Patrick H. Bitter, Sr., MD

Cosmetic Dermatologist Epi Center Medical Associates
Co-Founder Epi Center MedSpa

Dr. Patrick Bitter, Sr. is a globally renowned figure in the field of dermatology, with an illustrious career spanning over 45 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Specializing in cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Bitter’s unwavering passion lies in the realms of skin rejuvenation and cutting-edge laser technology. His journey with aesthetic lasers commenced in 1979 and has since led to the inception of one of the most coveted procedures worldwide, the IPL PhotoFacial.

A pioneer in his field, Dr. Bitter was among the earliest adopters of Intense Pulsed Light technology, embarking on the development of groundbreaking treatment protocols for skin rejuvenation back in 1995. By 1998, he had introduced the revolutionary IPL PhotoFacialSM procedure, now known as IPL PhotoRejuvenation, which has transformed the landscape of skincare globally.

Dr. Bitter’s pioneering spirit extends beyond procedures, as he has conducted FDA clinical trials for hair removal, collagen treatments, and various laser procedures that have significantly influenced the industry today. An esteemed advisor to numerous international laser technology companies, Dr. Bitter is a sought-after lecturer and has imparted his expertise to physicians worldwide. Furthermore, his involvement in the creation of five skincare products underscores his commitment to advancing dermatological care.

In recognition of his monumental contributions to dermatology and medical cosmetics, Dr. Bitter was honored as Dermatologist of the Year in 2013. He also received an award from the American Cancer Society, presented by Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Notably, Dr. Bitter has served as a medical advisor to the Oprah Winfrey Show and is a distinguished contributor to the best-selling medical book, “Beating Rosacea: Vascular, Ocular, and Acne Forms.”

Beyond his professional endeavors, Dr. Bitter leads an active lifestyle, having completed 42 marathons, five ultra-marathons, and multiple triathlons, including the prestigious Ironman in Hawaii. His remarkable achievements both in and out of the medical field exemplify his unwavering dedication to excellence and innovation.


Epi Center MedSpa
450 Sutter St # 800
San Francisco, CA 94108

(415) 362-4754


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