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University of Pennsylvania
(Philadelphia, PA)

Primary Investigator

Zelma C. Chiesa Fuxench, MD, MSCE, is currently an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) Perelman School of Medicine. She is board certified in dermatology and completed a master’s degree in epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology. She is currently tasked with the development of an atopic dermatitis (AD) specialty clinic within the Department of Dermatology at PENN.  Dr. Chiesa’s current research awards focus on the epidemiology and clinical study of inflammatory skin diseases, primarily atopic dermatitis. Her work is centered on studying the natural course of the disease as well as the genetic and environmental factors that influence the development of AD; co-morbidities in AD; and clinical trials for novel therapeutic interventions in patients with AD.



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