Monica Rani


Monica Rani, MD is a board certified dermatologist and joined Dermatology + Aesthetics in August 2015. Dr. Rani practices general medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, with an interest in treatments in skin of color. She strongly believes in collaborative decision making and education for patients for all conditions, from skin cancer screening and surgery, to acne, psoriasis, warts, cosmetic botox, lasers and injectable fillers.

Dr. Rani was a full time clinical instructor at Northwestern University since 2012 where she developed a global health program in dermatology and created a combined dermatologic-infectious disease clinic to provide integrated patient care. Dr. Rani is now an Associate Attending at Lake Forest Hospital .

An avid traveler with a passion for global culture, Dr. Rani has visited numerous countries on six continents, and has delivered medical care to underserved populations in many of them. She also enjoys the outdoors, triathalons, and her neighborhood of Lincoln Park.
Dr. Rani completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, and attended the University of Minnesota for Medical School and her dual Residency in Internal Medicine and Dermatology. A frequent speaker at national and international professional meetings, Dr. Rani is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, member of the Women’s Dermatological Society, Medical Dermatological Society and the Chicago Dermatologic Society.


“My Favorite product: EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46
Simple, classic, but the most essential product in your skin care regimen. It not only protects against skin cancer, but daily use leads to keeping your skin looking young! It gives patients all the protection of a physical blocker with none of the sticky, goopey feel. Perfect for daily use and goes on great in skin of color as well!”


“My Favorite service: Skin cancer removal surgery
A key part of dermatology is to perform total body skin checks to identify skin cancer. Once identified, there are various methods to remove the cancer. Surgical removal has a high cure rate and I love the technical aspect of suturing the skin surface back together to get the minimal scar possible. It also allows me more time with the patient and I love getting to know them better during the surgery.”