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Lisa K. Pappas-Taffer, MD

Lisa K. Pappas-Taffer, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology

Dr. Pappas-Taffer is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Dermatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Dermatology, 2012

Clinical Expertise:

  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Blistering Diseases
  • BOTOX® Injection
  • BOTOX® Injection for Wrinkles
  • Chemotherapy Side Effects
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis (Duhring's Disease)
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dysplastic Nevi (Atypical Moles)
  • Erythema Multiforme
  • Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
  • Hair Loss (Alopecia Areata)
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • Hives (Urticaria)
  • Immunodermatology
  • Lupus
  • Malignant Melanoma
  • Mole Check
  • Organ Transplant and Cancer
  • Photography
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum
  • Radiation Dermatitis
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Sclerotherapy for Varicose and Spider Veins
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Tags Removal

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • 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
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • 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

Education and Training

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Residency: NYU Langone Medical Center
Residency: Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital


American Academy of Dermatology, National Association of Professors of Dermatology, National Atlantic Dermatologic Society, Local Medical Dermatologic Society, National Philadelphia Dermatologic Society, Local Rheumatologic Dermatology Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Pappas-Taffer is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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:

Pappas-Taffer L, Gonzalez-Rivera T, Werth VP: Lupus Erythematosus Rheumatic Skin Dieases in Clinical Medicine 1st ed : 2016.

Hejazi E, Pappas-Taffer, L: Chronic Urticaria Ferri’s Clinical Advisor Instant Diagnosis and Treatment : 2016.

Langenhan J, Novoa R, Pappas-Taffer L: Acquired Port-wine Stain and Associated Eczema After Penetrating Trauma Cutis 96 (6): 391-4,2015.

Pearl JM, Klein RS, Pappas-Taffer L, Lipoff JB: Parental Leave in Dermatology Residency: Ethical Considerations JAAD 73 (4): 707-9,2015.

Langenhan J, Robinson ES, Privette E, Sharma M, Feng R, Nevas J, Calianno C, Okawa J, Taylor L, Pappas-Taffer L, Werth VP: Effect of TNF-alpha blockade on UV-induced changes in the skin Poster at the 2015 Atlantic Dermatologic Society Meeting, Philadelphia, PA : 2015.

Eastham A, Femia A, Pappas-Taffer L, Rosenbach M, Vleugels R: Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris: Evaluating Patient Quality of Life Medical Dermatology Society Annual Meeting : 2014.

Scott M, Wanat K, Pappas-Taffer L.: Sporotrichoid eruption in a patient after lung transplantation. Scedosporium apiospermum fungal thrombophlebitis and sporotrichoid nodules JAMA Dermatol 150 (1): 83-4,2014.

Pappas-Taffer L, Werth V: Scleredema Medscape : 2014.

Pappas-Taffer L: Authored 9 of questions in dermatology for comprehensive lifelong learning product from NEJM Group NEJM Knowledge : 2014.

Pappas-Taffer L, Lee K, Higgins HW, Robinson-Bostom L, McDonald CJ: Dermatologic Toxicities of Anticancer Therapy Abeloff's Clinical Oncology 5th Edition : 2013.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Department of Dermatology

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)