Suzanne L. Kilmer, M.D.


Dr. Suzanne Linsmeier Kilmer is the Founder of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California, Clinical Professor at the University of California, Davis and past president of ASLMS. She completed her M.D. degree and dermatology residency at U.C. Davis Medical Center, then moved East for a laser surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine. She remained at Harvard as a faculty member for two more years, researching the use of Q-switched lasers for treatment of tattoos and pigmented lesions and the rapidly pulsed CO2 lasers now popular for resurfacing.

Upon returning to Sacramento, Dr. Kilmer founded the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California and was a principal investigator in the original trials for laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal, pulsed dye and fractional lasers for wrinkles and scars, picosecond laser treatment of tattoos, pigmented lesions, acne scars and pico-toning, microwave technology for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, cryolipolysis, tissue tightening and body shaping devices, and several cosmetic injectable studies.

She lectures annually at national and international dermatology meetings and directs several laser courses. Widely published and on numerous medical advisory boards, Dr. Kilmer has served on the Board of Directors for ASDS and ASLMS, as well as former President and Secretary for ASLMS. She was honored to be the 2008 Sturge-Weber Foundation roastee, the 2009 recipient of the prestigious ASLMS Ellet Drake lectureship award, and the ASDS 2014 Iron Surgeon. Dr. Kilmer received three awards in 2020, including the Vic Narurkar MD, Innovations in Aesthetic Dermatology Lectureship. She also received the prestigious Leon Goldman and Caroline & William Mark Memorial Awards for longitudinal excellence throughout her career from ASLMS, marking the first time a doctor has ever received both awards in one year. Per the ASLMS committee, “most times, when the award committee vote results in one person winning more than one award, they opt to pick the runner-up for one of the awards. This year’s committee agreed that Dr. Kilmer was the most deserving candidate for both.” 2021 ASLMS  honored Dr. Kilmer with Dr. Thomas E. Rohrer’s 2021 presidential Citation and the Melanie C. Grossman, MD Award for Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award.

When not playing in the electromagnetic spectrum, she loves to ski, play pickleball, solve puzzles, take beach walks, and play games with her family.

My Aesthetic Philosophy

I believe healthy skin is beautiful skin! My love for science has driven my commitment to develop innovative techniques and devices. Natural appearing results are extremely technique-dependent and best achieved by combining state-of-the-art technology, a skilled hand, attention to detail, and an aesthetic eye. I truly enjoy getting to know my patients on all levels, and it’s especially gratifying to restore a youthful, natural appearance so patients look and feel their best!

Board Certification

  • American Board of Dermatology

Medical Degree

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of California Davis Medical Center


  • Chief Resident, University of California Davis Medical Center


  • Harvard Medical School Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine


  • American Dermatological Association
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
  • American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery
  • California Medical Association
  • International Society for Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, Inc.
  • Pacific Dermatology Association
  • Sacramento El Dorado Medical Society

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