A board-certified dermatologist in San Francisco, Dr. Kathleen M. Welsh founded Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, her private cosmetic dermatology practice, in the year 2000. Previously, she served as the Director of Cosmetic Dermatology, and as the Chief of Dermatology for The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in San Francisco. There, she established and directed The Permanente Cosmetic Dermatology program, a model for similar programs developed nationwide.
Board certified in both internal medicine and dermatology, Dr. Welsh received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and her residency in dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Welsh talks about her passion for skin care in this short video.
In October 2016, Dr. Welsh was recognized for innovation and expertise in her field by being named a “Top 10 Dermatologist West” by Aesthetic Everything. This elite organization for doctors and other professionals specializing in aesthetic procedures recognizes select individuals with its annual awards. As an honored award recipient, Dr. Welsh is featured on Aesthetic Everything’s website.
Dr. Welsh has personally injected tens of thousands of syringes of filler (such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®), and has been injecting cosmetic neurotoxins (such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®) for over 15 years. In 2013, she participated in the clinical trials for JUVÉDERM VOLUMA®, and was eventually one of the first doctors to begin treating patients with this filler. She is one of a handful of Allergan’s Black Diamond status providers, which is the highest level nationally.
Dr. Welsh frequently lectures on cosmetic and general dermatology topics. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, an Emergency Physician, and her 2 children. Dr. Welsh is an avid skier, windsurfer and beginning kite boarder. A small town girl, she is returning to her “roots” by growing vegetables on her urban roof.