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Thuzar M. Shin, MD, PhD

Thuzar M. Shin, MD, PhD Physician

Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Burmese
  • Spanish

Dr. Shin is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Dermatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Dermatology, 2013

Clinical Expertise:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP)
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Extramammary Perianal Paget’s Disease (EMPD)
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Malignant Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Mohs and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Nail Biopsy
  • Organ Transplant and Cancer
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Skin Cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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)
  • 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 Southern California
Residency: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Residency: University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, National American Academy of Dermatology, National American College of Mohs Surgery, National American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, National Association of Professors of Dermatology, National International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative, International Rare Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Guidelines Workgroup, National Women's Dermatologic Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Shin is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Shin TM, O’Malley V, Tuttle S, Howe N, Etzkorn JR, Sobanko JF, Margolis DJ, Miller CJ: Appropriate use of Mohs surgery in immunocompromised patients is high and published indications for Mohs decrease inappropriate use J Am Acad Dermatol : 2019.

Fix WC, Chiesa-Fuxench ZC, Shin T, Etzkorn J, Howe N, Miller CJ, Sobanko JF: Use of a vibrating kinetic anesthesia device reduces the pain of lidocaine injections: A randomized split-body trial J Am Acad Dermatol 80 (1): 58-59,2019.

Etzkorn JR, Jew OS, Shin TM, Sobanko JF, Neal DE, Miller CJ: Mohs micrographic surgery with melanoma antigen recognized by T cells 1 (MART-1) immunostaining for atypical intraepidermal melanocytic proliferation J Am Acad Dermatol 79 (6): 2018.

Fix W, Etzkorn JR, Shin TM, Howe N, Bhatt M, Sobanko JF, Miller CJ: Melanomas of the head and neck have high local recurrence risk features and require tissue rearranging reconstruction more commonly than BCC and SCC: A comparison of indications for microscopic margin control prior to reconstruction in 13,664 tumors J Am Acad Dermatol : 2018.

Rzepecki AK, Hwang CD, Etzkorn JR, Shin TM, Sobanko JF, Howe NM, Miller CJ: The "Rule of 10s" versus the "Rule of 2s": High complication rates after conventional excision with postoperative margin assessment of specialty site versus trunk and proximal extremity melanomas J Am Acad Dermatol : 2018.

Pearl RL, Shao K, Shin TM, Miller CJ, Sobanko JF: Acute Appearance Concerns in Patients Undergoing Mohs Surgery: A Single Institution Cross-Sectional Study Dermatol Surg 44 (10): 1349-51,2018.

Fix WC, Yun SJ, Groft MacFarlane 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 Journal of Cutaneous Pathology 45 (10): 2018.

Fox M, Brown M, Golda N, Goldberg D, Miller CJ, Pugliano-Mauro M, Schmults C, Shin TM, Stasko T, Xu YG, Nehal K: Nodal Staging of High Risk Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma J Am Acad Dermatol S0190-9622 (18): 32573-8,2018.

Bittar JM, Bittar PG, Wan MT, Kovell RC, Guzzo TJ, Shin TM, Etzkorn JR, Sobanko JF, Miller CJ: Systematic Review of Surgical Treatment and Outcomes After Local Surgery of Primary Cutaneous Melanomas of the Penis and Scrotum Dermatol Surg 44 (9): 1159-69,2018.

Etzkorn JR, Goldbach HS, Sobanko JF, Shin TM, Miller CJ: Repair of a Deep Defect on the Proximal Phalanx Dermatol Surg : 2018.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Dermatology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 360-0909
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)