Joslyn Sciacca Kirby, MD, MEd, MS

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    Research interests

    Dr. Joslyn Kirby is a dermatologist and physician-scientist whose research has focused on value, including variation in care, costs, and outcomes, and hidradenitis suppurativa.

    Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with a large negative effect on quality of life. Dr. Kirby's research related to HS included health services research of utilization and costs, coping and resilience and research of novel outcome measures.

    Dr. Kirby has been an investigator on several clinical trials, both industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated. She also utilized mixed methods in educational research and developed a novel workplace-based evaluation tool to support resident and student evaluation. She also worked to design and implement a clinical decision support app for prescribing topical corticosteroids (the CorticoCream Calculator, available in the iTunes and Play stores).

    Teaching and educational interests

    Dr. Joslyn Kirby, who is the Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Dermatology, is an active educator at all levels of medical education. She is the course director for dermatology education for pre-clinical medical students, oversees the clerkship for the clinical dermatology elective, is the program director for the dermatology residency, and is an active speaker at numerous national and international medical educational meetings.

    Education/Academic qualification

    MEd, The Pennsylvania State University

    … → May 2015

    Public Health Sciences, MS, The Pennsylvania State University

    … → Dec 2014

    Dermatology, Residency, University of Pennsylvania

    … → Jun 2008

    Preliminary Year in Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital

    … → Jun 2005

    MD, University of Virginia

    … → May 2004

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    Projects 2016 2020

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    Development of Outcome Measures for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

    Sciacca Kirby, J.

    National Institutes of Health


    Project: Research projectClinical Investigator Award (CIA)

    Hidradenitis Suppurativa
    Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
    Reproducibility of Results

    Research Output 2004 2019

    Dermatologists and Antibiotics - Reflecting on Our Habits, the Evidence, and Next Steps

    Sciacca Kirby, J. & Lim, J. S., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : JAMA Dermatology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    4 Citations

    A core domain set for hidradenitis suppurativa trial outcomes: An international Delphi process

    Thorlacius, L., Ingram, J. R., Villumsen, B., Esmann, S., Sciacca Kirby, J., Gottlieb, A. B., Merola, J. F., Dellavalle, R., Nielsen, S. M., Christensen, R., Garg, A. & Jemec, G. B. E., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : British Journal of Dermatology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Hidradenitis Suppurativa
    Delivery of Health Care
    Clinical Trials

    Dose, duration, and cost: opportunities to improve use of long-term oral antibiotics for people with rosacea

    Rill, J. S., Lev-Tov, H., Liu, G. & Sciacca Kirby, J., May 7 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Dermatological Treatment. p. 1-5 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Anti-Bacterial Agents
    Costs and Cost Analysis

    Endurance-frostbite, then and now

    Dempsey, A. I., Walley, K. & Sciacca Kirby, J., Jun 1 2018, In : JAMA Dermatology. 154, 6, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    5 Citations

    Geographic distribution of nonphysician clinicians who independently billed medicare for common dermatologic services in 2014

    Adamson, A. S., Suarez, E. A., McDaniel, P., Leiphart, P. A., Zeitany, A. & Sciacca Kirby, J., Jan 1 2018, In : JAMA Dermatology. 154, 1, p. 30-36 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Physician Assistants
    Nurse Practitioners
    Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System