David Peng, MD, MPH

Chief Clinical Officer, Office of the SVP for Health Affairs

Chair and Professor of Dermatology

President of USC Care

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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.


  • Intravenous gentamicin therapy induces functional type VII collagen in recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa patients: An open label clinical trial Br J Dermatol. 2024 Feb 16. . View in PubMed
  • PD-1 inhibition therapy for advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma: a retrospective analysis from the University of Southern California J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2021 Jun; 147(6):1803-1811. . View in PubMed
  • The time to offer treatments for COVID-19 Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2021 May; 30(5):505-518. . View in PubMed
  • Acral lentiginous melanoma-Population, treatment, and survival using the NCDB from 2004 to 2015 Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2021 11; 34(6):1049-1061. . View in PubMed
  • Sun protection changes among diverse elementary schoolchildren participating in a sun safety intervention: A latent transition analysis of a randomized controlled trial Prev Med. 2021 08; 149:106601. . View in PubMed
  • Predictors of mucosal melanoma survival in a population-based settingJ Am Acad Dermatol. 2019 Jul; 81(1):136-142. e2. . View in PubMed
  • Combination therapy: Etanercept and intravenous immunoglobulin for the acute treatment of Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis Burns. 2019 11; 45(7):1634-1638. . View in PubMed
  • Transcriptional regulation of autophagy-lysosomal function in BRAF-driven melanoma progression and chemoresistance Nat Commun. 2019 04 12; 10(1):1693. . View in PubMed
  • Use of antiviral medications in drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS): A case of infantile DRESS Pediatr Dermatol. 2018 Mar; 35(2):e114-e116. . View in PubMed
  • Prevalence of sun protection behaviors in Hispanic youth residing in a high ultraviolet light environment Pediatr Dermatol. 2018 Jan; 35(1):e52-e54. . View in PubMed
  • Impact of the 18th birthday on waitlist outcomes among young adults listed for heart transplant: A regression discontinuity analysis J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Nov; 36(11):1185-1191. . View in PubMed
  • Metastatic renal cell carcinoma presenting as multiple pyogenic granuloma-like nodules on the penis JAAD Case Rep. 2017 Sep; 3(5):451-453. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • Correlates of sun protection behaviors among Hispanic children residing in a high UVR environment Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2017 Mar; 33(2):75-83. . View in PubMed
  • Mucosal melanomas in the racially diverse population of California J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Feb; 76(2):250-257. . View in PubMed
  • Vancomycin and DRESS: A retrospective chart review of 32 cases in Los Angeles, California J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 11; 77(5):973-975. . View in PubMed
  • The role of spatially-derived access-to-care characteristics in melanoma prevention and control in Los Angeles county Health Place. 2017 05; 45:160-172. . View in PubMed
  • Interobserver reliability of teledermatology across all Fitzpatrick skin types J Telemed Telecare. 2017 Jan; 23(1):68-73. . View in PubMed
  • A novel BAP1 mutation is associated with melanocytic neoplasms and thyroid cancer Cancer Genet. 2016 Mar; 209(3):75-81. . View in PubMed
  • Patterns of sun protective behaviors among Hispanic children in a skin cancer prevention intervention Prev Med. 2015 Dec; 81:303-8. . View in PubMed
  • Case 1: Lactic Acidosis and Respiratory Distress in a 10-Day-Old Infant Neoreviews. 2015 Jul 01; 16(7):e431-e433. . View in PubMed
  • Dr Lew and colleagues respond Radiographics. 2015 Jan-Feb; 35(1):297. . View in PubMed
  • Imaging of disorders affecting the bone and skin Radiographics. 2014 Jan-Feb; 34(1):197-216. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • 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
  • Applying for dermatology residency is difficult and expensive J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Apr; 66(4):696-7. . View in PubMed
  • Cutaneous conditions leading to dermatology consultations in the emergency department West J Emerg Med. 2011 Nov; 12(4):551-5. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • Calciphylaxis Dermatol Ther. 2011 Mar-Apr; 24(2):256-62. . View in PubMed
  • The expanding melanoma burden in California hispanics: Importance of socioeconomic distribution, histologic subtype, and anatomic location Cancer. 2011 Jan 01; 117(1):152-61. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • Efficacy of skin self-examination for the early detection of melanoma Int J Dermatol. 2010 Feb; 49(2):126-34. . View in PubMed
  • Gastric carcinoma of the umbilicus: case report of Sister Mary Joseph nodule Cutis. 2010 Feb; 85(2):90-2. . View in PubMed
  • Perioperative use of anti-tumor necrosis factor-alfa agents J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Jan; 62(1):154-155. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • 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
  • Measurement of ultraviolet exposure in epidemiological studies of skin and skin cancers Photochem Photobiol. 2008 Nov-Dec; 84(6):1462-72. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • Giant subcutaneous tumors on the thighs–quiz case Arch Dermatol. 2008 Jun; 144(6):795-800. . View in PubMed
  • Case report and literature review: primary cutaneous carcinosarcoma Ann Clin Lab Sci. 2005; 35(2):189-94. . View in PubMed