Kathleen Y. Sawada, M.D., FAAD, Captain, USNR MC Retired, has been in practice in Colorado since 1991. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado in EPO Biology, and she is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She graduated from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest University) in 1981 and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (Medical Honor Society). She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at the Naval Hospital San Diego and served aboard the USS Hector AR7 as their General Medical Officer, and subsequently as Chief of Staff at the Naval Medical Clinic in Albany, Georgia. She completed her Dermatology Residency at the Medical College of Virginia in 1990 where she was Chief Resident in her senior year.
Dr. Sawada is a board certified member of the American Academy of Dermatology where she served on the AAD’s committee for FDA Therapeutics/FDA Liaison Task Force (March 1999-2001). She has served as the representative from Colorado to the CAC committee of the AAD and represented the members of the Colorado Dermatological Society to Colorado’s Medicare Carrier. She has presented lectures to the Colorado School Nurses Association in 2001, 2002 at their annual meetings. She has given several presentations to groups on a wide range of dermatology related topics. She holds membership status with the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, The Pacific Dermatology Society, and Women’s Dermatology Society, the Retired Officers Association, American Society of Military Surgeons, Military Dermatology Society, American Medical Associations, Colorado Medical Society, Clear Creek Valley Medical Society, and serves as the Vice-president of the MWMPA IPA. She has completed a 2 year appointment with the FDA CDER committee on Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drug Advisory Committee (DODAC) for the FDA. Dr. Sawada retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve on April 1, 2002 completing a 21 year career in service to her country. She actively volunteers her time for skin cancer screenings around the metro area and is open to doing presentations to interested groups if requested and timing allows.
Dr. Sawada’s interests in dermatology are focused on General Medical and Surgical Dermatology of adults and children. She enjoys dermatologic procedures that include sclerotherapy, Botox for wrinkles, chemical peels and fillers. The best part of her job is getting to know her patients and grow the practice! She wants to mentor the young physicians who are coming up the ranks and to give them a love for all the aspects of medical practice.
Dr. Sawada enjoys the company of her family and friends, and assorted pets. She enjoys theater, opera, music, cooking and travel, and escapist entertainment. She would describe herself as a Geek and a Nerd in the best sense of the words. She is an active member of the High Hopes Investment Club (NAIC) and aspires to be a student for life and she wishes she had more hours in her day to read! She is passionate about her work and her patients and looks forward to serving you for your dermatologic needs.