The Glamour Beauty Editor Who Became a Dermatologist

How does someone go from a career in east coast magazine publishing to a career in west coast dermatology? This was the obvious first question when Becky Bach, a media relations and digital strategist for the Stanford Medical School, recently spoke with Dr. Laurel Naversen Geraghty (pictured).

From 1999 to 2004, Geraghty worked on the editorial side of Hearst and Condé Nast, rising to the perch of senior beauty editor at Glamour magazine. She also was an editor with Allure, Harper’s Bazaar and Women Sports and Fitness:

“Once, after I wrote an article about skin cancer for Glamour, the magazine received over 50 reader letters saying, “You helped me find my skin cancer!” That is incredibly rewarding. Skin care was one of my beats, and the more I covered dermatology and medicine, the more I found myself missing science. And I decided to make a radical change to explore that interest.”

“When I said that I wanted to go to medical school, my colleagues looked at me like I had three heads. But it wasn’t completely out of the blue. My father is a dermatologist, and I’ve always been interested in medicine. I was pre-med at Brown.”

During NYU medical school, Geraghty hosted The Dermatology Show on Sirius XM and continues to freelance here and there today as she completes her second year of residency at the Stanford School of Medicine. She got married in 2005, after meeting her future husband at the Bar Harbour bar in Manhattan. The NYT “Wedding Vows” has the funny details about that separate transition.

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