Celebrating a Visionary and Aesthetics Pioneer, Dr. Vic Narurkar

The world of dermatology lost one of its brightest and boldest stars with the passing of dermatologist Vic Narurkar, MD. Dr. Narurkar built a career executing cutting-edge advancements in aesthetics—we have him to thank for pioneering some of today’s most well-known procedures, such as Fraxel, Clear + Brilliant and StarLux IPL treatments. His passing is a loss to the entire aesthetics industry. He was a brilliant thought leader, one of our most trusted advisors, and a vibrant personality with a genuine, pay-it-forward spirit.

We knew Dr. Narurkar for much more than just his exceptional practice. He was a passionate trainer, mentor and teacher. One of his proudest accomplishments was founding Cosmetic Bootcamp, a leading resource for professionals to receive ongoing education in the field of aesthetics. Known for starting the #noposers social media movement, Dr. Narurkar was one of the most honest voices in the industry and an unwavering advocate for the highest standards of patient care. We relied on his guidance and insights and he never faltered in his mission to educate and inspire all patients to make the most informed decisions.

As someone who always put people first, Dr. Narurkar truly connected the industry. He had an energy and a spark that brought us all together—we learned as much from him at his events and parties as we did in his office. He was an example of how to live a meaningful life—an avid traveler, animal lover (his dachshund Mavis, frequent star of Dr. Narurkar’s social media channels, was considered his unofficial mascot) and a true visionary.

Dr. Narurkar was the fiercest defender of the science and art of dermatology and will be sorely missed. In honor of his memory, we are sharing quotes and remembrances of him from his patients, friends and colleagues.


“To my beloved colleague and friend Vic Narurkar. I am devastated to lose you in our lives and in our field. We were supposed to meet up in California this weekend and fate intervened. You will be forever loved, remembered and missed. My condolences to your family and heartfelt grief for us all.” —New York dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD


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“Such a wonderful tribute for Vic Narurkar, one of the best mentor, physician, friend, and overall individual. He will be truly missed.”—Fresno, CA dermatologist Kathleen Behr, MD

“He was my close colleague and friend. His office is on the same hall as mine. He loved his dogs, his partner, his Hawaii home, and his job. Always generous and affable. I will miss him. Sending strength and love to his dear friends and family.” —San Fransisco dermatologist Carolyn Chang, MD


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“Rest in peace to injectables guru and kind lovely person Vic Narurkar.” —New York plastic surgeon Lara Devgan, MD

“Vic was a bright star and vibrant personality in dermatology. Most of all, he was a good person. With his #noposers mantra, he helped teach the world that board-certified dermatologists are the true skin care experts.” —Lake Forest, IL dermatologist Heather Downes, MD

“A gentleman and a scholar. Will be missed.” —Pasadena, CA facial plastic surgeon Kay Durairaj, MD

“We have lost a tremendous person and giant in Dermatology.” —Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew Elias

“Vic was the go to person for questions on cosmetic and laser treatments. He was always willing to share his knowledge and experience as a direct pay dermatologist. He wanted everyone to get the best quality care from an experienced board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. He would always say #noposers.” —San Francisco dermatologist Marie Jhin Lassila, MD


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“Vic was a unique man. Selfless and generous. He wanted to help other dermatologists and the specialty of dermatology with no self-serving agenda. He coined the term 'no posers' because in this day of social media, people often present themselves to be more than they are and that is a disservice to the greater good.” —New Orleans, LA dermatologist Mary Lupo, MD


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“I met Vic over 15 years ago, when I was starting as a Trainer/Speaker for major pharmaceutical companies. He graciously extended me an invitation to the Cosmetic Bootcamp, which impressed me for the quality of its organization and mission on educating core specialty (plastic surgeons, special plastics and dermatologists).

I returned the following year having been kindly invited as Faculty. Throughout the years, professional friendships turned into a family, not only within the organization, but also among the top specialists in the United States. Last year, I was fortunate to be the Co-Director with Vic.

My dear friend and brother was my partner on stage at many meetings.  We talked a lot about future projects together.  We shared a certain peace in our hearts that, at our age, we had been blessed with the knowledge that what truly matters in life is family and friends.

I will always treasure and cherish the memories of those special moments Cris and I spent with Vic and Mike, along with our beloved dogs, Mavis and Chabella.”—San Juan, Puerto Rico oculoplastic surgeon José Raúl Montes, MD


“Vic Narurkar was one of the greatest men. I will miss his generosity, his fighting spirit and his commitment to being the best.” —Patricia Pao, founder/CEO, Restorsea

“Vic was a joyful person with an amazing sense of humor. I am so shocked and feel as if I text him or call him I will get a rapid reply.” —Danville, CA dermatologist Jerome R. Potozkin, MD

“One thing showed through with Dr. Narurkar. He cared. He cared about his patients, about being an innovator, about being a great dermatologist, about his friends, and about his patients. ” —Huntington Beach, CA dermatologist David Rayhan, MD

“Dr. Vic Narurkar lived, breathed and promoted excellence in himself and all those he touched. He was an elegant, thoughtful, humorous intellectual. A prince who knew the power of generosity and gratitude.” —Rancho Mirage, CA dermatologist Wendy E. Roberts, MD

“Dr. Naruker was truly one of the most passionate human beings I have ever had the honor of working with, and it’s so incredibly heartbreaking to hear of the sudden passing of this wonderful person. His brilliant mind and infectious personality will be missed, but the impact he made in his art (and in this world) will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues.” —Danielle Hale Scott, vice president, Hawkins International Public Relations


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This is so hard for me to understand and difficult to write. Dr. Vic Narukar, my dear friend, colleague and the best travel companion passed away unexpectedly last night. The laughs we shared, the compassion you showed and the many memories we had - I will never forget. He had so much to give and his life touched so many others as it did my own. In life, we never get to choose the events or sorrows that catch you off guard or unprepared. It changes and shapes your perception. I will miss you every day, our last goodbye never said; but there will not be a passing day that I will not feel such deep gratitude that on a planet of over 7 billion people, I was lucky enough to have the time I did with you. #bestfriend #bereavement #grief #loss #heal #foreverinmyheart #memories #laughter #neverforgetyou #oneofakind #missingyou #strength #blessed #gratefulforyou #guidance #bymyside #cherisheverymoment #lifeisbeautiful

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“This is so hard for me to understand and difficult to write. Dr. Vic Narukar, my dear friend, colleague and the best travel companion passed away unexpectedly last night. The laughs we shared, the compassion you showed and the many memories we had—I will never forget. He had so much to give and his life touched so many others as it did my own. In life, we never get to choose the events or sorrows that catch you off guard or unprepared. It changes and shapes your perception. I will miss you every day, our last goodbye never said; but there will not be a passing day that I will not feel such deep gratitude that on a planet of over 7 billion people, I was lucky enough to have the time I did with you.” —Santa Monica, CA dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD

“I was supposed to meet him [in Mumbai] for dinner last night and celebrate Mike’s birthday. We exchanged chats on which restaurants. He booked the table for dinner in Mumbai even before I could, although he was in SF and me here in Mumbai.” —Mumbai, India dermatologist Jaishree Sharad, MD

“I will always remember Vic as a friend and colleague who I could always trust with his unwavering trust, support and friendship.  He was so dedicated to the specialty of dermatology and to the sharing of information and skills with anyone at any time.   He enjoyed life.  He truly treasured his friends and family and was always there to help at a moments notice.  He was one of the most approachable and openly honest human beings I have ever known.  I will truly miss that wonderful sense of humor and very grounded outlook on life.  He was a special man.” —Los Gatos, CA dermatologist Steven L. Swengel, MD

“May he rest in peace. He was wonderful in every way.” —Miami dermatologist Janelle Vega, MD


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“From the moment we met in 1993—I was interviewing for Mohs fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and Vic was already the senior fellow (he went to college crazy early—that’s how smart he was!)_my image of him is smiling and waving his hand while telling me not to worry about what other people do or think, not to lower yourself to the level of the haters, the connivers or the rabble rousers, and to do what makes sense to you. That was our Vic—secure, supportive, super smart, successful, silly, stable, and styling, an extraordinary person, innovative physician, educator, world traveler, organizer, friend, family guy, lover of life—a true derm devo! Vic, his husband Mike and their adorable Mavis spread joy wherever they went.

Vic you will forever be in our hearts. I am numb as I write this. I think of you so full of the joy of life. I never saw you frazzled. And you were transparent—never a hidden agenda. My love, hugs and deepest condolences go out to Mike and to Vic’s parents and to all of his dearest friends. Vic you are and will continue to be missed my friend.” —New York dermatologist Heidi A. Waldorf, MD


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“My dear friend and colleague Vic Narurkar left this earth far too early with his untimely passing last week. He was one of the most innovative thinkers and leaders of our time, and a true pioneer of aesthetic dermatology. I had the special pleasure and unique experience to "grow up" with Vic in dermatology. I knew a man who was above all ethical, honest, and hard working. Far after he earned his place as a top level opinion leader in aesthetic medicine and dermatology, he continued to work so hard and contribute so much to the specialty he dearly loved. We agreed that being a dermatologist "was the best job in the world". Realizing his status could be intimidating to those new to the specialty, Vic made a concerted effort to be open and approachable to residents, fellows and recent dermatology graduates. He always found that extra moment to answer that last question which meant so much to an unknown young colleague. A true gentleman.

Pam and I send our love and wish him well on this next journey, and send our love and prayers to Mike and their special family member Mavis.” —Spokane, WA dermatologist Wm. Philip Werschler, MD

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  • Dr Kathleen Behr
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    Such a wonderful tribute for Vic Narurkar, one of the best mentor, physician, friend,and overall individual. He will be truly missed,