Justin M Ko, MD, MBA, FAAD

Dermatologist, Melanoma specialist, Psoriasis specialist, Cutaneous oncology specialist

Bio:   Dr. Ko joined Stanford Medicine in 2012 as the director and clinic chief of Medical Dermatology for Stanford Health Care. He is active in a number of leadership roles within the organization, and is intimately involved in various strategic and operational initiatives at SHC.

Dr. Ko spearheads efforts around community outreach, population screening and education. His passion for early cancer detection drives his work and efforts to leverage advances in computer learning and vision science to increase the breadth of populations that can be reached. Dr. Ko has also been driven to find new treatments for Alopecia Areata, an immune-mediated condition characterized by complete or total hair loss. He and his team recently completed a novel study, and these early efforts have yielded some extremely promising results. He sits on the clinical research advisory board of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University before earning his medical degree at Tufts University. During medical school, he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Ko then performed his residency at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program where he served as chief resident in his final year. He is board certified in dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology.
4.8 out of 5
412 Patient Ratings
63 Patient Comments

General Dermatology Clinic

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion B, 4th Floor
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6316
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General Dermatology Clinic in Redwood City

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion B, 4th Floor
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6316
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General Dermatology Clinic at Hoover Pavilion

General Dermatology Clinic in San Pablo

Psoriasis Clinic

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion B, 4th Floor
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6316
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Skin Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 3rd Floor
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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High-Risk Skin Cancer Clinic

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion B, 4th Floor
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6316
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Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology (2012)
  • Chief Resident, Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program (2012)
  • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital (2012) MA
  • MD, MBA, Tufts University School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha (2008)
  • BA, Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude (2002)

Administrative Appointments

  • Director and Clinic Chief, Medical Dermatology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2012 - Present)
  • Physician Lead and Co-Chair, Clinic Performance Team 4, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2015 - Present)
  • Director of Outreach and Teledermatology, Stanford Department of Dermatology (2012 - Present)
  • Member, Clinic Advisory Council, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2015 - Present)
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Friendliness

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Recommended to others

4.8

Explanations

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Listens

4.9

Includes you in decisions

4.9

Clear Communication

4.8

Confidence in your doctor

4.7

Wait times

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr Ko has a very good chair-side manner

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Ko, and his whole staff, talk to me always use my 1st name, always smiling and seem to be happy with their job, and patients.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I have already recommended Dr. Ko to my coworker who is looking for a dermatologist.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Ko was very professional, yet personable and easy to talk with. He took the time to thoroughly explain the pathology results and discuss treatment options. I would absolutely recommend him to others!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

It was a very positive experience. Excellent physician.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Ko is excellent. He prescribed a regimine that's perfect for me and is the only topicals that work. After seeing various dermatologist & physicians, his recommendations are what I trust even 2 years later!!!!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr Ko is a great professional.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I'm 57 years old and have NEVER had a doctor that comes close to Dr. Ko. He always is friendly and caring and explains everything. I drive 3 hours in each direction to see Dr. Ko.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Ko is always very attentive and makes sure all my needs are addressed before I leave . He is excellent in knowledge and always gives personal attention ! Thank you Dr.Ko

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Ko is an excellent physician and I would be happy to recommend him to others.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I feel very good because the doctor treats me with a lot of familiarity, courtesy, respect. Gives me a lot of confidence for the care that they give me and explains the treatment.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Ko is fantastic - makes the patient feel confident in the program recommended. Answers all questions; and does not rush through visit.

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4.8 out of 5
412 Patient Ratings
63 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr Ko has a very good chair-side manner

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Ko, and his whole staff, talk to me always use my 1st name, always smiling and seem to be happy with their job, and patients.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I have already recommended Dr. Ko to my coworker who is looking for a dermatologist.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Ko was very professional, yet personable and easy to talk with. He took the time to thoroughly explain the pathology results and discuss treatment options. I would absolutely recommend him to others!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

It was a very positive experience. Excellent physician.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Ko is excellent. He prescribed a regimine that's perfect for me and is the only topicals that work. After seeing various dermatologist & physicians, his recommendations are what I trust even 2 years later!!!!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr Ko is a great professional.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I'm 57 years old and have NEVER had a doctor that comes close to Dr. Ko. He always is friendly and caring and explains everything. I drive 3 hours in each direction to see Dr. Ko.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Ko is always very attentive and makes sure all my needs are addressed before I leave . He is excellent in knowledge and always gives personal attention ! Thank you Dr.Ko

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Ko is an excellent physician and I would be happy to recommend him to others.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I feel very good because the doctor treats me with a lot of familiarity, courtesy, respect. Gives me a lot of confidence for the care that they give me and explains the treatment.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Ko is fantastic - makes the patient feel confident in the program recommended. Answers all questions; and does not rush through visit.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

This has been my best experience at a dermatologist office. I have been to University of Miami and other dermatologist offices but this was the the first time I feel I was actually treated like a person rather that just another patient. The doctors have had a higher level of knowledge in Alopecia Areata and provided me with a prescription that treated all my symptoms through there research. I truly thankful for the care I have received here as it has changed my life!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Good

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr Ko is a great doctor and has a great bed side manner. He set me at ease when I was concerned about my condition

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr.Ko is great, I need to make sure that my husband makes an appointment with him.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Superb experience. Dr. Ko has a great bedside manner. He answers my questions thoroughly and is current on the latest research.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Ko is the best health care provider I have ever had, and that's the absolute truth. His professionalism and his level of compassionate care are unsurpassed. I'm very grateful to have him on my care team.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Great dr and appt. Follow-up steps for clinical/lab work still unclear to me - not explained how to complete by dr or by receptionist.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Ko is the kindest and most knowledgeable Doctor I've ever had.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Ko is overall amazing. He made me feel so comfortable and this is so great in any provider, especially one who is administering a brand new procedure for you.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

This was the first time I saw this particular provider. He entered the room and was familiar with my case and my history and risk factors. Very impressive.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I'm very lucky to have Dr. Ko as my MD.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Highest possible recommendation

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Justin took great care of me.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Ko explained to me everything I needed to know about melanoma in terms I understood very well. I feel confident that he really took care of me. Excellent job.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

It is an excellent doctor, knows very well how to express the answers to my questions and doubts that I have. Always treats me with kindness, respect and courtesy.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Ko is great. No complaints. Always listens and works with me on my psoriasis issues. Very friendly and provides great care in my treatment.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Ko is particularly friendly and upbeat

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Ko is really nice, friendly and corteuous. He's a wonderful Doctor

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

No problems answering question about treatment, and an excellent listener.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Gabonza (intern) was very complete in my evaluation of my cysts on my back. Also very concerned and informative regarding my condition.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

The doctor was not my regular dermatoligist but fit me in while she was out of country. He was very pleasant and helpful and froze off the mole in questions

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

I would gladly recommend Dr. Ko to anyone needing his professional skills.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Ko is a model of excellent doctor-patient communication. His manner and apparent competence are very comforting and reassuring.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr Ko is very professional and knowledgeable and I have had an outstanding experience with him and the Stanford dermatology clinic.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

I really enjoyed see both Dr. Ko and the resident (I think Dr. Gee?). Both were very helpful and listened to my medical history and helped me come up with a plan for my recent diagnosis.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Excellent

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

dr KO is the best doctor I've had

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Very thoughtful and reassuring manner

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr Justin Meng Ko is a wonderful physician. He is a kind, compassionate physician with great knowledge and interpersonal skills. I respect his abilities and appreciate the generous time he gave. He was prompt, efficient, patient and highly skilled as well as credentialed at Harvard, Columbia and Tufts. I am grateful to have him as my physician

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

I think the world of Dr. Ko he is wonderful! He is a great provider.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Very good experience thanks so very much to Dr. Justin Ko and assistant.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Ko is excelllent. I feel extremely lucky to have him as my physician.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Ko is an excellent doctor, he is kind and responsive.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Though I've been a patient at the clinic for a number of years, this was my first appointment with Dr. Ko. Though there seems to be a lot of turnover in staff, I've always had good experiences with the doctors, and this last visit was no exception.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Not clear what to do after two weeks of medication.

SHC Patient, May 2015

I predict _____ that Dr. Ko, will be a good role model for all Dr. to emulate. He has excellent Dr. side manners and seem to be interested in what you say.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

There was a general feeling of chaotic hurry-up energy about the session. .

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Dr Ko is incredible!!! I'm so glad he went into medicine

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Answers to questions not fully informative. "Nothing can do" response.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

good

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

always receive great service and attention

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. Ko is wonderful. He is is thorough, very kind, and very willing to coordinate care with other specialists. I trust him completely!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

I really appreciated the time he took to answer my questions and to ask me about other health challenges I am facing.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Amazing experience.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr Ko has one of the best bedside manner of any physician I've seen. He was respectful, understanding, informative, explanations were clear, he answered all questions and I never felt rushed. More physicians should treat patients as he does.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Dr. Ko is the best doctor I've ever met with. When he entered the room he said, "I feel like I already know you." He answered all my questions and made me feel relieved.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

Didn't seem interested in minor concerns such as documenting existing moles. His inspection of the body for moles was not thorough.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Dr. Ko was professional, confident, friendly and very helpful.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. Ko is an excellent listener & eager for patient feedback.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

I like Dr. Ko - he's a "straight shooter!' & resident student.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Dr. Ko and his team (Dr. Johnson) were awesome, I felt very comfortable, in good hands -