Patricia S. Walker, M.D., Ph.D. served as our Chief Medical Officer from May 2007 to March 2013, during which time she made significant contributions leading the ATX-101 clinical program and building a strong clinical and regulatory team. From August 2004 to April 2007, Dr. Walker served as Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer at Allergan Medical (formerly known as Inamed Corporation). Prior to that experience, from July 1997 to August 2004, Dr. Walker held positions of increasing responsibility at Allergan Inc., a biomedical company, where she ultimately served as Vice President, Clinical Research and Development for skin care pharmaceuticals. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Walker was involved in key product approvals in dermatology and aesthetic medicine including the development and approval of Tazorac®, Azelex®, Avage®, BOTOX® Cosmetic, Hylaform®, Captique®, JUVEDERM®, Bioenterics® LAP-B.A.ND® and Inamed® Silicone gel-filled Breast Implants. Dr. Walker received a M.D. and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Iowa. Dr. Walker completed a residency in Dermatology and a research fellowship in the Dermatology Branch, National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health. Dr. Walker is a board certified Dermatologist.
The Kythera Advisory Group (KAG) was created as a partnership between Kythera and an extraordinary team of physicians in dermatology and plastic surgery.
Dr Jean D. Carruthers is Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she specializes in facial cosmetic surgery. Dr. Carruthers received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 1971 and completed her Ophthalmology residency at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK, in 1977. She completed her post-residency studies in Ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia and the University of California in San Francisco in 1982. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She has been invited to give many presentations worldwide on topics in cosmetic surgery and has authored more than 250 scientific articles and book chapters. With her husband, Dr. Alastair Carruthers, she pioneered the cosmetic use of botulinum A exotoxin and has remained at the forefront of research and teaching about this procedure. Together they have authored and edited 7 textbooks on the cosmetic uses of Botulinum A Exotoxins and Fillers and have participated in numerous international research trials studying these new agents. She has been President of the British Columbia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the Canadian Laser Aesthetic Surgery Society and the Foundation of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Carruthers has been honored by being invited to join the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery , the American Dermatological Association and Women in Dermatology and to be an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Dermatologic Society . With Dr Alastair Carruthers she was awarded the Eugene Van Scott Award and Philip Frost Lecture at the American Academy of Dermatology Meeting in March 2012. In October 2012 she received the Presidential Award from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She has been profiled in numerous publications including Best Doctors in Canada, New York Times, Allure, Time, Newsweek and Vogue. She has also been featured on the television program 20/20 as well as many others.
Joel L. Cohen, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert on skin cancer and aesthetics. He is the Director of AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery in Englewood and Lone Tree, Colorado, and serves as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado. He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and is fellowship-trained in Mohs surgery and cosmetic dermatology. He has recently been named a Top Dermatologist by US News and World Report. He has published more than 120 medical articles and book chapters. He is the co-author of the McGraw-Hill textbook “Regional Rejuvenation.” He is also the editor of a textbook on Botulinum toxin-agents for 2013, and co-author of an upcoming textbook on surgical reconstruction of skin cancer defects of the face. In 2005, he was the recipient of the ASDS Public Service Award, and in 2007 he received the ASCDAS Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Cohen has been quoted in many national newspapers and magazines (including The New York Times, Glamour and Shape), and has made more than 55 appearances on Denver television stations. In October 2010, Dr. Cohen was featured on the Emmy Award–winning television show, “The Doctors”.
Dr. Steven Fagien is in private surgical practice in Boca Raton, Florida. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency in ophthalmology from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, and completed a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to his extensive organizational and volunteer involvement, Dr. Fagien is a member of numerous professional organizations that span the specialties, including the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Dermatological Surgeons. His areas of expertise are in aesthetic eyelid plastic surgery, advanced applications of BOTOX® for facial aesthetic enhancement, and various forms of injectable soft tissue augmentation agents. Dr. Fagien has edited, authored, or contributed to more than 350 articles, abstracts, book chapters, and texts (including his latest text; the fourth edition of Putterman’s Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery. Elsevier Publishers 2008) and has made more than 500 presentations nationally and internationally. He has been profiled in numerous publications, including Allure, W, Vogue, OK, Tattler, and More, as well as Best Doctors in America. Recently, Dr. Fagien was named one of W magazine’s world’s best plastic surgeons specializing in eyelids and as one of the nation’s best eyelid plastic surgeons by More magazine and The New York Times.
Julius Few, M.D., FACS is in private practice at The Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL. Dr. Few also serves as a Clinical Associate Professor for the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Chicago. In addition, Julius Few is the immediate past president of the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Few received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Few then completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center, followed by plastic surgery training at Northwestern University. In addition, Dr. Few also received special facial and eye cosmetic training in Honolulu, New York, and Atlanta. Dr. Few is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he is also a member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Few has lectured extensively on the subject of cosmetic facial surgery and safety. He is also the author or co-author of numerous publications. In addition, Dr. Few has appeared on numerous news programs, including NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN. He currently holds advisory positions on the subject of plastic surgery at CNN and Good Morning America. Dr. Few was included in Crain's Chicago Business “Top Forty under 40,” for his work in Plastic Surgery Development in 2002.
Derek H. Jones, M.D. is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. He has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 1997, and is the founder and Medical Director of Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. Dr. Jones has published 25 medical journal articles and textbook chapters, and has delivered over 100 scholarly lectures. His research has contributed substantially to the world of cosmetic dermatology, particularly in the area of injectable fillers. In the cosmetic dermatology arena, Dr. Jones has developed a reputation among his patients and industry leaders alike for rejuvenating faces with Botox, fillers and lasers with results that are natural-appearing and not “overdone”. He is responsible for giving the natural look to the faces of the Botox Cosmetic “Expressions” national television and print ad campaign, and is constantly sought after to rejuvenate the faces of leading actors and actresses. He is regularly featured as a dermatologist-expert on several local and national television networks including ABC, NBC CB.S., Fox and Lifetime television. He has appeared in interviews in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, InStyle and Vogue magazine. Dr. Jones completed his Dermatology Residency in 1997 at Columbia University in New York City, where he served as Chief Resident. He received his medical degree and completed his internship in Internal Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree with high honors from Tufts University in Boston.
Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is the Director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment and Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University Hospitals at the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas. His clinical practice is located at the Outpatient Surgery Center on the west campus of UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Kenkel received his undergraduate education at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts, and his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. After completing his general surgery residency at Georgetown, he obtained his plastic surgery training at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, graduating in 1996. He has been on the faculty at the University since then, being promoted to full Professor in 2005. Dr. Kenkel is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). He is also a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Texas Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society, The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, The Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is past president of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Kenkel is Past-President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), which is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery. He is Associate Editor of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the leading journal focused solely on aesthetic surgery. Dr. Kenkel is Editor of Selected Readings in Plastic Surgery, the most up to date teaching tool for plastic surgeons in training and in practice in the United States and 38 foreign countries. Dr. Kenkel is a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Monheit is associate clinical professor in the department of dermatology and ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. He is a fellow of The American Academy of Dermatology, The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American College of Mohs Surgery, among others. He was President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery 2001 and served on the board of directors. He is Past-President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and also serves on its Board of Directors. He is a member of the International Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the Skin Cancer Foundation and the Leader’s Society of the Dermatology Foundation. He is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and has served on its board of directors. Dr. Monheit is listed in Best Doctors in America 1995, 1998, 2000 - 2012, Best Doctors in Southeastern United States 1997 and received Recognition for Development of Programming from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery in 1998 and 1999. He also served as program director of American Society for Dermatology Surgery Annual Meeting. Dr. Monheit is an assistant editor for the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery, serves on the editorial board of Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology, and is a regular contributor to the Dermatologic literature. He is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. He has developed the well recognized medium depth chemical peel and other resurfacing techniques used today. He lectures nationally and internationally and has contributed numerous journal articles and book chapters to the medical literature. Dr. Monheit has done extensive clinical research into fillers and toxins.
Dr. Rhoda S. Narins is the Director of the Dermatology, Surgery and Laser Center in New York. She is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center and past President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She has been Chief of the Department of Dermatology at White Pains Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Narins is a pioneer in the U.S. in tumescent liposuction using local anesthesia and has been a principal investigator in the many of the major U.S. clinical FDA trials for fillers and botulinum toxins. Dr. Narins has lectured on cosmetic dermatology and dermatologic surgery world-wide and is the author of more than 100 published materials, including articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters and text and lay books. She is an assistant editor for the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery, Drugs in Dermatology and the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology and has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery an on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Narins is a member and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Dermatologic Association, Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons, Presidents Council Skin Care Society, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, American Society of Liposuction Surgery, New York Dermatology Society, Women’s Dermatologic Society, Noah Worcester Dermatologic Society and the American Medical Association. Dr. Narins was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Stegman Award and has received the Education award from the ASDS.
Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. is board-certified in Dermatology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Weinkle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 1974 and completed her residency in Dermatology at Stanford University Medical Center in 1982, where she held the position of Chief Resident. Dr. Weinkle has been in solo private practice since 1984, specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology. She has held academic appointments at Stanford University Hospital, the University of California Irvine Medical Center, and most recently at the University of South Florida. Dr. Weinkle is affiliated with numerous professional societies. She currently serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Dermatology. She was recently elected to the board of directors of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She has also served as past President of the Women’s Dermatologic Society. Dr. Weinkle serves as vice chairperson of the Dermatologic Foundation and is also a board trustee. Dr. Weinkle is a medical editor for Drugs in Dermatology and is on the editorial board of Practical Dermatology. She has published over a dozen articles on skin carcinoma, surgical techniques, and cosmetic therapies. She frequently lectures on behalf of the American Academy and other leading dermatology societies, both nationally and internationally. She has been voted one of the “Best Doctors “for the past seven years. Dr. Weinkle is passionate about all aspects of dermatology: mentoring, scientific innovation, and building enduring relationships within the dermatology community. She lives in Bradenton, Florida, with her husband, an ophthalmologist, and their two children, ages 18 and 21.
Dr. Brian Biesman is an Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and face. He has a particular interest in the use of lasers and related devices for noninvasive facial rejuvenation. Dr. Biesman has a strong interest in basic science and clinical research. Some of his projects have included development of novel methods for noninvasive eyelid tightening, advancing the understanding and clinical practice of eyelid rejuvenation using traditional laser resurfacing, plasma resurfacing, coagulative fractional resurfacing and ablative fractional laser resurfacing. His current projects include studies in noninvasive fat modification, minimally invasive modification of muscles of facial expression, home-use laser devices, and laser-assisted drug delivery. Dr. Biesman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. He is a past President of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and remains a member of the ASLMS Board of Directors as the Laser Safety representative. He was the recipient of the Society’s Leon Goldman Award in 2010. Dr. Biesman continues to teach at the local, regional, national, and international levels with an emphasis on technology-based procedures and other noninvasive or minimally invasive treatments in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Biesman sits on the editorial board for several scientific publications, is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Medical Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also active in many local civic organizations.
Adam M. Rotunda, M.D., is a co-inventor of ATX-101 and specialist in Mohs skin cancer surgery and injectable fat loss therapies. He is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a Fellowship trained Mohs micrographic surgeon in the American College of Mohs Surgery, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine (UCLA). Dr. Rotunda graduated from Cornell University summa cum laude with Honors in Nutritional Sciences and was Valedictorian at his medical school, the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn, NY. He specialized in Dermatology at UCLA and subsequently completed a fellowship in skin cancer and dermatologic surgery under the tutelage of renown Mohs surgeon, Richard G. Bennett, M.D., in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Rotunda is the former Medical Director of Dermatology Research and Development at Allergan, Inc. and is a Trustee of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery (ASCDAS). He has lectured at over 60 national and international physician conferences about injectable fat-loss therapies and has authored over 40 original and review scientific papers as well as book chapters. Dr. Rotunda has a thriving private practice in Newport Beach, CA – Newport Beach Skin Cancer and is frequently sought after as a consultant to the dermatologic pharmaceutical industry.