Dermatologist in La Jolla Named 'Top Doctor' by National Group

Dr. Susan M. Stuart, a leading dermatologist in La Jolla, has earned the prestigious Top Doctor honor from Castle Connolly after being nominated by peers.

Online PR News – 29-March-2015 – La Jolla, California – Dr. Susan M. Stuart (, a dermatologist in La Jolla, has been named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly, a national organization that recognizes leaders in the medical field who are nominated by their colleagues.

"I'm honored to be recognized by my peers," Dr. Stuart says. "Castle Connolly's list of Top Doctors is highly regarded by physicians, hospitals, and consumers alike. It feels great to be selected among such a respected group."

Dr. Stuart is one of the few dermatologists in the San Diego region to be named to the Castle Connolly list. Doctors are selected from a range of specialties. After receiving nominations, Castle Connolly's physician-led research team reviews candidates' credentials and makes its final choices based on "excellence in medical care and practice."

Castle Connolly's published guides and searchable online database support its mission of helping consumers find the best healthcare throughout the nation.

Dr. Stuart says her inclusion on the list reflects well on her practice as a whole, including her supporting staff.

"My staff at La Jolla Dermatology shares my commitment to patient care," Dr. Stuart says. "The individuals who choose our practice for their cosmetic and medical needs receive excellent, personalized treatment from each member of our team. Many of us form lasting bonds with patients who we treat for years, and I think that has been a big part of our success."

Dr. Stuart is widely known for her expertise in laser dermatology. Patients interested in skin rejuvenation using Fraxel laser treatments come from throughout San Diego County because of Dr. Stuart's experience and advanced training.

A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Stuart earned her medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine after graduating from Duke University. Her postgraduate dermatology training included completing an internship at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in San Diego and residency at Emory University. She also completed fellowship training in pediatric dermatology at Stanford University Medical Center.

She established La Jolla Dermatology to offer a range of dermatologic and medical spa services and shares an office with her husband, triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo. The team offers patients a unique opportunity to receive excellent skin cancer care that may include cosmetic plastic surgery.


Dr. Susan M. Stuart ( is a board-certified dermatologist offering laser skin care, skin cancer therapies, laser hair removal, and other skin rejuvenating procedures alongside her husband and practice partner, triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo. After receiving her MD from Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Stuart completed a competitive internship at Mercy Hospital Center in San Diego followed by a residency and fellowship in dermatology. Dr. Stuart is highly respected as a faculty member at UCSD Medical Center, has held numerous prestigious professional appointments, and has been selected as one of America's Top Physicians in dermatology.

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