Dr. Gordon Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 10. He received his B.A. in regenerative biology with citations in Spanish and Mandarin at Harvard College, graduating with the highest distinction (Summa Cum Laude) in his class. He subsequently attended Harvard Medical school, where he received his M.D. and found his passion for dermatology. He finished his internship in medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

He moved to California to complete his dermatology residency at Stanford, serving as the Chief Resident in his final year. During this time, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for his dedication to academics, professionalism, leadership, research, and service. He currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Stanford and is passionate about medical and surgical dermatology.

His academic interests include utilizing technology and digital health to expand dermatological access for patients, improving the quality of care delivered, and enhancing the experience of patients while receiving care.

On his spare time, he advises a non-profit organization that he founded called Refresh Bolivia, helping the underprivileged communities in Bolivia obtain access to public health education, clean water, healthcare, and sanitation. He enjoys weightlifting, cycling, reading, and exploring the Bay area with his wife and 4-year-old daughter.

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Assistant Chief of Quality, Experience, and Digital Health, Stanford Department of Dermatology (2020 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Chief Resident, Stanford University (2020)
  • Residency, Stanford University (2020)
  • Internship, Brigham and Women's Hospital (2017)
  • MD, Harvard Medical School (2016)
  • BA, Harvard College, Summa Cum Laude (2012)

Community and International Work

  • Refresh Bolivia, Cochabamba, Bolivia


    Development of an integrated health center, building ecological toilets, public health education

    Partnering Organization(s)

    SOE Univalle, Fundación Nuqanchik, Serve Abroad, Ford College Community Challenge



    Ongoing Project


    Opportunities for Student Involvement



All Publications

  • Shoshin beriberi in a patient with oral and cutaneous graft-versus-host disease JAAD Case Reports Hodgkinson, L. M., Shah, A., Bae, G. H., Novoa, R., Kwong, B. Y. 2020; 6 (5): 420-421
  • Angiodestructive lymphomatoid papulosis lasting more than 45years. JAAD case reports Lee, G. H., Bae, G. H., Rieger, K. E., Kim, Y. H., Chiou, A. S. 2019; 5 (9): 767?69

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jdcr.2019.06.027

    View details for PubMedID 31516992

  • Sex and Racial/Ethnic Diversity of US Medical Students and Their Exposure to Dermatology Programs. JAMA dermatology Barnes, L. A., Bae, G. H., Nambudiri, V. E. 2019

    View details for PubMedID 30649132

  • Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis: histopathological confirmation despite negative serology. The American journal of medicine Kumar, A. M., Bae, G. H., Besen, J., Kwong, B. Y., Rieger, K. E. 2019

    View details for PubMedID 31100285

  • Incidence of and Risk Factors for Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Recipients in the United States. JAMA dermatology Garrett, G. L., Blanc, P. D., Boscardin, J., Lloyd, A. A., Ahmed, R. L., Anthony, T., Bibee, K., Breithaupt, A., Cannon, J., Chen, A., Cheng, J. Y., Chiesa-Fuxench, Z., Colegio, O. R., Curiel-Lewandrowski, C., Del Guzzo, C. A., Disse, M., Dowd, M., Eilers, R., Ortiz, A. E., Morris, C., Golden, S. K., Graves, M. S., Griffin, J. R., Hopkins, R. S., Huang, C. C., Bae, G. H., Jambusaria, A., Jennings, T. A., Jiang, S. I., Karia, P. S., Khetarpal, S., Kim, C., Klintmalm, G., Konicke, K., Koyfman, S. A., Lam, C., Lee, P., Leitenberger, J. J., Loh, T., Lowenstein, S., Madankumar, R., Moreau, J. F., Nijhawan, R. I., Ochoa, S., Olasz, E. B., Otchere, E., Otley, C., Oulton, J., Patel, P. H., Patel, V. A., Prabhu, A. V., Pugliano-Mauro, M., Schmults, C. D., Schram, S., Shih, A. F., Shin, T., Soon, S., Soriano, T., Srivastava, D., Stein, J. A., Sternhell-Blackwell, K., Taylor, S., Vidimos, A., Wu, P., Zajdel, N., Zelac, D., Arron, S. T. 2017; 153 (3): 296?303


    Skin cancer is the most common malignancy occurring after organ transplantation. Although previous research has reported an increased risk of skin cancer in solid organ transplant recipients (OTRs), no study has estimated the posttransplant population-based incidence in the United States.To determine the incidence and evaluate the risk factors for posttransplant skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), melanoma (MM), and Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) in a cohort of US OTRs receiving a primary organ transplant in 2003 or 2008.This multicenter retrospective cohort study examined 10?649 adult recipients of a primary transplant performed at 26 centers across the United States in the Transplant Skin Cancer Network during 1 of 2 calendar years (either 2003 or 2008) identified through the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) database. Recipients of all organs except intestine were included, and the follow-up periods were 5 and 10 years.Incident skin cancer was determined through detailed medical record review. Data on predictors were obtained from the OPTN database. The incidence rates for posttransplant skin cancer overall and for SCC, MM, and MCC were calculated per 100?000 person-years. Potential risk factors for posttransplant skin cancer were tested using multivariate Cox regression analysis to yield adjusted hazard ratios (HR).Overall, 10?649 organ transplant recipients (mean [SD] age, 51 [12] years; 3873 women [36%] and 6776 men [64%]) contributed 59?923 years of follow-up. The incidence rates for posttransplant skin cancer was 1437 per 100?000 person-years. Specific subtype rates for SCC, MM, and MCC were 812, 75, and 2 per 100?000 person-years, respectively. Statistically significant risk factors for posttransplant skin cancer included pretransplant skin cancer (HR, 4.69; 95% CI, 3.26-6.73), male sex (HR, 1.56; 95% CI, 1.34-1.81), white race (HR, 9.04; 95% CI, 6.20-13.18), age at transplant 50 years or older (HR, 2.77; 95% CI, 2.20-3.48), and being transplanted in 2008 vs 2003 (HR, 1.53; 95% CI, 1.22-1.94).Posttransplant skin cancer is common, with elevated risk imparted by increased age, white race, male sex, and thoracic organ transplantation. A temporal cohort effect was present. Understanding the risk factors and trends in posttransplant skin cancer is fundamental to targeted screening and prevention in this population.

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4920

    View details for PubMedID 28097368

  • Changes in sex and racial diversity in academic dermatology faculty over 20 years. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Qiu, M., Bae, G. H., Khosravi, H., Huang, S. J. 2016; 75 (6): 1252?54

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.06.050

    View details for PubMedID 27846947

  • Comparing dermatology referral patterns and diagnostic accuracy between nonphysician providers, physician trainees, and attending physicians. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Bae, G. H., Hartman, R. I., Joyce, C., Mostaghimi, A. 2016; 75 (1): 226?27

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.02.1213

    View details for PubMedID 27317525

  • Changes in Sex and Ethnic Diversity in Dermatology Residents Over Multiple Decades. JAMA dermatology Bae, G., Qiu, M., Reese, E., Nambudiri, V., Huang, S. 2016; 152 (1): 92?94

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.4441

    View details for PubMedID 26605972

  • Rapidly progressive nonuremic calciphylaxis in the setting of warfarin. The American journal of medicine Bae, G. H., Nambudiri, V. E., Bach, D. Q., Danziger, J., Faulkner-Jones, B., McMahon, C., Huang, S. J. 2015; 128 (10): e19?21

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.05.049

    View details for PubMedID 26164564

  • Topical Steroid Therapy Educational Video for Eczema. Dermatitis : contact, atopic, occupational, drug Bae, G. H., Nambudiri, V. E., Garibyan, L., Sanford, S., Huang, S. J. ; 27 (3): 157?58

    View details for DOI 10.1097/DER.0000000000000188

    View details for PubMedID 27172318

  • The Reply. The American journal of medicine Kumar, A. M., Bae, G. H., Besen, J., Kwong, B. Y., Rieger, K. E. 2019; 132 (11): e812

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.amjmed.2019.07.027

    View details for PubMedID 31779785

  • Pachydermodactyly: case report including clinical and histopathologic diagnostic pitfalls. Journal of cutaneous pathology Barnes, L. A., Bae, G. H., Lewis, M. A., Rieger, K. E. 2018


    Pachydermodactyly is a rare, benign condition characterized by swelling and thickening of the periarticular skin, most commonly at the proximal interphalangeal joints. Diagnosis is routinely made through correlation of clinical, histopathologic, and radiographic findings. Here we report a case of pachydermodactyly in a 25 year-old male, with emphasis on the clinical and histopathologic differential diagnosis and potential diagnostic pitfalls. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

    View details for PubMedID 30221379

  • Gender and Ethnic Diversity in Academic PM&R Faculty: National Trend Analysis of Two Decades AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION Hwang, J., Byrd, K., Nguyen, M. O., Liu, M., Huang, Y., Bae, G. H. 2017; 96 (8): 593?95


    Over the years, a number of studies have demonstrated an increase in gender and ethnic diversity among US physicians. Despite substantial progress in eliminating gender and racial inequities in the field of medicine, women and ethnic minorities are still underrepresented among medical faculty at academic institutions. This study aims to describe the trends in gender and ethnic diversity among Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) faculty through statistical analysis of data describing gender and ethnicity of full-time academic faculty gathered from the Association of American Medical Colleges Faculty Roster from 1994 to 2014. Proportions representing the percentages of females and ethnic minorities of a given faculty position in medical schools were compared across each of the other faculty ranks. Results showed that the average yearly percent increases in the proportion of female PM&R faculty in associate professor (0.68%) and full professor (0.54%) positions were greater than those in instructor (0.30%) and assistant professor (0.35%) positions. In contrast, the average yearly percent increase in the proportion of non-Caucasian PM&R faculty in full professor positions (0.19%) was less than those in instructor (0.84%), assistant (0.93%), and associate professor (0.89%) positions. Overall, trends among faculty exhibit a steady increase in gender and ethnic diversity, although promotion disparity continues to exist among specific academic positions for some groups. This study provides a current perspective on recent changes in diversity among faculty in PM&R and may prove useful when defining strategies to improve workforce diversity.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000716

    View details for Web of Science ID 000405783800011

    View details for PubMedID 28169861

  • Ethnic and Gender Diversity in Hand Surgery Trainees JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-AMERICAN VOLUME Bae, G. H., Lee, A. W., Park, D. J., Maniwa, K., Zurakowski, D., Day, C. S., ASSH Diversity Comm 2015; 40 (4): 790?97


    To evaluate whether the lack of diversity in plastic and orthopedic surgery persists into hand surgery through assessment of trainee demographics.Demographic data were obtained from compilations on graduate medical education by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Ethnic diversity was assessed using the proportions of minority trainees. We analyzed the trends in ethnic diversity in hand, orthopedic, and plastic surgery from 1995 to 2012 by evaluating changes in proportions of African American, Hispanic, and Asian trainees. In addition, we compared the proportions of minority trainees in various surgical specialties during 2009 to 2012. Trends in gender diversity were similarly analyzed using the proportions of female trainees.During 1995 to 2012, the proportions of minority and female trainees increased significantly in the fields of orthopedic, plastic, and hand surgery. To assess the current state of diversity in various specialties, we compared minority and female population proportions using pooled 2009 to 2012 data. The percentage of non-Caucasian trainees in hand surgery was significantly higher than that in orthopedic sports medicine and orthopedic surgery and significantly lower than in general surgery. The percentage of female trainees in hand surgery was significantly higher than that in orthopedic sports medicine and orthopedic surgery and significantly lower than in plastic and general surgery.Ethnic and gender diversity in hand surgery increased significantly between 1995 and 2012. Women constitute a fifth of hand surgery trainees. Efforts to increase diversity should be further pursued using proven strategies and innovating new ones.Diversity in the medical field has shown to be a beneficial factor in many aspects including research productivity and patient care. Understanding how the field of hand surgery has changed with regard to the diversity of its trainees may aid in providing more equitable and effective health care.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.10.065

    View details for Web of Science ID 000352521000024

    View details for PubMedID 25639841



    Bibliometric analyses of the hand and wrist research have previously shown a significant increase in research productivity in Asia. We examined the key contributors to this change by performing bibliometric analyses regarding hand and wrist research in all Asian countries producing significant research. Original research articles from 1988 to 2007 were collected from seven English language journals based on the impact factor. Trends in research productivity were determined by country using linear regression analysis. Compared to the rest of the world, Asia produced fewer level I and basic studies, but more level IV studies. Significant increase in both research volume and productivity in Asia was observed, with Japan, Korea, and Taiwan having the highest aggregate productivity in hand and wrist research. From 1988 to 2007, the relative research production among Asian countries showed significant change, in contrary to that of Europe, Latin American, and the United States.

    View details for DOI 10.1142/S0218810414500221

    View details for Web of Science ID 000216855400010

    View details for PubMedID 24875505

  • Acetic acid iontophoresis for recalcitrant scarring in post-operative hand patients. Journal of hand therapy : official journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists Dardas, A., Bae, G. H., Yule, A., Wright, J., Straughn, N., Day, C. S. 2013; 27 (1): 44?48


    Retrospective cohort comparison.Using acetic acid iontophoresis (AAI) as a treatment modality significantly improved the functionality of hand in patients with recalcitrant scarring.Open trigger finger release patients followed up exclusively at a hand clinic between 2009 and 2011 were analyzed. Group I recovered optimal total active range of motion (TAM) after 14 standard of care (SOC) therapy sessions but Group II (10 digits) could only reach optimal recovery after 7 additional AAI sessions.After SOC therapy, Group I's TAM recovery plateaued at 245 and Group II's at 219 (p < 0.01). After undergoing AAI, the TAM of Group II increased from 219 to 239 (p < 0.01).Clinical studies suggest that AAI can modify collagen structure in scars. AAI could be a novel non-surgical treatment for restoring functionality to areas affected by difficult, recalcitrant scars.AAI significantly improved the TAM of hand surgical patients who could not recover optimally with SOC therapy alone.Level 3.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jht.2013.10.008

    View details for PubMedID 24373451

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