Dr. Serena Mraz, current president of the Northern California Dermatology Society, went to college thinking should would be an optometrist because she loves math and science and had a fabulous optometrist who she admired and identified with.
“It was important to me that I find my own way and pursue a career that would give me life-long stimulation, challenge and interest,” Mraz says. “During college, experiences in and out of the classroom helped me to ‘find myself’ and hone my interest toward medicine. By my junior year, I was certain that I wanted to be a medical doctor.”
“There is nothing that I enjoy more than my specialty and doing what I do. I feel so fortunate to do something that I love so much. Looking back, I was interested and focused on skin care and skin health even as a child,” Mraz says.
She gives special credit to her grandmother for her special interest.
Mraz attended Santa Clara University where she got her undergraduate degree in combined sciences. Then she attended Tufts Medical School in Boston before doing her residency in Internal Medicine Residency at Stanford University Hospital and then a Melanoma Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a Cutaneous Lymphoma Fellowship at Stanford University and a Dermatology Residency at Stanford University Medical Center.