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David Peng, MD, MPH
Chair, Professor of Clinical Dermatology
NOR 5301 1441 Eastlake Avenue Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 6200


David Peng, M.D., M.P.H., came to the Keck School after three years at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he served as associate professor and director of the Department of Dermatology’s Residency Training Program, one of the nation’s most prestigious residency training programs in dermatology. He also served as chief of the Stanford Dermatology Clinics, director of the Medical Dermatology Program and director of the Allergic Contact Dermatitis Program in the Department of Dermatology. He originally joined the Keck School’s faculty in 2004 and was appointed visiting assistant professor of clinical medicine, associate residency program director in the division of dermatology, and director of the Contact Dermatitis Clinic. He was appointed director of the residency training program in 2008 and served as acting chair of the Department of Dermatology between November 2008 and July 2009. Peng received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and medical degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He completed his internship at UCLA, where he also earned a master of public health degree before returning to UCSD for his residency in dermatology.


UCLA-San Fernando Valley Internal Medicine Training Program: Alpha Omega Alpha Intern of the Year

Wright Foundation Grant Recipient

USC Keck School of Medicine: Outstanding Teaching Award, Division of Dermatology,

USC Keck School of Medicine: Outstanding Teaching Award Presented by the 2nd year students

Salerni Medical Educator's Collegium: Elected Member

USC Keck School of Medicine: Outstanding Teaching Award Presented by the 4th year students

University of Southern California: Mellon Mentorship Award

USC Keck School of Medicine: Outstanding Teaching Award, Presented by the 1st year students

USC Keck School of Medicine: Master Teacher

Department of Dermatology, Stanford University: Teacher of the Year

Stanford University, Department of Internal Medicine: Teacher of the Year, Chief Resident's Award


Peng DM, Zhang Y, Rosenthal DN, Palmon M, Chen S, Kaufman BD, Maeda K, Hollander SA, McDonald N, Smoot LB, Bernstein D, Almond CS. Impact of Heart Transplantation on the Functional Status of US Children With End-Stage Heart Failure. Circulation. 2017 Mar 07; 135(10):939-950. View in: PubMed

Altieri L, Hu J, Nguyen A, Cockburn M, Chiu M, Cotliar J, Kim J, Peng D, Crew A. Interobserver reliability of teledermatology across all Fitzpatrick skin types. J Telemed Telecare. 2017 Jan; 23(1):68-73. View in: PubMed

Miller KA, Huh J, Unger JB, Richardson JL, Allen MW, Peng DH, Cockburn MG. Correlates of sun protection behaviors among Hispanic children residing in a high UV environment. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2016 Dec 20. View in: PubMed

Altieri L, Wong MK, Peng DH, Cockburn M. Mucosal melanomas in the racially diverse population of California. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 Oct 11. View in: PubMed

McDonnell KJ, Gallanis GT, Heller KA, Melas M, Idos GE, Culver JO, Martin SE, Peng DH, Gruber SB. A novel BAP1 mutation is associated with melanocytic neoplasms and thyroid cancer. Cancer Genet. 2016 Mar; 209(3):75-81. View in: PubMed

Miller KA, Huh J, Unger JB, Richardson JL, Allen MW, Peng DH, Cockburn MG. Patterns of sun protective behaviors among Hispanic children in a skin cancer prevention intervention. Prev Med. 2015 Dec; 81:303-8. View in: PubMed

Lew PP, Ngai SS, Cho JK, Varma RK, Hamidi R, Birnbaum RA, Peng DH. Dr Lew and colleagues respond. Radiographics. 2015 Jan-Feb; 35(1):297. View in: PubMed

Lew PP, Ngai SS, Hamidi R, Cho JK, Birnbaum RA, Peng DH, Varma RK. Imaging of disorders affecting the bone and skin. Radiographics. 2014 Jan-Feb; 34(1):197-216. View in: PubMed

Ng AT, Chang AL, Cockburn M, Peng DH. A simple intervention to reinforce awareness of tanning bed use and skin cancer in non-medical skin care professionals in Southern California. Int J Dermatol. 2012 Nov; 51(11):1307-12. View in: PubMed

Sbicca JA, Gorell ES, Peng DH, Lane AT. A follow-up survey of the integrity of the dermatology National Resident Matching Program. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Sep; 67(3):429-35. View in: PubMed

Tichy AL, Peng DH, Lane AT. Applying for dermatology residency is difficult and expensive. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Apr; 66(4):696-7. View in: PubMed

Jack AR, Spence AA, Nichols BJ, Chong S, Williams DT, Swadron SP, Peng DH. Cutaneous conditions leading to dermatology consultations in the emergency department. West J Emerg Med. 2011 Nov; 12(4):551-5. View in: PubMed

Kirkland EB, Sachdev R, Kim J, Peng D. Early pancreatic panniculitis associated with HELLP syndrome and acute fatty liver of pregnancy. J Cutan Pathol. 2011 Oct; 38(10):814-7. View in: PubMed

Ng AT, Peng DH. Calciphylaxis. Dermatol Ther. 2011 Mar-Apr; 24(2):256-62. View in: PubMed

Pollitt RA, Clarke CA, Swetter SM, Peng DH, Zadnick J, Cockburn M. The expanding melanoma burden in California hispanics: Importance of socioeconomic distribution, histologic subtype, and anatomic location. Cancer. 2011 Jan 1; 117(1):152-61. View in: PubMed

Roosta N, Black DS, Peng D, Riley LW. Skin disease and stigma in emerging adulthood: impact on healthy development. J Cutan Med Surg. 2010 Nov-Dec; 14(6):285-90. View in: PubMed

Hamidi R, Peng D, Cockburn M. Efficacy of skin self-examination for the early detection of melanoma. Int J Dermatol. 2010 Feb; 49(2):126-34. View in: PubMed

Whang TB, Wang L, Peng DH. Gastric carcinoma of the umbilicus: case report of Sister Mary Joseph nodule. Cutis. 2010 Feb; 85(2):90-2. View in: PubMed

Reinstadler A, Mau N, Bhutani T, Talkin B, Yamauchi P, Chiu M, Peng D. Perioperative use of anti-tumor necrosis factor-alfa agents. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Jan; 62(1):154-5. View in: PubMed

Jack AR, Spence AA, Nichols BJ, Peng DH. A simple algorithm for evaluating dermatologic disease in critically ill patients: a study based on retrospective review of medical intensive care unit consults. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Oct; 61(4):728-30. View in: PubMed

Cockburn M, Swetter SM, Peng D, Keegan TH, Deapen D, Clarke CA. Melanoma underreporting: why does it happen, how big is the problem, and how do we fix it? J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Dec; 59(6):1081-5. View in: PubMed

Worswick SD, Cockburn M, Peng D. Measurement of ultraviolet exposure in epidemiological studies of skin and skin cancers. Photochem Photobiol. 2008 Nov-Dec; 84(6):1462-72. View in: PubMed

Hamidi R, Cockburn MG, Peng DH. Prevalence and predictors of skin self-examination: prospects for melanoma prevention and early detection. Int J Dermatol. 2008 Oct; 47(10):993-1003. View in: PubMed

Bae DK, Newman EM, Peng D. Giant subcutaneous tumors on the thighs--quiz case. Arch Dermatol. 2008 Jun; 144(6):795-800. View in: PubMed

Ram R, Saadat P, Peng D, Vadmal M. Case report and literature review: primary cutaneous carcinosarcoma. Ann Clin Lab Sci. 2005; 35(2):189-94. View in: PubMed

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