Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Dermatology

New Research Tries to Crack the Code of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

By John Infanti | November 2, 2016 | Comments image from

If you’re anything like me, when you hear “diabetic foot ulcers”, it doesn’t really hit home. You know what all of those words mean individually. You understand diabetes. You know what an ulcer is. You have a general idea that we’re dealing with something pretty uncomfortable. But then you Google... Read more

Itching for Some Sun

By Katie Delach | June 10, 2016 | Comments Sun

It may have taken awhile, but now that the sun is out and temperatures are rising, it’s time for the annual reminders about sun safety. Usually these consist of the old adages: wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses, sit in the shade whenever possible, wear protective, tightly-woven clothing, and of... Read more

Fat Busting, Non-Invasive Drug Takes on Double Chins

By Katie Delach | October 5, 2015 | Comments image from

Individuals lose weight in different areas of the body and at different rates, often leaving some with what they feel are specific "problem areas," where the fat just won’t disappear. Double chins in particular have a tendency to make people feel like they look older or heavier than they are,... Read more

Beyond Skin Deep: How Scars Affect Psychosocial Well-Being

By Katie Delach | May 18, 2015 | Comments Laser-for-scars-face-body2

Americans spend more than $12 billion per year on cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance, whether it’s tanning, implanting, nipping or tucking. That’s because physical appearance influences nearly every aspect of our lives. And it’s not all our own insecurities or judgments, either. Studies show that strangers who observe photographs... Read more

Psoriasis: The Heart and Skin Connection

By Katie Delach | August 6, 2014 | Comments image from

Did you know that psoriasis is more than merely a skin condition? It's a chronic inflammatory disease that increases a patient’s risk for other systemic disorders, such as atherosclerosis and renal damage. In the last year alone, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have... Read more

Penn Dermatology Efforts Help Push Tanning Bed Legislation Through

By Kim Menard | June 2, 2014 | Comments image from

Tanning in all forms is dangerous. A concerted effort by a cadre of Penn Medicine dermatologists has helped push legislation forward to prevent skin cancers by restricting access to tanning beds, one of the major drivers of the increased incidence of skin cancer in the United States. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

Feeling Confident in Your Skin

By Kim Menard | April 28, 2014 | Comments image from

As the temperature starts to rise and layers of clothing are starting to be shed, it's time for our annual reminder to think about our skin! This year, Penn Dermatology is offering not one, but two free programs to help everyone feel confident and comfortable in their skin. Free Radiation...

Summer To-Do List: Stock Up on Sunscreen and Get Checked for Skin Cancer

By Kim Menard | May 6, 2013 | Comments

It's Monday afternoon after another warm, sunny weekend here in Philadelphia, and that familiar reddish tint of sunburn is on faces all around me. As we emerge from a particularly gloomy and cold winter, people have been embracing every opportunity to spend time outside, but we're apparently out of practice... Read more

NIH MERIT Awards Give Researchers Long-term Stability

By Karen Kreeger | September 20, 2012 | Comments Millar Dev Cell image Nov 10

Earlier this summer, Sarah Millar, PhD, professor of Dermatology and Cell and Developmental Biology, received an unusual phone call from Carl Baker, MD PhD, Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Read more

Celebrating 10 Years of Collaboration in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

By Jessica Mikulski | October 7, 2011 | Comments Flags-cropped

On Monday, October 10th, members of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) will travel from Africa to join their colleagues on Penn’s campus to celebrate 10 years of medical and academic collaboration. The partnership began in 2001, when Penn Medicine sent one physician to the southern African nation. That was during the... Read more

An Adventure Comes to an End: Lessons Learned from Botswana

By Jessica Mikulski | September 9, 2011 | Comments Flags-cropped

In her final post for the blog series, Perelman School of Medicine student Hayley Goldbach reflects on what she learned during her trip with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership and how the experience has changed her life. We’re glad to have Hayley back on Penn’s campus and thrilled that she shared her... Read more

Just a "Typical" Day in Botswana

By Jessica Mikulski | July 29, 2011 | Comments Flags-cropped

For many people, a typical day includes waking up, having breakfast, going to work, coming home, having dinner, and going to sleep. Sometimes, if we're being good, we'll sneak in a workout. But then again, most of us aren't studying medicine abroad in Gabarone, Botswana! Perelman School of Medicine student... Read more

Keeping (Very) Busy in Botswana

By Jessica Mikulski | July 20, 2011 | Comments Flags-cropped

In a third post documenting her trip with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, Hayley Goldbach details her busy schedule in Bots! Week 1 Update Hayley Goldbach Apologies for my radio silence as I adjusted to life here in Bots. Part of it is that I have so much to say that the... Read more

Botswana Bound!

By Jessica Mikulski | July 11, 2011 | Comments Flags-cropped

In a second post documenting her trip with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, Perelman School of Medicine student Hayley Goldbach lets us know she has arrived safe and sound in Botswana...minus a few issues getting out of the United States! Hayley Goldbach Just wanted to let everyone know that I safe, sound,... Read more

From Philadelphia to Botswana – A Medical Student’s Voyage Halfway Around the World

By Jessica Mikulski | June 27, 2011 | Comments Flags-cropped

This summer, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania student Hayley Goldbach will travel to Botswana as part of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership to study dermatology and women’s health. The program that Hayley is participating in was formed by the Government of Botswana, the University of Botswana, and the... Read more

A Father-Daughter Pair Takes On Cancer in Man -- and His Best Friend

By Gregory Richter | March 1, 2011 | Comments Katie-rook-with-dog

Penn seems to be rife with accomplished researcher-families -- married couples and parent-child pairings doing innovative medical research together. To this group, we can now add the two Doctors Rook: Dr. Alain Rook is a professor of Dermatology at Penn Medicine, and his daughter, Dr. Katie Rook, a veterinary resident in dermatology at Penn Vet. Katie is starting a pilot study in her father's lab, investigating the immune system's signaling mechanisms in cutaneous lymphoma. Their story is profiled in the latest issue of Penn Medicine magazine. Read more

More Than Skin Deep: Understanding the Risks of Psoriasis

By Gregory Richter | February 14, 2011 | Comments Gelfand-with-patient

Red patches, itchy, scaly skin, painful lesions -- for sufferers of severe psoriasis, the outward signs of skin disease can be a serious impediment. But psoriasis is literally and figuratively more than skin deep, as detailed in an article in the new issue of Penn Medicine magazine. The article profiles... Read more

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