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William D. James, MD

William D. James, MD Physician

Director of Education, 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 by America's Top Doctors, 2007 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America, 2015 - 2016

Recognized by Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs, 2009 - 2019

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

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Dermatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

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

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atypical Mole
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Neoplasm of Skin
  • Boil
  • Carbuncle
  • Cellulitis
  • Contact and Allergic Dermatitis of the Eyelid
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesions
  • Destruction of Premalignant Skin Lesion
  • Eczema
  • Electrosurgery for Skin Lesions
  • Erythema
  • Erythema Marginatum
  • Erythema Migrans
  • Folliculitis
  • Furuncle
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • Herpetic Whitlow
  • Impetigo
  • Intertrigo
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lichen Simplex
  • Melanoma
  • Mole Examination
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Nevus
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Photosensitivity Reactions
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Polymorphous Light Eruption
  • Prurigo
  • Prurigo Nodularis
  • Rash
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Shingles
  • Skin Abnormalities
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Changes
  • Skin Disorders
  • Skin Examination
  • Skin Patch Tests
  • Skin Pigmentation Disorders
  • Skin Spots
  • Solar Dermatitis
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin
  • Staph Infection
  • Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome
  • Tinea Corporis
  • Tinea Cruris
  • Tinea Manus
  • Tinea Nigra
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Viral Exanthem
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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 Academy of Dermatology, 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:

Skaljic M, Smith R, James W: Keratosis Palmaris et Plantaris Medscape Drugs & Diseases Available at : 2019.

Ashchyan HJ, Nelson CA, Stephen S, James WD, Micheletti RG, Rosenbach M: Reply to: "New validated diagnostic criteria for pyoderma gangrenosum" J Am Acad Dermatol 80 (4): e89,2019.

Barbieri JS, Choi JK, James WD, Margolis DJ: Real-world drug usage survival of spironolactone versus oral antibiotics for the management of female patients with acne J AM Acad Dermatol Epub ahead of print : 2019.

Barbieri JS, Spaccarelli N, Margolis DJ, James WD: Approaches to limit systemic antibiotic use in acne: Systemic alternatives, emerging topical therapies, dietary modification, and laser and light-based treatments. J Am Acad Dermatol 80 (2): 538-549,2019.

Wang A, James WD: Rosacea classification Cutis (in press) : 2019.

Ashchyan HJ, Nelson CA, Stephen S, James WD, Micheletti RG, Rosenbach M: Neutrophilic dermatoses: Pyoderma gangrenosum and other bowel- and arthritis-associated neutrophilic dermatoses J Am Acad Dermatol 79 (6): 1009-1022,2018.

Nelson CA, Stephen S, Ashchyan HJ, James WD, Micheletti RG, Rosenbach m: Neutrophilic dermatoses: Pathogenesis, Sweet syndrome, neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis, and Behcet disease J Am Acad Dermatol 79 (6): 987-1006,2018.

Guzman AK, Choi JK, James WD: Safety and effectiveness of amoxicillin in the treatment of inflammatory acne Int J Womens Dermatol 4 (3): 174-175,2018.

Guzman AK, Pappas-Taffer LK, Elston DM, James WD: Acute and recurrent facial pustulosis: a unique clinical entity? J European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 32 : e193-e195,2018.

Ghosh K, Modi B, James WD, Capell BC: BAP1: case report and insight into a novel tumor suppressor BMC Dermatol 17 (1): 13,2017.

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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