Pediatric dermatologist Melinda Jen, MD, believes the skin is unique, because the entire organ is visible to the naked eye. "The skin is a window into the body," she explains. "Manifestations on the skin can frequently clue us into something else going on in the body.” Further, given the visibility of the skin, even conditions that appear to be minor can have a profound impact on a patient.

As the Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Laser, Dr. Jen strives to provide the best surgical environment for each child. She performs procedures under local anesthesia, sedation and general anesthesia. In addition to more standard surgical procedures, Dr. Jen also treats a variety of conditions with laser, including vascular lesions and scars.

Dr. Jen’s other major clinical interest is in pediatric pigmented lesions, and she serves as the Director of the Pediatric Pigmented Lesion Group. There, she specializes in caring for patients with congenital nevi, atypical nevi, and melanoma. The risk factors, frequency and prognosis of melanoma appear to be different in children than in adults. As melanoma is relatively rare in the pediatric population, more research is needed to counsel families and inform treatments. Toward this end, Dr. Jen maintains an active registry of rare tumors and melanoma, and CHOP participates in a national study to learn more about these tumors.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY


Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Dermatology - University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT (Chief Resident)
Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA



Pediatric Dermatology - Rady Children's Hospital, University of California, San Diego, CA

Board Certification

Dermatology – American Board of Dermatology
Pediatric Dermatology – American Board of Dermatology

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Director, Pigmented Lesion Group

Director, Pediatric Dermatologic Surgery and Laser

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Valiga Alexander, Neidig Lane, Cusack Carrie Ann, Gaddis Kevin, Jen Melinda, Rubin Adam, Moon Amanda T: Plexiform fibrohistiocytic tumor on the chest of a 5-year-old child and review of the literature. Pediatric dermatology Mar 2019.

Provini Lauren E, Stellar Judith J, Stetzer Molly N, Nguyen Phuong D, Jen Melinda: Combination hyperbaric oxygen therapy and ustekinumab for severe hidradenitis suppurativa. Pediatric dermatology Feb 2019.

Heller Elizabeth, Murthy Aditi S, Jen Melinda V: A slime of the times: Two cases of acute irritant contact dermatitis from homemade slime. Pediatric dermatology 36(1): 139-141, Jan 2019.


Ashchyan Hovik, Jen Melinda, Elenitsas Rosalie, Rubin Adam I: Surreptitious apple cider vinegar treatment of a melanocytic nevus: Newly described histologic features. Journal of cutaneous pathology 45(4): 307-309, Apr 2018.

Yu JiaDe, Jen Melinda V, Yan Albert C, Elenitsas Rosalie, Rubin Adam I: Angiomatoid and desmoplastic Spitz nevus presenting as a keloidal nodule. Pediatric dermatology Mar 2018.

Chang Xiao, Li Dong, Tian Lifeng, Liu Yichuan, March Michael, Wang Tiancheng, Hou Cuiping, Pellegrino Renata, Levy Richard, Jen Melinda, Soccio Raymond, Sleiman Patrick, Hakonarson Hakon, Castelo-Soccio Leslie: Heterozygous Deletion Impacting SMARCAD1 in the Original Kindred with Absent Dermatoglyphs and Associated Features (Baird, 1964). The Journal of pediatrics 194: 248-252.e2, Mar 2018.


Coughlin Carrie C, Jen Melinda V, Boos Markus D: Drug Hypersensitivity Syndrome with Prolonged Course Complicated by Parvovirus Infection. Pediatric dermatology 33(6): e364-e365, Nov 2016.


Siegel Richard M, Muppidi Jagan R, Sarker Malabika, Lobito Adrian, Jen Melinda, Martin David, Straus Stephen E, Lenardo Michael J: SPOTS: signaling protein oligomeric transduction structures are early mediators of death receptor-induced apoptosis at the plasma membrane. The Journal of cell biology 167(4): 735-44, Nov 2004.


Young David M, D'Argenio David A, Jen Melinda, Parke Donna, Nicholas Ornston L: Gunsalus and Stanier set the stage for selection of cold-sensitive mutants apparently impaired in movement of FAD within 4-hydroxybenzoate hydroxylase. Biochemical and biophysical research communications 312(1): 153-60, Dec 2003.




Melinda Jen, Adam Rubin: Wells Syndrome (Eosinophilic Cellulitis). Hematopathology of the Skin. Alejandro Gru, Andras Schaffer (eds.). 2016.


Melinda Jen: Rash - Drug Eruptions. Fleisher and Ludwig's Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Richard G Bachur MD, Kathy N. Shaw MD, MSCE (eds.). Wolters Kluwer, 2015.


Melinda Jen, Mary Wu Chang: Hidradenitis suppurativa. Severe Skin Diseases in Children: Beyond Topical Therapy. Wynnis Tom, MD (eds.). Springer, December  2013.


Jen M, Shah KN, Yan AC. Cutaneous changes in nutritional disease. In: Wolff K, Goldsmith LA, Katz SI, Gilchrest BA, Paller AS, Leffel DJ, editors. Fitzpatrick’s dermatology in general medicine. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2012.


Jen M, Chang MW. Pityriasis rubra pilaris. In: Harper, Oranje, Prose, editors. Textbook of pediatric dermatology. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell; 2011.


Jen M, Shah KN, Yan AC. Cutaneous changes in nutritional disease. In: Wolff K, Goldsmith LA, Katz SI, Gilchrest BA, Paller AS, Leffell DJ, editors. Fitzpatrick’s dermatology in general medicine. 7th ed. New York: McGraw Hill; 2007. 

Posters and Presentations

Invited Lectures


Melinda J. "Challenging Pediatric Nevi", American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, Washington DC. Mar, 2019.


Melinda J. "Procedural Dermatology in the Pediatric Population", American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Feb, 2018.


Melinda J. "Pediatric Dermatology", American Academy of Dermatology DermPrep course, Phoenix, AZ. Nov, 2017.

Melinda J. "Dermatology Update 2017: Pediatric dermatology", Maui Derm NP+PA Fall 2017 meeting, New Orleans, LA. Sep, 2017.

Melinda J. "Pediatric dermatology", Maui Derm NP+PA Fall 2017 meeting, New Orleans, LA. Sep, 2017.

Melinda J. "Managing Challenging Nevi in Children", American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting, New York, NY. Jul, 2017.

Awards and Honors

2015-2016, Faculty Teaching Honor Roll, Pediatric Residency, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2015-2016, Career and Community Advancement Award, Women's Dermatologic Society
2015-2016, Mentorship award in procedural dermatology, Society for Pediatric Dermatology
2012, Jean A. Cortner Divisional Teaching Award, General Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2018-present, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Reviewer
2014-present, Pediatric Emergency Care, Reviewer
2013-present, JAMA Dermatology, Reviewer
2009-present, Pediatric Dermatology, Reviewer

Academic and Institutional Committees

2012-present, Laser Safety Committee
2011-present, Dermatology Residency Selection Committee

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2012-present, American Academy of Pediatrics
2009-present, Women's Dermatologic Society
2009-present, Society for Pediatric Dermatology
 - 2011-present, Junior Faculty and Fellows Committee
 - 2018-present, Awards Committee
2007-present, American Academy of Dermatology