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Ellen J. Kim, MD

Ellen J. Kim, MD Physician

Sandra J. Lazarus Professor in Dermatology

Languages spoken:

  • Korean

Dr. Kim is employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. Ellen J. Kim

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007 - 2012, 2015 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2018 Top Docs issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Dermatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Dermatology, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Dysplastic Nevi (Atypical Moles)
  • Malignant Melanoma
  • Melanoma
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Skin Cancer

Description of Clinical Expertise

Cutaneous Lymphomas (T-cell and B-cell) and lymphoproliferative disorders
Graft vs Host Disease
Extracorporeal Photopheresis

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Penn Dermatology Perelman

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

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • 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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Residency: Boston University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Boston University School of Medicine


American Academy of Dermatology, National American Dermatological Association, National College of Physicians of Philadephia, Dermatology Section, Local Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, National Dermatology Foundation, National International Society for Cutaneous Lymphomas, International Medical Dermatology Society, National Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, Local Philadelphia Dermatological Society, Local Society for Investigative Dermatology, National US Cutaneous Lymphoma Consortium, National Women's Dermatologic Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kim is employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Clinical trials for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL)

Selected Publications:

Kim EJ, Park HY, Puri N, Yaar M, Gilchrest BA.: The effect of vascular endothelial growth factor on normal human melanocytes. (Presented at the Society of Investigative Dermatology Meeting, Washington D.C. : 2001.

Worsley DF, Alavi A, Kim E, Palevsky HI: Scintigraphic appearance of albuterol-induced inhibition of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction Clin Nucl Med 19 (10): 901-903,1994.

Kim EJ, Kim C, Palevsky H, Alavi A: Pulmonary Perfusion Distribution after Single Lung Transplantation in Emphysema Patients vs Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Patients is Different. (Presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine 40th Annual Meeting, Toronto, : 1993.

Demetri GD, Spertini O, Pratt E, Kim E, Elias K, Antman K, Tedder TF, Griffin JD.: GM-CSF and G-CSF have different effects on expression of the neutrophil adhesion receptors LAM-1 and CD11b Blood 76 : 1778a,1990.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Dermatology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Room 721, 7th Floor - South Tower
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2737
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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