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Title Director, Dermatopathology Fellowship
Department Dermatology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Cryotherapy
  • Dermatopathology
  • General Dermatology
  • Hair Loss Treatments
  • Skin Biopsies
  • Skin Examinations
  • Skin Screenings
View all 9 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Aging Skin or Painful Skin
  • Alopecia
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Androgen Excess
  • Atypical Nevi
  • Autoimmune Hair Disease
  • Autoimmune Skin Disease
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Genital Skin Problems
  • Hair Disorders
  • Hair Loss
  • Hair Loss in Women
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Rashes/Red Skin
  • Rosacea (Adult Acne)
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Lesions
  • Skin Tags
  • Skin Tumors
View all 23 Specialties +


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About Wilma Bergfeld, MD

Wilma Fowler Bergfeld, MD, FACP is Emeritus Director, and past Director and Co-Director of Dermatopathology, Departments of Dermatology and Pathology and Senior Staff Dermatologist Dermatological Research in the Department of Dermatology, Cleveland Clinic. She also is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatopathology Fellowship and Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation and Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, Case Western Reserve University. She has served as a consultant to the Department of Sports Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Bergfeld’s specialty interests include clinical dermatology (hair disorders, androgen excess, photo aging, and cosmetic dermatology) and dermatopathology.

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. She did her dermatology residency at Cleveland Clinic and her Dermatopathology fellowship at Armed Forces of Pathology in Washington DC. She joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1969 as a Clinical Dermatologist, Department of Dermatology and later, after the AFIP Dermatopathology Fellowship in 1972, she was appointed as Head (1977-2007), Dermatopathology, Department of Pathology and in 2007 Co-Director of Dermatopathology, Departments of Dermatology and Pathology and in 2015 Emeritus Director . She has been the Director, Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatopathology fellowship since 1975.

Dr. Bergfeld is a former chair and currently consultant to the FDA Dermatology and Ophthalmology Advisory Committee (1972-current) and a consultant to the Devise advisory committee (2009-current). She is the President elect 2019 American Dermatologic Association,  immediate past President of North American Hair Research Society (2011-2016) and Director, World Congress of Hair Research2015 Miami, Co-Director, American Hair Research Society Summit 2018, and past 2008-9 President 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 (1990).

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, Pacific Dermatologic Association 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 Dermatology. She is also the recipient of the American Academy of Dermatology's prestigious Marion B. Sulzberger Award in 1997 and AAD Golden Triangle Award 2000 for Community Service. In 2000, she was the first recipient of the Wilma F Bergfeld MD Leadership Award, awarded by the Women’s Dermatology Society. In 2005, the Cleveland Academy of Medicine honored her the “John Budd, MD, Distinguished Member Award. The American Society Dermatopathology in 2007 awarded her the prestige’s “Founders Award” and she was elected 2009 President of the American Society of Dermatopathology. In 2008 she was awarded Maria Duran leadership award and medal by the International Society of Dermatology and in 2010; she received the Samuel J Zakon Dermatology History Award from the Dermatology History Society. The American Academy of Dermatology awarded her 2012 Master of Dermatology Award. In 2014, she received the Elston B. Helwig MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship from American Society of Dermatopathology.

Her American Academy of Dermatology volunteer activities have included: Chair, Council of Communications and longtime 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. 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 over 632 publications, 4 books and 82 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/scientific adviser to many pharmaceutical companies.

On a personal note, Dr Bergfeld is married to John A Bergfeld MD, an internationally known Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon at Cleveland Clinic. She is the mother of two daughters, Onee Bergfeld Lowe (deceased) and Sigrid Bergfeld Grieco and grandmother to five granddaughters.

Wilma F Bergfeld MD Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Senior Dermatologist, Emeritus Director, Dermatopathology, Director-Dermatopathology Fellowship, Departments of Dermatology & Pathology, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid, Cleveland, Ohio 44195E-mail:  Phone: 216-444-5722:  Fax: 216-231-5448

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
North Bethesda, MD USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA

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


  • Dermatology
  • Dermatology - Dermatopathology

Specialty Interests

alopecia, Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatopathology, General Dermatology, pigmented lesions and melanoma, skin tumors

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 Triangle 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)


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

Research & Publications

See publications for Wilma Bergfeld, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 12/12/2022, 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

156 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

41 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is truly an expert in her field of hair loss.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is fantastic! She treats her patients with the utmost respect and concern and is extremely knowledgeable. She knows how to relate very well to her patients.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld has been my Dr. For over 25 years and has consistently given me great care! She takes time to listen and work through all of my issues- and provides excellent care and solutions. I have great confidence in her. She has helped to improve my quality of life!

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is THE best! Would that she would be available to care for all of my health needs!She has my complete confidence!

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld addressed all of my concerns with excellent explanations. She is very concerned for her patients.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is always professional and has great knowledge regarding the issue I am seeing her for.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld runs a very efficient office. Her staff is warm and understanding they work as a team and listen to your needs.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is such an exceptional physician. She is the whole package! Incredibly knowledgeable about hair loss, caring, empathetic, dashes of humor when needed. She is truly a gem at CCF

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

My past relationship w/Dr. Bergfeld is why I only wanted to see her first. I trust her completely.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr Bergfeld is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

Dr Bergfeld the best doctor I have ever seen!

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

I was a patient of dr. Wilma bergfeld for years and rc'd excellent care, have not seen in years, needed a longer 1st visit and to discuss my concerns, and a plan of care.I hope to get another appointment Soon to do this. Thank you.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

I cannot say enough good things about my doctor. She is one of the most caring people I have ever met. She treats you like a person, not just a patient number.

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is the very best dermatologist in my opinion. Her care and concern for me is absolutely outstanding. She takes the time to really care about what I have to say.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr.Bergfeld is the best. She has been my dermatologist for years. She has diagnosed my skin cancers on my face when you would not even think it was cancer. Also,she is compassionate as a doctor. It will be a sad day when she retires.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

This was my first virtual appt., but CCF and Dr. Bergfeld's made it so easy. Friendly, helpful staff.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is the best!

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is an excellent physician and very caring physician.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld and her staff are wonderful!

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2023

I have been a patient of Dr. Bergfeld's for more than 20 years and I adore her and find her advice to be everything I need.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2023

Dr Bergfeld is so knowledgeable and kind.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

She's excellent!

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is amazing. She always takes the time to address all my concerns.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

I've been coming to CC for years and can wholeheartedly say it's clear how hard you're working to make our visits a better experience. From the lab staff to visitor center to check in, everything and everyone are just so pleasant. And Dr. Bergfeld and her staff are simply a joy.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

I feel so fortunate to have found Dr. Bergfeld and trust her implicitly.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld has been my Derm since 1977. Although there is no cure for my condition, she has been my guiding light for 46 years! I will be devastated upon her retirement and will look for her shining light to help me find a provider at the Clinic in Dermatology with her credentials. But how can you ever, ever replace her? God Bless, Wilma!

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is wonderful. I feel like she gave me my life back

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Everything was excellent Dr.Bergfeld was wonderful, explained everything & got me in and out of the Clinic quickly

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr.Bergfeld immediately put me at ease & did the mole removal & Sun spot removal quickly & professionally excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld and her staff were very attentive and thorough in their assessment. I appreciate that because they listen to me and as a caregiver myself I know we don't listen to the patient but we tell them how they feel.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

I always recommend Dr. Bergfeld!

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Dr. Wilma Bergfeld is extraordinary. She is knowledgeable and caring. I am so grateful she is my physician.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

I'm an "old patient" of Dr. Bergfeld's and the staff always accommodates me.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is an incredibly kind, caring and compassionate physician. When there is a problem; she does not give up.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Dr Bergfeld is a kind and caring physician. Her resident was polite and interested in my responses. They're a good team.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

While all of our visits have been remote, there has never been a moment when I have felt "disconnected" from Dr. Bergfeld and her team. For this, we are very grateful.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Dr. Bergfeld is always very concerned about my health and any questions I might have. The resident was also very thorough and caring.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

I have been a patient of Dr. Bergfeld's for more than 20 years. She is an exceptional physician and human and I feel privileged that she is caring for me.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Dr. Berg Feld is very kind and caring.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Dr Bergfeld is the reason I keep coming there for my dermatologist.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld is wonderful!

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