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John Koo, M.D.

Director of the Psoriasis, Phototherapy and Skin Treatment Clinic

Dr. John Koo is the director of the Psoriasis, Phototherapy and Skin Treatment Clinic. His main interest is in psoriasis therapy, phototherapy, eczema psychodermatology and quality of life research. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Psoriasis, Phototherapy and Skin Treatment Clinic
515 Spruce St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 476–4701
Fax: (415) 502–4126

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Harvard University School of Medicine 1981


UCLA Medical Center, Psychiatry 1985
UCSF Medical Center, Dermatology 1988

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ryan C, Korman NJ, Gelfand JM, Lim HW, Elmets CA, Feldman SR, Gottlieb AB, Koo JY, Lebwohl M, Leonardi CL, Van Voorhees AS, Bhushan R, Menter A. Research gaps in psoriasis: Opportunities for future studies. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Jan; 70(1):146-67.
  2. Fitzmaurice S, Bhutani T, Koo J. Goeckerman regimen for management of psoriasis refractory to biologic therapy: the University of California San Francisco experience. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Oct; 69(4):648-9.
  3. Gupta R, Wu JJ, Levin E, Koo JY, Liao W. Possible drug-drug interaction between adalimumab and duloxetine and/or pregabalin in a psoriasis patient. J Drugs Dermatol. 2013 Oct; 12(10):1089.
  4. Kamangar F, Berger TG, Fazel N, Koo JY. Methotrexate toxicity induced by ciprofloxacin leading to psoriatic plaque ulceration: a case report. Cutis. 2013 Sep; 92(3):148-50.
  5. Gupta R, Levin E, Wu JJ, Koo J, Liao W. An update on drug-drug interactions with biologics for the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis. J Dermatolog Treat. 2014 Feb; 25(1):87-9.
  6. Levin EC, Gupta R, Brown G, Malakouti M, Koo J. Biologic fatigue in psoriasis. J Dermatolog Treat. 2014 Feb; 25(1):78-82.
  7. Gupta R, Debbaneh M, Butler D, Huynh M, Levin E, Leon A, Koo J, Liao W. The Goeckerman regimen for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis. J Vis Exp. 2013; (77):e50509.
  8. Heller MM, Wong JW, Lee ES, Ladizinski B, Grau M, Howard JL, Berger TG, Koo JY, Murase JE. Delusional infestations: clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. Int J Dermatol. 2013 Jul; 52(7):775-83.
  9. Dunn JH, Koo J. Psychological Stress and skin aging: a review of possible mechanisms and potential therapies. Dermatol Online J. 2013; 19(6):18561.
  10. Huynh M, Gupta R, Koo JY. Emotional stress as a trigger for inflammatory skin disorders. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2013 Jun; 32(2):68-72.
  11. Koo JY, Leon A, Levin EC. Psychodermatology. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2013 Jun; 32(2):63.
  12. Leon A, Levin EC, Koo JY. Psychodermatology: an overview. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2013 Jun; 32(2):64-7.
  13. Wong JW, Koo JY. Psychopharmacological therapies in dermatology. Dermatol Online J. 2013; 19(5):18169.
  14. Lebwohl MG, Kircik L, Callis Duffin K, Pariser D, Hooper M, Wenkert D, Thompson EH, Yang J, Kricorian G, Koo J. A randomized study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of adding topical therapy to etanercept in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Sep; 69(3):385-92.
  15. Asztalos ML, Heller MM, Lee ES, Koo J. The impact of emollients on phototherapy: a review. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 May; 68(5):817-24.
  16. Ladizinski B, Heller MM, Bhutani T, Zitelli KB, Koo JY. Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy and reversible progressive leukoencephalopathy syndrome in dermatologic therapy. J Drugs Dermatol. 2013 Feb; 12(2):e20-4.
  17. Wong JW, Koo JY. Delusions of parasitosis. Indian J Dermatol. 2013 Jan; 58(1):49-52.
  18. Wong JW, Nguyen TV, Koo JY. Primary psychiatric conditions: dermatitis artefacta, trichotillomania and neurotic excoriations. Indian J Dermatol. 2013 Jan; 58(1):44-8.
  19. Park KK, Koo J. Use of psychotropic drugs in dermatology: unique perspectives of a dermatologist and a psychiatrist. Clin Dermatol. 2013 Jan-Feb; 31(1):92-100.
  20. Bhutani T, Patel T, Koo B, Nguyen T, Hong J, Koo J. A prospective, interventional assessment of psoriasis quality of life using a nonskin-specific validated instrument that allows comparison with other major medical conditions. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Aug; 69(2):e79-88.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.