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Chris Derk, MD

Chris Derk, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Derk is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Medicine
    • Rheumatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Rheumatology, 2003

Description of Clinical Expertise

Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma) and other fibrotic autoimmune connective tissue disorders ( Eosinophilic Faciitis, Scleromyxedema, Scleredema, Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis). Raynaud's phenomenon. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Rheumatology

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine South Pavilion, 1st Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

  • Rheumatology

    Penn Medicine Valley Forge 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard Berwyn, PA 19312 800-789-PENN (7366)

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Abington Memorial Hospital
Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Memberships

American College of Physicians, National American College of Rheumatology, National EULAR Scleroderma Trials and Research group, International Philadelphia Rheumatism Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Derk is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

Scleroderma and related diseases clinical outcomes, therapeutic interventions and disease pathogenesis. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus clinical outcomes.

Selected Publications:

Kelly, A; Derk CT: Anti-RNA polymerase III antibodies in Systemic Sclerosis Open Journal of Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases 5 : 81-86,2015.

Abraham M, Derk CT: Anti-Ribosomal- P antibodies in lupus nephritis, neuropsychiatric lupus, lupus hepatitis and Chaga's disease: promising yet limited in clinical utility Rheumatol Int 35 (1): 27-33,2015.

Sehra, S; Kelly, A, Baker J, Derk CT: Predictors of inpatient mortality in patient with systemic sclerosis: a case control study American College of Rheumatology, Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston. Poster Presentation : 2014.

Mecoli C, Purohit S, Sandorfi N, Derk CT: Mortality, Recurrence, and hospital course of patients with systemic sclerosis-related acute intestinal pseudo-obstruction J Rheumatol 41 (10): 2049-54,2014.

Hsu VM, Chung L, Hummers LK, Wigley F, Simms R, Bolster M, Silver R, Fischer A, Hinchcliff ME, Varga J, Goldberg AZ, derk CT, Schiopu E, Khanna D, Shapiro LS, Domsic RT, Medsger T, Mayes MD, Furst D, Csuka ME, Molitor JA, Alkassab F, Steen VD.: Development of pulmonary hypertension in a high-risk population with systemic sclerosis in the Pulmonary Hypertension Assessment and Recognition of Outcomes in Scleroderma (PHAROS) cohort study. Semin Arthritis Rheum 44 (1): 55-62,2014.

Saketkoo LA, Mittoo S, Huscher D, Khanna D, Dellaripa PF, Distler O, Flaherty KR, Frankle S, Oddis CV, denton CP, Fischer A, Kowal-Bielecka OM, LeSage D, Merkel PA, Phillips K, Pittrow D, Swigris J, Antoniou K, Baughman RP, Castelino FV, Christmann RB, Christopher-sStine L, Collard HR, Cottin V, Danoff S, Highland KB, Hummers L, Shah AA, Kim DS, Lynch DA, Miller FW, Prodman SM, Richeldi L, Ryu JH, Sandorfi N, Sarver C, Wells AU, Strand V, Matterson EL, Brown KK, Seibold JR, and CTD-ILD Special Interest Grou: Connective tissue disease related interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: provisional core sets of domains and instruments for use in clinical trials Thorax 69 (5): 428-36,2014.

Saketkoo LA, Mittoo S, Frankle S, LeSage D, Sarver C, Phillips K, strand V, Matterson EL and OMERACT Connective Tissue Disease-Interstitial Lung Diseases Working Group.: Reconciling Healthcare Professional and Patient Perspectives in the Development of Disease Activity and Response Criteria in Connective Tissue Disease-related Interstitial Lung Diseases J Rheumatol 41 (4): 792-8,2014.

Chung L, Domsic RT, Lingala B, Alkassab F, Bolster M, Csuka ME, Derk C,Fischer A, Frech T, Furst DE, Gomberg-Maitland M, Hinchcliff M, Hsu V, Hummers LK, Khanna D, Medsger TA, Molitor JA, Preston IR, Schiopu E, Shapiro L, Silver R, Simms R, Varga J, Gordon JK, steen VD: Survival and predictors of mortality in systemic sclerosis associated pulmonary arterial hypertension; outcomes from the PHAROS registry Arthritis Care Res 66 (3): 489-95,2014.

Gnrenassia E, Avouac J, Khanna D, Derk CT, Distler O, Suliman YA, Airo P, carreira PE, Foti R, Granel B, Berenze A, Cabane J, Ingegnoli F, Rosato E, Caramschi P, Hesselstrand R, Walker UA, Alegre-Sancho JJ, Zarrouk V, Agard C, Riccieri V, Schiopu E, Gladue H, Steen VD, Allanore Y.: Prevalence, correlates and outcomes of gastric antral vascular ectasia in systemic sclerosis: A EUSTAR case-control study. Journal of Rheumatology 41 (1): 99-105,2014.

Perel-Winkler AC, Derk CT: Diffuse cutaneous mucinosis in dermatomyositis: a case report and review of the literature Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine (938414): 1-6,2014.

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Academic Contact Info

Division of Rheumatology
300 S Atrium
PCAM Bldg
3400 Spruce street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2792
Fax: (215) 662-4500
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)