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William D. James, MD

William D. James, MD Physician

Director, Residency Training Program, Department of Dermatology Vice Chair, Department of Dermatology Paul R. Gross Professor of Dermatology

Dr. James is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. William D. James

Editor in Chief, Medscape Dermatology Reference

Lead author of a major dermatology textbook

Past President, American Academy of Dermatology

Recognized annually by America's Top Doctors from 2007 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015 - 2016

Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2009 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America from 2001 - 2013, and 2016

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Dermatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Dermatology - Clinical and Laboratory Dermatological Immunology, 1985
  • Dermatology, 1981

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cutaneous Infection
  • Immunodermatology
  • Travel Medicine
  • Travel-related Skin Disorders

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: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Walter Reed Gen Hosp
Residency: Letterman Army Medical Center


Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, National American Academy of Dermatology, National American Board of Dermatology, National American Dermatological Association, National American Society of Contact Dermatitis, National Association Military Dermatologists, National Association of Professors of Dermatology, National Atlantic Dermatological Society, Local Dermatologic Teachers Education Group, National Dermatology Foundation, National Hackney-Norins Society, Local Medical Dermatology Society, National Pennsylvania Dermatology Society, Local Philadelphia College of Physicians, Local Philadelphia Dermatology Society, Local Society of Investigative Dermatology, National Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education, National Washington DC Dermatology Society, Local West Point Medical Officers Society, National Women's Dermatological Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. James 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:

James WD, Gutman A, Kirby J: On the utility of soak and smear J Am Acad Dermatol 76 (1): e31,2017.

Charny J, Choi J, James WD: Spironolactone for the Treatment of Acne in Women, a Retrospective Study. International Journal of Women's Dermatology 3 : 111-115,2017.

James WD, Elston, DM McMahon P: Andrews' Atlas of Dermatology 1st Ed, Elsevier, London : 2017.

James WD, Elston DM, Treat J, Rosenbach M: Andrews' Diseases of the Skin 13th Ed, Elsevier, London : 2017.

Nelson CA, Takeshita J, Wanat KA, Bream KD, Holmes JH, Koenig HC, Roth RR, Vuppalapati A, James WD, Kovarik CL: Impact of store-and-forward (SAF) teledermatology on outpatient dermatologic care: A prospective study in an underserved urban primary care setting J Am Acad Dermatol 74 (3): 484-490,2016.

Imadojemu S, James WD: Increasing African American Representation in Dermatology JAMA Dermatol 152 (1): 15-16,2016.

Guzman AK, James WD: Helen Ollendorff-Curth: A dermatologist's lasting legacy International Journal of Women's Dermatology 2 : 108-112,2016.

Gowda A, Rosenbach MA, Micheletti MG, James, WD: Chronic idiopathic Sweet syndrome: A report of 2 cases JAAD Case Reports 2 : 227-9,2016.

James WD, Carlos CA, Choi JK: Granulomatous Rosacea (Granulomatous Facial Dermatitis, Lupoid Rosacea) Clinical Decision Support: Dermatology, 2nd Ed. : 2016.

James WD, Carlos CA, Choi JK: Rosacea Clinical Decision Support: Dermatology, 2nd Ed. : 2016.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Dermatology
2 Maloney Building
3600 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-4282
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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