• Stanford University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Michigan School of Medicine
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • The Women’s Dermatologic Society
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
  • Skin of Color Society



Dr. Nkem Ugonabo, M.D., M.P.H. is a dermatologist and an American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellow at UnionDerm.

Dr. Ugonabo is a native New Yorker who received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Stanford University. She then worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company before completing her Master of Public Health degree at Harvard and her M.D. degree at the University of Michigan. She returned to the New York area for her Dermatology Residency at the prestigious NYU Medical Center where she was appointed Chief Resident in her final year. During residency, she served on several institutional committees and was selected to serve as Chair of the Housestaff Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Committee. She also extensively pursued research involving the laser treatment of pigmented lesions, patient safety, combination treatments involving filler and lasers, and the mental health of acne patients taking Accutane. At residency graduation, she was awarded the Dr. Irwin Freedberg award for the resident who best represents the field of dermatology in the world of medicine.

Dr. Ugonabo has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of American Medical Association Surgery, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, British Journal of Dermatology and Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. She has presented at numerous national and local meetings including the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Winter Clinical Dermatology Conference as well as Grand Rounds at her institution.

Dr. Ugonabo strives to make all of her patients, regardless of skin type, feel, and look like the best version of themselves. She takes the time to listen, answer questions, address concerns, and uniquely tailor treatment plans to the individual needs of every patient. She specializes in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, and has particularly passionate about lasers and other energy-based devices for skin rejuvenation, injectables including botox and filler, fat loss treatments, skin tightening, sunscreens, and photo-protection, acne, and hyperpigmentation.

Dr. Ugonabo is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Skin of Color Society, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society.

She is passionate about clinical dermatology research and is excited to now start her Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship at UnionDerm.