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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

Patient Rating Breakdown

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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

Memberships

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.

Research

Selected Publications:

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.

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.

Lee MP, Miller CJ, Sobanko JF, Shin TM, Etzkorn JR: Characterizing trends in utilization of Mohs micrographic surgery for melanoma in the United States American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting : 2019.

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.

Sobanko JF, Portilla N, Etzkorn JR, Shin TM, Miller CJ: Repair of a Hemiforehead Defect With Exposed Bone Dermatol Surg 44 (12): 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.

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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