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Ava Shamban, MD

Ava MD

Ava Shamban, MD

Ava MD
(310) 828-2282


Ava Shamban M.D. is a renowned, board-certified dermatologist licensed to practice medicine in California, New York, Illinois and Hawaii. Dr. Shamban is owner and director of two practices, AVA MD in Santa Monica and in Beverly Hills, California, and as of 2016 the owner and founder of her new skin concept space, SKINxFIVE (skin-times-five) in the Pacific Palisades. A true skin visionary, Dr. Shamban is also known as the Extreme Makeover dermatologist, resident expert on the Emmy-winning daytime talk show The Doctors, a regular guest on Steve Harvey and Extra and author of the book, Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal. Plus, from 2014 to 2015 she hosted her own digital series for Condé Nast Entertainment, “Dr. Ava Says” as an Allure Insider and is set to premiere her own podcast series under the same name in 2017.

Credentials and qualifications
Dr. Shamban has been a pioneer in developing a multimodal treatment approach to acne, acne scars, pigment problems, rosacea, photo aging and intrinsic aging with an arsenal that includes laser, light, ultrasound and radiofrequency technologies, injectables and at-home programs. For example, her efficacious approach to facial rejuvenation incorporates nuanced sequences of lasers, ultrasound and radiofrequency devices, injections and topicals for results that are greater than the sum of the parts.

As a key opinion leader in beauty concepts, beauty culture and the philosophy of rejuvenation, Dr. Shamban has lectured extensively on topics ranging from medical and cosmetic issues to laser dermatology. As a physician educator, she is an instructor for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Fillers and Injectables course, an instructor/presenter at the American Academy of Dermatology a lecturer for Continuing Medical Education courses and a presenter for prominent pharmaceutical companies. A member of the ASDS and the AAD, she also is an author who publishes and serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.

In 2006, Dr. Shamban established the ATS Clinical Research Center to conduct clinical research on dermatological disorders, rejuvenation technologies, fillers and neurotoxins. She has been a principal investigator on many clinical trials for both pharmaceuticals and devices that led to the FDA approval of Juvederm, Restylane Lyft, Dysport, Bellafill, Restylane Silk, Epiduo, Isolaz, Accent, Photoderm as well as other clinical trials for acne, rosacea and facial aesthetic solutions.

As to peer review articles, Dr. Shamban has published medical journals and book chapters including Cosmetic Dermatology, Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Facial Plastic Surgery, Journal of Cutaneous Laser Therapy, and Dermatologic Clinics on topics ranging from inherited genodermatoses to laser technology to innovative cosmetic procedures.

Early days
Dr. Shamban graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University before earning her medical degree from Case Western Reserve Medical School.  She completed an internal medicine internship at 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 and, under his direction, she performed bench research on the expression of the elastin gene in various genodermatoses. Dr. Shamban continued on to complete her dermatology residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 1989.

Media maven
Dr. Shamban is frequently featured as a dermatology expert on local, national and international television shows, including Good Morning America, The Early Show, The View, The Doctors, The Steve Harvey Show, Extra!, Wake Up With Al, Fox News, Fox 11 News, Good Day LA, KCBS, KABC, KTLA, The Tyra Banks Show, 10 Years Younger, E! Red Carpet, 10 Things I Hate About Me, The Oprah Show, Insider, CNN Financial, The Ex-Wives Club, History Chanel and Discovery.

Furthermore, she is nationally and internationally recognized as a go-to skin care expert and has been featured in magazines Vogue, Allure, W, Elle, Glamour, Self, InStyle, Cosmopolitan¸ Shape, O – The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Lucky, Redbook, Fitness, Health, Women’s Health Town and Country¸ Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, US Weekly, Q Magazine, More, C Magazine, Essence, Harper’s Bazaar, Parenting magazine, Tatler (UK), Vogue Paris (France), Elle (France), Sayidaty (UAE), The Chicago Tribune¸ The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Parade, among many others. Her major beauty blog exposure includes Yahoo!, Bustle, Refinery29, Huffington Post, The Zoe Report, The Gloss and TotalBeauty among many others.

Skin treatment pioneer
During her time as the featured dermatologist on Extreme Makeover, Dr. Shamban pioneered her own multimodal treatment approach that, by strategically using new cosmetic dermatology technologies, could achieve extraordinary results in an accelerated time frame with lasting results. She has incorporated these techniques into her AVA MD practices and has based her new SKINxFIVE enterprise on them as well.

Dr. Shamban is not just about making pretty people prettier. In fact, the inspiration for her book, Heal Your Skin stems directly from the Extreme Makeover experience as well as her extensive work with patients experiencing serious health issues such as cancer, menopause and trauma. In the book as in her practice, Dr. Shamban provides readers with the opportunity to look their best even when they may feel their worst. In the face of some of life’s most challenging situations, Dr. Shamban provides helpful tips, nutrition and exercise advice as well as DIY recipes for readers to create their own specialized skin care treatments at home.

Another innovation, the launch of SKINxFIVE (skin-times-five) opened the doors to those who were disinclined to invest massive amounts of time and money on new cosmetic dermatology procedures but still wanted their skin to look and feel better. Offering five, and only five, of Dr. Shamban’s favorite technology-based services, SKINxFIVE is a streamlined skin treatment haven for the prevention of aging and correction of complexions over time. In incorporating Dr. Shamban’s multimodal treatment approach by strategically combining different services in a given treatment, the SKINxFIVE team is able to offer unprecedented results at reasonable prices.

Dr. Shamban is also a skilled skin care product formulator with launches including the AVA MD, AVA Infuse and upcoming SKINxFIVE regimens.

On her own time, Dr. Ava Shamban is an enthusiastic traveler having visited every continent on earth. Plus, she enjoys spending time with her three sons, hiking, skiing, cycling, yoga and fine dining.