Meet Dr. Mark Abdelmalek: A Top Dermatologist and Award-Winning Journalist

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Dr. Mark now performs Mohs Surgery in South Jersey 
and Philadelphia

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

Medical School:
Drexel University

Internal Medicine Internship:
Hahnemann University Hospital

Dermatology Residency:
Drexel University College of Medicine

Chief Residency:
Drexel University, Department of Dermatology

Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fellowship:
American College of Mohs Surgery- Laser &
Dermatologic Surgery Center, St. Louis, MO

Awards and Honors

2024 Top Doctors™ Philadelphia Magazine

2023 Top Doctors™ Philadelphia Magazine

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

Mohs Surgery


Skin Cancer


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

Journalism Awards

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