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David E. Elder, MB, ChB

David E. Elder, MB, ChB Physician

Professor of Dermatology
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Elder is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Programs & Services:

  • Cancer
    • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    • Skin Cancer
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    • Anatomic Pathology

Conditions & Treatments:

  • Cancer Screening and Diagnostics
  • melanoma
  • Melanoma
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Skin Cancer

Clinical Interests

Dermatopathology, with special interest in pathology of melanoma and pigmented lesions.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Otago School of Medicine
Residency: Rotorua Public Hospital
Residency: Dunedin Public Hospital


American Association for the Advancement of Science, National British Society for Dermatopathology, International International Melanoma Pathology Study Group, International International Society of Dermatopathology, International John Morgan Society, Local Pathology Society of Philadelphia, Local Royal College of Pathologists of Australia, International Society for Melanoma Research, International US-Canadian Academy of Pathology, National


Dr. Elder is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Research Interests:

Studies in diagnosis, prognosis, genetics and therapy of melanoma.

Selected Publications:

Elder, DE, Editor-in-Chief, R Elenitsas, BL Johnson Jr, GF Murphy: Lever's Histopathology of the Skin. Ninth Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. ISBN 0-7817-3742-7 : 2005.

Kesmodel SB, Giorgos C, Karakousis GC, Botbyl JD, Canter RJ, Lewis RT, Wahl PM, Alavi A, Elder DE, Ming ME, Guerry D, Gimotty PA, Fraker DL, Czerniecki BJ, Spitz FR: Mitotic rate as a predictor of sentinel lymph node positivity in patients with thin melanomas. Ann Surg Oncol 12 : 449-458,2005.

Fang D, Nguyen TK, Leishear K, Finko R, Kulp AN, Hotz S, Van Belle PA, Xu X, Elder DE, and Herlyn M: A tumorigenic subpopulation with stem cell properties in melanomas Cancer Research submitted : 2005.

Zhang T, Somasundaram R, Caputo L, Van Bell P, Elder D, Czerniecki B, Hotz S, Schuchter L, Fraker D, Spitz FR, Berensci K, Rani P, Marincola F, Qui R, and Herlyn D: Preferential involvement of CX-chemokine receptor-4 and CX-chemokine ligand-12 in T-cell migration toward melanoma cells Submitted JNCI : 2005.

Flaherty KT, Schuchter LM, Tuveson D, Elder D, Van Belle P, Johnson S, Rosen M, Redlinger M, Weber B, O'Dwyer PJ: Wistar Institute/University of Pennsylvana Skin Cancer SPORE Phase II trials of sorafenib (BAY 43-9006) in melanoma: efficacy in combination with chemotherapy and correlative studies of mechanism of action in metastatic melanoma. Annual SPORE meeting, Bethesda, MD SPORE Annual Meeting Abstracts : 2005.

Kucher C, Zhang PJ, Pasha T, Elenitsas R, Wu H, Ming ME, Elder DE, Xu X.: Melan-A and Ki67 as useful markers to discriminate desmoplastic melanoma from sclerotic nevi. USCAP : 2004.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Anatomic Pathology, 6 Founders
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6503
Fax: (215) 349-8088

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