R. Rox Anderson, MD

R. Rox Anderson, MD


Dr. Rox Anderson is the Director at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and the Lancer Endowed Chair in Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as a Professor of Dermatology and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

Dr. Anderson conceived and developed many of the non-scarring laser treatments now widely used in medical care. These include treatments for birthmarks, microvascular and pigmented lesions, tattoo and permanent hair removal. He has also contributed to treatment for vocal cords, kidney stones, glaucoma, heart disease, photodynamic therapy for cancer and acne, and optical diagnostics. Dr. Anderson’s research has advanced the basic knowledge of human skin photobiology, drug photosensitization mechanisms, tissue optics, and laser-tissue interactions. His laser technologies have been licensed to multiple companies, and he continues to research both laser and non-laser applications for medicine. Active research includes diagnostic tissue imaging and spectroscopy, photodynamic therapy, mechanisms of selective laser-tissue interactions, adipose tissue biology and novel therapy for skin disorders.

Education and Training

  • MD, Harvard Medical School, 1984
  • Residency, Dermatology, Harvard Medical School
  • BS, Life Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Professional Highlights

  • Inducted to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 2022
  • Named on more than 80 patents
  • Co-authored over 250 scientific books and papers
  • Serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Journal of Cutaneous Laser Therapy, and Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
  • He is a member of the American Hair Research Society, American Medical Association, American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Dermatology Foundation, National Psoriasis Foundation and Optical Society of America.
  • He has worked with those in need in Russia, China, Vietnam and Armenia, where since 2013 he has established two medical laser treatment facilities.


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