Mahsa Karavan, MD, MPH

“My job is to provide medical treatment, and to make patients feel heard and well cared for. After all, in medicine, our humanity is just as important as our expertise.”


About Me

Mahsa Karavan, MD, MPH

My goal is to serve as an expert guide for my patients, while also focusing on what they need and want from their care. I believe in empowering my patients with education and scientific information, and working together to help them make important decisions about their health. I strive to build an open, trusting, and judgement-free physician-patient relationship where my patients can communicate their needs freely. Whether their skin disorder is straightforward or complex, I am there to accompany them on their journey, and to offer them a welcoming experience. Given my own cultural background, I am highly motivated to help my patients overcome cultural barriers, and to receive the best care possible.

Dr. Karavan has completed extensive  research in both public health and clinical subjects; her work has  been published in peer-reviewed journals, and she has given presentations at meetings across the country. Her most recent research has focused on treatment of acne scarring with lasers.

During her residency in Salt Lake City, she learned that area has the nation’s highest rate of melanoma diagnosis (and deaths), and that firefighters are at even higher risk of skin cancer compared to the general population. This knowledge motivated her to design an intervention program for local firefighters that includes customized education, skin cancer screenings, and a free annual supply of sunscreen for all SLC firefighters. “It’s been extremely rewarding to provide this annual program for the area’s hard working firefighters.”

Dr. Karavan was born in Iran and moved to the U.S. at age 13. She loves spending time with family and friends, and has a passion for travel. Dr. Karavan also enjoys water sports, dancing, and cooking.



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Locations

Where I Practice

West Dermatology @ Rancho Santa Margarita

West Dermatology @ Rancho Santa Margarita

Monday - Friday

22032 El Paseo Suite 220
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Insurance

Accepted Insurance

Accolades

My Training & Credentials

Undergraduate & Medical
  • Undergraduate: University of Washington, BS
  • Medical Education: University of Washington, MD, Master of Public Health (MPH)
Post-Medical Training
  • Internal Medicine Internship, Virginia Mason Medical Center, WA
  • Dermatology Residency, University of Utah

Board of Certification
  • Board Certified Dermatologist

Professional Societies
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society of Dermatologic Surgery
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • Women’s Dermatologic Society
Services

Conditions I Specialize In Treating

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