Originally from Edmonton in Alberta Canada, Douglas C. Wu, MD, PhD is a double board-certified dermatologist in both Canada and the USA with specialty training in cosmetic surgery via the prestigious American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship program. Dr. Wu got into medicine so he could help people live healthier and happier lives. He received his PhD in Immunology and Stem Cell Biology from the University of Oxford University. He specializes in wrinkle reduction, volume restoration with injectable fillers, laser rejuvenation, tattoo removal, vein removal, liposculpture, non-invasive body contouring using devices such as CoolSculpting®, and skin tightening. Dr. Wu believes that everyone has a natural beauty to them and his goal is to help them be the best version of themselves. 

Dr. Wu has authored numerous medical articles and textbook chapters in both general and aesthetic dermatological literature and has lectured at major conferences across the globe. Dr. Wu utilizes cutting-edge techniques to develop uniquely tailored treatments designed to address the specific needs of his patients. Dr. Wu feels like his patients are like family, and he cares very much about every aspect of their experience. 

“Dr. Wu utilizes cutting-edge techniques to develop uniquely tailored treatments designed to address the specific needs of his patients.”

In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Wu serves as Director of Research at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, supervising between 20 and 30 ongoing clinical trials at any given time. This work places him at the forefront of discovery and innovation in cosmetic dermatology. These trials have included collaborations with Allergan Inc® (Botox® Cosmetic, Juvéderm®, Voluma® XC), Galderma® (Restylane®, Perlane®, Dysport®), Merz Pharma (Radiesse®, Belotero®, Xeomin®), Ulthera®, Thermage®, CoolSculpting, ThermiRF®, Cynosure®, Syneron®, and many others.

RealSelf Top Contributor Logo for Dr. Wu in San DiegoBy testing and optimizing new products and devices, Dr. Wu is often amongst the first doctors in the world to gain experience with them. He is therefore often called upon to train other physicians and aesthetic practitioners in the proper techniques and utilization of these products. Dr. Wu has successfully treated thousands of patients using the most advanced skill sets and technologies and has been named a “Top Contributor” on the medical information site RealSelf!

After graduating from the University of Toronto with a BSc in Human Biology, Dr. Wu pursued a medical degree at the University of Alberta. Partway through his medical education, he received a full scholarship to attend the University of Oxford, England. While at Oxford, Dr. Wu completed a Ph.D. in Immunology and Stem Cell Biology before returning to Canada to finish his dermatology residency. Further cosmetic surgery training included completion of a fellowship through the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. View Dr. Douglas Wu’s curriculum vitae.

Dr. Wu speaks both English and Cantonese fluently. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys competitive badminton and classical piano.


2014-2015 – Fellow and Director of Research

Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship
American Society of Dermatologic Surgery
Fellowship Director: Mitchel Goldman, MD
San Diego, California

2009-2014 – University of Alberta

Dermatology Resident
Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC)
Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD)

2007-2009 – University of Alberta

MD/PhD Program
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

2004-2007 – University of Oxford

Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology (PhD)
Nuffield Department of Surgery

2002-2004 – University of Alberta

Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

1999-2002 – University of Toronto

Bachelor of Science with High Distinction (BSc)
Faculty of Arts and Science


Dr. Wu Top Doctor San DiegoDr. Wu is a fellow of the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society of Dermatologic Surgery
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • Canadian Dermatology Association
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

He has also received the following awards and scholarships throughout his education:

Sept 2015 – American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Cutting-Edge Research Grant

Sept 2008 – Best Poster Presentation Award, Canadian Society of Clinical Investigation

2007 – 2009 – Canadian Institutes of Health Research MD/ Ph.D. Studentship

2004 – 2007 – Clarendon Scholarship, University of Oxford

2004 – 2007 – Hector Pilling Scholarship, University of Oxford

2000 – 2003 – AHFMR Summer Studentship, University of Alberta

1999 – 2002 – Dean’s List, University of Toronto

1999 – 2002 – Fairfax Financial Ltd. Scholarship, University of Toronto

1999 – 2002 – National Biology Competition Scholarship, University of Toronto

1999 – 2002 – University of Toronto Scholar, University of Toronto

1999 – 2002 – St. Michael’s College Foundation Scholarship, University of Toronto

1996 – 1999 – Alexander Rutherford Scholarship, Alberta Heritage Foundation


Coolsculpting Treatment by Dr. Wu
Liposculpture by Dr. Wu
Scar Treatment by Dr. Wu
VBeam Treatment for Scar Removal by Dr. Wu
Lip Filler Treatment by Dr. Wu
Dysport Treatment by Dr. Wu
Radiofrequency Microneedling by Dr. Wu
Clear + Brilliant Treatment by Dr. Wu
Brown Spot Treatment by Dr. Wu
Laser Tattoo Removal by Dr. Wu
Thermi by Dr. Wu
Thermi by Dr. Wu
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Dysport by Dr. Wu
Dysport for Frown Lines by Dr. Wu
Laser Treatment for Neck Lines by Dr. Wu
Laser Treatment for Neck Lines by Dr. Wu
Vbeam Treatment to Remove Hemangioma by Dr. Wu
Vbeam Treatment to Remove Hemangioma by Dr. Wu


5/5 Stars

Without question, Dr. Wu has worked wonders for my skin! Not only has my melasma decreased tremendously, but the texture of my skin is exceptional.

- Charlotte O.

5/5 Stars

I was very pleased with my results and would definitely continue using Dr. Wu for all of my facial needs. Thank you sincerely Dr. Wu for the work that you do.

- Diana L.

5/5 Stars

Dr. Wu is very efficient and considerate during my treatments. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate in what he does.

- Kimi M.

5/5 Stars

Dr. Wu was warm, friendly, and had a non-pretentious aura about him. I was very comfortable talking to him and asking him about other possible procedures while he zapped away at my insecurities.

- Jessica V.

5/5 Stars

Dr. Wu worked his magic and gave me perfect lips without looking overdone! I've been getting my lips done for years and people are still surprised when I tell them!

- Alison L.

5/5 Stars

Dr. Wu is a skilled, meticulous dermatologic surgeon and artist. He also has excellent bedside manner and would put anyone at ease. Dr. Wu has my highest recommendation.

- Jen N.
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Publications & Lectures


Wat H, Wu DC, Goldman MP. Non-invasive body contouring: a male perspective. Dermatologic Clinics 2018 36(1); 49-55.

Kinney BM, Andriessen A, DiBarnardo BE, Bloom J, Branson DF, Gentile RD, Goldberg DJ, Lorenc PZ, Nestor M, Wu DC. Use of a controlled subdermal radiofrequency thermistor for treating the aging neck: consensus recommendations. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy 2017 19(8); 444-450

Wilson MJV, Jones IT, Bolton J, Larsen L, Wu DC, Goldman MP. Prospective studies of the efficacy and safety of the picosecond 755, 1064, and 532 nm lasers for the treatment of infraorbital dark circles. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2017.

Wilson MJV, Jones IT, Bolton J, Larsen L, Wu DC, Goldman MP. A randomized, investigator blinded comparison of two topical regimens in Fitzpatrick skin types IIIIV with moderate to severe facial hyperpigmentation. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology 2017 16(11); 1127.

Wu DC, Goldman MP. Successful treatment of chronic venous stasis hyperpigmentation of the lower limbs with the picosecond alexandrite laser. Dermatologic Surgery 2017.

Jones IT, Guiha I, Goldman MP, Wu DC. A randomized, evaluator-blinded trial comparing subsurface monopolar radiofrequency with microfocused ultrasound for lifting and tightening of the neck. Dermatologic Surgery 2017.

Wu DC, Guiha I, Goldman MP. A prospective pilot clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of topical therapy with ingenol mebutate gel 0.015% for actinic keratosis on an expanded area of the chest. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2017 10(8); 31.

Wu DC, Goldman MP. A prospective, randomized, double-blind, split-face clinical trial comparing the efficacy of two topical human growth factors for the rejuvenation of the aging face. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2017 May; 10(5).

Vanaman Wilson MJ, Jones IT, Wu DC, Goldman MP. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial evaluating the role of systemic antihistamine therapy for the reduction of adverse events associated with topical 5-aminolevuinic acid photodynamic therapy. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2017 May 10 [Epub ahead of print]

Vanaman Wilson MJ, Alkhonizi S, Wu DC. Successful treatment of undereye pigmentation in skin type IV with a picosecond alexandrite laser with diffractive lens array. Dermatologic Surgery 2017 Feb 1 [Epub ahead of print].

Boen M, Wilson MJ, Goldman MP, Wu DC. Rejuvenation of the male scalp using 1927 nm non-ablative fractional thulium fiber laser. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2017 Jan 24 [Epub ahead of print].

Wu DC, Goldman MP. A topical anti-inflammatory healing regimen utilizing conjugated linolenic acid for use post-ablative laser resurfacing of the face: a randomized, controlled trial. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2017 10(10); 12-17.

Guss L, Goldman MP, Wu DC. Picosecond 532 nm Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser for the Treatment of Solar Lentigines in Darker Skin Types: Safety and Efficacy. Dermatologic Surgery 2016 Sep 21 [Epub ahead of print].

Wat H, Wu DC, Chan HHL. Fractional resurfacing in the Asian patient: Current state of the art. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2016 Sep 8 [Epub ahead of print].

Dendle J, Wu DC, Fabi SG, Belo D, Goldman MP. A retrospective evaluation of subsurface monopolar radiofrequency for lifting of the face, neck, and jawline. Dermatologic Surgery 2016 Aug 31 [Epub ahead of print].

Wu DC, Goldman MP. The efficacy of massage in reducing nodule formation after poly-L-lactic acid administration for facial volume loss: a randomized, evaluator blinded clinical trial. Dermatologic Surgery 2016 Sep 9 [Epub ahead of print].

Wu DC, Liolios AM, Fletcher L, Guiha I, Goldman MP. Subdermal radiofrequency for skin tightening of the posterior upper arms. Dermatologic Surgery 2016 Sep; 42(9):1089-93.

Wu DC, Goldman MP. Adventures in liposculpture: the tale of the missing cannula. Dermatologic Surgery 2016 Sept 2 [Epub ahead of print].

Wu DC, Green JB. Rejuvenation of the aging arm: multimodal combination therapy for optimal results. Dermatologic Surgery 2016 May; 42 Suppl 2:S119-23.

Wu DC, Fitzpatrick RE. Facial rejuvenation via the sequential combined use of multiple laser modalities: safety and efficacy. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2016 August;48(6):577-83.

Wu DC, Fitzpatrick RE, Goldman MP. Confetti-like sparing: a diagnostic clinical feature of melasma. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 2016;9(2):48–57.

DiGiorgio CM, Wu DC, Goldman MP. Successful treatment of argyria using the picosecond alexandrite laser. Dermatologic Surgery 2016 Mar;42(3):431-3.

Wu DC, Fabi SG, Goldman MP. Neurotoxins: current concepts in cosmetic use on the face and neck – lower face. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2015 Nov;136(5 Suppl):76S-9S.

Wu DC, Fletcher L, Guiha I, Goldman MP. Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of the picosecond alexandrite laser with specialized lens array for treatment of the photoaging décolletage. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2016 Feb;48(2):188-92.

Friedmann DP, Liolios AM, Wu DC, Goldman MP, Eimpunth S. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the effect of a high potency topical corticosteroid after sclerotherapy for reticular and telangiectatic veins of the lower extremities. Dermatologic Surgery 2015 Oct;41(10):1158-63.

Wat H, Wu DC, Mahmood NM, Brassard A. Pseudoxanthoma elasticum-like plaques: a rare cutaneous manifestation of primary systemic amyloidosis. A case report and review of the literature. JAMA Dermatology. 2014 Oct;150(10):1091-4.

Wat H, Wu DC, Rao J, Goldman MP. Application of intense pulsed light in the treatment of dermatologic disease: a systematic review. Dermatologic Surgery 2014 Apr; 40(4):359-77.

Wu DC, Friedmann DP, Fabi SG, Goldman MP, Fitzpatrick RE. A comparison of intense pulsed light versus 1927 nm fractionated thulium fiber laser for the rejuvenation of the chest. Dermatologic Surgery 2014 Feb;40(2): 129-33.

Wu DC, Salopek TG. Eruptive condyloma accuminata after initiation of infliximab treatment for folliculitis decalvans. Case Reports in Dermatology Dec 4, 2013.

Wu DC, Hester J, Nadig SN, Zhang W, Trzonkowski P, Gray D, Johnson P, Wood KJ. Ex-vivo expanded human regulatory T cells can prolong survival of a human islet allograft in a humanized mouse model. Transplantation. 2013 Oct 27;96(8):707- 716.

Wu DC, Chan W, Metelitsa AI, Fiorillo L, Lin A. Pseudomonas skin infections: clinical features, epidermiology, and treatment. The American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. 2011 Jun 1;12(3):157-69.

Nadig SN, Weickiewicz J, Wu DC, Warnecke G, Zhang W, Luo S, Schiopu A, Taggart DP, Wood KJ. In vivo prevention of transplant arteriosclerosis by ex vivo expanded human regulatory T cells. Nature Medicine. 2010 Jul;16(7):809-13.

Wu DC, Metelitsa AI, Rao J. Chronic ulceration of the lower limb: a practical approach to diagnosis, management, and prevention. The Canadian Journal of Continuing Medical Education 2009.

Wu DC, Feng G, Wood KJ. Approaches to immunological tolerance and potential application to islet transplantation. Pancreas, Islet and Stem cell transplantation for the cure of diabetes (Second Edition) edited by Professor Nadey Hakim, Professor Robert Stratta, Professor Derek Gray, Professor Peter Friend and Professor Alan Coleman; Oxford University Press January 2009.

Wu DC, Boyd AS, Wood KJ. Embryonic stem cells possess a fragile immune privilege, but still, represent novel targets of immune attack. Stem Cells. 2008 Aug;26(8):1939- 50.

Boyd AS, Wu DC, Wood KJ. A Comparison of Protocols used to Generate Insulin-producing Cell Clusters from Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells. Stem Cells. 2008 May;26(5):1128-37.

Wu DC, Boyd AS, Wood KJ. “Embryonic stem cell transplantation: potential applicability in cell replacement therapy and regenerative medicine.” Frontiers in Bioscience. 2007 May 1;12:4525-35.

Lakey JR, Kneteman NM, Rajotte, RV, Wu DC, Bigam D, Shapiro AM. Effect of core pancreas temperature during cadaveric procurement on human islet isolation and functional viability. Transplantation. 2002 Apr 15;73(7):1106-10.

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