Board certified dermatologist Shirley Chi, M.D. specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology with an emphasis on patient advocacy and education. She is frequently featured on ABC Eyewitness News in the greater Los Angeles area for her expert advice concerning the care of skin, hair, and nails.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Southern California, Dr. Chi received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, graduating cum laude with a major in philosophy. She earned her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School with highest honors, then completed her residency in dermatology at Cook County Hospital in downtown Chicago, serving as chief resident during her final year.
Dr. Chi has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and previously served as the Director of Dermatology Resident Education at OliveView-UCLA Hospital. She has also previously taught at Loma Linda University and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. For her dedication to teaching future doctors, Dr. Chi received the President of the United States Volunteer Service Award.
In her free time, Dr. Chi enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and young son, hiking and traveling. She and her family have visited countries in Europe, Asia, and South America and love to learn about different cultures and languages. Besides her native English, Dr. Chi speaks French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.
Phillip H. A. Lee, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. He believes that clear communication with the patient is essential to delivering high quality care. Nominated by his local peers, he received the Pasadena Magazine – Top Doctors Award in Dermatology.
Born in Glendale, CA and raised in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Lee considers this area home. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, graduating summa cum laude in biology. He earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He received a laboratory research fellowship at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla, CA after which he went on to complete dermatology residency at the UC San Diego Medical Center. He served as chief resident during his final year of residency.
Dr. Lee is part of the volunteer faculty of University of Southern California, Department of Dermatology. For his teaching, the dermatology residents awarded him the Outstanding Teaching Award in Medical Dermatology.
Dr. Lee truly enjoys the practice of dermatology and considers it an honor to participate in the patient-doctor relationship. When he is not in the clinic, Dr. Lee enjoys spending time with his wife and two young girls. When time permits you can also find him playing basketball and golf. In addition to English, Dr. Lee, who happens to be half Chilean, also speaks fluent Spanish.
Board certified dermatologist Dr. James Y. Wang was born in Taiwan and raised in Rochester, New York. He attended college at Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in biology. He earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and, concurrently, his MBA in management and healthcare policy from Harvard Business School. From Boston, he came to southern California to complete his medical internship at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center and his dermatology residency training at UCLA. His interest in the microscopic diagnosis of skin conditions ultimately led him to complete a clinical fellowship in dermatopathology at the renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell/NY-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, as well as given presentations at national and international conferences. The Pacific Dermatology Association awarded him the Arnold W. Gurevich Prize. In addition, he received an international grant from the American Academy of Dermatology to staff an infectious disease and complex medical dermatology clinic in Gabarone, Botswana.
Dr. Wang loves the warm weather and friendly people of southern California. He enjoys good food, international travel, and golf. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin Chinese.
A board-certified dermatologist, clinical scientist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon, Dr. Gharavi grew up locally in Southern California prior to attending UCLA to pursue his undergraduate degree. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and a specialization in Business and Administration. Upon graduation, he received UCLA’s Senior of the Year Award.
Dr. Gharavi then matriculated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he obtained both an M.D. and a Ph.D. His research, on the molecular mechanisms of inflammation, received several accolades, including the Edith and Carl Lasky award for the best research performed by a UCLA medical student, and the Irvin H. Page Young Investigator Award, which for the first time in 30 years was awarded to a graduate student.
Following medical school, Dr. Gharavi completed his internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, residency in dermatology at UCLA, and fellowship in procedural dermatology/Mohs micrographic surgery at UCLA. During his training, he continued to perform research, studying the genetic profiles of high-risk squamous cell carcinoma, for which he received the Theodore Tromovitch award for the best research presented at the 2013 annual Mohs College meeting.
A diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and the American College of Mohs Surgery, Dr. Gharavi also teaches dermatology, Mohs micrographic surgery and advanced facial reconstruction to medical students and residents at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai. He is currently director of Mohs micrographic surgery for the Department of Dermatology at Cedars-Sinai, and an assistant clinical professor for the Division of Dermatology at UCLA. To date, Dr. Gharavi has published more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts and textbook chapters, and continues to present and teach at national and international conferences.
Monica Bang is our board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and her Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her clinical Interests are sun protection education, acne, laser treatments, and skin rejuvenation. Monica is also a laser specialist and has many years of experience working in the field of laser dermatology.
Monica is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, an international nursing honor society and Dermatology Nurses Association. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two young sons. She likes to try new recipes and DIY projects.