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Dr. Lucia Tuffanelli, MD

Dermatologist

Professional statement

A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Lucia Tuffanelli received her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She pursued a residency in Internal Medicine at a University of California Davis affiliate, and later a Dermatology Residency at the State University of New York, Downstate. Certified as a fellow of the American Board of Dermatology since 1989, she has enthusiastically practiced dermatology for over twenty years. Her areas of interest lie within pediatric and adult medical dermatologic problems, wound care and skin cancer exams and prevention.

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Specialties

  • Dermatologist

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Board certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology

Education and training

  • Medical School - Medical College of Wisconsin, Doctor of Medicine
  • Stanford University (Bachelor’s)
  • State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Residency in Dermatology
  • University of California, Davis, Residency in Internal Medicine

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1760474894

Office locations

Epstein Tuffanelli Dermatology & Psoriasis Center

450 Sutter St, Rm 1306

San Francisco, CA 94108

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Dr, Tuffanelli took the time to ask about my history and explain the course of treatment she recommended. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
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Unlike my last visit, she was abrupt and not so kind. I guess she did not have enough time to spend for me.
Less than 1 month ago
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I appreciate the efficiency and effectiveness of Dr. Tuffanelli. She definitely knows what she is doing.
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She is an excellent doctor, she treats my skin disease well. I plan to meet with her again.
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Quick, thorough. Could have spent more time explaining treatment and follow-up care. But overall positive experience.
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The last time I saw her was six years ago, but she still recognized me this time. As always, she is very professional and kind. I would recommend her to anybody.
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front desk receptionist was very unfriendly. waited 30 minutes in waiting room, then another 10 in the exam room. doctor didn't apologize when she entered.
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Very kind and helpful!
Less than 1 year ago
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I thought Dr. Tuffanelli was great. I was there for an annual mole check. She did a thorough look, took pictures of moles to watch and took a closer look at those I asked about.
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I felt like I was a bother by being there: rushed out quickly and made to feel like my concerns with my skin were superfluous and silly. I would not recommend Lucia.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Tuffannelli saw some precancerous spots and was able to burn them off right away. I'll return in 3 months so she can on them. She is a great doctor. I recommend her highly.
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Dr. Lucia Tuffanelli was pleasant and efficient. I arrived early and my appointment happened on time. I was in and out in about 45 minutes total.
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very superficial visit. lasted less than 10 minutes. very rushed.
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Not thorough, not friendly, the office was not clean, I felt very gross after leaving.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Lucia Tuffanelli was very efficient. She answerd all my questions in a professional manner.
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Very uncomfortable visit, overall. Just didn't feel like she wanted me there in the slightest. Overall she was fine, but it just wasn't a welcoming visit.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Tuffanelli is knowledgeable and helpful. I am currently being treated for a facial condition and she has recommended a course of treatment that is manageable for my lifestyle.
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A lovely, caring and skilful dermatologist-highly recommended! Thanks
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She's a nut! I like her. She told me to man up while she cut off my skin tag. She was 100% right. Barely felt anything. ??
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Loved her! She's prompt, to the point and professional. Exactly what I like in my .Doctors Highly recommend her
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Dr. Tuffanelli is very nice and knowledgeable. Her office seems to be busy. The appointments have been really quick (in and out) but she knows about what she prescribes and is willing to help her patients.
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This was my first time seeing Dr. Tuffanelli. I was in for an annual skin check up and was in and out in less then 20 minutes. The nurse took me to the exam room within minutes of walking through thedoor and I was one on one with the doctor a few minutes after that. The exam itself was quick and to the point. While fast, the exam was thorough and I left feeling confident that my skin is in good shape.
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This was the second time I have turned to Dr. Tuffanelli for care of dermatology problems. The first was ten years ago when I lived in San Francisco. I now live in Reno, Nevada, but chose to return to her ratherthan find a new doctor in Reno because Dr. Tuffanelli is so very professional, competent and personable. I can highly recommend her to anyone. It is well worth the trips to San Francisco to have her as my doctor.
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I have never left feedback but Dr Tuffanelli's visit was worth it. She was the right amount of mad at me for being in the sun, caring about my back story and thorough with the check up. Will 1,000% be going back.
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Dr. Tufdanelli was very courteous and professional. I experienced great care at my visit yesterday.
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An excellent physician. Highly recommend!
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My visit was only a few minutes, and doctor was clearly interested in getting to rest of the patients at the end of the day. Would've preferred a bit more consultation, rather than a quick script writing.
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Appointment seemed rushed, like they were just trying to get me in and out as quickly as possible without really giving me the time of day. Doctor wasn't fazed about any of my concerns and kind of made me feel silly for going in. Don't think I'll be going back.
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I waited about 25 minutes once in the room and felt a little rushed once I saw the doctor.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Tuffanelli is honest and knowledgeable. But she also was very rushed, and I had to fight to ask all the questions I had on my mind.
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Very quick and to the point, but addressed all my needs.
More than 1 year ago
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It was fine, no complaints. It was very rushed though - in and out within 3 minutes.
More than 1 year ago
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Thorough and highly competent.
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Dr. Tuffanelli listened attentively to all of my concerns and she explained whether she could treat each item (or not), and promptly ran through the list. She, and the practice, are a rarity today in that they focus on pure dermatological issues rather than on aesthetic treatments.
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I am a little surprised by some of these poor reviews. I found her to be direct and informative. She provided me with samples of a perscription to see if it would help my condition so I wouldn't have to buy it. I would recommend her.
More than 1 year ago
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She gave me a cortizone shot for my pimple and popped my blackhead and it was all included with my office co-pay :) Only bad thing was that I had to write out all my info even though I already gave it to ZocDoc.
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I like her straightforward manner. She is efficient.
More than 1 year ago
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Terrible bedside manner. Very standoffish and stern. Not seeming interested in my condition whatsoever.
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Dr. Tuffanelli is wonderful! Great bedside manner accompanied by a dry wit and very knowledgable. An excellent experience overall.
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Love Dr. Tuffanelli, she is no nonsense and knows her field well. Not for those who want purely cosmetic advice. She takes late appointments which is awesome for someone who works full time. She gets right to the point so thatyou're in and out in less than half an hour. Best derm ever.
More than 1 year ago
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My previous dermatologist retired so I tried Dr. Tuffanelli. I am happy with the result. I like being able to book an appointment and fill out paperwork online. I was seen relatively promptly. I like Dr. Tuffanelli's professionalism. Full marks.
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My PCP referred me to an out-of-network dermatologist. Reluctantly, I had to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tuffanelli since she was the only one available and I could not wait 1 more week to be seen by another doctor. Had Iread her reviews here and on Yelp, I most likely would not have chose her. Like other reviews indicate (here and on Yelp): - The office is a bit out-dated with their e-systems: they don't send e-mail reminders to book your next appointment (you will receive snail mail reminders). But does sound like this will change in the coming months - Don't expect your appointment to start on time. I arrived more than 15 minutes prior to my scheduled appointment time: wasn't seen by the doctor until 30 minutes after my scheduled time. I can only imagine what the wait must be like if your appointment is during "peak" hours... - Front staff is nice, typical front staff demeanor. The nurse/back office staff that showed me to my exam room was not so friendly (although I overheard her give greetings, etc. to other patients) - Dr. Tuffanelli isn't a warm, friendly doctor who is going to spend time going over your condition with you. At times, I felt uncomfortable answering her questions (felt like I was being judged for the products I use). This was my first visit to a dermatologist: I would have appreciated a phone call/e-mail indicating if there were some things that I should prepare before my visit with Dr. Tuffanelli. It seems that most of the patients in the waiting room were return patients. I most likely won't return and will get a second opinion.
More than 1 year ago
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We connected immediately. She listened carefully and responded in layman terms. I'm lucky my primary care doc recommended Dr Tuffanelli.
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Dr. Tuffanelli was amazing. She did a full skin cancer check and spent a good amount of time discussing various concerns I had. There were two moles that were bothering me, and rather than have me set up another time tocome in for removal, she offered to remove them that day while I was in the office. The removal was absolutely painless, and I really appreciated not having to set up another appointment. I would absolutely recommend Dr.Tuffanelli to anyone looking for a great dermatologist.
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Dr. Tuffanelli was amazing and made sure I was comfortable. Her staff is wonderful as well. You can trust you're in good hands. So happy to have found her!
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The Doctor was knowledgeable and knew what she was talking about, she gave me options and explained what my options where.
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Lucia is great! I've been to a handful of dermatologists in the past few years and she is definetly the best. She is warm and very knowledgable.
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Super efficient and knowledgeable!
More than 1 year ago
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She was great. Very efficient and knowledgeable.
More than 1 year ago
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It as great. Quick and to the point. Everything I went in for was addressed.
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