Dr. Arthur Balin

Dermatology
Media, PA
49 years experience male

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Media, PA

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110 Chesley Drive, Media, PA
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Thursday: 11am - 5:00pm
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Arthur K Balin, MD, PhD, PC

Media, PA

About

Bio

Arthur K Balin, MD, PhD, FACP, FAACS, FAAD, FACMS, FASDS, FASLMS, FASDP, FCAP, FASCP, FAAA, FRSM, FACN, FNACB, FFRBM, AGSF, FGSA, FMMS, FPCP Dr Balin is the Medical Director of The Sally Balin Medical Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery and The Sally Balin Ambulatory Surgical Center in Media, PA. These facilities are located in suburban Philadelphia and provide state of the art technology for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, cosmetic improvement of aging skin, cosmetic surgery, tumescent liposuction surgery, tattoo removal, longevity medicine, medical hypnosis, and medical acupuncture. Dr Balin was graduated from Northwestern University with Highest Distinction. He went on to complete his MD and PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and residencies in Dermatology and in Dermatopathology at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center in Connecticut. Additionally, he trained at the Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University in Dallas, Texas to become one of only a few hundred physicians fellowship trained and certified in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology. Dr. Balin is currently Board Certified in seven medical specialties, four of which are standard AMA recognized Boards. They include Board Certification in Internal Medicine and in Geriatric Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dermatology from the The American Board of Dermatology, and Dermatopathology from the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Pathology. Three are newer established Boards. They include Board Certification in Dermatologic Cosmetic Surgery from the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology from the American Board of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and Anti-Aging Medicine from the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. He has studied acupuncture and is licensed as a physician acupuncturist in Pennsylvania. He initially studied hypnosis in the early 1970's with Dr Martin Orne at the Universtiy of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Balin has held academic faculty appointments at The Rockefeller University, Yale-New Haven Medical Center, Cornell University Medical School, and Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Balin has held clinical faculty positions at The Rockefeller University Hospital, the New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical College, Medical College of Pennsylvania, and the Jefferson Health System. He was Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Research Professor of Pathology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania which is now known as Drexel University School of Medicine. He was Clinical Professor at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research in the Jefferson Health System, Philadelphia, PA. While at The Rockefeller University he directed a laboratory for nine years where he conducted research on the discovering molecular mechanisms that are responsible for the aging process. He has taught courses on Dermatology, skin surgery and anatomy, and trained residents in Dermatology and post doctoral fellows in academic biomedical research. Dr. Balin is an active member of more than 60 professional and academic societies. He has been elected to Fellowship in 18 Medical and Scientific Societies. Some of teh more clinically related societies include: Fellow, American College of Physicians; Fellow, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery; Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology; Fellow, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery; Fellow, American College of Mohs Surgery; Fellow, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery; Fellow, The American Society of Dermatopathology; Fellow, College of American Pathologists; Fellow, American Society of Clinical Pathology; Fellow, American Geriatrics Society; Fellow, Gerontological Society of America; Fellow, American Society of Clinical Nutrition; Fellow, Philadelphia College of Physicians; Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine. Dr. Balin has received multiple awards for his outstanding medical achievements. They include: the Mosby Scholarship Award by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; the Wilton H Earle Award by the Society for in Vitro Biology; the Outstanding Achievement in Life Sciences- Advances in Clinical Medicine Award by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine; the American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award, The American Academy of Dermatology Continuing Medical Educaiton; Appreciation Award, the American Society of Dermatopathology for over 20 years as Curator of the ASDP Reference Slide Library; Appreciation Award from The American Aging Association for being Executive Director and Treasurer for 16 years. Furthermore, throughout his career he has been honored by being elected to membership in Phi Eta Sigma (scholastic honorary society), Phi Beta Kappa (scholastic honorary society), Alpha Omega Alpha (medical honorary society), and Sigma Xi (scientific honorary society). In 2009. he was honored by the American Aging Association by having an annual medically related session at their annual scientific meeting named the Arthur Balin Plenary session. He has authored severla scientific and medical books and one for the lay public entitled "The Life of the Skin" which was selected by the Literary Guild and the Doubleday book club and was named one of the best medical books in 1998 by Amazon.com. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of Philadelphia's Top Doctors by Main Line Today. His biographical listing is included in Marquis Who's Who in America. Dr. Balin has authored over 140 research papers, chapters in medical textbooks and encyclopedias, abstracts, and electronic internet chapters. Dr. Balin has been interviewed about various subjects including skin cancer and aging on radio and television. He has testified before both the Senate and the House of the United States. His scientific papers are peer reviewed and focus on basic aging research, nutrition, wound healing, and clinical and experimental dermatology. He was one of the first scientists to grow human skin in the laboratory and to then take the ksin and place it on wounds to help them heal. Some of this research was documented in a National Geographic film called "A Day in the Life of America" that aired nationally on Thanksgiving in 1988. He serves on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of several journals and organizations. He served as the Executive Director of the American Aging Association from 1992 - 2008 and currently serves as the Curator of the Reference Dermatopathology Slide Library of the American Society of Dermatopathology. Besides attendance at numerous special conferences and workshops annually, Dr. Balin gives a number of invited lectures. He is continually pioneering research in the areas of molecular biology and the clinical aspects of aging. His specific clinical interests are the amelioration of cutaneous disease, including skin cancer, and progressive and new techniques for cosmetic surgery. Dr. Balin is currently on staff at the Crozer-Chester Medicao 'Center in Upland, P A and Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, PA and the Main Line Health System, Jeffferson Health Network. He continues to pursue active biomedical aging research in the research laboratories of the Sally Balin Medical Center.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dermatology

Anti-Aging Medicine

Cosmetic Surgery

Dermatopathology

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York, Pennsylvania

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Skin cancer: There are many different types of skin cancer. The three most common types are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Skin discoloration: Skin discoloration. Many causes. Some common and many rare. Sun (uva) causes dna damage which stimulates pigment formation. Hormones(estrogen ) can s... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Common warts: Warts are caused by human papillomavirus.. There are more than 150 types of hpv and are associated with various clinical lesions and diseases. Common ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Non healing sore: A non healing sore needs to be evaluated by your doctor or a dermatologist. There are a number of different possibilities and the treatment needed d... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Redness from pimple: It is best to let it fade. Cosmetic make up can cover it. If it had to be treated it could be treated with a pulse dye laser. The most important th... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Hepatitis: Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and it can be caused by many things: virus, alcohol, chemicals, medicines, autoimmune to name a few. When yo... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
CO2 laser: What is your question? Are your afraid you have an infection? If you are concerned about healing see the doctor that did the co2 laser. They will be ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Spironolactone: Spironolactone does not treat folliculitis, however it could have an indirect effect because it can act as an anti androgen. Androgens, such as testos... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
MRSA: Mrsa means methicliin resistant staph aureus. This is a baceria that has developed resistance to the common antibiotics that kill it. However it has ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Possibly: Methotrexate is a powerful medicine that must be used carefully. It can lead to a form of cirrhosis of the liver. Usually a liver biopsy is obtained ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Tender scalp: There are many possibilities. See your doctor for evaluation. Depending how long you have had it it could be the start of shingles, or temporal arte... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Skin cancer: There are different techniques to remove skin cancer. The technique that has the highest cure rate and that spares the most normal tissue is called mo... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Yes: The blood test will tell if you have ever been infected with herpes simplex type 1 or type 2. If the tests are negative (and at least 6 weeks have go... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Hot tub: There is a condition called hot tub folliculitis that is usually due to a pseudomonas infection. You should check with your dermatologist.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Itchy skin: Dry itchy skin around toenail could be fungus or could be a contact dermatitis or irritant dermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus or could be a form ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Marks: Whenever the skin gets inflamed it will heal lighter or darker in color. People with medium skin tones (not extremely white or not extremely black) h... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Benzoyl peroxide: The medicine could be the same. However benzoyl peroxide can be irritaing to the skin. Sometimes different formulations of the medicine will be less i... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Pigmentation: The natural way to reduce pigmentation on the face is to avoid sun exposure. This would include sun that comes through window glass in a car or in y... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Keratolytic creams: For non diabetics. Soak feet in aveno oatmeal bath for 20 to 30 minutes and apply a keratolytic cream such as 20% urea (carmol 20) or 6% salicylic ac... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Eczema: It would be important for you to see a dermatologist. It is unusual to get eczema on your face so it should be thoroughly investigated. A rash from ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Scabies: No. Phenlyephrine is used for its vasoconstrictor properties to decrease inflammation. You will need a scabicide to get rid of scabies. See your derm... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Acne: Acne can be treated by your dermatologist. You will not be able to cure it by yourself if you have a bad case. It requires internal antibiotic therap... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
MRSA: Not directly but people that have infection with MRSA often are carrying the organism on multiple places in and on their bodies. For exams it is commo... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Rash: There are different causes of a rash that you describe. It could be tinea ( fungus), nummular eczema, actinic porokeratosis (less like because of yo... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Tattoo: What do you mean already started? Lidocaine/prilocaine cream (emla) is a topical anesthetic. It can be used on the tattoo during the tattooing process... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Cyclic hives: See your dermatologist. There is a condition called autoimmune Progesterone dermatitis in which cyclic rashes, hives and itching occurs. It usually oc... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Adapalene gel: Leave it on to maximize it's therapeutic effect.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Acne: See a dermatologist for treatment for acne. It is much less expensive to treat acne and prevent acne scarring than it is to try to fix acne scarring ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Chlamydia: Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common cause (70%) of epididymitis in sexually active men < 35yrs.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Boil: There are bacteria in a boil that causes the infection. Normally a boil is not particularly contagious however if the pus from a boil got into a cut ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Topical: Topical treatments are helpful for mild to moderate psoriasis.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Moles: It is a bad idea to use a cream to remove moles. Any mole or growth that is removed from a person should be examined pathologically under the microsc... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
People: People with fair skin who have a history of uv exposure get wrinkling and skin damage.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
White spots and dry: There are many causes for these types of symptoms. They need to be examined by a dermatologist to make a diagnosis. Can't answer your question without... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Rash: There are a lot of possibilities and your rash should be checked by a dermatologist. One possibility is folliculitis. This is treated with an antibiot... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
The: The relationship between blood pressure and cardiovascular risk is continuous and graded.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Head boils: This condition would be treated with appropriate antibiotic therapy. See your doctor to have the boils cultured to see what bacteria is causing them. ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Dermatologists: Dermatologists are the experts in the medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair, nails.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Tan: Look for a sunscreen that says full spectrum. Some have micronized zinc oxide and micronized titanium dioxide and are physical blocks that will block... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Hyperpigmentation: It depends what they are due to. Your dermatologist can evaluate the darkening to determine the cause. Usually sunscreen is useful to prevent the da... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Bumps: Multiple different possibilities. Could be milia, pustules, xanthoma, syringoma or other diagnosis. Could be due to the type of makeup you use. See ... Read More
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Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Black bumps: Any skin lesions that are new, or are symptomatic, or that your body brings to your attention should be checked by your dermatologist or gynecologist ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Dry scaly skin: Use a cream or lotion with 12% ammonium lactate or with 20% urea. Once twice or three times per day depending upon the severity.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Hepatitis: Blood tests can tell if you have active hepatitis from hepatitis virus a , b, c, or d. They can also tell if you have ever been exposed to the virus i... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Accutane: No data on that specific question. The usual initial dose of 1 mg/kg/day for 20 weeks would be 140 mg/kg and cures about 50% of patients. The other ... Read More
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Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Infected pimple: See your dermatologist the infected pimple should be cultured warm soaks with an antibacterial soap (such as dial) to try and draw the pimple out. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Nails: It would not be permanent if it was from minocin (minocycline). The pigmentation due to Minocin (minocycline) is a deposition disease.
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Lump: See your doctor to have it checked out. Could be a cyst or beginning abscess. Many other possibilities. You didn't mention how long you had it.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Thumb injury: Go to the emergency room to have it checked. An xray can check to see if there is a fracture. They can puncture the top of the nail and relieve the pr... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 49 years experience
Acne: It is important to treat your acne so that you don't get permanent scarring. Some patients wait too long before seeing their dermatologist to have th... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dr. Martin Fried
Nov 7, 2014
Is known for expertise in Skin cancer surgery, Skin, hair and nails, micrographic surgery, Moles, Basal cell carcinoma. He is an valuable asset to the health tap community
Oct 23, 2013
Fast, Fantastic answers to often complex questions, truly an asset to the Medical Community. A true national leader in Skin Health.
Great responses. Very accurate. Comes highly recommended.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Ok. It seems that it may be a credible place to be trained vs. paying $100 for a plaque that is placed on a wall in an office setting for laypeople to falsely admire. I ...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks for answering so quickly. I stopped the minocycline thinking that the yasmin would work to end my acne. Any chances that will happen?
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1974MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Graduated 1974MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Graduated 1976MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Graduated 1974MD

Residency

YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL

Residency

YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL

Residency

HOSPITAL OF UNIV OF PENNSYLVANIA

Residency

Baylor Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Completed 1990

Awards

Phi Eta Sigma (scholastic honorary society)
Phi Beta Kappa (scholastic honorary society)
Graduate, Northwestern University with Highest Distinction

Affiliations

Crozer chester medical center
Riddle memorial hospital
Sally Balin Medical Center
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