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Lan Chen, MD, PhD

Lan Chen, MD, PhD Physician

Attending Rheumatologist

Languages spoken:

  • Chinese

Dr. Chen is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Lan Chen

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2008-2009

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2011-2012 and 2013-2013-2014

Recognized by MDx Medical's Patients' Choice Award in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012

Clinical Specialties


  • Rheumatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Rheumatology, 2002

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acupuncture
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Fibromyalgia (Fibrositis)
  • Gout
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Spondyloarthropathy - Ankylosing
  • Still's Disease
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Synovial Fluid Analysis

Description of Clinical Expertise

Gout and Crystal Disease
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Undifferentiated arthritis
Synovial Fluid Analysis
Sjogren's Syndrome

Practice Locations and Appointments

Education and Training

Medical School: Shanghai Medical University
Residency: Hahnemann University Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, National American College of Physicians, National American College of Rheumatology, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Chen is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

1) Sleep Disturbance in Rheumatologic Conditions
2) Acupuncture for Rheumatologic Conditions
3) Synovial Fluid Analysis
4) Sjogren's Syndrome
5) Ankylosing Spondylitis
6) Crystal Disease

Selected Publications:

Schumacher, H.R. Chen, L.X.,: Injectable corticosteroids in treatment of arthritis of the knee. Am J Med 118 (11): 1208-14,2005.

Nalbant S, Chen, L.X., Sieck MS, Clayburne G, Schumacher HR.: Prophylactic effect of highly selective COX-2 inhibition in acute monosodium urate crystal induced inflammation in the rat subcutaneous air pouch. J Rheumatol. 32 (9): 1762-4,2005.

Chen, L.X., Schumacher, H.R.: West meets East in Rheumatology. Current Rheumatology Reports 7 (4): 251-3,2005.

Baker, J.F., Krishnan, E., Chen, L.X., Schumacher, H.R.: Serum uric acid and cardiovascular disease: Recent developments and where do they leave us? American J. of Medicine 118 (8): 816-26,2005.

Chen, L.X., Schumacher, H.R. Kuna, S. T.: Can Acupuncture Improve Sleep in Fibromyalgia Patients? Arthritis and Rheumatism 52 (9): S 1381,2005.

Chen, L.X.: What Shall We Conclude From This Randomized Clinical Trial of Acupuncture? Annals of Internal Medicine 143 (1): on line,2005.

Chen, L.X., Goldman, J., Pullman-Mooar, S.: Chapter 30: Local Therapy for Chronic Pain Fibromyalgia and Other Non-Neuropathic Pain Syndromes : 2005.

Chen, L.X., Schumacher, H.R.: Infections in Bone and Joints Merck Manual 18th Edition : 2006.

Chen, L.X., Misbah Baqir, H. Ralph Schumacher, Jr., Kuna: Increased incidence of sleep apnea in fibromyalgia patients Arthritis and Rheumatism 50 (9): S494,2004.

Chen, L.X., Clayburne, G., Schumacher, H.R.: Update on identification of pathogenic Crystals in Joint Fluid. Current Rheumatology Reports 6 : 217-220,2004.

Academic Contact Info

Rheumatology 3910 Building, 1st Fl.
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
39th and Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 488-7718
Fax: (215) 599-2925

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