R. Rox Anderson, MD

Dr. Anderson has been a leading innovator in the medical laser field for over 20 years and several of his 60 issued patents have been developed into products currently used in the clinic. Examples of the companies that produce these products include: Follica, Living Proof, PhotoMedex, Syris Scientific, and Zeltiq (Coolsculpting).

In his capacity as a Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Anderson serves as the Director of the Wellman Laboratory of Photomedicine, the world’s largest laboratory dedicated to biomedical uses of light. He is also an Adjunct Professor at MIT, where he teaches graduate courses in the Division of Health Sciences and Technology. 

Dr. Anderson conceived and developed many of the non-scarring laser treatments widely used in medical care. He has also contributed to treatment for vocal cords, kidney stones, glaucoma, heart disease, photodynamic therapy for cancer and acne, and optical diagnostics. His research has advanced the basic knowledge of human skin photobiology, drug photosensitization mechanisms, tissue optics, and laser-tissue interactions. His active research areas include diagnostic tissue imaging and spectroscopy, photodynamic therapy, mechanisms of selective laser-tissue interactions, adipose tissue biology and novel therapy for skin disorders. Dr. Anderson has been awarded over 60 national and international patents, and has co-authored over 250 scientific books and papers.

Dr. Anderson holds a BS in Life Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MD degree magna cum laude from the joint MIT-Harvard medical program, Health Sciences and Technology, and completed residency in Dermatology and research fellowships at Harvard.