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Chris Carlin, M.D.


At a young age, Dr. Chris Carlin became intrigued by dermatology. With the example and instruction of his dermatologist father, an award-winning high school science experiment dealing with sunscreen protection, and a strong desire to help others, he was destined to become a physician.

Dr. Carlin attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, where he received his B.S. in Zoology. He then completed his M.D. at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT. After receiving his M.D., Dr. Carlin finished an internal medicine internship at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. He completed a specialized clinical research fellowship in dermatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a dermatology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.

Dr. Carlin has performed extensive research in the field of dermatology. His work includes an award-winning paper on a method of measuring the response of psoriasis to treatment, research on the effectiveness of topical Vitamin C in reducing redness in patients with rosacea, and the use of tanning bed light combined with oral medication in the treatment of psoriasis. He was first author of one of the most highly cited publications in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2004.

As Dr. Carlin sees it, “Dermatology affords the opportunity to practice every aspect of medicine that I love-the ability to intervene as a surgeon, to think as an internist, to treat children as a pediatrician, to delve microscopically as a pathologist, and to
discover as a scientist.”

A native of Orange County, Dr. Carlin enjoys surfing, snowboarding and volleyball. He also loves spending time with his wife, Lara, and their three rambunctious boys-Caleb, Josh and Zach.

Education & Medical Training
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT – B.S. Zoology
University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT – M.D.
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA – Internal Medicine Internship
University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT – Dermatology Clinical Research Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI – Dermatology Residency

Professional Memberships & Certifications
American Academy of Dermatology
American Medical Association
California Medical Association

Clinical Expertise
Medical, Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology

1300 Avenida Vista Hermosa
Suite 240
San Clemente, CA 92673
Office Hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Mon - Fri
Phone: (909) 335-8649