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Dr. Pearl Grimes


Dr. Grimes is the Director of the Vitiligo and Pigmentation Institute of Southern California. She is also a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Grimes graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1974 and completed her Dermatology residency at the Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. in 1979. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her work on pigmentary disorders. She lectures worldwide on areas of dermatology that are of special interest to her including vitiligo, melasma, laser-induced hypopigmentation and other disorders of pigmentation as well as ethnic skin and hair disorders. She also lectures on cosmetic procedures for darker racial ethnic groups including chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

Dr. Grimes has authored 100 publications and abstracts and is a member of National and International Professional Societies including: The American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the American Dermatological Association, Society of Investigative Dermatology, Dermatology Foundation, International Pigment Cell Society, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society. She is listed in “The Best Doctors in America” in 2000 and 2001.

She is a past Assistant Editor and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Practical Cases in Dermatology, and Skin and Allergy News. Dr. Grimes is presently a contributing editor to Cosmetic Dermatology.

Dr. Grimes has dedicated her career to disorders of pigmentation. She founded The Vitiligo and Pigmentation Institute of Southern California in 1990 in order to provide cutting edge and alternative therapies to patients suffering from vitiligo and other pigmentary disorders as well as to provide full-service dermatological care to adults and children with other skin diseases.

Dr. Grimes and the Institute are committed to continuing research into the causes and treatments for pigmentary diseases, as well as unique ethnic skin and hair conditions. As a part of this commitment, the Institute has an ongoing research program that focuses on a variety of skin and hair disorders.

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