Ava Shamban, M.D.
Meet Ava Shamban, M.D.
Dr. Ava Shamban, a Board Certified dermatologist, understands the close link between appearance and self-esteem, and dedicates herself to helping patients of all ages improve their skin to live happier lives.

Many know her from her regular television appearances on CBS’ The Doctors, as the skin maven on ABC’s Extreme Makeover or as a frequently quoted health and beauty expert in fashion glossies all over the world. A California native, Dr. Shamban graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In addition to heading her practices in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, she presently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine, lectures nationally and internationally, and serves as principal investigator on many clinical and FDA trials. 2010 saw the publication of Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal (Wiley). Dr. Ava (as her patients fondly call her) is an enthusiastic blogger for both everydayhealth.com (where she is a designated ‘Everyday Health Leader’) as well as on her own site avamd.com.
My Team

Summer research grant from the Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, 1980
AOA, elected 1981
Dermatology Foundation research grant from Shulton-LaPrairie, 1986
Solomon Scholar Award, May 1987, May 1989
Nelson Paul Anderson Memorial Award, 1988
A Place Called Home, 2007


Westlake High School, Los Angeles, CA
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, BA magna cum laude - 1978
Case Western Reserve University Medical School, Cleveland, OH-M.D. - 1982


1982-1983 Intern, internal medicine, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
1985-1986 Research fellow in dermatology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 
Torrance, CA
1986-1988 Resident in dermatology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 
Torrance, CA