Dr. Julia Tzu is the founder and Medical Director of Wall Street Dermatology. She is a double board certified dermatologist in New York who specializes in Mohs (for skin cancer) and reconstructive skin surgery, laser surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. She is one of very few dermatologists in the world, and the only one in New York City, who has devoted additional years of formalized fellowship training in both Mohs surgery as well as dermatopathology, making her amongst the most highly trained and elite dermatologists.
Dr. Tzu graduated at the top of her class with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University. She completed her medical training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, followed by residency training at the University of Miami School of Medicine, during which time she held the highest score in the country on the nationwide in-service examination taken by all dermatology residents. She then elected to pursue additional fellowship training in dermatopathology at New York University followed by procedural dermatology (Mohs surgery) at the University of Pennsylvania, both of which are widely regarded as the nation’s most prestigious programs in the respective subspecialties.
Dr. Tzu is committed to delivering excellence in all aspects of patient care. She takes a personalized approach to skincare and seeks to achieve the best outcome with the safest, most conservative measures possible. Cosmetic procedures are performed with the highest level of artistry and precision with the most advanced minimally invasive techniques. Mohs surgery is performed with the highest level of precision in both surgical technique and interpretation of tissue specimens, the discipline (dermatopathology) of which she is distinctively board certified.
As Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York University, Dr. Tzu teaches surgical and cosmetic dermatology to resident physicians. She lectures nationally and has authored 45 scientific articles and abstracts in internationally renown scientific journals such as Nature and leading dermatology journals such as the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has been an investigator for the research and development of advanced, new laser devices as well as new applications of existing lasers. Her expert opinion is frequently sought after by the media, including outlets such as Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Prevention, Marie Claire, SiriusXM Doctor Radio, RadioMD, and more. She was selected as New York Times Magazine’s Super Doctors Rising Star in 2014, 2015, and 2016. She was also selected as New York’s Top Doctor by Castle Connelly.
She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the American College of Mohs Surgery, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society.
In her spare time, Dr. Tzu enjoys oil-painting, running, traveling, and volunteering. The walls of her home are an art gallery for her paintings. She and her husband live in Manhattan.
What Do My Dermatologist’s Credentials Mean?
Patients are often confronted with a myriad of options when selecting their healthcare providers. When you are entrusting the care of your skin to someone, it is important to understand what his/her qualifications are. Do you know what criteria to look for when selecting the right provider for your skin? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are they a dermatologist? Not all health providers who treat the skin are dermatologists. Dermatologists provide the highest level of medical and cosmetic care for the skin, and are physicians who undergo at least four years of additional residency training after graduating from medical school to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin-related disorders.
- Are they a board certified in dermatology? After graduation from residency, dermatologists are required to pass a standardized national exam to receive board certification. Board certification by the American Board of Dermatology is considered the gold standard. The specialty of the physician’s board certification should always be clearly defined.
- Did they receive formalized clinical fellowship training after residency? Clinical fellowship training is pursued if a dermatologist desires additional expertise above and beyond what was acquired during residency training. Fellowship training is not required nor is it necessary for a dermatologist to officially practice. In fact, the majority of board certified dermatologists do not undergo additional fellowship training. However, fellowship training does confer an additional layer of experience and insight into a specific subspecialty. Acceptance into clinical fellowship programs is highly competitive and often requires one to two additional years of intense, focused practice of only that particular subspecialty. The official American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited fellowships, which are usually affiliated with large academic institutions, include pediatric dermatology (study of dermatology in children), dermatopathology (study of skin tissue diagnoses), and procedural dermatology (study of Mohs surgery, reconstructive surgery, cosmetic dermatology, and lasers). There are also a number of independent clinical and research fellowships in other areas that are not accredited by ACGME and are not subject to the same core requirements. ACGME accredited subspecialty board certification is available for only for pediatric dermatology and dermatopathology.