Dermatologist Joy Wan, MD, MSCE, is committed to creating personalized, exceptional care for her patients. She believes that every child has unique experiences, concerns and preferences. She partners with patients and families to provide the best treatment and care.
Dr. Wan specialized in dermatology because it gave her the opportunity to help children with chronic skin conditions. “Skin diseases can have a profound effect on a child’s quality of life,” she explains. It is rewarding for her to be able to help patients and families manage their conditions.
She finds the field of dermatology to be interesting, challenging and rewarding. The variety of conditions that dermatologists treat demands a diverse set of skills. Dermatologists use visual diagnosis. They study the pathology of the skin, and use a variety of medical treatments and procedures to treat skin conditions.
Dr. Wan has an interest in chronic inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. These conditions can be difficult for children and their families. She enjoys working with patients and families to manage these diseases over time.
On the horizon, there are new therapies for pediatric skin disorders that excite Dr. Wan. These therapies will provide more effective, targeted care for patients.
Dr. Wan's research focuses on improving our knowledge of skin diseases and their treatment. She studies the cause, history and treatment of skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis across populations.
Education and Training
MD - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Medicine - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Dermatology - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Pediatric Dermatology - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
Post-Doctoral Fellow - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
MSCE in Epidemiology - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Instructor, Department of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Departments and Services
Liu T, Wan J, McKenna RA, Jackson OA, Treat JR. Allergic contact dermatitis caused by Dermabond in a paediatric patient undergoing skin surgery. Contact Dermatitis. 2018 Oct 10. doi:10.1111/cod.13125. [epub ahead of print]
Kushner CJ, Tarazi M, Gaffney RG, Feng R, Ardalan K, Brandling-Bennett HA, Castelo- Soccio L, Chang JC, Chiu YE, Gmuca S, Hunt RD, Kahn PJ, Knight AM, Mehta J, Pearson DR, Treat JR, Wan J, Yeguez AC, Concha JSS, Patel B, Okawa J, Arkin LM, Werth VP. Evaluation of the reliability and validity of the Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus Disease Area and Severity Index (CLASI) in pediatric cutaneous lupus among pediatric dermatologists and rheumatologists. Br J Dermatol. 2018 Jul 23. doi:10.1111/bjd.17012. [epub ahead of print]
Spaccarelli N, Wan J, Yan A, Bhatti T, Rubin AI. Congenital syphilis as a clinical and histopathologic mimic of neonatal lupus. J Cutan Pathol. 2018;45(10):791-3.
Capucilli P, Wan J, Corry J, Chuang JH, Linn RL, Perman MJ. Prurigo pigmentosa: an itchy, urticarial eruption confused for food allergy. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2018;6(4):1381-2.
Dizon MP, Yu AM, Singh RK, Wan J, Chren MM, Flohr C, Silverberg JI, Margolis DJ, Langan SM, Abuabara K. Systematic review of atopic dermatitis disease definition in studies using routinely collected health data. Br J Dermatol. 2018;178(6):1280-87.
Wan J, Mitra N, Hoffstad OJ, Gelfand JM, Yan AC, Margolis DJ. Variations in risk of asthma and seasonal allergies between early and late onset pediatric atopic dermatitis: a cohort study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017;77(4):634-640.
Wan J, Steiner J, Baselga E, Blei F, Cordisco M, Garzon MC, Goddard DS, Haggstrom A, Krol A, Frieden IJ, Metry D, Morel KD, Verhagen JMA, Wargon O, Drolet BA, Siegel DH. Prenatal risk factors for PHACE syndrome: a study using the PHACE Syndrome International Clinical Registry and Genetic Repository. J Pediatr. 2017;190:275-279.
Wan J, Mitra N, Hoffstad OJ, Margolis DJ. Influence of FLG mutations and TSLP polymorphisms on atopic dermatitis onset age. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2017;118(6):737-738.e1.
Grewal SK, Wan J, Denburg MR, Shin DB, Takeshita J, Gelfand JM. The risk of IgA nephropathy and glomerular disease in patients with psoriasis: a population based cohort study. Br J Dermatol. 2017;176(5):1366-9.
Wan J, Piette EW, Rosenbach M. Purpuric and cream-colored plaques in an immunocompromised person: a case of disseminated trichosporonosis. JAAD Case Rep. 2016;2(3):275-7.
Margolis DJ, Abuabara K, Hoffstad O, Wan J, Raimondo D, Bilker W. No significant association between malignancy and topical use of pimecrolimus. JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(6):594-9.
Ahluwalia J, Wan J, Lee DH, Treat J, Yan AC. Mycoplasma-associated Stevens-Johnson syndrome in pediatric patients: retrospective review of patients managed with or without intravenous immunoglobulin, systemic steroids, or a combination of therapies. Pediatr Dermatol. 2014;31(6):664-9.
Chu DH, Castelo-Soccio L, Wan J, Gelfand JM, Shaddy RE, Shah KN, Perman MJ, Treat JR, and Yan AC. Retrospective Analysis of Beta-Blocker Instituted for Treatment of Hemangiomas (RABBIT Study). Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014;53(11):1084-90.
Wan J, Wang S, Haynes K, Denburg MR, Shin DB, Gelfand JM. Risk of moderate to advanced kidney disease in patients with psoriasis: population based cohort study. BMJ. 2013;347:f5961.
Saslowsky DE, Welscher YM, Chinnapen DJ, Wagner JS, Wan J, Kern E, Lencer WI. Ganglioside GM1-mediated transcytosis of cholera toxin bypasses the retrograde pathway and depends on the structure of the ceramide domain. J Biol Chem; 2013;288(36):25804-9.
Abuabara K, Wan J, Troxel AB, Shin DB, Van Voorhees AS, Bebo BF, Krueger GG, Callis Duffin K, and Gelfand JM. Variation in dermatologist beliefs about the safety and effectiveness of treatments for moderate to severe psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013;68(2):262-9.
Yeung H, Wan J, Van Voorhees AS, Callis Duffin K, Krueger GG, Kalb RE, Weisman JD, Sperber BR, Brod BA, Bebo BF, Schleicher SM, Shin DB, Troxel AB, Gelfand JM. Patientreported reasons for the discontinuation of commonly used treatments for moderate to severe psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013;68(1):64-72.
Wan J, Abuabara K, Troxel AB, Shin DB, Van Voorhees AS, Bebo BF Jr, Krueger GG, Callis Duffin K, Gelfand JM. Dermatologist preferences for treatments to compare in future randomized controlled comparative effectiveness trials for moderate to severe psoriasis. Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(4):539-41.
Gelfand JM, Wan J, Callis Duffin K, Krueger GG, Kalb RE, Weisman JD, et al. Comparative effectiveness of commonly used systemic treatments or phototherapy for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in the clinical practice setting. Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(4):487-94.
Wan J, Abuabara K, Troxel AB, Shin DB, Van Voorhees AS, Bebo BF Jr, Krueger GG, Callis Duffin K, Gelfand JM. Dermatologist preferences for first-line therapy of moderateto severe psoriasis in healthy adult patients. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012;66(3):376-86.
Wan J (co-first author), Vittorio CC (co-first author), Abuabara K, Kurd SK, Musiek A, Steinemann JM, Gelfand JM. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled proof of concept trial of topical cidofovir, 1% and 3%, for the prevention of beard hair growth in men. Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(2):257-9.
Wan J, Abuabara K, Shin DB, Troxel AB, Bebo BF Jr, Gelfand JM. Dermatologist response rates to a mailed questionnaire: a randomized trial of monetary incentives. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012;66(1):e18-20.
Wan J, Abuabara K, Kurd SK, Musiek A, Steinemann JM, Vittorio CC, Gelfand JM. Reliability and validity of a photographic method for measuring facial hair density in men. Arch Dermatol. 2011;147(11):1328-9.
Shaikh W, Wan J, Rubin AI. Nail Psoriasis. In: Treatment of Skin Disease, 5th edition. London, Elsevier; 2017.
Posters and Presentations
Wan J, Mitra N, Hoffstad OJ, Margolis DJ. Influence of FLG mutations and TSLP polymorphisms on atopic dermatitis onset age. Oral presentation: Plenary Session, Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting; Portland, OR, April 2017.
Takeshita J, Wan J, Mitra N, Margolis DJ. Racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare utilization and school attendance among children with atopic dermatitis: a cross-sectional analysis of the Pediatric Eczema Elective Registry. Oral presentation: American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting Late Breaking Research Session; Orlando, FL, March 2017.
Wan J, Hoffstad O, Margolis DJ. Variation in the ‘atopic march’ by age of atopic dermatitis onset. Oral presentation: American DermatoEpidemiology Network Meeting and International Eczema Council Meeting at the Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting; Scottsdale, AZ, May 2016.
Ker KJ, Wan J, Bailey LC, Yan AC. Neurodevelopmental Effects from the Use of propranolol: Retrospective Oversight (NEURO) of children with infantile hemangiomas. Oral presentation: International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies; Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 2016.
Grewal SK, Wan J, Denburg MR, Shin DB, Takeshita J, Gelfand JM. The risk for IgA nephropathy and glomerular disease in patients with psoriasis: a population based cohort study. Oral presentation: Late-breaking Research Forum at American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting; Washington, DC, March 2016.
Awards and Honors
2018, Society for Pediatric Dermatology Resident / Fellow Research Award
2018, National Psoriasis Foundation Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowship
2017, American Skin Association Research Grant for Childhood Skin Disease / Disfigurement
2016, Dermatology Foundation Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowship
2016, Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentorship Award
2014, First Place Podium Presenter, Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Annual Scientific Meeting
2014, Stelwagon Award for Clinical Dermatology Research
2012, Alpha Omega Alpha
2012, Nancy C. Bell, M.D. Memorial Prize in Dermatology
2012, Herbert and Faye Moskowitz Prize
2012, John R. Stanley Research Prize for Dermatology
2012, President Gutmann Leadership Award
2011, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Training Grant
2011, GAPSA Professional Student Travel Grant
2008, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Division of Cardiology Summer Fellowship
2006, Magna cum laude, Harvard University
2005, Harvard College Research Program Fellowship
Editorial and Academic Positions
Ad hoc reviewer
2018-present, Dermatologic Surgery
2018-present, Journal of Investigative Dermatology
2017-present, Pediatric Dermatology
2017-present, JAAD Case Reports
2016-present, British Journal of Dermatology
2014-present, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
2016-present, Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance
- 2016-present, Trainee Representative, Early Investigators Committee
2016-present, Society for Investigative Dermatology
2013-present, American Academy of Dermatology
2011-present, Society for Pediatric Dermatology
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