Peter Panagotacos, M.D.

Dr. Panagotacos has been a leading practitioner of dermatology for over 40 years, with a primary specialization in medical dermatology as well as hair restoration and hair transplantation.

He obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1968, completed his medical internship at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco in 1969, and his dermatological residency training at LSU Charity Hospital in New Orleans.  He established his dermatology practice in 1974, after practicing as a major in the U.S. Army.  He has also acted as an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) for over 35 years.  He is the head of Dermatology at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, and has directed the section for 20 years.  Dr. Panagotacos carries the distinction of being a respected national and international lecturer for hair transplantation.  

Dr. Panagotacos is a San Franciscan.  He also has a home in Dafni, near Sparta in Greece, where he planted olive groves in 1987.  The groves produce top-quality olive oil that is imported to the United States under the brand
Lykovouno Olive Oil Company, which Dr. Panagotacos founded and for which he serves as CEO.  He also maintains a historical home in Santorini, Greece.  In addition to his olive oil, his hobbies include saving the Mbuti Pygmies ( pygmyfund.org ), going on paleontology digs, and collecting vintage cars.

Dr. Panagotacos’s memberships include the American Academy of Dermatology, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Hair Restoration Surgery, the America Hair Loss Council, and the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons.

Samuel Ellison, M.D.

Dr. Ellison earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Singapore in 1975.  He then trained in internal medicine at the University of the Health Sciences / Chicago Medical School.  He additionally completed residency training in emergency room medicine  and pediatrics.  Dr. Ellison finished his dermatological residency at the University of Washington in 1986.  He is a clinical instructor of dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and is affiliated with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Davies campus, and St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Dr. Ellison enjoys the arts, music, and world travel.

Kurtis Opp, C-P.A.

Kurtis obtained his bachelor’s of arts degree from San Francisco State University after working a decade as a respiratory therapist.  He attended physician’s assistant (PA) school at Stanford's Primary Care Associate Program, graduating with honors in 1991.  After working 2 years in cardiac surgery, urgent care, and occupational medicine, Kurtis began working at UCSF with professor Marcus Conant, MD.  As the first dermatology PA in San Francisco, Kurtis's dermatological training spanned a ten year period with Dr.Conant.  Kurtis is past president and co-founder of the Society of Dermatology PA’s, a steering committee member of the SFBAPA, and founder of the Derm PA Journal Club of San Francisco. 

Kurtis is a San Francisco native.  His hobbies include swimming, running, and playing the accordion. 

Mike Karls, PA

Mike Karls obtained his bachelor's of arts degree in chemistry, and went on to receive his master's’degree in Medical Sciences from Emory University. He then worked as a chemist, synthesizing medications for the treatment of HIV. He has been practicing medicine as a PA for over 15 years and has worked in dermatology for the past 13 years.  Mike joined the Dermatology Center of San Francisco in 2007.  He specializes in medical dermatology and has a particular interest in cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and fillers.

Mike is originally from Michigan.  He moved to San Francisco in 2004.  He enjoys running, swimming, yoga, and fire spinning.