Dr. Katherine Zibilich HolcombDr. Katherine Zibilich Holcomb, board certified dermatologist, joined the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology in August 2012. Dr. Holcomb practices the full range of medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology. She is a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine where she supervises the residents cosmetic injectables. She first worked with Dr. Lupo in 2008 during her preceptorship with the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Holcomb has a broad range of knowledge and skill in the field of dermatology, including the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, acne, atopic dermatitis, eczema, pigmentation problems, scarring, psoriasis, warts and other skin conditions. She also performs skin surgery, leg vein injections, and non-surgical skin rejuvenation. She has extensive experience treating acne for both pediatric and adult patients, evaluating pigmented lesions and treating skin cancer. Dr. Holcomb has specialized training in patch testing, contact dermatitis and treating ethnic skin types. She is an advocate for sun protection and has organized a number of free skin cancer screenings sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. She also speaks for a number of companies on dermatology treatments and has published in numerous academic publications and presented at national meetings on topics ranging from dermatopathology to genetic disorders to sexually transmitted diseases. She actively participates in clinical studies on cosmetic products and procedures.
Dr. Holcomb’s training and experience in aesthetic dermatology allows her to work with patients to achieve a natural, younger-looking appearance without the side effects and downtime of surgery. Her non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments include procedures with neuromodulators (e.g. Botox and Dysport), fillers (e.g. Sculptra, Radiesse, Juvederm and Restylane), lasers and chemical peels. She was responsible for teaching the Botox portion of the aesthetic curriculum in her residency and now trains dermatology residents at Tulane University School of Medicine. In order to provide optimal results for overall skin rejuvenation, Dr. Holcomb educates her patients and creates an individualized skincare regimen, which may include over-the-counter, cosmeceutical or prescription treatments, depending on the patient’s skincare needs.
Dr. Holcomb gained expertise in patch testing throughout residency at a national patch testing center, Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University. In 2014, Dr. Holcomb received the American Contact Dermatitis Society Mentorship Award where she spent a week at the largest patch testing center in the United States and further honed her expertise in delayed contact allergy testing. She is pleased to be able to provide more extensive testing for the patients of New Orleans in a field that she finds both interesting and rewarding.
A native New Orleanian and valedictorian of her graduating class at Dominican High School, Dr. Holcomb received a full scholarship to Tulane University where she attained a bachelor of science in cellular and molecular biology from Newcomb College and then a master’s of science in public health. She assisted with medical research in Indonesia the year before attending medical school. Dr. Holcomb graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 2004 with the Mark Gibbs III graduation award and stayed at Tulane to complete her internal medicine internship. She concluded her dermatology training in New York City at Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2008 and was elected chief resident in her final year. Dr. Holcomb received a number of scholarships during her residency and was able to train with dermatology experts in Florida, New York, Scotland and New Orleans.
After graduating from residency, Dr. Holcomb entered active duty with the U.S. Navy to fulfill her commitment for the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Dr. Holcomb served as a clinical professor and staff dermatologist for the National Capital Consortium Dermatology Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She completed her service in the U.S. Navy in July 2012 caring for the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune and received an honorable discharge as a lieutenant commander.
Dr. Holcomb is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, North American Contact Dermatitis Society and the Women’s Dermatologic Society, for which she has served on a number of committees. She is happy to be home in New Orleans where she currently serves Tulane Medical Alumni Association Board. Dr. Holcomb enjoys cooking, traveling, bike riding and being active outdoors with her husband and two sons, Paul and Christopher.