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Kristin Hudacek, MD: SFMS March 2016 Member of the Month

Dr. Kristin Hudacek has roots in the East Coast, but is now a full-fledged San Francisco Giants fan. She majored in Chemical Engineering at Princeton University, and then received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her dermatology residency at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, where she served as chief resident in her final year. 

Dr. Hudacek has worked as a board-certified dermatologist at the office of Richard G. Glogau, MD since 2014. She practices medical dermatology, with an interest in women's dermatologic needs and pediatric dermatology. She is also passionate about cosmetic dermatology, and enjoys individualizing her approach to improve the appearance of each patient with the use of botox, fillers, peels, lasers and sclerotherapy. She is accepting new patients. 

 In the Bay Area, Dr. Hudacek enjoys yoga, Spinning, and finding the perfect falafel. She recently got engaged, and she and her fiancé are having fun planning their wedding.

Click here to view Dr. Kristin Hudacek's practice information.

Why are you a SFMS member?

Since I am relatively new to San Francisco, I enjoy meeting people in the Bay Area. The SFMS allows me to connect with the local medical community and also keeps me updated on important health issues, such as the regulation of tobacco products and end-of-life care.

Which SFMS member resource is most helpful to you?

The events are my favorite part. I enjoy learning about advocacy issues and meeting other physicians at the SFMS mixers.

What do you like to do when you're not at work?

I like trying new restaurants and San Francisco is a foodie's paradise. Some of my most memorable dining experiences in the past year include visiting Lazy Bear and Al's Place. In the Bay Area, I also enjoy attending San Francisco Giants games and hiking scenic trails.

What is the most important thing you learned in medical school or residency?

To keep learning. My medical training taught me how to be comfortable reading medical literature, in particular the dermatological medical literature. Given that new treatments and guidelines are coming out constantly, it is important to stay current by reading medical journals. In the field of dermatology, it has been especially exciting to see new oncology treatments show promising results, even in advanced cases of melanoma.

What are some of the biggest opportunities or challenges you see in health care within the next five years?

Maintaining the affordability of pharmaceutical prices is a constant struggle. I dislike changing my prescribing habits in order to write for drugs that are more affordable, but I also know that prescribing medications with exorbitant prices is impractical. I provide patients with medication coupons whenever I can.

What do you love most about practicing dermatology?

Variety! I love that dermatology combines medical treatments, surgical procedures and cosmetic interventions. I'm also fortunate to treat everything from skin cancer to photoaging, and to see patients of all ages.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given throughout your career so far?

Care for the individual, not the disease. While I can read extensively about the treatment of any skin disease, my therapeutic plan will differ based on the age and habits of each particular patient. That is the art of medicine, and that is what keeps each patient visit unique and interesting.

Who’s your favorite music artist/band?

Led Zeppelin, Lady Gaga and Frank Sinatra.

What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

Universal Cafe and La Ciccia

If you weren't a physician, which profession would you like to try?

Teacher. I enjoy educating others about dermatology, and have spoken to nursing students, urgent care health professionals, and mothers' groups about important dermatological conditions and skin care.

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