A Sunny Outlook

Timothy Richardson’s career choice fits him like a second skin

Ethan Kaminsky

In the desert where the sun shines brilliantly year-round, a dermatologist’s work is cut out for him. “It’s not realistic to expect people to stay completely out of the sun when they live in a resort area like this,” dermatologist Timothy Richardson says. “But I do encourage my patients to avoid the midday sun whenever possible. Choosing outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon is a much safer way to go.”

With a patient base that is largely desert-dwelling retirees, Richardson says a big part of his job focuses on educating people about the dangers of UV rays.

Because of his expertise in Mohs micrographic surgery, a method of treating skin cancer that removes all of the cancer while keeping normal tissue intact, Richardson limits his dermatology practice to cancer treatment. In an average week, he performs more than 30 surgeries and says he prides himself on producing scar-free results.

“I enjoy the fact that this is a medical specialty where we can actually fix the problem when we catch it early,” he says. “Because people are much more aware of the symptoms associated with skin cancer, the patients I see often come in when the condition is still highly treatable.”

Currently the only fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon practicing in the Coachella Valley, he says his penchant for perfectionism fuels his professional passion.

“The gratitude expressed by my patients following these types of procedures is what makes my job so worthwhile,” the dermatologist says.

A California native, Richardson graduated magna cum laude from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and, prior to opening his private practice, was an assistant professor of medicine at Loma Linda University Medical School. Now a staff physician at Eisenhower Medical Center, he remains committed to ongoing training and education. But it’s the daily interaction with his patients that brings the doctor his greatest joy.

Like most dermatologists, Richardson is a big proponent of sunscreen. Always one to lead by example, the outdoor enthusiast routinely slathers on plenty of sun protection prior to heading out for his daily bicycle jaunts. An avid exerciser, he typically bikes as many as 120 miles per week and spends at least three hours weekly working out at the gym.

“Exercise has become a very important part of my life,” he says. “My job requires a lot of focus and concentration, and I find that physical activity helps me relax and feel more balanced.”
Married 26 years, Richardson enjoys spending time with his family, which includes two sons, ages 11 and 21.

“My oldest son loves science and is currently pre-med at UC Irvine, so I just tell him to follow his heart,” he says. “It’s certainly worked for me.”
Palm Springs Life

Related Articles

Where to Dine Out Locally on Your Diet

Here is a compilation of Coachella Valley establishments that fits your Paleo, Vegan or Juicing diets.

Rancho Mirage May Become Home to President Obama

The Palm Springs area may once again become the home of a U.S. president with reports that the Obamas are close to buying a house in the Thunderbird Heights community of Rancho Mirage.

Watch Our Top 10 Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Videos

Where should I eat in the Greater Palm Springs area? Watch our Top 10 Restaurant Videos to help you find the answer to that question.

Palm Springs BUZZ Will Transport Residents, Visitors Around City

The Palm Springs BUZZ will be seen on the streets of downtown starting in November after the City Council unanimously approved the swanky bus to transport residents and visitors around the city.

Agua Serena Spa Offers Skin Analysis to Aid Treatments

Dr. Richard Fox uses a VISIA complexion analysis machine as part of the skin treatment process at Agua Serena Spa at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.

Promotions + Contests

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couple’s getaway
90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Each month, a first place winner will be selected to win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!And, each month, three additional runners up will be selected to win a wonderful Palm Springs area Dining certificate!
2013/14 Best of the Best

2013/14 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.