Professor Victoria P. Werth, MD

Professor Victoria P. Werth, MD

Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Victoria P. Werth is Chief of the Division of Dermatology at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (PVAMC), a position she has held since January 1989. She is also Professor of Dermatology and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1980, she completed an internal medicine residency in 1983 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a dermatology residency in 1986 at New York University. She then completed an immunodermatology research fellowship, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Dermatology Foundation, at New York University just prior to moving to her current position at PVAMC.

Professor Werth has a laboratory investigative effort devoted to the effects of ultraviolet light on skin and skin cells and has received three consecutive Merit Review grants supporting this research programme. She is also participating in a VA cooperative trial related to prevention of skin cancers that involves a number of VA dermatology divisions across the USA. In addition, she has received numerous NIH and foundation grants that support translational research in autoimmune skin diseases, with a focus on cutaneous lupus. Her research has been funded by the Lupus Research Institute for investigative studies of a polymorphism associate with subacute cutaneous lupus, the Alliance for Lupus Research for translational studies related to an investigator-initiated study in cutaneous lupus, and the Lupus Foundation of America for research related to further characterisation of glycosaminoglycans in the skin in cutaneous lupus. Professor Werth led a research effort to develop and validate the cutaneous lupus erythematosus disease area and severity index (CLASI), which is now being used in many international trials. She has an ongoing effort to characterise response to therapy in a cohort of over 250 patients, and has studied the impact of cutaneous lupus and photosensitivity on quality of life in this cohort. She has published over 140 papers in these areas in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Werth co-founded the Medical Dermatology Society, an organization that emphasises the importance of education, patient care, and research related to complex medical dermatologic disease and is a recipient of the lifetime achievement award from that society. She is a founding member of the North American Rheumatologic Dermatology Society, is current president of the group, and has been on the medical advisory board for the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) for many years. She has worked with the LFA on many of their initiatives related to lupus, with a focus on cutaneous disease. Her clinical expertise in these areas has been recognised with her listing in several local and national listings, including Best Doctors in America, “Guide to American’s Top Dermatologists”, and Best Doctors in Philadelphia Magazine. She received the Lady Colyton Prize for Autoimmune Research at the University of Pennsylvania in recognition of her research studies.


Grant/Research: Amgen, Celgene, NIH, Rigel, VA
Consultant/Advisor: Biogen Idec, Celgene, Cephelon, Genentech, Lupus Foundation, Medimmune, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, Stiefel, UBC
Speakers’ Bureau: UV Therapeutics

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