Find a Doctor or Practice Location

Are you a referring physician?
I am searching for a
Reset Form
David A. Allan, MD, PhD

David A. Allan, MD, PhD Physician

Languages spoken:

  • French

Dr. Allan is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Occupational Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1979
  • Rheumatology, 1982

Clinical Expertise:

  • Occupational Medicine

Description of Clinical Expertise

Autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, Sjogren's, scleroderma, polymyositis, ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis of inflammatory bowel disease; metabolic arthritis including gout and pseudogout; osteoarthritis, tendinitis, muscle injuries, bursitis, compression neuropathies including thoracic outlet syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome; vasculopathies including granulomatous and giant cell arteritis, polymyagia rheumatica, and Raynaud's; inflammatory conditions including Sweets syndrome, infectious arthritis including Lyme disease, regional pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • 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
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American College of Physicians, American College of Rheumatology,

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Allan 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.


Description of Research Expertise:

Repetitive motion injuries. Unusual crystal arthropathies.

Selected Publications:

Behrman AJ, Allan DA: Stuck. Ann Internal Medicine 140 (6): 492,2004.

Allan D, Behrman A.: Lipid abnormalities in a healthcare worker receiving HIV prophylaxis. International Journal of STD & Aids 12 (8): 532-534,2001.

Garfinkel M, Allan DA, Schumacher HR Jr.: Yoga for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. JAMA 281 : 2088-2089,1999.

Garfinkel MS, Singhal A, Katz WA, Allan DA, Reshetar R, Schumacher HR: Yoga-based intervention for carpal tunnel syndrome. JAMA 280 : 1601-1603,1998.

Allan, DA: Chapter: Structure and Physiology of Joints and Their Relationship to Repetitive Strain Injuries. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 351 : 32-38,1998.

Tolin BA, Esterhai JL, Allan DA, Furth EE, Schumacher HR Jr: Pancreatic osteoarthropathy with unusually destructive sequellae. Orthopedics 16 : 473-477,1993.

Reginato AJ, Schumacher HR Jr, Allan DA, Rabinowitz JL: Acute monoarthritis associated with lipid liquid crystals. Ann Rheum Dis 44 : 537-543,1985.

Peters JC, Coleman BG, Turner MD, Arger PH, Mulhern CB Jr, Dalinka MD, Allan DA, Schumacher HR Jr: CT evaluation of enlarged iliopsoas bursa. Am J Radiology 1235 : 393,1980.

Academic Contact Info

HUP - Occupational Medicine, 4 Penn Tower
3400 Spruce St.
PMC - Division of Rheumatology, 2nd floor, 3910 Powelton Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2354
Fax: (215) 614-0666

Related Links