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Sara S. Samimi, MD

Sara S. Samimi, MD Physician

Associate Program Director Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Improvement Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology

Languages spoken:

  • Persian
  • Spanish

Dr. Samimi is employed by Penn Medicine.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acne
  • Actinic Cheilitis
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Angular Cheilitis
  • Atypical Mole
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Becker's Nevus
  • Benign Neoplasm of Skin
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Lip
  • Biologic Therapy for Skin Diseases
  • Birthmarks
  • Cellulitis
  • Cold Sore
  • Cryosurgery of Skin Lesions
  • Cutaneous B Cell Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Dermoscopy
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesions
  • Destruction of Premalignant Skin Lesion
  • Dysplastic Nevus
  • Electrosurgery for Skin Lesions
  • Epidermoid Cysts
  • Erythroderma
  • Excision of Benign Lesions
  • Excision of Malignant Lesions
  • Genital Herpes
  • Genital Warts (Condyloma Acuminatum)
  • Granuloma Annulare
  • Hair Loss (Alopecia Areata)
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • Incision and Drainage
  • Isotretinoin
  • Keratoacanthoma
  • Keratoderma
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Mole Examination
  • Mycosis Fungoides
  • Nevus
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Parapsoriasis
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Pre-Cancers of the Skin
  • Pulsed Dye Laser
  • PUVA Therapy
  • Sebaceous Cyst Removal
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Sezary Syndrome
  • Shingles
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Examination
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin
  • Tetracycline Prescribing
  • Ultraviolet Therapy
  • Wart Removal
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Practice Locations and Appointments

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: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Pennsylvania Hospital
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Alpha Omega Alpha, National American Academy of Dermatology, National American Medical Student Association, National Association of Professors of Dermatology, National Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Samimi 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:

Jayakumar K, Samimi S, Vittorio C, Micheletti R, Steele K, Ogunleye T, Richardson V, Chiesa Z, Rosenbach M: Expediting patient appointments with dermatology rapid access clinics Dermatol online Journal : 2018.

Stewart C, Cornejo C, Wanat K, Braunstein I, Samimi S, Prouty S, Seykora J, Zhang P, Rosenbach M, Kim E, Micheletti R.: The immune reconstitution of the skin following sex mismatched allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant: a prospective case series utilizing fluorescent in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. Br J Dermatol : 2018.

Jayakumar K, Samimi S: Dermatologic radiotherapy and radioactive quackery – discovery and tragedy at the turn of the 20th century. Submitted : 2018.

Rea B, Haun P, Emerson R, Vignali M, Farooqi M, Samimi S, Elenitsas R, Rook A, Kirsch I, Bagg A.: High throughput sequencing to assess clonality in cutaneous t cell lymphoproliferations across a range of histologic categories including cutaneous t cell lymphoma. Published : 2018.

Jayakumar K, Samimi S: Dermatologic radiotherapy and radioactive quackery – discovery and tragedy at the turn of the 20th century Submitted : 2017.

Jayakumar K, Samimi S.: Trends in US dermatology residency and fellowship programs and positions, 2006 to 2016. JAMA Dermatology : 2017.

Boos M and Samimi S: Lymphoproliferative Disorders of the Skin.Skin tumors and reactions to cancer therapies in children. Published : 2017.

Fardin, S., Gholami, S., Samimi, S., Rook A., Alavi, A.: Global quantitative techniques for positron emission tomographic assessment of disease activity in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and response to treatment. JAMA Dermatology 152 (1): 103-4,2016.

Jew, O.S., Cornejo, C., Spaccarelli, N., Vittorio, C., Samimi, S., Rook, A., Haun, P., Kim, E.: Mycosis fungoides simulating livedo reticularis. Submitted : 2016.

Guitart J, Martinez-Escala M, Subtil A, Duvic M, Pulitzer M, Olsen E, Kim E, Rook AH, Samimi S, Wood G, Girardi M, Junkins-Hopkins J, Ivan D, Selim A, Sable K, Virmani P, Pincus L, Tetzlaff M, Kim Jinah, Kim Y.: Primary cutaneous aggressive epidermotropic cytotoxic t-cell lymphomas: reappraisal of a provisional entity in the 2016 WHO classification of cutaneous lymphomas. Modern Pathology : 2016.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Dermatology
2 Maloney Building
3600 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2194
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)