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Dr. Fred Shahan, MD, PharmD

Dermatologist

Professional statement

Dr. Fred Shahan M.D, Pharm.D. is a board-certified dermatologist. He attended the University of Southern California, where he received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors. He obtained his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego with multiple honors, where he also did his internship training. He completed his dermatology residency at Northwestern University in 1997, where he was chief resident. Our office offers comprehensive and personalized dermatologic and dermatologic services. Dr. Shahan specializes in the early detection and treatment of skin cancer, including Mohs micrographic surgery and cosmetic reconstruction.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • American Republic Insurance Company

Specialties

  • Dermatologist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Alvarado Hospital Medical Center
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Board certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of California, San Diego, Doctor of Medicine
  • Northwestern University, Residency in Dermatology
  • University of Southern California, Doctor of Pharmacy

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • California Medical Association
  • San Diego County Medical Society

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1811913221

Office locations

San Diego Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

6367 Alvarado Ct, Ste 107

San Diego, CA 92120

San Diego Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

320 Santa Fe Dr, Ste 303

Encinitas, CA 92024

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I had a great visit with Shahan and his staff was lovely. I especially like his assistant Edith. They were very thorough and knowledgeable. Unfortunately I got new insurance which he does not accept so I won’t be going back. :(
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Excellent!
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Both M.A. and Doctor were brag worthy. Wonderful experience!
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Physician seemed very knowledgeable as was his staff and very eager to help me with a serious skin issue that has been recurring for at least 5 years. I am so tired because it is so painful. But hopefully, we will get to the bottom of it.
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very nice staff - listened to my concerns and made sure to address them correctly
Less than 6 months ago
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Exceeded all my expectations. The entire staff was highly professional and very friendly. I would recommend Dr. Shahan to everyone.
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It was my first appointment with him. He is the one of the best doctors I have ever met. He could not diagnose my skin problem on that day. However, he suggested two options (two different kinds of medications) to seehow my skin react, and then coming back in 2 weeks. He respected the option, which I chose. I highly recommend him.
Less than 1 year ago
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Best experience ever! Dr. Shahan was able to identify my problem in minutes, knew exactly what I needed and how to help me. The staff was kind and there was no wait. Thank you so much!
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This was a incredibly helpful and kind team. Highly recommended.
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Dr. Shahan was great, very thorough and very attentive. I was in and out within 30 minutes.
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Excellent throrough Doctor!
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I arrived nervous and not knowing what to expect. The moment the doctor walked in i felt calm. Very professional from the front office to the time with the doctor.
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Dr Shahan was very nice would see him again
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Very pleasant and professional.
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I've been going here for years, starting with Dr. Marnell, a wonderful doctor himself, then later, Dr. Shahan was introduced to me and continued to monitor my annual skin cancer screenings. This appointment was different but no less qualityin that I was appointed with Kelly and Monica. I highly recommend them all for they are very professional, friendly, and caring both front office and back. Top quality professionals who have compassion, knowledge, and who also provide a big component of healthcare for me, they do follow aseptic techniques (proper hygiene and sterility procedures implemented so as not to transmit disease) while providing the best quality treatment.
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Excellent.
More than 1 year ago
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The wait time was very short. I highly recommend checking in through ZocDoc it makes the process very easy when you arrive. Dr Shaham was very polite, thorough and direct. I will definitely be going back.
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Very busy, yet the appointment went smoothly and was very personable and professional . Thanks zocdoc for your help.
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Extremely professional, courteous and genuine staff. Knowledgeable and answered all my questions. Very attentive.
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Receptionist was very friendly and helpful and answered all questions. Entire staff was extremely helpful and very professional.
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Staff is great. Dr. Shahan is no-frills and very knowledgeable. He and his team were able to name my options and pricing succinctly. Only downside was the wait, but a 35-min for a solid doctor is not bad in my book.
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Absolutely loved my experience here !!! They saw me right on time, Dr. Shahan is super professional, thorough, and accommodating ,, along with his awesome nursing staff! Excellent experience and I will definitely be returning .
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It was an excellent visit. I had been to Doc in a Box and ER - neither one were worth the money I had to spend and both misdiagnosed. Dr. Shahan figured it out in seconds and had me on my way in just a few minutes.
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I have gone to Dr. Shahan for several years, he is very thorough and takes his time. HIs office staff is great also.
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Dr. Shahan was awesome and so was the staff. Will be going back in the future if I ever need to again.
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Very professional, thorough and considerate. Highly recommend.
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I have been going to Dr. Shahan for many years. He has always been extremely helpful and been able to spot trouble areas before they got out of hand. The office staff has always been very helpful and courteous throughout the years. I highly recommend Dr. Shahan and his office.
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I was greeted, taken to exam, and shortly I was surrounded by a highly professional team that made the entire visit quick and efficient. Very impressive.
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This is the 5th dermatologist I have been to since moving to Alpine 2 years ago. I was thoroughly impressed by not only his entire staff, but by him as well. Both my husband and I will be returning. #5 was the charm evidently!
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Dr. Shahan has my highest recommendation. The waiting time was under 10 minutes from my appointment time which is remarkably punctual given the variability in a doctor's schedule (I know some patients needs take longer then expected as someof my family members are medical professionals) . Dr. Shahan started the appointment by listening to all of my concerns. He then began his examination and was very thorough, answering all questions and identifying any blemish he spotted, explaining what they were and whether or not he labeled them benign. He immediately identified a blemish on my nose as appearing precancerous and recommended we treat it in the near-term. He explained the procedure that would be appropriate, made me aware of any potential scarring that might result (which would be minimal to none given cryotherapy would be involved which I've had experience with prior; still, I appreciated the upfront disclosure and honesty). Additionally, Dr. Shahan quoted me the price in advance (which was pleasantly inexpensive and a complete non-issue in my mind given this is a potential precancerous lesion) so there would be no suprises. Personally, as an East Coaster and recently new resident to Southern California; I can confidentially say that after a few consultations with more then one prospect, I've found my new dermatologist.
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It is rare to find such pleasant, courteous office staff. Everyone was helpful and so nice! The doctor was on time, personable and efficient.
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Everyone is so pleasant and efficient
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Everyone is so nice .
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Very pleasant Doctor and Nurse, barely no waiting to see Doctor.
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The staff was great! Very nice and professional. I was taken to my exam room right on time and only waited a few minutes for Dr. Shahan. He was great, he answered all of my questions and offered many solutions. I highly recommend this dermatologist to anyone.
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Dr. Shahan was great. He listened to what the issue was and immediately came up with a course of treatment which he performed right away.
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Prompt.. Professional.. Comfortable.
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I needed to see a dermatologist over some concerned areas on my skin. I have no insurance and I was very concerned over not knowing of a good dermatologist as well as concerned about the cost. I went with Dr. Shahanbecause of the many good reviews of his medical expertise and care. They were right and actually my experience with my first visit with him even exceeded my expectations in what I was hoping for! He explained everything to me in a way I could understand and in order to decide what type of treatment to go with. He was honest and precise in his recommendations. He ended up taking care of the treatment/procedure. I was out of there within 1/2 of an hour! He even helped me with the cost in which I was SO amazed and grateful for! His staff and assistants were great too! I will be going to him again and will look no further! My visit with him turned from a worrisome situation to a relieved and very satisfied experience! Very happy!
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Office staff was very kind and Dr. Shahan and his nurse handled my procedure promptly and professionally. They made sure all my questions were answered before I left and my out of pocket expense very minimal.
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My appointment was great everyone was friendly I didn't have to wait very long honestly I was surprised. The staff was great they tried to take care of my every need and get down to the problem .
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Very speedy professional and to the point
More than 1 year ago
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Very good doctor. Took his time and very friendly! Everyone in the whole office was very nice and friendly and professional! I would highly recommend home.
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It was so easy to get an appointment right away and Dr. Shahan and his staff were very helpful and caring.
More than 1 year ago
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He is an excellent Dr. very personable and efficient. I had a very strong feeling of confidence in the ability of him and staff. He asked questions was a good listener and was very helpful.
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Dr Shahan and his staff were very nice. Loved that the dr and assistances have a great sense of humor. We will definitely be going back!!
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This was my third visit to the office and each one has surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend Dr. Shahan and his staff. They are professional, kind and the office runs efficiently. I highly recommend this practice.
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Professional, knowledgeable and friendly already booked our next appt.
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The staff was pleasant and efficient. Dr Shahan was very professional, listened well, seemed compassionate, and was very knowledgeable. I was pleased with my zocdoc selection.
More than 1 year ago
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I thought him very nice and able. Felt perhaps he rushed the body scan- seemed pretty fast. (Course he should know exactly what looking for).
More than 1 year ago
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Fast, efficient, professional. Excellent staff and service.
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