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Wilma Bergfeld, MD

Wilma Bergfeld, MD
Department: Dermatology
Section Head
Wilma Bergfeld, MD
Department: Anatomic Pathology
Section Head

Biographical Sketch

Wilma Fowler Bergfeld, MD, F.A.C.P., is Past Head of the Section of Dermatopathology in the Department of Pathology and Staff Dermatologist and Past Head of the Section of Dermatological Research in the Department of Dermatology at Cleveland Clinic. In addition, she is the Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatopathology Fellowship and Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation. She is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University. She serves as a consultant to the Department of Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Bergfeld completed her undergraduate work at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA., and is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.. She completed her dermatology residency at Cleveland Clinic and her dermatopathology fellowship at Armed Forces of Pathology in Washington D.C.

Dr. Bergfeld’s specialty interests include hair disorders, photoaging and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr. Bergfeld is a former chair and current consultant to the FDA Dermatology Advisory Committee. She is a past Board of Directors member of the American Society of Dermatopathology, 1992 President of The American Academy of Dermatology and past President of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, the Cleveland Dermatology Society, the Ohio Dermatological Association and the Women's Dermatological Society. She has served on the Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees (1992-97), and was the President of the Cleveland Clinic Staff.

Since 1977, she has been a member and the Chair (1990-current) of the Cosmetic Ingredient Expert Panel, an expert panel that determines the safety of cosmetic ingredients. She holds an honorary membership in the American Academy of Dermatology, Women’s Dermatology Society, the Cleveland Dermatology Society, Ohio Dermatological Society, the Canadian Dermatology Society and the Italian Dermatology Society.

In 1996, she received the Women's Dermatological Association Rose Hirschler Award honoring an outstanding physician who has contributed to medicine and dermatology while enhancing the role of women in the field of Dermatology. She received the American Academy of Dermatology's prestigious Marion B. Sulzberger Award in 1997 and was the recipient of the AAD Golden Triangle Award 2000 for Community Service. In 2000, she was the first recipient of the Wilma F Bergfeld MD Leadership Award, presented by the Women’s Dermatology Society. In 2005, the Cleveland Academy of Medicine awarded her the “John Budd, MD, Distinguished Member Award. The American Society Dermatopathology in 2007 awarded her the prestigious “Founders Award” and she was elected 2009 President of the American Society of Dermatopathology.

Her American Academy of Dermatology volunteer activities have included: Chair, Council of Communications and long time member of the communications committee, original member and long-term member of “Dialogues in Dermatology,” Chair of the Scientific Council (annual meeting committee), Chair of the Volunteer Circle: “Members Making a Difference.” She has also served on several AAD and Women’s Dermatology Society Visionary Committees. Dr. Bergfeld has received many AAD Presidential citations that have included Leadership in AAD Communications and the Volunteer Circle. In 2008, she was awarded Marian Duran Metal, awarded by the International Society of Dermatology. Since 1995, she has been cited in “Best Doctors in America,” “Top Doctors,” “Top Pathologist,” and in numerous Who’s Who publications.

Dr. Bergfeld is the author of more than 600 publications, three books and 65 book chapters. She has served on many editorial journal boards and has been a reviewer in the both her professional fields of clinical dermatology and dermatopathology. Other activities include consultant to many pharmaceutical companies.

Professional Highlights

  • AAD President, 1992
  • Ohio Dermatology Society/Ohio Dermatology Foundation, President
  • American Society of Dermatopathology, President 2008
  • Academy of Medicine of Cleveland,  John Budd, MD Distinguished Membership Award 2005
  • Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrances Association; Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR Panel - Chairman, CIR Committee, 1991- Current

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Dermatopathology
Washington, DC USA
1972
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Dermatology
Cleveland, OH USA
1968
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Medical
Cleveland, OH USA
1965
Medical School - Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA
1964
Undergraduate - College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA USA
1960

Certifications

  • Dermatology
  • Dermatology- Dermatopathology

Awards & Honors

  • 2008: Marian Druan, MD Award, International Society of Dermatology (Highest Award)
  • 2007 – 2008: America's top Doctor
  • 2007 – 2008: Best Doctors in America
  • 2007 – 2008: Best Doctors?Cleveland Magazine
  • 2007 – 2008: Great Women in the 21st Century, american Biographical Institute
  • 2007 – 2008: Empire Who's Who among Executive and Professional Women (Highest Award)
  • 2007 – 2008: Northern Ohio Live Magazine Issue "Top Doctors 2005" (cited yearly since 1990)
  • 2007 – 2008: National Registry of Who's Who (Life Member)
  • 2007 – 2008: Manchester/Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women (Honor's Edition)
  • 2007 – 2008: Woman of the Year, American Biographical Institute
  • 2007 – 2008: Guide to American's Top Physician, Research Council of America
  • 2007 – 2008: America's Cosmetic Doctors and Dentist, Castle Connelly Medical LTD
  • 2007 – 2008: Who's Who (Global Directory)
  • 2007 – 2008: Guide to American's Top Pathologist (cited as Dermatopathologist)
  • 2007: Golden Achievement Award of Cleveland (Physician)
  • 2007: Nominee, Master of Dermatology Award - AAD
  • 2007: American Academy of Dermatology, Honorary Member
  • 2007: Gold Metal AAD Award, Volunteer Services, Leadership Circle-Voluntarism
  • 2007: Founders's Award, American Society of Dermatopathology (Highest Award)
  • 2007: President Elect, American Society of Dermatopathology (President 2008)

Memberships

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society of Dermatopathology
  • Ohio Dermatology Society/ Ohio Dermatology Foundation
  • Cleveland Dermatological Society
  • American Dermatologic Association - Honorary Derm Society

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/19/2013, Dr. Bergfeld has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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