JoEllen VanZander, MD

JoEllen VanZander, MD

Dermatologist

Bio:   Dr. Van Zander is board certified in dermatology. Prior to joining the Menlo Medical Clinic, she practiced dermatology at Tribeca Skin Center in Manhattan, New York. She has expertise in general, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology. Outside medicine, she enjoys cooking, hiking, swimming and spending time with her husband, three children, and their family dog.
4.9 out of 5
294 Patient Ratings
46 Patient Comments

Menlo Medical Clinic in Menlo Park - 321 Middlefield

Professional Education

  • Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency (2002) IL
  • Internship: University of Chicago Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency (2001) IL
  • Board Certification, American Board of Dermatology, Dermatology (2004)
  • Residency, NYU - Department of Dermatology, NY (2004)
  • Medical Education, University of Chicago Pritzker, IL (2000)
  • Residency, University of Chicago Hospitals, IL (2002)
  • Internship, University of Chicago Hospitals, IL (2001)
  • B.A., Stanford University, Human Biology (1995)

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honors Society (1999)
  • Calvin Fentress Research Fellowship Award, Fentress Research Fellowship (1999)
  • Citation for Outstanding Academic Achievement, American Medical Women's Association (2000)
4.9

Friendliness

4.9

Explanations

4.9

Listens

4.9

Includes you in decisions

4.9

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

4.8

Recommended to others

4.6

Wait times

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

I have never had a "bad" experience at Dr. VanZander's office. Everyone is professional, friendly and efficient. Dr. VanZander is the best.

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

excellent doctor

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

She's great!

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

even though Dr BanZander was busy, she never rushed. I felt I was her only patient, only concern

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

I was pleasantly surprised by how much time Dr. Van Zander spent with me. She sat down and really engaged in a conversation with me about my concerns. It didn't feel rushed at all. Felt listened to and cared for.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. Vanzander is the best! "Physician of the year!"

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

There aren't enough superlatives to describe Dr. Van Zander. She has been my dermatologist for many years -- she is a great diagnostician, does not do unnecessary biopsies, takes time to explain her findings, is efficient but also very caring. I trust her completely with my skin care and think she is a most wonderful human being.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. VanZander accommodated me when I asked for a special appointment so that she could look at a spot which she had treated a couple of months before and about which I was concerned. She examined it and explained why she was not concerned about it right now but that we should watch it until I see her again on Aug. 1. I totally trust her judgment.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Van Zander is caring, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I am fortunate to have her care.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. VanZander is quite wonderful. Her insight, gentle care, warmth and thoughtfulness is genuinely appreciated.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr.Van Zander is an excellent physician. She is caring, professional and listens to my questions and concerns

SHC Patient, May 2019

Excellent - wouldn't be better!

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4.9 out of 5
294 Patient Ratings
46 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

I have never had a "bad" experience at Dr. VanZander's office. Everyone is professional, friendly and efficient. Dr. VanZander is the best.

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

excellent doctor

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

She's great!

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

even though Dr BanZander was busy, she never rushed. I felt I was her only patient, only concern

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

I was pleasantly surprised by how much time Dr. Van Zander spent with me. She sat down and really engaged in a conversation with me about my concerns. It didn't feel rushed at all. Felt listened to and cared for.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. Vanzander is the best! "Physician of the year!"

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

There aren't enough superlatives to describe Dr. Van Zander. She has been my dermatologist for many years -- she is a great diagnostician, does not do unnecessary biopsies, takes time to explain her findings, is efficient but also very caring. I trust her completely with my skin care and think she is a most wonderful human being.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. VanZander accommodated me when I asked for a special appointment so that she could look at a spot which she had treated a couple of months before and about which I was concerned. She examined it and explained why she was not concerned about it right now but that we should watch it until I see her again on Aug. 1. I totally trust her judgment.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Van Zander is caring, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I am fortunate to have her care.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. VanZander is quite wonderful. Her insight, gentle care, warmth and thoughtfulness is genuinely appreciated.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr.Van Zander is an excellent physician. She is caring, professional and listens to my questions and concerns

SHC Patient, May 2019

Excellent - wouldn't be better!

SHC Patient, May 2019

I appreciate that Dr. VanZander doesn't perform unneccesary procedures and takes ample time to answer my many questions.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Loved Dr. VanZander. Very friendly and thorough.

SHC Patient, May 2019

I have recommended Dr VanZander already. Several family members and friends have seen er.

SHC Patient, May 2019

really appreciated the time she spent with me. she really took time to give me thorough answers to my questions, no rushing, even though I was keeping her late.

SHC Patient, May 2019

excellent doctor

SHC Patient, May 2019

I totally trust Dr. VanZander. She's the best.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

dr van zander is fantastic and top of the Bay Area

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

I am very happy with Dr. Vanzander - She takes the time that is necessary and includes me in decisions that need to be made.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Van Zander always provides excellent care.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Vanzander is a wonderful physician. She knows what she is doing and was able to explain my condition to me. She also told me what to expect during the course of my treatment. She also followed up with her staff to call me regarding test results, as well as emailed questions I sent her.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

I think Dr. VanZander is terrific! Not only is she very knowledgeable and thorough, she is a kind and compassionate person. We have great chats about cat and Broadway shows while she is burning off my skin cancers. I look forward to my visits with her, as strange as that may seem.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Vanzander is the best. Excellent at follow up. Very thorough.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr VanZander is professional, caring, kind, clear and responsive. I trust her and am thankful for her as my physician on my care team.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

she is the best!

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

The office visit was a good experience.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Excellent physician!

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr Vanzander is the best!

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

excellent doctor

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Van Zander was working with a Resident and was very thoughtful and attentive to my needs as well as working with the Resident.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Dr. VanZander is thorough and explains what she is doing when she examines you which I appreciate.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Dr. VanZander is the best. I have I I complete confidence in her competence and trust her with my life.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Dr. VanZander is an excellent doctor.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

I greatly appreciate the way the hot tabs write down all their notes and post them in my online account, as I often forget some of the finer details.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Dr. VanZander is an excellent physician with excellent communication skills. she seems genuinely concerned about me and my issues.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Outstanding care. The Doctor is caring, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I am glad to receive care from Dr. Van Zander.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

She is the very best!

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Excellent dermatologist always friendly and listens to patient. I would recommend to my friends/family

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Dr VanZander inspires confidence, both with her knowledge and her friendly conversation.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

good visit

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

the doctor came 20 min after the scheduled time. I can understand that. I felt rushed during my visit while explaining my issue and asking wuedtions. in less than 15 min., the doctor hurried out of the room.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Vanzander was concerned, compassionate and thoughtful. She made us very comfortable & confident.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Vanzander is patient-friendly, experienced and thorough. She took adequate time to explain biopsy results and treatment strategy as well as side effects to be anticipated with the treatment prescribed.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

I would re commend this care provider very highly. however I wouldn't send a dead cow to many of his colleagues

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

I visited my doctor because of an upcoming procedure that I was extremely anxious about. Although I felt I knew what her advice and recommendation would be, I very much appreciated her validating my concerns and offering other solutions. She explained the side effects I should expect with the alternative choice and I felt she would have been supportive in whatever decision I made. i am grateful my concerns were professionally addressed and taken seriously.