Dr. Kristen M. Kelly is a board certified dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology and surgery at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine). She attended the University of California, Los Angeles for both undergraduate studies and medical school. She then completed an internship in internal medicine followed by a residency in dermatology at UC Irvine. After residency, Dr. Kelly completed a fellowship in photomedicine and biomedical optics at the Beckman Laser Institute and then obtained an academic appointment in the departments of dermatology and surgery at UC Irvine. She is currently the Residency program director in dermatology. Her research has helped to 1) develop and optimize a wide range of current light based therapeutics; 2) evaluate and refine epidermal cooling methods; 3) explore the use of photodynamic therapy for cutaneous lesions, especially vascular birthmarks and 4) evaluate the role of angiogenesis in maintenance and development of cutaneous vascular birthmarks and the potential for targeting this process in therapeutics. Dr. Kelly lectures locally, nationally and internationally and has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters on dermatologic topics. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the Orange County Dermatologic Society, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She has been recognized twice as an Orange County Medical Association Physician of Excellence.