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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

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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Overall Ratings

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)
  • 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
  • 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 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:

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.

Sobanko JF, Dai J, Gelfand J Sarwer D, Percec I: Prospective Cohort Study Investigating Changes in Body Image, Quality of Life, and Self-Esteem Following Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures Dermatol Surg 44 (8): 1121-1128,2018.

Zhang J, Bowman E, OMalley V, Miller CJ, Etzkorn JR, Shin TM Sobanko JF: Patient and Physician Assessment of Surgical Scars: A Systematic Review JAMA Facial Plast Surg 20 (4): 314-323,2018.

Fix W, Miller CJ, Etzkorn J, Shin T Sobanko JF: Patient and Physician Preoperative Scar Estimation Discordance Presented at 2018 British Association of Dermatology Meeting Edinburgh, Scotland UK : 2018.

Zhang J, Miller CJ, O’Malley V, Etzkorn JR, Shin TM, Sobanko JF: Patient quality of life fluctuates before and after Mohs micrographic surgery: A longitudinal assessment of the patient experience J Am Acad Dermatol 78 (6): 1060-1067,2018.

Fix W, Miller CJ, Etzkorn J, Shin T Sobanko JF: Patient Scar Assessment Correlates with Quality of Life After Mohs Micrographic Surgery Presented at 2018 Society for Investigative Dermatology Orlando, FL : 2018.

Etzkorn J, Neal D, Sobanko JF: Distally-based flaps relying on a perforating branch from the dorsal metacarpal artery (DMA) for proximal phalanx defects after Mohs surgery Presented at 2018 American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL : 2018.

Fix W, Etzkorn J, Shin T Sobanko JF, Miller CJ: Melanomas of the head and neck have high-risk features for local recurrence and require tissue rearranging reconstruction more commonly than BCC and SCC: A comparison of indications for MMS in 13,664 tumors Presented at 2018 American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL : 2018.

Shin T, Etzkorn J, Sobanko JF, Miller CJ: Appropriate use of Mohs Surgery in Immunocompromised Patients is High and Published Indications for Mohs Decrease Inappropriate Use Presented at 2018 American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL : 2018.

Sobanko JF, Shao K, Pearl RL, Leachman S: United States Preventive Services Task Force Overstates Cosmetic Harms of Skin Cancer Screening J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 11 (4): 52-53,2018.

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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