Dr. Atsuko Kodama, M.D., Ph.D.

Board Certified Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist


“Care for our patients as we would for our family!” This motto is instilled in each member of our staff, you can walk in with the expectation of receiving the highest level of medical care and personal attention.

A Commitment to Excellence in Dermatology

Dr. Atsuko Kodama is renowned for her 25+ years in medical practice as a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. Her practice is centered on comprehensive skin cancer care and other medical skin conditions. Her unique blend of experience as both a scientist and clinician ensures the highest level of patient care. 

Distinguished Educational and Professional Background

Dr. Kodama has an extensive academic background and has studied under world-renowned dermatologists and dermatopathologists. 

Dual-Board Certification 

Dr. Kodama is dual-board certified in Japan and the US, embodying a global perspective in dermatology.

Academic Milestones

She completed her internship, residency and fellowship at the highly rated Dermatology program of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Kodama had previously performed cancer research in the laboratory of a world-renowned scientist in Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Rockefeller University in New York. After publishing several articles in prestigious science journals, she decided to go back to patient care and started her career as a clinical dermatologist. 

She also graduated from Kobe University School of Medicine, one of the top medical schools in Japan, with an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Kodama was appointed the youngest assistant professor at their highly competitive medical school, performing cancer research for several years.

International Research Experience

Over a decade, Dr. Kodama has focused her research on skin cancer, including five years as a senior scientist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and two years at the the Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research is published in numerous high-ranking journals, and she frequently lectures on cancer research. 

Clinical Training

Internship: Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Residency: Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Fellowship: Dermatopathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Kodama is an active member of:

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Dermatopathology
  • American Society of Dermatologic Surgery

Why Choose Dr. Kodama?

Her unique blend as a physician-scientist ensures the most current treatments and care. With specialized knowledge in skin cancer, Dr. Kodama stands out in the Philadelphia area, offering high-quality dermatological care with an emphasis on patient well-being. 

Dr. Kodama’s Personalized Care Philosophy

Passionate about direct patient care, Dr. Kodama believes in individualized treatment. With her extensive medical background, she understands the uniqueness of each patient, striving for personalized care plans that align with individual health goals. 

Commitment to Patient Care and Education

At Philadelphia Center for Dermatology, Dr. Kodama and her team prioritize patient education, ensuring thorough understanding and high-quality, affordable dermatological care.

Research Contributions

Medical books: 

  • Kodama A, Susa J, Cockerell CJ. Diagnostic Pathology: Nonneoplastic Pediatric Dermatopathology, 2013.
  • Kodama A, Susa J, Cockerell CJ. Diagnostic: Nonneoplastic Dermatopathology, 2012.

Select high-ranking scientific journal publications:

  • Wu X, Kodama A, Fuchs E. (2008). ACF7 Regulates Cytoskeletal-Focal Adhesion Dynamics and Migration and Has ATPase Activity. Cell, 135, 137-148
  • Kodama A, Lechler T, Fuchs E. (2004). Coordinating cytoskeletal tracks to polarize cellular movements. Cell Biol., 167, 203-207
  • Kodama A, Karakesisoglou I, Vaezi A, Fuchs E. (2003). ACF7: Essential Integrator of Microtubule Dynamics. Cell, 115, 343-354