Introducing Dr. Derek Ho
Contour Dermatology is excited to announce that board-certified dermatologist Derek Ho, M.D., FAAD, has joined our team of medical providers. Dr. Ho brings expertise in clinical research and joined us following a prestigious fellowship in dermatology at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Ho sees both cosmetic and medical patients rotating among the practice’s offices.
Read more about his credentials below.
What Sparked His Interest in Dermatology
It was during medical school that Dr. Ho found his passion for dermatology and research. He took a two-year leave of absence during medical school to pursue a fellowship in clinical research at the University of California at Davis in Sacramento. “This was an exciting fellowship,” said Dr. Ho. “I was involved in clinical trials for FDA indication as well as industry-sponsored and NIH-funded clinical trials.”
Dr. Ho’s Background
A native of Hong Kong, Dr. Ho grew up in Arcadia, Calif., and is the first physician in his family. After high school, he headed east for his undergraduate education at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. After earning his Bachelor of Science in molecular and cellular biology, he returned to California for a gap year and served as a volunteer with City Year Los Angeles through AmeriCorps, teaching and helping underserved youth, both in the classroom, with homework and after school recreational activities. He returned to the East Coast for medical school and earned his degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine with a distinction in research.
Dr. Ho and his wife are new parents and live in Rancho Mirage with their young daughter and two playful Frenchies. When he’s not working, he likes to travel, including internationally, as he has family overseas; he also enjoys water sports, cooking, “firing up the grill,” and enjoying time with family and friends. His motto is: “Cherish every single moment.”
His Philosophy on Cosmetic Procedures
During residency, Dr. Ho served as resident director for cosmetic dermatology and helped organize educational sessions and collaborated with industry to empower his co-residents’ knowledge on the latest cosmetic treatment options. He continues to stay current with published literature and says he believes the best cosmetic approach is more than a specific product or treatment. “It’s a keen aesthetic eye and meticulous attention to detail by the physician. It is not the paint, but the painter’s artistry that creates naturally beautiful results.”