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

  • Aging Skin
  • Alopecia
  • Autoimmune Hair and Skin Disease
  • Cancer Center
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Dermatopathology
  • General Dermatology
  • Genital Skin Problems
  • Hair Disorders
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Pigmented Lesion
  • Rashes and Eczema
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Tumors
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Alopecia Areata
  • Melanoma
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Skin Cancer
View all 4 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 Army Medical Center
Washington, DC USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Undergraduate - College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA 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 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)


  • 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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/3/2019, 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

151 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

36 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

Dr. Bergfeld is by far the most compassionate, considerate and wonderful doctor I have ever interacted with...

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Dr. Bergfeld was extremely thorough and could not have been more pleased with her expertise. Cery pleased.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Everyone on this visit from Dr Bergfeld to the people at the desk to the nurse who gave me my injections to the photographer, etc treated me with friendliness and the utmost respect

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

*Dr. Bergfeld has always been very caring and takes time to truly listen to my concerns. I hope she never retires!! I live about 2 hours away from the Cleveland Clinic but worth the drive to see *Dr. Bergfeld.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

Dr. Bergfeld and her office staff were polite and respectful. Dr. Bergfeld offered options not available to me back in Michigan. Only down side, its hard to make an appointment with Dr. Bergfeld, because her calendar seems to only be open two months at a time.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

I appreciate the way Dr. Bergfeld listens to my concerns, and her explanations of things. Everyone from her office that I see are helpful. I've recommended her to others who have the same hair issues.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

As I stated before, I have recommended, and will continue to recommend Dr. Bergfeld.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

I can tell the nurse listens to me because Dr. Bergfeld will come in and reiterate what I've told the nurse.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

I love Dr. Bergfeld!

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

Dr Bergfeld is very caring, and I feel very fortunate to have her as my dermatologist!

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

dr Bergfeld is the best there is. she is thorough, kind, smart, and painless when she does procedure. she explains what the problem is and what she will do. she is wonderful.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

The Doctor and nursing staff were excellent!!!

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

Dr. Bergfeld was compassionate, caring and genuinely caring. it is one of the most positive experiences I have had with a health care provider of Dr. Bergfeld's caliber.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

I appreciated the time that Dr. Bergfeld spent alone with me to discuss my progress, concerns and the importance of health screenings.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

very impressed with doctor's knowledge and manner

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Dr. Bergfeld is the best of the best! She is reassuring, knowledgeable, friendly, non-judgmental, and always looks out for my best interest. I am so lucky to have her as my dermatologist!!

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Dr. Bergfeld is available only a few days a month and those fill up quickly. Had to wait a couple of months to see her.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr. Bergfeld listens, spends as much time with me as needed, treats the whole person.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr Bergfeld has been my dr for 30 years. She is the most compassionate and knowledgeable doc I have had attend to my health.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr. Wilma Bergfeld is always empathetic, communicates well, and provides courteous patient care.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dr Bergfeld makes it easier when dealing with my conditions. I am comfortable with her knowledge and recommendations. I travel for these appointments, and am confident i am in good hands. So with problems that make me a little nervous talking about them it is nice to actually have a pleasant doctor that doesn't make things harder to deal with.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Each time I have an appointment with Dr. Bergfeld I am thankful for getting her world class medical care. She always takes time to ensure that I get quality care I need.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

I have been suffering with skin and hair issues for most of my life. This is the only physician who bothered to biopsy, ask questions, and who did not write me off, but valued my thoughts.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

Dr. Bergfeld took my concerns seriously and never made me feel insignificant. She is proactive with my care.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

I always recommend Dr. Wilma Bergfeld to others. I've never heard a negative comment about her from patients or staff. she is beloved!! Thank you, Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

Dr. Bergfeld and staff, in my opinion , can do no wrong. I feel so positive that I have had the best care for years under Dr. Bergfeld's care.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

There is nothing negative I could ever comment. I am comfortable andfeel well taken care of. I am extremely confident with Dr Bergfeld and her staff.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

I had very few expectations regarding the referral to Dr. Wilma Bergfeld. I truly felt she cared about me as a person and I left the appointment with renewed hope. I only wish I could have seen her several years ago, before my condition progressed. I worked in healthcare for 25+ years before retiring, and feel confident in stating you have an outstanding physician on staff.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr. Bergfeld was very knowledgeable and thorough. She explained everything to me.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

Dr. Bergfeld extremely knowledgeable, and very compassionate about my issue. She's a great listener and I never feel hurried. Feel she truly cares about me, my overall physical and emotional health and finding the best solution possible to correct my problem. Dr. Bergfeld is the best doctor I have ever had.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

Everyone in Dr. Bergfeld's practice is extremely kind and sensitive to my needs. The room and all items, instruments are very clean.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

Dr. Bergfeld is an amazing physician. I felt she took the time to truly get to know me and I am anxiously awaiting to hear back from her about the results of my bloodwork. It was extremely hard to get an appointment with her. But thankfully, I did.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018

Good experience. Dr. Bergfeld is always pleasant and answers all of my questions in detail. She orders any necessary lab work.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

Cleveland Clinic far from me, but worth the drive to see Dr. Bergfeld to treat my condition

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

there is no better than Dr Bergfeld. so knowledgeable. listens. answers all questions. is concerned. a warm, caring person.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

I've never had a long wait in this area. Dr Bergfeld would be worth waiting for if I did bc I always feel I get the needed time and attention from her.

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