Ava Shamban

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Dr. Ava T. Shamban is a board-certified dermatologist licensed to practice medicine in California, New York and Hawaii. In addition to serving as Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine, she is also owner and director of two practices, AVA MD, in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, California. Shamban appeared on “Extreme Makeover” and the daytime talk show, “The Doctors,” and is also the author of the book, "Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal".[1]


Shamban graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University before receiving her medical degree from Case Western Reserve Medical School. She completed an internal medicine internship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and went into practice as a general practitioner in California for two years. She then received a Dermatology Foundation Fellowship for the study of extra cellular matrix proteins, with Dr Jouni Uitto. Under his direction she performed bench research on the expression of the elastin gene in various genodermatoses. Shamban continued on to complete her dermatology residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 1989 and is currently a member of the ASDS[expand acronym] as well as the AAD[expand acronym] and also serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.

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Shamban has been a principal investigator on clinical trials for both pharmaceuticals and devices for the treatment of acne, rosacea and facial aesthetics. Shamban established the ATS Clinical Research Center in 2006 for ongoing clinical research oriented toward medical dermatological conditions, rejuvenation, fillers, and toxins.

Shamban has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on topics ranging from medical and cosmetic to laser dermatology. She is a pioneer in developing the multimodal treatment approach to acne, acne scars, pigmentary problems and rosacea.[citation needed] Treatment for aging and photoaging includes the use of laser technology, injectables and at home programs. Her approach to rejuvenating the face incorporates a combination of injectables and lasers. As a physician interested in teaching, she is a member of Allergan’s National Exchange Forum, an instructor for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Fillers and Injectables course, and a lecturer for CME[expand acronym] courses and prominent pharmaceutical companies.


In addition to her book, "Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal", Shamban has also authored numerous publications in medical journals and book chapters. Shamban has also participated in dermatologic clinics on topics ranging from inherited genodermatoses, laser technology, to upcoming innovative cosmetic procedures.

Additionally, Shamban is nationally and internationally recognized as a skin care expert.[citation needed] She has been quoted extensively in various lifestyle and general interest magazines.


Shamban is frequently featured as a dermatology expert on local, national and international television shows. During her time as the resident dermatologist on the ABC hit show, “Extreme Makeover,” Shamban utilized the multimodal treatment approach with the intent to achieve the best results in an accelerated time frame. From her involvement there she created her own skin care line, AVA MD. Additionally, the concept behind her new book, Heal Your Skin, stems from her experience on “Extreme Makeover”. Shamban provides tips, nutrition and exercise advice, as well as Do-It-Yourself recipes for readers to create their own specialized skin care treatments.


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