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Edward Esparza, MD, PhD
Dermatology
 
4.4 out of 5
Would recommend this provider
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Profile
Special Interests
Dr. Esparza individualizes treatment in cosmetic dermatology. He specializes in minimally invasive Botox and dermal filler (Juvaderm, Restylane and Perlane) to restore your youthful appearance. His expertise includes laser (Fraxel, Medlite, Vbeam and Gemini) treatments for face redness and unwanted lines, wrinkles, sun damage and brown spots with little downtime. He also treats skin cancer, melanoma, and other diseases of the skin.
Personal Information
Outside the office, Dr. Esparza enjoys playing the piano and doing outdoor activities (snorkeling, hiking and kayaking).
Clinical Experience
Departments
Specialties
Dermatology, Cosmetic Services, Cosmetic Dermatology
Board Certifications
American Board of Dermatology
Education and Professional Achievements
Education
Washington University, St. Louis, 2007
Residency
Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, 2008 Dermatology, University of Washington, Seattle, 2011
Professional Activities and Awards
Member, American Academy of Dermatology Member, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery
Patient Ratings and Comments
Patient Ratings
All ratings are submitted by Virginia Mason patients and are verified by an independent, national patient survey company. Ratings are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. Learn about the ratings.
Would recommend provider
 
4.4 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
 
4.5 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
 
4.5 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
 
4.6 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
 
4.5 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
 
4.5 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
 
4.5 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
 
4.4 out of 5 stars
Patient Comments
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March 2018
Thorough and straight forward with comments and next steps
March 2018
Wonderful
March 2018
Terrific
March 2018
Dr. Esparza is a rockstar!
February 2018
In and out in one minute did not allow me to really know him.
February 2018
The doctor had a very nice bedside manner and put me at ease.
January 2018
Professional and friendly physician. Best dermotologist I have seen in years.
December 2017
This was a very comfortable, pleasant experience.
December 2017
DrEsparza is always very approachable and clear and decisive. I have great confidence in him.
November 2017
There is no better healthcare provider than VM. Always consistent, transparent, honest & operating in our best interest.
November 2017
I have complete confidence in Dr. Esparza - he is excellent in all respects!
November 2017
My Doctor asked questions and provided information in understandable language. He explained what he was looking for. He asked a number of different questions to help identify any concerns I had. It helped me remember a problem and he followed up with by looking at it and freezing the growth. without this type of discussion I may have left without having him look at the growth.
October 2017
Already have referred several people to him which is a stronger recommendation and rating than any survey can provide. Dr. Esparza is a very good dermatologist and I have great faith in him. He is probably a bit quicker than he has to be but I was happy to get home early.
October 2017
The past two visits exceeded my expectations in every way.
October 2017
not very friendly - weak handshake and no smile. It was an appointment late in the day and I was a few minutes late due to traffic. I think we spent exactly 4 minutes in my exam and his instructions.
September 2017
My doctor quickly assessed the situation and explained and proposed a course of treatment which we agreed to and proceeded.
September 2017
MD seemed disinterested in my case (pretty routine overall skin check); he is probably competent but not very engaging either this time or the last time I saw him. His qualifications are all about cosmetic treatments; maybe he should stick to them.
September 2017
Dr. Esparza was an excellent and caring medical professional.
September 2017
Dr. Esparza is one of the best dermatologist I have encountered! Easily spotted problem areas and surgically removed them with the utmost care. Dr. Esparza and VM are top notch. I would recommend him to family or friends without reservation.
September 2017
I was prescribed a lot of medications but not really instructed on why to effectively use them.
August 2017
I gave a good rating for question 8 because of my surprise of how quickly the Dr. preformed the exam. In my mind I was expecting it to take easily twice as long. Initially it left me wondering if I had gotten a thorough and complete exam. I called my wife and the individual who had referred both my wife and I, after the phone call I felt relieved and confident that I had indeed received a complete examination. The individual who referred us was treated for skin cancer and has been very satisfied. Both my wife and I will continue to be confident patients.
August 2017
just didn´t seem interested.
August 2017
Dr. Esparza is a very good Dr. and I wouldn´t hesitate recommending him to others.
August 2017
he has no personality. very sarcastic seems bored with is job
August 2017
excellent
August 2017
Dr Esparza has been efficient in use of time with me and concise in explanations of procedures.
July 2017
Very skilled, I had no problems with wound after care.
July 2017
Dr. Esparza has helped me avoid cancer many times by spotting and treating precancerous areas and also at least two more serious spots one of which required Mohs surgery.
July 2017
Dr. Esparza has a nice demeanor...he inspires confidence. He provides a broad picture and then narrows the possibilities with a balance of what an outcome may be. I asked him to describe what he was doing during the biopsy and he did so.
July 2017
Fabulous doctor. The best dermatologist I´ve ever had.
July 2017
Dr. Esparza is excellent. I trust him completely.
June 2017
no problems; all went very well
June 2017
Dr Esparza is great. Seems very efficient and explains the situation and procedures well.
June 2017
Dr. Esparza was terrific at explaining the procedure and letting me know what he was doing all through it. He even looked at a spot on my leg when I didn´t have an appt to do so..
May 2017
Dr. Esparza is a caring, friendly doctor who communicates really well about what´s going on. He´s honest about how effective the medication will be, and about how long to expect for things to improve. I hope that he will continue on at VM for many years to come. Past dermotologists I have gone to at VM seem to leave after just a couple of years.
April 2017
I am very happy with the care I received.
April 2017
He keeps his appt short and with minimal conversation. He is not as interactive and personable as some other doctors.
April 2017
I believe Dr. Esparza to be very competent and his diagnostic evaluation included several different possibilities. He explained each one and why he came to those conclusions. My skin condition is getting better after only 3 days of his prescribed treatment. Something that had not happened with previous providers.
April 2017
He is always very good on all of the above.
March 2017
Dr E is outstanding
March 2017
Dr Esparza is great.
March 2017
I will not return to Esparza - Lack of bedside manner, not personable. Felt like a wham bam thank you visit. Hurry up and got to next patient. Not happy with this visit!
February 2017
I am very happy and impressed.
February 2017
Dr Esparza was the first doctor in a year to be able to diagnose my issues and I´ve been 5 doctors. he was the first to do a biopsy. Within 3 weeks of my first visit I was finally healing and able to have close to normal skin.
January 2017
Drs. Kay, Sato and Esparza are fantastic. I couldn´t be more satisfied with the care they provide.
January 2017
the Dr. is a very kind, thorough man who doesn´t seem in a hurry. I hope you can keep him since you do see a lot of turnover in this specialty.
January 2017
My take on Dr. Esparza is that he is very literal and black and white. He likes the study of medicine and having patients is unfortunately necessary to further his work. That sounds harsh but I don´t know how to say it differently. I can say that I think he tries to be friendly.
January 2017
Very nice doctor
January 2017
Very good experience
December 2016
Very pleased with Dr. Esparza´s care. His skill, knowledge and care are top notch, truly a great asset to the clinic.
November 2016
quick and thorough
November 2016
He was very complete and diligent with his time with me.
November 2016
very prompt,
October 2016
I saw him regarding a facial rash I´ve had for months. I´ve seen another dermatologist about it with no results or answers. He was referred to me. He sat in the chair, looked bored as I explained the situation, and never looked closely at the rash. I brought products I use and a little discussion took place. Maybe it is this simple, but this rash has been on my face...not my neck or anywhere else...for months. Disappointing, but maybe that´s all he could do.
October 2016
I love Dr. Esparza. But I do like to know specifically what my diagnoses are and I felt like I had to tease that out a bit. In fact, I appreciate a discharge sheet from every doctor´s visit that includes such info.
October 2016
already have recommended Dr. Esparza to others several times
October 2016
It was a routine dermatology checkup but given my history of skin cancer, Dr. Esparza seemed to be very thorough and answered all of my questions.
September 2016
He helped me with my allapecia which as a female is hard when you have a significant hair loss. I am still on cortizon shots but some hair shows growth
September 2016
Fabulous doctor! Very caring and attendtive to my needs!!
September 2016
needing a new VM dermatologist, so first visit with Dr. Esparza and found him courteous and very helpful.
August 2016
The doctor did not shake my hand when he greeted me. However, he was very courteous and informational. He did not tell me to call back but did provide alternative treatment options.
August 2016
I would have liked more info about the answers to some of my questions.
July 2016
Very pleasant and explained a procedure very thoroughly.
July 2016
Dr. Esparza is very good.
July 2016
Provider seemed to do minimum, relying only on my personal observations about my continuing issues with skin cancer. A seemingly kind and quiet individual. I always have the feeling that it is an effort to check me over or make it easy to discuss my concerns. No followup on previous issues.
June 2016
He didn´t have anything to say about sun damage protection & didn´t ask if I wear sunscreen, hats etc. I don´t feel very connected to this dr. at all.
June 2016
Dr. Esparza is excellent, happy to have him.
June 2016
Dr. Esparza is thorough and clear and concerned. He reassured me about two spots i was worried about, froze several that he was worried about, and noticed and prescribed for a rash I hadn´t been able to see but was itchy. it´s getting better.
June 2016
I was not confortable, it required more explanation of my problem. He just look from the distance.
May 2016
good
May 2016
Dr. Esparza is top drawer.
May 2016
Smooth throughout all of the visit.
April 2016
I needed follow up for wound healing problems which developed after dermatological procedures performed by a solo private practice dermatologist, who went off to Japan for a week with no prior patient notification, no notification on her office phone greeting or office door and no arrangements for MD back up. I could have developed serious wound healing complications, if I had not received prompt treatment from Dr. Esparza.
April 2016
Difficult to judge all of the above in one visit, and/or until determined if course of action recommended is effective.
March 2016
He was very quick did not spend time at all. Was in & out of office within 10-15 minutes _____.
January 2016
I had to "pry" information. Seemed disinterested during visit.
January 2016
He was wonderful, just too rushed.
January 2016
Immediate correct diagnosis! Two previous providers missed.
January 2016
I do not recommend anything to anybody, so I left that blank. No summary of what the provider told me was given to me, so I had to call back in order to confirm the areas of my body which were going to be given further treatment by a different department. It would have been helpful if there was a booklet showing photos of the effects on my body of my upcoming photodynamic therapy treatment.