Rachel Westbay, MD
Dr. rachel Westbay
Rachel Westbay, MD is a board-certified general and cosmetic dermatologist. In addition to a longstanding passion for aesthetic dermatology, her clinical expertise also encompasses complex medical and pediatric dermatology. She excels at managing conditions with variable severity, a result of excellent training in immunodermatology and the use of advanced systemic therapies. Her cosmetic expertise is also comprehensive. In addition to excelling at the use of injectables, including neuromodulators and volumizers, she is proficient in laser surgery, microneedling, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), radiofrequency, and body contouring devices such as CoolSculpting®. Her general dermatology interests include acne & acne scarring, melasma, rosacea, hair loss, and transgender dermatology.
Dr. Westbay graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where she graduated magna cum laude and earned the Thomas F. Keller Award for the most outstanding academic performance in internal medicine. She completed her medicine internship at North Shore University Hospital / Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where she was prestigiously awarded Intern of the Year. A proud “double Hoya,” she returned to Georgetown University to complete her dermatology residency, where she spent two years outlining and executing the resident cosmetic curriculum.
As a clinical instructor at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Westbay dedicates her time once weekly rounding on the inpatient dermatology service and teaching dermatology residents. She is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. In addition to lecturing on both general and cosmetic dermatology at local and national meetings, she is well-published in peer-reviewed journals and has authored several textbook chapters.
Philosophy & Personal Interests
Dr. Westbay believes strongly that personalized and multimodal treatment plans are essential in helping patients achieve their most beautiful skin. This requires careful consideration of factors specific to each patient, such as skin type and color, which must be weighed appropriately in regimen selection. Her appreciation for and comfort in treating these variables allows her to maximize treatment benefits and minimize complications.
When not seeing patients, Dr. Westbay can often be found at home on her SoulCycle bike or caught up in a shopping spree at Sephora or Bloomingdales. She is also an avid music lover, especially of electronic music, who enjoys curating her own Spotify playlists.