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Joseph F. Sobanko, MD

Joseph F. Sobanko, MD Physician

Director, Dermatologic Surgery Education Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Sobanko is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Joseph F. Sobanko

Dr. Sobanko was recognized by Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors (2016-2017). He also received the Bernett L. Johnson Attending Teaching Award in 2015 and was named the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania 2017 Provider of the Year.

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acne Scar
  • Acne Surgery
  • Acquired Lipodystrophy
  • Actinic Cheilitis
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Angioma
  • Angiosarcoma
  • Atypical Mole
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Neoplasm of Skin
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Lip
  • Biologic Therapy for Skin Diseases
  • Biopsy of External Ear
  • Biopsy of Eyelid
  • Biopsy of Nail
  • Biopsy of the Lip
  • Birthmarks
  • Burns
  • Cancer of the Eyelid
  • Chemical Peel
  • Cherry Angioma
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Laser Eyelid Surgery
  • Crows Feet
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesions
  • Destruction of Premalignant Skin Lesion
  • Dysplastic Nevus
  • Electrosurgery for Skin Lesions
  • Excision of Benign Lesions
  • Excision of Malignant Lesions
  • Facial Aging
  • Flaps Repair of Wounds
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Graft Repair of Wounds
  • Hemangiomas
  • Keloid Scar
  • Keloid Scar Removal
  • Laser Dermatology
  • Laser Skin Rejuvenation
  • Laser Spider Vein Treatment
  • Lentigo
  • Liquid Facelift
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma of the Eyelid
  • Melanoma On Finger
  • Melanoma On Hand
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Melasma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Nevus
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Non-Surgical Facelift
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Port Wine Stain Treatment
  • Pulsed Dye Laser
  • Rejuvenation
  • Rosacea
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Examination
  • Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin
  • Sun Damaged Skin
  • Sunspots
  • Telangiectasia
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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
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • 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: State University of New York at Stony Brook
Residency: Georgetown University Medical Center
Fellowship: Oregon Health & Science University


American Academy of Dermatology, National American College of Mohs Surgery, National American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, National American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, National Association of Professors in Dermatology, National Blade & Light International Volunteer Society, International Dermatology Medical Missions, International International Society for Dermatologic Surgery, International Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Local Young Friends of the Philadelphia Academy of Music, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Sobanko 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.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Rossi AM, Sobanko J, Lawrence N, Bordeaux J, Cartee T, Armbrecht ES, Behera A, Baum CL, Alam M, Maher IA: Physician-Centered Outcomes for Skin Cancer Treatment: A Single-Day Modified Delphi Process to Assess the Importance of Themes in Skin Cancer Management Dermatol Surg 45 (7): 869-74,2019.

Micheletti RG, Chansky PB, Haun PL, Seykora JT, Sultan LR, Schultz SM, Sehgal CM, Sobanko JF: Ablative Fractional Laser Resurfacing for Treatment of Scars and Contractures in Chronic GVHD J Am Acad Dermatol : 2019.

Worley B, Owen JL, Barker CA, Behshad R, Bichakjian CK, Bolotin D, Bordeaux JS, Bradshaw S, Cartee TV, Chandra S, Cho N, Choi J, Council ML, Eisen DB, Golda N, Huang CC, Ibrahim SF, Jiang SIB, Kim J, Lacutoure M, Lawrence N, Lee EH, Leitenberger JJ, Maher IA, Mann M, Minkis K, Mittal B, Nehal KS, Neuhaus I, Ozog DM, Petersen B, Samie F, Shin TM, Sobanko JF, Somani AK, Stebbins WG, Thomas JR, Thomas V, Tse D, Waldman A, Xu YG, Yu SS, Zeitouni NC, Ramsay T, Poon E, Murad A: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Microcystic Adnexal Carcinoma: Informed by a Systematic Review JAMA Dermatol : 2019.

Lee MP, Zullo SW, Sobanko JF, Etzkorn JR: Patient-Centered Care in Dermatologic Surgery: Practical Strategies to Improve the Patient Experience and Visit Satisfaction Dermatol Clin 37 (3): 367-74,2019.

Zullo SW, Miller CJ, Etzkorn JR, Shin TM, Howe NM, Lee MP, Sobanko JF: Developing indications for interdisciplinary care between Mohs surgeons and surgical subspecialists in the treatment of skin cancers: A case-control study World Congress of Dermatology Conference : 2019.

Zullo SW, Etzkorn JR, Miller CJ, Shin TM, Howe NM, Lee MP, Abidi N, Sobanko JF: High local recurrence risk features associated with the use of frozen section cytokeratin AE1/AE3 immunohistochemical staining during Mohs Micrographic Surgery of 5,974 squamous cell carcinomas: A case-control study American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting : 2019.

Solomon JA, Oswalt M, Nodzenski MA Glener J, Schaeffer MR, Cartee TV, Maher IA, Sobanko JF, Waldman A, Yoo SS, Lewis SL, Barr M, Duke JK, Armstrong A, Poon E, Veledar E, Dellavalle R, Alam M: Assessing Skin Biopsy Rates for Histologic Findings Indicative of Nonpathological Cutaneous Disease Dermatol Surg 45 (5): 640-49,2019.

Zullo SW, Etzkorn JR, Miller CJ, Shin TM, Howe NM, Lee MP, Abidi N, Sobanko JF: Use of immunohistochemical staining in basal cell carcinomas treated with Mohs micrographic surgery: A case-control study Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting : 2019.

Lee MP, Miller CJ, Sobanko JF, Shin TM, Howe N, Zullo SW, Etzkorn JR: Surgical site infection risk associated with Integra Bilayer Wound Matrix use following excision of cutaneous neoplasms – a multi-specialty single institution study American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting : 2019.

Lee MP, Miller CJ, Sobanko JF, Shin TM, Howe N, Zullo SW, Etzkorn JR: Trends in interpolated flap repairs on the nose, eyelids, ears, and lips following skin cancer excision in the United States from 2007-2016 American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting : 2019.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Dermatology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd., Suite 1-330S

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6534
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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