Dr. Anderson graduated from MIT, and received his MD degree magna cum laude from the joint MIT-Harvard medical program, Health Sciences and Technology. After completing his dermatology residency and an NIH research fellowship at Harvard, he joined the faculty where he is now Harvard Medical School Professor in dermatology, Director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine; and adjunct Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT. Dr. Anderson conceived and developed many of the non-scarring laser treatments now widely used in medical care. These include treatments for birthmarks, microvascular and pigmented lesions, tattoos and permanent hair removal. He has also contributed to treatment for vocal cords, kidney stones, glaucoma, photodynamic therapy for skin cancer and acne, optical diagnostics and selective fat removal by tissue cooling.
He co-invented fractional laser treatment, which is useful for improving burn scars, and recently invented and developed new devices for wound grafting without scarring. His research has advanced the basic knowledge of human skin photobiology, drug photosensitization mechanisms, tissue optics, and laser-tissue interactions. His active research includes diagnostic tissue imaging and spectroscopy, photodynamic therapy, mechanisms of selective laser-tissue interactions, adipose tissue biology and novel therapies for skin disorders. Dr. Anderson has been awarded over 80 national and international patents, and has co-authored over 250 scientific books and papers. He recently received the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine and was elected and inducted to the National Academy of Inventors.