David E. Sawcer

Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology

Areas of treatment:

Skin Cancer Treatment
Dermatological Surgery
Dermatological Laser Therapy
General and Cosmetic Dermatology


  • Dermatology
  • Internal Medicine


  • Department of Dermatology


  • English

David E. Sawcer, MD, PhD, MRCP

Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology

Practicing locations:

  • Faculty/Staff Health Clinic at USC Engemann Student Health Center
  • Keck Medicine of USC - Downtown Los Angeles
  • Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
  • USC Healthcare Center 4

About this doctor:

David Sawcer, M.D. Ph.D. is an assistant professor of clinical dermatology in the Keck School of Medicine at USC, and director of clinical and translational research. Educated in England, he received his medical degree from the University of Birmingham and completed his internal medicine training at Oxford University. Later he undertook specialty training in dermatology with a residency at the prestigious St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London. Prior to his M.D., Sawcer completed Ph.D. research in physics at the University of Southern California, specializing in lasers. Teaching is paramount in Dr Sawcer’s contribution to the Keck School of Medicine at USC. He lectures medical students and residents to train the next generation of doctors and dermatologists. As the director of clinical and translational research he has a number of research interests, but is focused primarily on skin cancer and its treatment. Upon joining USC in 2001, he applied his broad training to caring for many of the faculty, staff, and students of USC. With his multidisciplinary skills he rapidly developed a reputation as a caring physician with a friendly, rational, and realistic approach. He has developed an extensive skin cancer-screening program, and sees patients in the USC private practice setting while continuing to participate in the care of the uninsured at the LAC+USC Medical Center. In caring for patients, Sawcer emphasizes patient education and combines the latest scientific advances with proactive interventions to provide skin care and skin cancer treatments that are holistic and highly effective. Sawcer is board certified in internal medicine and dermatology, with special clinical interest in skin cancer treatment and prevention, general and cosmetic dermatology, and laser therapies.


Doctor of Medicine, University of Birmingham, England
PhD, University of Southern California/University of Birmingham, Electrophysicis


Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, England, Medicine/Surgery


University of Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford, England, Internal Medicine
St. Thomas Hospital, Dermatology
University of London and Southampton, St. John's Institute of Dermatology


Southern California Dermatology Center California, Laser Dermatology
Research Fellow University of Cambridge Addenbrookes Hospital, England
University of Southampton Haslar Hospital England, Dermatological Surgery


Royal College of Physicians England, Internal Medicine
Royal College of Physicians England, Dermatology
Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine

Professional society memberships:

American Academy of Dermatology
American Society for Mohs Surgery
British Association of Dermatologists
British Society for Dermatological Surgery
Society for Investigative Dermatology


Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force