San Diego Cosmetic Laser DermatologyDrawn to science at an early age, Dr. Boen chose dermatology because it blended her love for the breadth of the specialty along with her desire to help people. Understanding that treating someone’s skin disease can make a real impact on their quality of life is the foundation of Dr. Boen’s relationship with each of her patients.

Dr. Boen grew up in Chicago,  Illinois, and attended Northwestern  University, where she graduated with a double degree in Biology and International  Studies.  She completed her medical degree at Northwestern  University’s  Feinberg School of Medicine.  During medical school,  Dr. Boen pursued her interest in global health and did medical rotations in South Africa and France.  For dermatology training,  Dr. Boen attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as chief resident.  Further cosmetic surgery training included completion of a fellowship through the  American Society for Dermatologic  Surgery.


  • ASDS  Free  Skin  Cancer  Screenings
  • AAD  Skin  Cancer  Awareness
  • Dermatology  mentorship  for  medical  students
  • University  of  Illinois  College  of  Medicine  Mentor’s  Program

Dr. Boen speaks several languages including Polish and French and is conversant in Spanish.  In her free time,  Dr. Boen enjoys spending time with her family,  hiking,  and playing volleyball and basketball. Newly engaged, Dr. Boen enjoys traveling and exploring new destinations with her fiance but loves calling San Diego home because of its beautiful beaches, landscapes, and distinctive energy.


8/2017-7/2018 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, San Diego, CA
Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellow
Sub-investigator in over 30 clinical trials in dermatologic surgery

7/2014-6/2017 University of Illinois at Chicago Dermatology Residency

Chicago, IL
Chief Resident

6/2013-6/2014 Cambridge Health Alliance Internship

Harvard Clinical Fellow

8/2008-5/2013 Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, IL

Northwestern University: 9/2004-6/2008 

Evanston, IL
B.A. in Biology and International Studies



RISING DERM STARS® Award Winner & Conference Presenter
Winter Clinical Conference 2018, Maui, Hawaii

AAD International Travel Grant Award: July 2015
Attended and presented an abstract at the Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatology in Manchester, United Kingdom

Burton Scholar Recipient: 2008-2013
Scholarship to attend Northwestern University School of Medicine

Dr.  Boen  is  a  fellow  of  the  following  organizations:

  • American Academy  of  Dermatology
  • American Society  for  Dermatologic  Surgery
  • American Society  for  Laser  Medicine  and  Surgery
  • Women’s Dermatology  Society



Thermitight with Microlipo by Dr. Boen
Thermitight with Microlipo by Dr. Boen
Thermitight with Microlipo by Dr. Boen
PDT by Dr. Boen
Xeomin & Belotero Treatment for Neck & Chest by Dr. Boen
Xeomin & Belotero Treatment for Neck & Chest by Dr. Boen
Xeomin & Belotero Treatment for Neck & Chest by Dr. Boen
Lentigo Treatment using QS Alexandrite Laser by Dr. Boen
Botox and Dermal Filler Treatment by Dr. Boen

Publications & Lectures


Boen M, Jacob C. A Review and Update of Treatment Options Using the Acne Scar Classification System. Dermatol Surg. 2019 Mar;45(3):411-422.

Boen M, Vanaman Wilson MJ, Wu DC, Goldman MP.Laser Depigmentation in Extensive Vitiligo. Dermatol Surg. 2019 Apr;45(4):621-623.

Boen M, Alhaddad M, Guiha I, Wu DP, Goldman MP.A Single Site, Open Label Clinical Trial, Evaluating the Duration, Efficacy, and Safety of a Novel Lip Plumper. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Sep 1;17(9):999-1004.

Davis DS, Boen M, Fabi SG. Cellulite: Patient Selection and Combination Treatments for Optimal Results-A Review and Our Experience. Dermatol Surg. 2019 Mar 25.

Angra K, Boen M, Alhaddad M, Fabi SG. Functional and Aesthetic Interplay Between the Platysma and Masseter Muscles. Dermatol Surg. 2019 Feb 18.

Boen M, Alhaddad M, Guiha I, Wu D, Goldman MP. A single site, open label clinical trial, evaluating the duration, efficacy, and safety of a novel lip plumper. Accepted for publication in Journal of Drugs in Dermatology April 2018.

Boen M, Brownell, J, Patel, P, Tsoukas, M. The Role of Photodynamic Therapy in Acne: An Evidence-Based Review. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March 2017.

Boen M, Wilson MV, Goldman MP, Wu DC. Rejuvenation of the male scalp using 1927 nm non-ablative fractional thulium fiber laser. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. January 2017.

Boen M, Wilson MV, Hsu JTS. Hand Rejuvenation: Three Step Combination Therapy. International Journal of Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine, November 2016.

Taylor D, Au J, Boen M, Fox, S, Aronson, I, Jacob, C. A novel modality using microwave technology for the treatment of Fox-Fordyce disease. JAAD Case Rep. 2015 Dec 24;2(1):1-3.

Shah S, Boen, M, Kenner-Bell B, Schwartz M, Rademaker A, Paller AS.

Pachyonychia congenita in pediatric patients: natural history, features, and impact. JAMA dermatology. 2014 Feb;150(2):146-53.

Textbook Chapters:

Vanaman Wilson MJ, Boen M, Goldman MP. Lipodystrophy. In: Macrene Alexiades MD, PhD (editor). Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott. Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery. In revision.

Tsoukas M, Boen M, Doo C, Garden B. Lasers for Hyperpigmentation in Hyperpigmentation by Rigopoulos and Katoulis. Book chapter. CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group.

Poster Presentations and Abstracts

Boen M, Alhaddad M, Wu D, Goldman MP. Evaluation and Comparison of Various Laser Modalities for the Treatment of Seborrheic Keratoses. ASLMS Annual Meeting Oral Presentation. Dallas, Tx. April 2018.

Boen M, Alhaddad M, Butterwick K. ASDS Skin3: Re-Surface, Re-Fill, Re-Drape. Presentation on uses of microfocused ultrasound for skin tightening. San Diego, CA November 2017.

Boen M, Wilson MV, Goldman MP, Wu DC. Rejuvenation of the male scalp using 1927 nm non-ablative fractional thulium fiber laser. ASLMS Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. April 2017. 

Boen M, Brownell J, Tsoukas M. Applications of Daylight Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratoses, Non-melanoma Skin Cancer, and Rejuvenation. Oral presentation at the Cosmetic Surgery Forum in December 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Boen M, Brownell J, Tsoukas M. Shedding Daylight on Reversing Photo damage: Applications of daylight photodynamic therapy for actinic keratoses and non-melanoma skin cancer.  Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery in November 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Boen M, Vanaman M, Schnurstein E, Hsu J. Successful treatment of postherpetic neuralgia with 1,064 nm Nd:YAG laser.

Abstract published at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery in November 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana

Boen M, Au J, and Aronson I. Successful treatment of generalized granuloma annulare with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid.
Oral presentation at the annual meeting for the American Academy of Dermatology, March 2016, Washington D.C.

Boen, M, Flischel, A, Scribner, J. A case of erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp. Presented at Chicago Dermatology Society, October 2015

Boen, M and Chan, Lawrence. An extremely rare case of ablepharon macrostomia syndrome. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the British Society of Dermatology, July 2015.


My All-time Favorite SkinCeuticals Products

If you have read a beauty magazine or online skincare blog recently, you probably have heard of SkinCeuticals, a medical grade skincare line started by dermatologists. What I like about this brand is that they back their products by clinical trials. Here are my top 3 favorites! #1 C E Ferulic: This is a powerhouse

Monica Boen

PRP for Hair Restoration: Hype or Hoax?

PRP has been in the news a lot lately. From vampire facials to joint injections in NBA and baseball stars, PRP (platelet rich plasma) appears to have quite a bit of promise. Surprisingly, one of PRP’s most promising uses is in hair restoration. Hair loss affects over 80 million women and men in the United

Monica Boen

My Everyday Sunscreens

Patients often ask, “What’s the best sunscreen?” My most common reply is “The one you’ll use every day!”. There are a gazillion sunscreens on the market, but the best sunscreen for you is the one you’ll use consistently. It’s important to find a sunscreen that feels great on your skin while being convenient to use.

Monica Boen

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