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Joseph F. Sobanko, MD

Joseph F. Sobanko, MD Physician

Director, Dermatologic Surgery Education Assistant 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 May 2018 Top Docs issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Aesthetics
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • BOTOX Therapy for Wrinkles
  • CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Eyelid Tumors
  • Facial Lesions
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Head and Neck Tumor
  • Head Lesions
  • Head Reconstruction
  • Injectable Neurotoxins and Fillers
  • Juvederm‎ Fillers
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing for Wrinkles
  • Laser Therapy
  • Malignant Melanoma
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Mohs and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Mole Removal
  • Nose Reconstruction Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
  • Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Lesion Removal
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Tissue Grafts

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
  • 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 Sciences University Hospital


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 Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, 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.


Selected Publications:

Shin TM, O’Malley V, Tuttle S, Howe N, Etzkorn JR, Sobanko JF, Margolis, DJ, Miller CJ: Appropriate use of Mohs surgery in immunocompromised patients is high and published indications for Mohs decrease inappropriate use JAAD : 2019.

Etzkorn JR, Jew OS, Shin TM, Sobanko JF, Neal DE, Miller CJ: Mohs micrographic surgery with melanoma antigen recognized by T cells 1 (MART-1) immunostaining for atypical intraepidermal melanocytic proliferation J Am Acad Dermatol 79 (6): 1109-16,2018.

Lee K, Prather H, Sobanko JF, Alam M: Improvement in Self-Perceived Characteristics After Cosmetic Treatments: Results from the IMPACT Study American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Meeting : 2018.

Yun SJ, Groft CM, Jambusaria A, Elenitsas R, Chu E, Etzkorn JR, Sobanko JF, Shin TM, Miller CJ: MART-1-Labeled Melanocyte Density and Distribution in Actinic Keratosis and Squamous Cell Cancer in situ: Pagetoid Melanocytes are a Potential Source of Misdiagnosis as Melanoma in Situ J J Cutan Pathol 45 (10): 734-742,2018.

Etzkorn JR, Goldbach H, Sobanko JF, Shin T, Miller CJ: Repair of a Deep Defect on the Proximal Phalanx Dermatol Surg : 2018.

Bittar JM, Bittar PG, Wan MT, Kovell RC, Guzzo TJ, Shin TM, Etzkorn JR, Sobanko JF, Miller CJ: Systematic Review of Surgical Treatment and Outcomes After Local Surgery of Primary Cutaneous Melanoma of the Penis and Scrotum Dermatol Surg 44 (9): 1159-69,2018.

Champlain A, Reserva J, Webb K, Griffin D, Moy L, Joyce C, Glaser D, Lawrence N, Lee KC, Antonovich DD, Duffy DM, Kim J, Ozog D, Sobanko JF, Alam M, Tung RC: Cosmetic Dermatology Training During Residency: Outcomes of a Resident-Reported Survey Dermatol Surg 44 (9): 1216-19,2018.

Shao K, Zhang J, Taylor L, Pearl R, Sobanko JF: Improving Quality of Life Measurement in Skin Cancer Patients: Clinical Correlate for the Skin Cancer Index Dermatol Surg 44 (8): 1216-19,2018.

Etzkorn JR, Tuttle SD, Lim I, Feit EM, Sobanko JF, Shin TM, Neal DE, Miller CJ: Patients prioritize local recurrence risk over other attributes for surgical treatment of facial melanomas - results of a stated preference survey and choice-based conjoint analysis J Am Acad Dermatol 79 (2): 210-19,2018.

Fix, WC, Chiesa-Fuxench ZC, Shin T, Etzkorn J, Howe N, Miller CJ, Sobanko JF: Use of a vibrating kinetic anesthesia device (KAD) reduces the pain of lidocaine injections: a randomized split-body trial J Am Acad Dermatol : 2018.

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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