Katie Rodan

About Katie Rodan

Birth Year: 1955
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, United States
Residence: San Francisco, California
Alma mater: University of Virginia University of Southern California
Occupation: Dermatologist, Entrepreneur, Author
Known for: co-founder, Rodan + Fields
Spouse(s): Amnon Rodan
Children: 2
Website: drrodan.com

Katie Rodan

Katie Rodan was born on 1955 in San Francisco, California, United States. Dermatologist Rodan co-created acne treatment Proactiv and launched skin-care company Rodan + Fields with longtime business partner Kathy Fields. The pair invented Proactiv in 1990 and licensed the acne medication to infomercial company Guthy-Renker five years later. The duo sold Rodan + Fields to Estée Lauder in 2003 and bought it back in 2007 and switched to a direct selling model. Sales have since skyrocketed, up 60% from 2015 to $1 billion in 2016. In April 2016, they sold their royalties to Proactiv to a joint venture between Guthy-Renker and Nestle, which markets the product.

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Famous Quotes:

Let's empower the entrepreneur. You have to be able to stand on your own two feet.



In 1984, Rodan and Kathy Fields met during their dermatology residency at Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1995, they developed Proactiv Solution as a skincare treatment for acne.


Born to Bernardine Pregerson, a microbiology professor, and her husband Harry Pregerson, a federal appeals court judge, Rodan was raised in Los Angeles. She earned her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Virginia and her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. She completed her internship at Los Angeles County Hospital and in 1987 completed her residency in dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she was also appointed chief resident.


In 2002, they launched Rodan + Fields. In 2003, Rodan + Fields was purchased by Estée Lauder. In 2006, the company moved to direct sales and multi-level marketing. In 2007, Rodan and Fields bought back the brand from Estée Lauder.


Rodan is an adjunct clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University and has a private practice in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. In 2008, she was named a top Doctor in the East Bay by Oakland Magazine. Rodan is often featured in print and broadcast media as an expert in dermatology, particularly cosmetic dermatology. She has been interviewed and quoted in media, including Fox Business News, Shape Magazine, O Magazine, Women's Health, Redbook, Allure, and Cosmopolitan.

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