Christopher B. Zachary, MBBS, FRCP
A dermatoplastic surgeon specializing in cutaneous oncology and reconstruction, cosmetic and laser surgery, Dr. Christopher Zachary is Co-director of the UCSF Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center. Dr Zachary is a regularly featured physician in 'Best Doctors in America'. He is an educational innovator having founded both www.MDlive.net and www.lasernews.net, and co-founded www.cme.md.
He is often invited as a featured speaker at national and international symposia, and is a regular contributor to academic meetings both in the USA and abroad.
He is a recognized expert in the treatment of skin cancer and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Zachary has published many articles, chapters and one book on surgery of the skin. He has pioneered microscopic detection of skin cancer by rapid immunocytochemistry in frozen sections. With his colleague Dr. Sergei Grando, he cultured the first 'immortal' basal cell cancer cell lines.
His interest in lasers has led to considerable industry supported research in optimal laser systems for cutaneous laser surgery. With his colleague Dr. Roy Grekin, he co-chaired the popular 'Lasers in Cutaneous and Cosmetic Surgery' courses held in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and London. He has been the program director for the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and the DermPlastic section of the American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine annual meetings. He is a Past President of the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons.
He is an accomplished laser surgeon, and is blessed to work in an extraordinarily well equipped laser center at UCSF. He performs numerous cosmetic procedures including ablative and non-ablative laser rejuvenation for photoaging of the skin, liposuction and fat transfer, and dermal fillers such as CosmoPlast and Restylane. He is on the national register of approved trainers for the use of BOTOX Cosmetic™, and is experienced in the treatment of leg veins.
Dr. Zachary was born in Yorkshire, England, and educated at Ratcliffe College, Leicester, UK. Following his medical school education at the Royal Free Hospital, University of London, he subsequently trained in Internal Medicine and Dermatology. During his time at the Institute of Dermatology, Guys and St. Thomas' Hospitals, he gained an interest in Dermatologic Surgery. His formal surgical education was received at the Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
He returned to the UK in 1986 to set up the first Mohs and Laser Surgery unit in London. In 1988 he was recruited to the Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, as Director of the Cutaneous Surgery and Laser Center where he spent the next 9 years. While in Minnesota, he was elected to the University Senate, was an expert witness before State Committees and served on numerous local and national administrative committees and task forces.