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Lan Chen, MD, PhD

Lan Chen, MD, PhD Physician

Attending Rheumatologist

Languages spoken:

  • Mandarin Chinese

Dr. Chen is employed by Penn Medicine.

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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:

  • Acute Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Biologic Therapy for Rheumatologic Diseases
  • Bursitis
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Crystalline Arthritis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
  • Enthesitis
  • Gout
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  • Inflammatory Polyarthropathy
  • Joint Injections
  • Lupus
  • Maternal Collagen Vascular Disorder
  • Maternal Lupus
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Paget's Disease
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Polyarthropathy
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Post-Infectious Arthritis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Raynaud's Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis)
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Sicca Syndrome
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Temporal Arteritis (Giant Cell Arteritis)
  • Vasculitis
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • OPR Medicare
  • OPR New Jersey Medicaid
  • OPR Pennsylvania Medicaid

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 employed by Penn Medicine.

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
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)