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Dr. Sharona Yashar

Dr. Yashar is one of the most trusted and experienced dermatopathologists in the United States. After training with world renowned experts such as Dr Bernard Ackerman, Dr Scott Binder, and Dr Alistair Cochran, she spent more than a decade interpreting cases for the UCLA Hospital system, and currently teaches and diagnoses skin pathology at the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Hospital.

Dr Yashar received her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience at UCLA where she graduated summa cum laude as Valedictorian of the Division of Life Sciences, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. At UCLA, she received the prestigious Regent’s and Alumni Scholarships, and then culminated her studies with a Chancellor’s Service Award.


Dr Yashar completed her medical school  at UCLA and received Alpha Omega Alpha honors, the highest level of recognition for excellence in scholarship and ideals in the profession of medicine.


She continued her competitive dermatologic residency training at UCLA, graduating in the top of her class at one of the most prestigious dermatology departments in the world. During her training, she spent time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, studying Hansen’s Disease / leprosy, and procuring samples for an international research study collaborating with UCLA. Her training continued with an advanced fellowship in dermatopathology at UCLA, a position that is highly coveted amongst dermatologists. 


She is currently Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine / Dermatology at UCLA, teaching residents, and working with our nation’s veteran population at the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Hospital. Dr Yashar has published numerous peer reviewed articles in the field of dermatology, written chapter books for dermatology textbooks, and has received numerous accolades throughout her career.

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What is dermatopathology vs. dermatology? A medical student must be trained in either dermatology or pathology to become a dermatopathologist. Dermatologists treat the patients, while dermatopathologists receive the biopsy specimens, look at the tissue under the microscope and make the diagnoses.

What does it mean to be a board certified by the ABD?Certification by the American Board of Dermatology affirms that a dermatologist has met high standards – set by their peers -- of knowledge, experience, and lifelong learning that are essential for providing all patients with excellent care for skin, hair, and nails.

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ABD Certified Dermatologists have:

Completed three or more years of an accredited residency program in dermatology. Passed exams demonstrating their dermatology knowledge and their ability to apply that knowledge to treat patients. Made a commitment to stay current on the latest dermatology advances by participating in continuing certification activities and assessments throughout their careers. *Once they have earned ABD board certification, dermatologists continue a program of life-long learning through the ABD that includes keeping up to date on breakthroughs in dermatology, learning about best practices in their field, and taking periodic assessments to assure their patients, their colleagues, and themselves that they continue to meet high standards of knowledge and expertise.


The American Board of Dermatology is one of 24 specialty medical boards that comprise the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Certification by these boards assures patients and health care organizations that the specialists they choose are skilled and knowledgeable, maintain their specialized expertise, and meet standards established by their peers.


To learn more about certification, visit ABMS website. 

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