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John Stuart Nelson, MD


General Surgery

Clinical Interests

Acne and acne scars, Hemangiomas, Hypertrophic scars, Laser surgery, Nevus of Ota, Port wine stains, Tattoos, Vascular birthmarks

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  • English
Medical School
University of Southern California SOM
University of California IrvineSurgery
University of California IrvineSurgery
Professional Positions
  • Medical Director, Beckman Laser Institute, UC Irvine Medical Center
  • Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine
Awards and Recognition
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, 2004, DakDak Photoaging Technologies Photobiology Working Group
  • Physician of the Year Award 2005, The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
More Information

Dr. J. Stuart Nelson specializes in the surgical treatment of port-wine stains, hemangiomas and other vascular birthmarks. He has more than 20 years of experience treating such vascular malformations in patients of all ages and parts of the body.

Nelson, who is medical director of the Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic, developed the "Dynamic Cooling Device" used in conjunction with laser treatment of vascular birthmarks. The cooling device has been adapted to more than 15,000 laser devices worldwide, and has become the preferred method for treating vascular malformations. The advanced technology has made it possible to safely treat significantly more patients with disfiguring birthmarks, including infants and young children with highly sensitive skin.

Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Hemangiomas, Laser Treatment
  • Laser Dermatology Surgery
  • Lasers
  • Lasers, Biomedical Applications
  • Pediatric Laser Surgery
  • Port Wine Stains, Laser Treatment
  • Skin, Laser Treatment

UCI Health Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic
1002 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 949-824-7997
Fax: 949-824-2726