Meet Dr. Mark Abdelmalek: A Top Dermatologist and Award-Winning Journalist
Dr. Mark Abdelmalek is a highly regarded skin cancer surgeon and ABC News reporter. He is dual board certified in Mohs Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery and Dermatology. He is the founder of Dermatology of Philadelphia | Mohs Surgery Center which opened in Philadelphia in 2020. As a board-certified and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, Dr. Mark specializes in the precise surgical removal of skin cancer with expert reconstruction.
Dr. Mark is an adjunct Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent more than a decade in academic medicine culminating as the Interim Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Drexel University. While at the forefront of academic medicine in Philadelphia, he partnered with premier faculty to train a generation of excellent dermatologists and conduct clinical research. Dr. Abdelmalek’s clinical interests are caring for high-risk skin cancer patients and comprehensive skin care for organ transplant patients.
Dr. Mark is also an award-winning medical and investigative reporter at ABC News. As a frontline medical journalist, Dr. Mark plays an integral role in ABC News’ medical coverage. For more than a decade, he has worked alongside ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer sharing important stories of our time with television audiences of Good Morning America, ABC World News, 20/20, and Nightline. In 2016, Dr. Mark received an Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award, one of the most prestigious honors in journalism, widely regarded as the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for broadcast news. Dr. Mark has been nominated for a Peabody Award and five Emmy awards, including Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story for a COVID news special, and an ABC News Hidden America special on hard working Americans struggling to stay in the middle class.
In 2016, Dr. Mark was honored by his peers with the prestigious Philadelphia Dermatological Society ‘Founders Award’ for “devoting extraordinary time and talent as a teacher and clinician”. He has also been recognized by Castle Connolly and Philadelphia magazine as one of Philadelphia’s “Top Doctors” and “Rising Stars in Medicine.”
Dr. Mark feels honored to bring academic excellence, compassion and conversation to the greater Philadelphia area community and patients.
Education & Training
Penn State University, Schreyer Honors College
Internal Medicine Internship:
Hahnemann University Hospital
Drexel University College of Medicine
Drexel University, Department of Dermatology
Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fellowship:
American College of Mohs Surgery- Laser &
Dermatologic Surgery Center, St. Louis, MO
Awards and Honors
2022 Top Doctors™ Philadelphia Magazine
2021 Top Doctors™ Philadelphia Magazine
2020 Top Doctors™ Philadelphia Magazine
2019 Top Doctors™ Philadelphia Magazine
2018 Top Doctors™ Philadelphia Magazine
2017 Top Doctors™ Philadelphia Magazine
Philadelphia Magazine: Selected as one of Philadelphia’s rising stars in Medicine
Founders Award, Philadelphia Dermatological Society
Areas of Speciality
High-risk Skin Cancer
Transplant Dermatology: Comprehensive
Skin Care for Organ Transplant Patients
Certifications & Memberships
Board Certified Diplomate in Mohs Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery, American Board of Dermatology
Board Certified Diplomate in Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology
Fellowship-trained Fellow, American College of Mohs Surgery
Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative
Philadelphia Dermatological Society, Past-President
Atlantic Derm Conference, 2015 Overall Chairperson
Philadelphia College of Physicians- Section of Dermatology, Past-President
Select Academic Publications
Crow LD et al (including Abdelmalek M). Initial Skin Cancer Screening for Solid Organ Transplant Recipients in the United States: Delphi Method Development of Expert Consensus Guidelines. Transpl Int. 2019 Sep 10
Allawh R, Nadhan KS, Abdelmalek M, Cusack CA, Doyle AM, Hoffman M, Lee Chung C. Cutaneous Disease in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A 5-Year Experience from a Multidisciplinary Medical-Surgical Transplant Dermatology Center. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019 Sep 26
Nadhan KS, Chung CL, Buchanan EM, Shaver C, Shipman S, Allawh RM, Hoffman ML, Lim G, Abdelmalek M, Cusack CA. Risk Factors for Keratinocyte Carcinoma Skin Cancer In Nonwhite Individuals: A Retrospective Analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol (2019). S0190-9622 (19) 30145-8.
Gasalberti D, Ogrich L, Abdelmalek M, Strasser J, Kemmerer E, Raben A, Shah S. Definitive radiotherapy versus Mohs surgery for early-stage nonmelanoma skin cancers: An institutional retrospective comparison of local recurrence. J Am Acad Dermatol 2018 (79-I3, S1, pAB100)
Durkin JR, Ogrich L, Morales-Neira D, Dundumalla S, Abdelmalek M. Freeze artifact on full-field optical coherence tomography skin imaging. Skin Res Technol. 2017 May 24. doi: 10.1111/srt.12389.
Chung CL, Nadhan KS, Shaver CM, Ogrich LM, Abdelmalek M, Cusack CA, Malat GE, Pritchett EN, Doyle A. Comparison of Posttransplant Dermatologic Diseases by Race. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Jun 1;153(6):552-558.
Pritchett E, Doyle A, Shaver C, Miller B, Abdelmalek M, Cusack C, Malat G, Chung C. Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer in Nonwhite Organ Transplant Recipients. JAMA Dermatol. Sep 2016. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.3328
Zwald F, Leitenberger J, Zeitouni N, Soon S, Brewer J, Arron S, Bordeaux J, Chung C, Abdelmalek M, Billingsley E, Vidimos A, Stasko T. Recommendations for Solid Organ Transplantation for Transplant Candidates With a Pretransplant Diagnosis of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Merkel Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma: A Consensus Opinion From the International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative (ITSCC). Am J Transplant. 2016 Feb;16(2):407-13. doi: 10.1111/ajt.13593.
Leitenberger J, Abdelmalek M, Wang R, Strasfeld, Hopkins RS. Two cases of trichodysplasia spinulosa responsive to compounded topical cidofovir 3% cream. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015; 1:S33-5.
Miller M, Pritchett E, Cusack C, Abdelmalek M, Jones K. Assessment of predictive margins of biopsies of nonmelanoma skin cancer. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015; 72(5:S1): AB179
Cusack C, Nijhawan R, Miller B, Henien M, Malat G, Doyle A, Abdelmalek M. Vismodegib for Locally Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma in a Heart Transplant Patient. JAMA Dermatology 2014; 10/22/2014.
Abdelmalek M, Loosemore M, Hurt M, Hruza G. Geometric Staged Excision for the Treatment of Lentigo Maligna and Lentigo Maligna Melanoma: A long-term experience with Literature Review. Archives of Dermatology 2012; 148(5):599-604.
Haque M, Hou JS, Hisimachi K, Tamada K, Cusack CA, Abdelmalek M, Brown RE, Vonderheid EC. Cutaneous and Systemic Plasmacytosis vs. Cutaneous Plasmacytic Castleman Disease: Review and Speculations About Pathogenesis. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk 2011; 11(6): 453-461
Rosenzweig L, Abdelmalek M, Ho J, Hruza G. Equal cosmetic outcomes with 5-0 polliglecaprone-25 vs. 6-0 polypropylene for superficial closures. Dermatol Surg 2010; 36(7): 1126-1129.
Maher IA, Boyle M, Abdelmalek M. Use of latex-free elastic bandages to simulate flap mechanics. Dermatol Surg. 2010; 36(1):113-4.
Abdelmalek M, Elmer K, Elston D. Childhood HIV disease. eMedicine Journal- Dermatol. 6(1): June, 2009.
Abdelmalek M, Abramova L, Hurt M, Hruza G. Effectiveness of staged excisions for treating lentiginous melanoma in situ. Expert Review of Dermatology 2008; 5(3): 525-527.
Abdelmalek M, Stanko C. Recurrent chondrosarcoma of the right skull base in a patient with Maffucci’s Syndrome. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 2007; 6(2): 89-94.
Abdelmalek M, Han J, Allen H. Diffuse cutaneous nodules: A case of metastatic prostate cancer to the skin. Archives of Dermatology2007;143:937-942.
Abdelmalek M, Spencer J. Retinoids and wound healing. Dermatologic Surgery 2006; 32(10): 1219-1230.
Abdelmalek M, Mahindrakar S, Wiser E. Lamotrigine-induced erythema multiforme mimicking contact dermatitis. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology 2006; 5(1): 763-766.
Compliment J, Abdelmalek M, Post J. Identifying the etiology of sleep problems in children. TNP: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare 2002; 27(12):43-46.
Hospital & Academic Affiliations
Adjunct Associate Professor of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
Emmy® nominee. Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine. “Outbreak: What You Need to Know” ABC News 20/20, 2021
Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television, ABC News, 2021
Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television, ABC News, 2020
Emmy® nominee. Outstanding News Special. “Screentime” ABC News 20/20, 2020
Emmy® nominee. Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Newsmagazine. “Triumph in Thailand” ABC News 20/20, 2019
Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television, ABC News, 2019
Emmy® nominee, ABC News, My Reality: Hidden America, 2018
Peabody Award nominee, ABC News Hidden America Series, 2017
Deadline Club Award, ABC News Hidden America Series, 2017
GRACIE Award, 2017
Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, ABC News, 2016
Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television, ABC News, 2016
Emmy® nominee, ABC News, 2017. Bruce Jenner: The Interview
GLAAD Media Award: Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine, ABC News, 2016
ABC News Storytelling Challenge Winner- Best new use of live stream storytelling, 2015
Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television, ABC News, 2015
Salute to Excellence Television Finalist- National Association of Black Journalists, ABC News, 2015
Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television, ABC News, 2014
Food Bank for New York City Honoree, 2013