James G. Marks Jr., M.D. & Joyce L. Marks, M.Ed.
James G. Marks, Jr., is Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Wilkes College in 1967 and his Medical Degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1971. After serving for three years as a General Medical Officer at the United States Air Force Hospital in Aviano, Italy, Dr. Marks completed a residency in Dermatology at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Marks served in the Air Force for two additional years, as Chief of Cutaneous Immunology and Staff Dermatologist at Wilford Hall. In 1980, he joined Penn State Hershey Medical Center as Assistant Professor and Staff Dermatologist with the Division of Dermatology in the Department of Medicine. He was named Associate Professor in 1985 and Professor in 1991. From 1998 until 2002, Dr. Marks served as the Division Chief for Dermatology. In 2002, when the Department of Dermatology was created, Dr. Marks was named the Department’s first Chair.
Dr. Marks is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology, Association of Military Dermatologists, Dermatology Foundation, Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, Philadelphia Dermatology Society, North American Contact Dermatitis Group, American Contact Dermatitis Society (Vice-President and President), European Society of Contact Dermatitis, and Pennsylvania Medical Society. He has served as a consultant to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and to private industry. He is a panel leader for the Cosmetic Ingredient Review which determines the safety of personal care products sold in the United States. He is co-inventor of 2 patents. He has appeared in Who’s Who in America and Best Doctors in America.
Dr. Marks has been an invited speaker at scientific meetings in North America and Europe. He co-founded Caribbean and Coastal Dermatology Symposia. His research interests include contact dermatitis, occupational skin disease, and investigational new drugs and devices. He has published more than 180 articles, book chapters, and abstracts on various dermatologic topics. He co-authored multiple editions of the leading textbooks on dermatology and contact dermatitis. He has served as Associate and Section Editor of the American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, on the Editorial Board of Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology, and as a Reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and American Journal of Contact Dermatitis
Joyce L. Marks received her Bachelor’s degree from Wilkes College in 1966 and her Master’s Degree from Trenton State University in 1970. She taught elementary education prior to moving with her husband to Italy , Texas, and then back to Pennsylvania. Her passions for the arts lead to a career in painting and photography with exhibitions in the United States and Italy. She has also been active in fund-raising events for various charities and the Department of Dermatology. She was instrumental in initiating the annual Elegant Evening of Food and Wine Pairings which benefits dermatologic research at the Hershey Medical Center.
Dr. Marks and his wife, Joyce, reside in Hershey and enjoy ballroom dancing, scuba diving in the Caribbean, and food and wine tastings. Their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live in Herndon, Va.