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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
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.5725
Desk:
216.444.5729
Fax:
216.231.5448

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aging Skin
  • Alopecia
  • Autoimmune Hair and Skin Disease
  • Cancer Center
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Cryotherapy
  • Dermatopathology
  • General Dermatology
  • Genital Skin Problems
  • Hair Disorders
  • Hair Loss Treatments
  • Pigmented Lesion
  • Rashes and Eczema
  • Skin Biopsies
  • Skin Examinations
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Screenings
  • Skin Tumors
View all 18 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Androgen Excess
  • Atypcial Nevi
  • Dermatitis
  • Hair Loss
  • Hair Loss in Women
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Rosacea (Adult Acne)
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Lesions
  • Skin Tags
View all 13 Specialties +
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Biography

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: bergfew@ccf.org:  Phone: 216-444-5722:  Fax: 216-231-5448

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1969

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 Education - Temple University School of Medicine
M.D.
Philadelphia, PA USA
1964

Undergraduate - College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA USA
1960

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

Certifications

  • 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)

Memberships

  • 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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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 12/3/2021, 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

147 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 5

39 Patient Comments

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!

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

I feel in person with Dr Bergfeld is best for my problem(s).

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

I have been seeing Dr. Bergfeld for over 40 years. She is an EXCELLENT dermatologist and a wonderful person.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Dr Bergfeld was very caring.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Dr. Wilma Bergfeld is the most caring and knowledgeable physician I have ever met.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld's staff have patiently taught me how to do virtual visits. I am so grateful.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

I love Dr. Bergfeld!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld takes the time to explain, (in plain English), what her analysis is and what hte possible courses of action are, which is very much appreciated.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2022

I am extremely thankful that Dr. Bergfeld is willing to do virtual visits since I live in Columbus.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2022

I've been seeing Dr. Bergfeld for more than 20 years and couldn't be more pleased with her skill and care.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld is absolutely amazing. She is very knowledgeable and took her time answering my questions even though I am sure she had a very busy schedule.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld is as much a friend as a doctor, the best the clinic has to offer!

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld was attentive in answering all my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

As always, Dr. Bergfeld treated me with caring respect. I highly value her advice.

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Dr Bergfeld is the best! I am very grateful for her knowledge concerning my issue and her guidance. She keeps me positive and optimistic and always has alternatives. I am blessed.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld is very thorough, caring and knowledgeable. I have seen her growing up through high school and returned to her 32 years later from out of state since I value her effectiveness as a doctor and the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

The PA was in tune with both me and Dr. Bergfeld. Very accurate in relaying our consult to Dr. Bergfeld.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Dr Bergfeld is amazing. I am thankful to have her providing my specialized care

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

On this virtual appointment, Dr. Bergfeld was able to see problem areas and areas that have improved with her remedies.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Video visits with Dr. Bergfeld are wonderful. As a result, our son's skin has never been better.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

Dr Bergfeld is the best!!!

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2022

So appreciative of Dr. Bergfeld's genuine concern and expertise!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022

Dr Bergfeld is the most compassionate doctor. I have valued her integrity and knowledge over the past 40 plus years! She is just THE BEST!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022

I appreciated Dr Bergfeld assistant calling before the video visit. It was a very efficient visit.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2022

Dr Bergfeld is very gentle and very knowledgeable and I love her.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld is a wonderful Doctor, l am so glad she is my Doctor. Thank you Br. Bergfeld.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld is an outstanding doctor!

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr Bergfeld is wonderful: no nonsense yet caring

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld is great and her resident assisting that day was also very kind and professional.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Dr Bergfeld is such a caring, attentive doctor. She is the best! I trust her opinion & she gives the best care & always follows up with me.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

We are so grateful to be seen by Dr. Wilma Bergfeld when Billy, who is non-verbal and a quadriplegic, has a problem.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

We've been a patient of Dr. Bergfeld and the Cleveland Clinic only for a few months but the level of expertise and care is clearly at a much higher level than any other doctor or medical affiliation we've previously experienced.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

My son tends to be quiet and reserved and Dr. Bergfeld made sure to engage him in the conversation and speak to him directly throughout the visit! This is something I as a parent value tremendously from a medical provider.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld was very caring and thorough. I appreciated her expertise and skills used to treat me. We live three hours away and it is well worth the travel to be a patient of Dr. Bergfeld!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Love Dr Bergfeld!

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Dr. Bergfeld is an excellent physician; she is both knowledgeable and personable. She understands that hair loss affects a woman's self esteem.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Ii am very fortunate to have Dr. Bergfeld manage my hair loss treatment.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

Dr. Wilma Bergfeld has been my dermatologist for 44 years. She is fantastic. She knows her field inside and out!

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