual Philadelphia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Symposium, Pennsylvania
  • January 2001: International Master Course on Aging Skin, France
  • November 2000: Advances in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Cutting Edge III, New York
  • November 2000: 13th International Congress of Aesthetic Medicine, Monaco
  • October 2000:American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annual Meeting,  California
  • October 2000: 7th International Congress of Oriental Aesthetic Plastic
  • Surgery Annual Meeting, Korea
  • September 2000: (One-Day symposium) Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Division, Maryland
  • June 2000: The Latest Advances in Skin Rejuvenation: The Many Faces of Beauty,  California
  • June 2000: The International Congress of Esthetics, California
  • March 2000:  International Congress of the European Society for Laser Aesthetic Surgery, Spain
  • January 2000 International Master Course on Aging Skin, France


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