Sarv Zand, MD
Dr. Sarvenaz Zand is a board-certified dermatologist with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a dual M.D. from Harvard Medical School and MIT. “USA Today” honored her as one of the top 20 college students in the nation in 2000. She carried out a Melanoma Research Fellowship at Harvard, and trained in dermatology at UC Davis. She served as Chief Resident of Dermatology at UC Davis, and then as Associate Professor of Dermatology at Loma Linda University. She has been in private practice in Marin County since 2009.
Dr. Zand specializes in general and cosmetic dermatology, with a focus on skin cancer, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, and reconstruction of facial skin cancers. She values a minimally invasive approach to skin cancer management when possible – to minimize scarring, wound healing time, and emotional distress.
Through practicing dermatology for 10 years, she has developed an avid interest in integrative and holistic dermatology, practical applications of Ayurvedic medicine, and botanical therapies in skin care. By utilizing the best of western medicine and ancient remedies, Dr. Zand helps her patients achieve and maintain healthy, fresh, and youthful skin.
Dr. Zand is well known for her compassionate bedside manner, her warm and cheerful personality, and her empathic connection with those who are suffering or in need. She truly cares about each individual patient as she would a dear friend – and her patients can feel it. She is blessed to have a strong following of patients and families in Marin County and the Bay Area.
“At the Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Institute, I feel very fortunate to have a stellar team of caring and experienced nurse practitioners who can help me take care of my dermatology patients – so I can be there for all the patients who need me.” ~ Dr. Sarv Zand
Dr. Zand has a passion for teaching and mentoring students of every level. She served as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for five courses at Harvard and three courses at Hopkins. As Chief Resident at UC Davis, she was responsible for the educational curriculum and board exam training of the dermatology residents. Now in private practice, she enjoys educating premed students through her semester long Pre-Med Internship in Dermatology, helping her interns gain admission to medical school with her dedicated coaching and guidance.
Dr. Zand was involved in clinical and laboratory research for ten years. She was awarded the “First Place Poster Award” in 2004 by the American Academy of Dermatology, among 700 poster presentations, for her research on novel topical treatments for basal cell carcinoma. She has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed dermatology journals, and has written extensively for ABC News. Dr. Zand has been invited to discuss melanoma and skin care on CBS News, Fox News, and Healthweek.
Dr. Zand believes in the power of volunteerism, philanthropy, and contributing to our wonderful community. She served as a Volunteer Dermatologist at the Marin Community Clinic and has hosted multiple free skin cancer screenings. She volunteered for Camp Discovery, which offers children living with skin disease a life-changing experience. At Harvard, she was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to work with Promesa, an international health project that operates in the mountain villages of Honduras and focuses on prevention, training and service learning.
Dr. Zand is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Mohs Surgery, and an active member of the Women’s Dermatologic Society and the Marin Medical Society. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and serves on the Medical Staff at Marin General Hospital.
Dr. Zand and her husband live in Mill Valley with their young daughter and puppy Bella. In her spare time, she enjoys nature and hiking, gardening and growing vegetables, as well as paddle boarding and kayaking around Richardson Bay. She is a supporter of the Audubon Society, Sierra Club, and the Marin Humane Society.