Danielle Tartar

My philosophy of care is to treat every patient with respect and dedication and to meet their different needs. I believe in working together with each patient to develop the best plan of care for them. 


Dr. Tartar is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her MD and PhD at the University of Missouri, where her research focused on CD4+ T cells in autoimmune disease. She then completed her intern year at the University of Chicago before moving to Sacramento to complete her dermatology residency at the University of California, Davis, where she served as Chief Resident in 2016-17. During residency, Dr. Tartar stayed active in research, studying the immunology of wound healing.  

Her background in immunology has led her to cultivate an interest in complex medical dermatology and rheumatology-dermatology, and she is currently on faculty as both the Co-Director of Inpatient Dermatology and Co-Director of the Autoimmune Connective Tissue Disease Clinic. Dr. Tartar is also very involved in resident education at UC Davis, where she serves as the Associate Program Director. In her free time, she spends time with her two Siberian Huskies, Thor and Loki.

Title: Health Sciences Associate Professor of Dermatology

Undergraduate and Graduate Education:  University of Missouri

Medical Education: University of Missouri

Internship: University of Chicago, Internal Medicine

Residency: University of California, Davis Medical Center, Dermatology

Professional Memberships:
American Academy of Dermatology
Sacramento Valley Dermatology Society
San Francisco Dermatology Society

Selected Recent Peer-reviewed Publications:

Nguyen, M, Hai, J, Bovenberg, MSS, Wilken, R, Kiuru, M, Brassard, A, Tartar D (2020). A patient with anti-NXP2-positive dermatomyositis and syphilis. Dermatol Online J. 26(2).

Nguyen M, Chen YC, Tartar D (2019). Characteristics of patients hospitalized for Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) at a Level 1 trauma center. Dermatol Online J. 25(12).

Alexian, C, Chen, YC, Le, S, Fung, MA, Konia, T, Tartar D (2019). Nodular amyloidosis of the lips as a presenting feature of systemic amyloidosis associated with multiple myeloma. JAAD case rep. 5(11): 963-965.

Alexanian, C., Le, S., Ma, C., Fung, M., and D. Tartar (2019). Umbilical condyloma lata. Derm Online J. 25(2).

Nguyen CM, Tartar DM, Bagood MD, So M, Nguyen AV, Gallegos A, Fregoso D, Serrano J, Nguyen D, Degovics D, Adams A, Harouni B, Fuentes JJ, Gareau MG, Crawford RW, Soulika AM, Isseroff RR (2019). Topical fluoxetine as a novel therapeutic that improves wound healing in diabetic mice. Diabetes 68(7): 1499-1507.

Goroughi, F., Kiuru, M., Silverstein, M., Emami-Naeini, P., Park, S., and D. Tartar (2019). The pulseless patient: profound vasculopathy as the presenting feature of fulminant dermatomyositis and response to therapy. JAAD case reports. 5(2): 176-179.

Alexanian C, Cheng M, Kiuru M, Wang JZ, Le ST, Tartar DM (2019). Eosinophilic fasciitis presenting as a unilateral, solitary plaque. Dermatol Online J 25(8).

Ma, C and D.M. Tartar. (2018) Transient localized livedo racemosa following embolization procedure. British J. Derm. 179(5): e195-e195.

Ellis, S., Lin, E.J., and D.M. Tartar. (2018) Immunology of wound healing. Current Dermatology Reports. 7(4): 350-358.

Tartar, D.M., Chung, L., Fiorentino, D. (2018) Clinical significance of autoantibodies in dermatomyositis and systemic sclerosis. Clin Dermatol 36(4):508-524.