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
Image courtesy of Washington D.C. dermatologist Tina Alster, MD
“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
Image courtesy of Dr. Montes
“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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