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Zelma Chiesa Fuxench, MD MSCE

Zelma Chiesa Fuxench, MD MSCE Physician

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

Languages spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

Dr. Chiesa Fuxench is employed by Penn Medicine.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Dermatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Dermatology, 2013

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acne
  • Acne Surgery
  • Actinic Cheilitis
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis
  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis
  • Anal Condyloma
  • Anal Warts (Condyloma Acuminata)
  • Angioma
  • Anhidrosis
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atypical Mole
  • Autoimmune Blistering Disorders
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Becker's Nevus
  • Bedbugs
  • Benign Neoplasm of Skin
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Lip
  • Biologic Therapy for Skin Diseases
  • Birthmarks
  • Boil
  • Brittle Nails
  • Bullous Disease
  • Bullous Pemphigoid
  • Cafe Au Lait Spots
  • Calcinosis Cutis
  • Cancer of the Eyelid
  • Carbuncle
  • Cellulite
  • Cellulitis
  • Chemical Peel
  • Cherry Angioma
  • Chronic Wounds
  • Cicatricial Pemphigoid
  • Cold Sore
  • Condyloma Lata
  • Contact and Allergic Dermatitis of the Eyelid
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Laser Eyelid Surgery
  • Crabs
  • Cracked and Dry Skin
  • Crows Feet
  • Cryosurgery of Skin Lesions
  • Cutaneous Amyloidosis
  • Cutaneous B Cell Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous Candidiasis
  • Cutaneous Horn
  • Cutaneous Larva Migrans
  • Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous Vasculitis
  • Dandruff
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans
  • Dermatographism
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dermatophytosis
  • Dermoscopy
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesions
  • Destruction of Premalignant Skin Lesion
  • Diaper Rash
  • Drug Reaction
  • Dyschromia
  • Dyshidrosis
  • Dyskeratosis Follicularis
  • Dysplastic Nevus
  • Eczema
  • Edema of Eyelid
  • Electrosurgery for Skin Lesions
  • Epidermoid Cysts
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Erythema
  • Erythema Ab Igne
  • Erythema Marginatum
  • Erythema Migrans
  • Erythema Multiforme
  • Erythema Nodosum
  • Erythroderma
  • Excision of Benign Lesions
  • Excision of Malignant Lesions
  • Facial Aging
  • Female Pattern Baldness
  • First Degree Burns
  • Folliculitis
  • Fungal Skin Infections (Dermatomycosis)
  • Furuncle
  • Genital Herpes
  • Genital Herpes, Female
  • Genital Herpes, Male
  • Genital Warts (Condyloma Acuminatum)
  • Glomangioma
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Granuloma Annulare
  • Granuloma Inguinale
  • Hair Diseases
  • Hair Lice
  • Hemangiomas
  • Herpes Simplex Dermatitis of the Eyelid
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • Herpetic Whitlow
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Hirsutism
  • Hives (Urticaria)
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Hyperkeratosis
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hyperpigmentation of Eyelids
  • Hypertrichosis
  • Ichthyosis
  • Impetigo
  • Impetigo Herpetiformis
  • Inclusion Cyst
  • Ingrown Hair
  • Intertrigo
  • Keloid Scar
  • Keloid Scar Removal
  • Keratin Cyst
  • Keratoacanthoma
  • Keratoderma
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Kerion
  • Laser Skin Rejuvenation
  • Laser Snoring Treatment
  • Laser Spider Vein Treatment
  • Lentigo
  • Lichen Nitidus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lichen Simplex
  • Linear IgA Bullous Disease
  • Lip Disease
  • Lipoma
  • Liposuction (Lipoplasty)
  • Liquid Facelift
  • Livedo Reticularis
  • Livedoid Vasculopathy
  • Liver Spots
  • Localized Scleroderma
  • Lupus Panniculitis
  • Lymphangitis
  • Male Pattern Baldness
  • Melanoma
  • Melasma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Milia
  • Miliaria
  • Mole Examination
  • Mole Mapping
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Mongolian Spot
  • Mucinosis
  • Mycosis Fungoides
  • Nail Disorders
  • Nail Fungus
  • Necrobiosis Lipoidica
  • Nevus
  • Nevus Flammeus
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Panniculitis
  • Parapsoriasis
  • Paronychia
  • Pemphigus Vulgaris
  • Pernio
  • Petechiae
  • Photosensitivity Reactions
  • Picker's Nodule
  • Pigmentation Disorders
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Pilar Cyst
  • Pityriasis
  • Plantar Wart
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Polymorphous Light Eruption
  • Port Wine
  • Port Wine Stain Treatment
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Prurigo
  • Prurigo Nodularis
  • Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregancy (PUPP)
  • Pruritus
  • Pseudofolliculitis Barbae
  • Psoriasis
  • Purpura
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum
  • Pyogenic Granuloma
  • Rash
  • Rosacea
  • Salmon Patches
  • Scabies
  • Scalp Disorders
  • Scalp Psoriasis
  • Scaly Skin
  • Scleroderma
  • Sebaceous Cyst Removal
  • Sebaceous Hyperplasia
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Eczema
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Sezary Syndrome
  • Shingles
  • Skin Abnormalities
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Bullae
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skin Changes
  • Skin Disorders
  • Skin Examination
  • Skin Patch Tests
  • Skin Pigmentation Disorders
  • Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation
  • Skin Spots
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Skin Ulcer
  • Solar Dermatitis
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin
  • Staph Infection
  • Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome
  • Stasis Dermatitis
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Striae
  • Striae Gravidarum
  • Subacute Cutaneous Lupus
  • Sun Damaged Skin
  • Sunspots
  • Sweet's Syndrome
  • Telangiectasia
  • Telogen Effluvium
  • Tinea Blanca
  • Tinea Capitis
  • Tinea Corporis
  • Tinea Cruris
  • Tinea Manus
  • Tinea Nigra
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
  • Trachonychia
  • Tumescent Liposuction
  • Venous Stasis Disease
  • Viral Exanthem
  • Vitiligo
  • Wart Removal
  • Warts
  • Xanthoma
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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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • 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 Puerto Rico
Residency: University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus


American Academy of Dermatology, National American Medical Association, National Association of Professors of Dermatology, National Climate Change and Enviromental Affairs Expert Research Group, National Medical Dermatological Society, National Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, Local Puerto Rico Society of Dermatology, National Society for Investigative Dermatology, National Women’s Dermatological Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Chiesa Fuxench 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.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Atopic Dermatitis, comorbidities in Atopic Dermatitis

Selected Publications:

Noe MH, Wan MT, Shin DB, Armstrong AW, Duffin KC, Chiesa Fuxench ZC et al.: Patient-Reported Outcomes of Adalimumab, Phototherapy, and Placebo in the Vascular Inflammation in Psoriasis Trial: A Randomized Controlled Study. J Am Acad Dermatol : [Epub ahead of print],2019.

Silverberg JI, Gelfand JM, Margolis DJ, Boguniewicz M, Fonacier L, Grayson MH, Ong PY, Chiesa Fuxench ZC, et al.: Measurement Properties of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale Used in Atopic Dermatitis in Adults. J Invest Dermatol 139 : 1388-1391,2019.

Silverberg JI, Gelfand JM, Margolis DJ, Boguniewicz M, Fonacier L, Grayson MH, Chiesa Fuxench ZC, et al.: Pain Is a Common and Burdensome Symptom of Atopic Dermatitis in United States Adults. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. : [Epub ahead of print],2019.

Silverberg JI, Gelfand JM, Margolis DJ, Boguniewicz M, Fonacier L, Grayson MH, Ong PY, Chiesa Fuxench Z, Simpson EL.: Atopic Dermatitis in US Adults: From Population to Health Care Utilization. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 7 : 1524-1532,2019.

Silverberg JI, Gelfand JM, Margolis DJ, Boguniewicz M, Fonacier L, Grayson MH, Ong PY, Chiesa Fuxench ZC, Simpson EL.: Validation and interpretation of short form 12 and comparison with dermatology life quality index in atopic dermatitis in adults. J Invest Dermatol : [Epub ahead of print],2019.

Silverberg JI, Margolis DJ, Boguniewicz M, Fonacier L, Grayson MH, Ong PY, Chiesa Fuxench ZC, et al.: Distribution of atopic dermatitis lesions in United States adults. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol : Epub ahead of print],2019.

Chiesa Fuxench ZC, Block JK, Boguniewicz M, Boyle J, et al.: Atopic Dermatitis in America Study: A Cross-Sectional Study Examining the Prevalence and Disease Burden of Atopic Dermatitis in the US Adult Population. J Invest Dermatol 139 (3): 583-590,2019.

Silverberg JI, Gelfand JM, Margolis DJ, Boguniewicz M, Fonacier L, Grayson MH, Ong PY, Chiesa Fuxench ZC, et al.: Symptoms and diagnosis of anxiety and depression in atopic dermatitis in U.S. adults. Br J Dermatol : 2019.

Wan MT, Torigian DA, Alavi A, Alvarez J, Chiesa Fuxench ZC, et al.: Prevalence of clinically significant incidental findings by whole-body FDG-PET/CT scanning in moderate-to-severe psoriasis patients participating in clinical trials. 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.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Dermatology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
7th Floor, South Tower
Office #726

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-5557
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)