San Antonio is home to Dr. Vivian Bucay, M.D., her husband Moises Bucay, a cardiologist and their three daughters. Dr. Bucay is recognized nationally for her expertise in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation through the combined use of neuromodulators, injectable dermal fillers, and skin resurfacing, Considered to be one of the pre-eminent dermatologists in the country, Dr. Bucay's credentials span a wide scope of biomedical research, patient care, and medical education. Licensed in both the United States and Mexico, she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, completing her undergraduate studies in 1983 while serving as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. She earned her MD in 1987 from Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine. After completing an internship in pediatrics in 1988, Dr. Bucay began a residency in dermatology at The University of Miami School of Medicine which she then completed at Baylor College of Medicine in 1991. Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Bucay serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Bucay serves as faculty on several continuing medical educational initiatives in the USA. She is sought for speaking engagements and has been featured as a keynote speaker across the globe on a wide scope of topics ranging from innovations in facial aesthetics to neuromodulators to cancer survival. A personal battle with stage 4 melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, has enabled Dr. Bucay to connect with her patients in a unique way. Dr. Bucay's patient empathy is borne of the mental, social, and physical challenges she experienced as a patient in her fight with cancer. Cancer free since August 2007, her victory has been an inspiration to her patients. Passionate about skin wellness, Dr. Bucay has been featured as a skin expert in several publications, including Allure, Cosmetic Surgery Times, Elle, More, Shape, Prevention, and Good Housekeeping. Since 2004, Dr. Bucay has been recognized yearly as a Texas Super Doctor by Texas Monthly Magazine. Dr. Bucay is a Distinguished Physician Member of the Liquid Face Lift Association and is the author or co-author of many publications and is involved in several studies evaluating emerging cosmeceuticals. Undergraduate Johns Hopkins University (full scholarship) Baltimore, MD Aug 1979 – May 1983 Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences Medical School Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX Aug 1983 – June 1987 Medical DoctorateInternship Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX July 1987 – June 1988 Internship, Pediatrics Residency University of Miami School of Medicine Miami, FL July 1988 – June 1989 First-year Residency in Dermatology Residency Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX July 1989 – June 1991 Residency in Dermatology Honors National Merit Scholar (1979) Phi Beta Kappa Teamster International Scholarship (1979-1983) Baylor Trustee Scholarship (1985)
My goal is to make the most of a person?s natural beauty while striving for balance and harmony between features, As an art collector, I have an appreciation for the visual form and am more aesthetically inclined. I have also treated patients abroad, gaining an international perspective and additional insight into various skin conditions. I survived stage-four melanoma cancer and wrote a lot of articles on that; it reinforced my zest for life, enabling me to relate better to patients.
Dr. Bucay's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Dermatology
Board certified in Dermatology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Bucay's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Facial Skin Cancer
Herpes Simplex Infection
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Acne Scar Removal
Aged or Sun-Damaged Skin Treatment
Body Imaging Services
Botox® for Severe Underarm Sweating when Antiperspirants Fail
Carbon Dioxide Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Cosmetic Botox® Injection
Cosmetic Laser Surgery
Cosmetic Xeomin® Injection
Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Cyst
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Exilis Skin Tightening Therapy
Facial Rejuvenation, Advanced, Laser
Glycolic Acid Skin Care Treatment
Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC Injection
Juvéderm® Voluma® Injection
Kybella Treatment for Submental Fat
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Treatment for Melasma
Lift - Parts of the Body Other than Face
Non-Ablative Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Non-Cosmetic Botox® Injection
Pellevé® RF Skin Tightening
Shaving of Skin Lesion
Skin Cancer Removal
Skin Lesion Biopsy
Skin Tag Removal
Vanquish® Fat Recontouring
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Texas.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
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Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital Of Baltimore
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1983
Medical School | Graduated 1987
Internship Hospital | Completed 1988
Internship Hospital | Completed
Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
University Of Miami / School Of Medicine
Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Bucay has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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Dr. Bucay's Reviews
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Bucay to family and friends
based on 22total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Bucay Says:
My visit was unlike any other. I have had my share of dermatologists visits and none compare to Dr. Bucay's office. From the moment I walked in, I instantly felt welcomed. My entire visit felt personalized. Never did I feel like I was at a doctors office. I never felt rushed. The whole feel of the casita - from furniture to layout, made my visit feel like I was at a spa rather than a doctor's