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Dermatology Associates

Dermatologists & Acne Specialist Located Near John C. Lincoln hospital , Phoenix, AZ

For over four decades, Dermatology Associates has provided patients in Phoenix, Arizona, with personalized and advanced dermatological care. 

The team of board-certified dermatologists takes ample time to discuss each patient’s needs so they can tailor their recommendations accordingly. Patients can anticipate the latest evidence-based treatments to treat common and rare skin concerns. 

Dermatology Associates treats a wide range of blemishes and growths that appear on the skin. Patients trust the team to correctly diagnose and treat cysts, moles, warts, actinic keratosis, melasma, and acne using creative strategies according to their individual needs. 

The team also specializes in treating severe skin concerns like skin cancer using highly specialized techniques like Mohs surgery. 

Some skin concerns are more cosmetic than clinical. The Dermatology Associates team understands that the appearance of skin has significance for many people and offers advanced care to give patients smooth, clear skin they’re eager to display. 

Among other impressive technologies, Dermatology Associates boasts the Lumenis M22 laser for tattoo removal, spot removal, hair removal, and general skin rejuvenation.   

In many cases, biopsies and other tests assist the team in correctly identifying skin conditions or foreseeing complications in the future. The team thoroughly evaluates every skin concern to ensure effective and appropriate treatments for every patient.  

For highly personalized dermatology services, call Dermatology Associates with two locations in Phoenix, Arizona, today or book an appointment online at any time. 

Our Providers

James Gao

James Yi Gao, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist

James Yi Gao, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and acne specialist accepting new patients at Dermatology Associates, a private medical practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Gao provides patients with personalized and advanced dermatological care and takes ample time to tailor his recommendations.

Dr. Gao grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University in  Ithaca, New York, and then attended medical school at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) in Cleveland, Ohio. 

During medical school, Dr. Gao completed a clinical research fellowship on skin cancer in immune suppressed patients and health disparities at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

After earning his Doctorate of Medicine, Dr. Gao completed a one-year preliminary medicine internship at Banner–University Medical Center Phoenix (formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center). He then completed a three-year dermatology residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

After graduating from dermatology residency, Dr. Gao returned to the Valley and joined Dermatology Associates. His clinical interests include medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. He is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for all patients.

His professional affiliations include the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

Dr. Gao has several hobbies outside of dermatology, such as weightlifting, listening to audiobooks, and music festivals.  

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Kristen  Peterson

Kristen Peterson, NP

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Kristen Peterson, NP, is a board-certified advanced nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner at Dermatology Associates, a private medical practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Kristen has extensive skin care experience, has practiced in the dermatology field for over 13 years, and treats patients of all ages.  

Kristen received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arizona State University and her master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, both of which she proudly graduated with honors.

Kristen believes it is essential to educate her patients while developing customized treatment plans to assist them in achieving their desired skin care goals. She enjoys all medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology aspects and treats many skin problems ranging from acne, warts, and psoriasis to eczema.

Establishing a rapport with her patients and their families is very important to Kristen, and she is dedicated to keeping up with the latest advancements in the field of dermatology.

She provides her patients with educational information about skin cancer detection, treatment, and prevention. She explains each diagnosis and provides recommendations along with all of the risks and alternative treatment options.

Kristen also is an expert in performing many aesthetic procedures and anti-aging modalities. Her cosmetic specialties include wrinkle reduction with Botox, plumping the lips with dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, and reversing the signs of aging with fractional IPL laser treatments.

In her leisure time, Kristen enjoys cooking, cycling, hiking, and spending time with her friends, loved ones, and cherished pets.

Rajiv Kwatra

Rajiv Kwatra, MD

Board Certified in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery & Board Certified Dermatology

Rajiv Kwatra, MD, is board-certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery. Dr. Kwatra sees patients at Dermatology Associates, a private medical practice in Phoenix, Arizona, and provides them with high-quality, individualized care.

Dr. Kwatra grew up in Tampa, Florida, and Toledo, Ohio. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville for college, majoring in History.  

After completing medical school at Ohio State University, Dr. Kwatra moved to the valley and interned in internal medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He returned to Ohio State to train in dermatology.

During his residency at Ohio State, Dr. Kwatra developed a strong interest in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. For this reason, Dr. Kwatra underwent additional fellowship training in the surgical treatment of skin cancer using Mohs Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Kwatra returned to Phoenix to settle permanently. Since then, Dr. Kwatra has treated approximately 40,000 cases of skin cancer with Mohs surgery. 

Dr. Kwatra is a Fellowship trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and skin cancer treatment.

He is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Phoenix Dermatologic Society, and the Maricopa County Medical Society (MCMS). 

Dr. Kwatra is married to Julie Baskin Kwatra, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist. They have two daughters.


Find Us

Near John C. Lincoln Campus

9250 N 3rd street, 3025
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Ph: 602-944-4628

Monday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed