A dermatologist specializing in cutaneous oncology and reconstruction, cosmetic and laser surgery, Dr. Christopher Zachary is Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology, University of California, Irvine. Dr Zachary is frequently featured as an invited speaker at national and international symposia and is often sought out by the media (eg NY Times, CNN, Today Show) for his candid comments. He is a Past President of the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons. He is an educational innovator, and has written and edited his share of papers and books.
Dr. Zachary was born in Yorkshire, England. 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. In 1997 he moved West to UCSF as Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Cutaneous Surgery and Laser Center, UCSF, San Francisco, California. In 2005, he accepted the position as Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology at UC Irvine where he currently resides.