Mark Abdelmalek, M.D.

ABC News Reporter & Medical Contributor | Dermatologist | Mohs Surgeon

Dr. Mark | Medical & Investigative Reporter, ABC News

Dr. Mark is an award-winning medical and investigative journalist at ABC News.  As a frontline medical journalist, Dr. Mark plays an integral role in ABC News COVID coverage- a defining story of our time and his journalism career.  

Dr. Mark has investigated the  high cost of medical care and critical drug shortages.  Dr. Mark has also extensively reported on healthcare reform in the United States including an ABC White House special with former President Obama in 2009.  

For more than a decade, he has worked alongside ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer sharing important stories of our time with television audiences for Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, 20/20, and Nightline.

Dr. Mark has also covered a variety of breaking news stories including the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the worldwide 2014 Ebola crisis, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  He was one of a select group of medical reporters who was given access to the health records of Presidential candidate John McCain in 2008 uncovering new details about McCain’s melanoma diagnosis.  He has also reported on important mental health stories including a special with Sue Klebold, the mother of one of the Columbine school shooters.

Dr. Mark was part of the team that brought America the story of Bruce Jenner’s transgender journey in a landmark 2015 televised interview with Diane Sawyer.  The groundbreaking special earned the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont Award.

In addition, as part of the ABC News “Hidden America” team, Dr. Mark highlights issues vulnerable populations face like the struggle for millions of Americans to earn a living wage, the overmedication of foster children with antipsychotics, and the plight of patients facing the so-called practice of “patient dumping.”

Dr. Mark has also reported on a wide-range of topics including ISIS in America, a quirky story about Presidential Hair during the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Michael Jackson’s death, New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady inspiring a young fan with a similar knee injury to his and a story about how Hollywood players reached “El Chapo”- one of the most notorious drug lords in history.

In addition, Dr. Mark is part of the ABC News team that received the esteemed Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  He was also the recipient of a 2015 ABC News storytelling award for one of his live broadcasts showing the inner workings of a doctor’s office.    Dr. Mark has been nominated for a Peabody Award and three Emmy awards including in 2018 for an ABC News Hidden America special on hard working Americans struggling to stay in the middle class.

Dr. Mark currently serves as Medical Contributor  and Senior Editorial Producer for ABC News and the Diane Sawyer team.  Prior to this, he worked at ABC News’ flagship broadcast, ABC World News.

Journalism Awards

Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television, ABC News, 2019

Emmy® nominee. Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Newsmagazine.  “Triumph in Thailand” ABC News 20/20, 2019

Emmy® nominee. My Reality: Hidden America, ABC News, 2018

Peabody Award nominee, ABC News Hidden America Series, 2017

Deadline Club Award, ABC News Hidden America Series, 2017

GRACIE Award, 2017

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, ABC News, 2016

Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television, ABC News, 2016

Emmy® nominee, ABC News, 2017

GLAAD Media Award: Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine, ABC News, 2016

ABC News Storytelling Challenge Winner- Best new use of live stream storytelling, 2015

Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television, ABC News, 2015

Salute to Excellence Television Finalist- National Association of Black Journalists, ABC News, 2015

Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television, ABC News, 2014

Food Bank for New York City Honoree, 2013

MORE Award: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), ABC News, 2012

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Select ABC News & COVID-19 Reports:

Why scientists think COVID-19 may be spread through particles in the air

Arizona doctors worry as ICUs fill: ‘We’re leaving the hospital sometimes in tears’

Tristate area imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers from infected states

In the race for a vaccine, children may be last to be vaccinated

Coronavirus care in hospitals will be different come fall — here’s how

Our New Reality: A Diane Sawyer COVID-19 Special 

Can the US Reach Herd Immunity?

Mayo Clinic doctors find many COVID-19 antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News exclusive

Many New Yorkers who suspected they had COVID-19 did not, study finds

Coronavirus contact tracers’ nemeses: People who don’t answer their phones

Mom uses recording of newborn’s heartbeat to bond with her while hospitalized with COVID-19

Dramatic drop in cancer diagnoses amid COVID pandemic is cause for concern, doctors say

With all eyes on coronavirus testing, some researchers say ‘group testing’ could make up the shortage

Like ‘stationary cruise ships’: Prisons, factories emerging as deadly coronavirus transit hubs

Without federal ‘blueprint,’ states become hodgepodge for coronavirus testing

Trust, testing and tracing: How South Korea succeeded where the US stumbled in coronavirus response

How accurate is the US coronavirus death count? Some experts say it’s off by ‘tens of thousands’

‘Silent Hypoxics’: Docs warn of coronavirus link to mysterious low oxygen symptoms

Can this pulse monitor detect COVID-19? Pulse oximeters can provide an early warning sign of coronavirus for patients in hospitals, but are those devices as effective when people use them at home?

‘COVID Toes’: Could skin conditions offer coronavirus clues?

Explaining how a plasma transplant may help coronavirus patients recover

How can antibodies be used to treat COVID-19: Blood plasma explained

Antibody research indicates coronavirus may be far more widespread than known

Crucial coronavirus antibody tests destined for New York City caught in red tape in China

Unlocking coronavirus; the largest antibody study yet gets underway.

Trump touts saliva coronavirus tests after FDA emergency authorization

#AmericaStrong. A HELPING HAND: 

From house calls to drive-thru visits, independent physicians adapt amid COVID-19 crisis

Your doctor’s not available for you right now amid coronavirus and that may lead to catastrophic consequences in the future

What is antibody testing and where to get a COVID-19 test

As some leaders weigh pursuit of ‘herd immunity’ from coronavirus, experts warn risks are too high

Could a simple blood test for COVID-19 antibodies help reopen the economy?

Coronavirus death toll in US likely worse than numbers say

NYC’s grim contingency as coronavirus deaths rise: Temporary mass burials

If concerned about ‘false negative’ coronavirus test, self-quarantine anyway: Experts

Some hospitals are facing an oxygen shortage amid coronavirus crisis

Baby monitors in the ICU: Nurses get creative to save lives, critical equipment

Doctors fear shortage of drug critical to ventilator treatment for coronavirus

NBA players who’ve beaten COVID-19 to donate blood for new treatment

America Rising: Fighting the Pandemic.  ABC News Special.  

Why coronavirus antibody testing in one Colorado town could provide a way forward

New York approves ventilator splitting, allowing hospitals to treat two patients with one machine

Can recovered coronavirus patients help combat the disease?

Hospitals trying to figure out how they would ration ventilators as coronavirus cases rise in New York

The Douglas Dynasty: Fame, Addiction and Finding Home.  ABC News Diane Sawyer Special. 

Mustaches may lower risk of skin cancer-associated lesions on lips

#ScreenTIme- ABC News 2-hour special with Diane Sawyer.

New drug for alopecia showes promise: What you need to know. Good Morning America.

Detecting skin cancer: Is a handheld magnifying tool better than the naked eye?

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, 2018. ABC News Breaking News.

Children of Camden, 10 years later.  Waiting on the World to Change.  Hidden America update.  Nightline.

Is your sunscreen expired?  Here’s what you need to know.  GMA Investigates.

Triumph in Thailand: 20/20 Special Edition.  The incredible story of the 12 boys and their rescue after weeks trapped in a Thai cave.

Father of 3 in kidney failure granted stay after saying deportation would be a ‘death sentence’.  ABC News Digital

Hidden America: My Reality.  ABC News special documenting the stories of hard-working women working in fear across America, from truck drivers to waitresses, facing sexual harassment at their jobs. 20/20

Reporter’s Notebook: On National Doctors’ Day, a look at the new Hippocratic oath,  ABC News Digital

ISIS in America: Diane Sawyer Investigates, 20/20

Caitlyn Jenner: The Interview.  Diane Sawyer Special, 20/20

Dangers of At home chemical peels, Good Morning America

Hidden America: My Reality.  ABC News special on the plight of millions of Americans pursuing the American Dream, Income Inequality, and exploring the concepts and solutions around the concept of a Living Wage, 20/20

Between Breaths: A Story of Anxiety, Addiction, and Hope: The Elizabeth Vargas Interview, 20/20

Jaycee Dugard, Freedom: My Book of Firsts. A Diane Sawyer Interview, 20/20.

Philadelphia Museum Dedicated to Presidents’ Hair, ABC News Digital.

Hidden America: Inside Rikers Island, Nightline ;

The Latina Superstar, The Hollywood Actor, The Drug Lord.  What happened between Kate Del Castillo, Sean Penn and “El Chapo”- the most powerful drug lord in the world, 20/20

Silence Broken: A Mother’s Reckoning. Sue Klebold, Mother of Columbine School Shooter speaks out for first time on television, 20/20

Inside The Doctor’s Office: Why is the Wait So Long? ABC News Digital

Bruce Jenner: The Interview- Diane Sawyer Special, 20/20.

ABC News Ebola Digital Special Reports, ABC News Digital

ABC Hidden America Report:  Whistleblowers- Children Are Victims of a Broken System, ABC World News

Hospital Worker Tests Negative for MERS, ABC News Digital Special Report

Officials Confirm 2nd MERS Patient in US, ABC News Digital Special Report

America Strong: Penn State Raises $13.3M for Pediatric Cancer Research at Dance Marathon,  World News with Diane Sawyer

Sticker Shock: Sticker Shock: Investigating the High Cost of Simple Blood Tests, World News with Diane Sawyer

Fighting Chance: Outrage at the Increasingly High Cost of Cancer Drugs, World News with Diane Sawyer

Sticker Shock: Investigating the High Costs of Hospital Bills, World News with Diane Sawyer

As More Americans Have Surgeries Overseas, US Companies Consider ‘Medical Tourism’ a Health Care Option, World News with Diane Sawyer & Nightline

ABC News Hidden America Report: Man with Psychosis Recalls Nevada ‘Patient Dumping’, World News with Diane Sawyer

Child Who Needs Corrective Hearing Surgery Gets Wish, World News with Diane Sawyer

Provigil: The Secret to Success?, World News with Diane Sawyer

ABC News Investigation: Top Doctor Awards- Are They Always Well Deserved?, World News,

ABC News year-long investigation: Children in foster care over-medicated with powerful mind-altering drugs, World News with Diane Sawyer, 20/20,

Superstar Quarterback Tom Brady Sheds Light on Rising Number of ACL injuries in children  World News with Diane Sawyer;

World News Investigation: Health Effects on Cleanup Workers Good Morning America; World News with Diane Sawyer;

Japan’s Situation Grave in Some Places, but Improving;

Science Backs Statement: ‘You Sound Tired’;

Gabrielle Giffords in Medically Induced Coma to Help Brain Rest;

US Facing Largest Hospital Drug Shortage in Decades;

BP Oil Spill Special Report-ABC News Dive finds Underwater Oil; Oil Health Effects Good Morning America; World News with Diane Sawyer;

Special Health Care for Congress: Investigated Congress’s Office of the Attending Physician Good Morning America; World News with Charles Gibson;

Prescription for America: Questions for the President; ABC Primetime Special, Washington, DC,

Hopkins Talk Back Panel, ABC news,

McCain Healthy but Cholesterol Concerns Remain.  ABC news,

Protecting the Brain with Progesterone.  ABC news,

Is Surgery Through the Vagina ‘Minimally Invasive?’.  ABC news,

Stem Cells: A Possible Cure for Diabetes.  ABC news,

What Laura Bush Can Teach You About Skin Cancer.  ABC news,

The Dark Side of Being Cured of Childhood Cancer.  ABC news,

Presbyopia: Loss of Close-up Vision.  ABC news, Healthy Life host,

Other media mentions:

Tattoo remorse makes removal a growth industry.

Gene-altering Lotion May Treat Skin Diseases. ABC News,

‘Shot Girls,’ Underground Butt Injections Exposed. ABC News, “Check Up”.,

New wrinkles for Botox. Philadelphia Inquirer,

Illegal tattooing dangers.  NBC News, Philadelphia,

Is Spray SPF effective or not?  Fox News, Philadelphia,

The Dangers of tanning. NBC News, Philadelphia,

Solutions to Sweating. NBC News, Philadelphia,

Skin Cancer and Tanning. Fox News, Philadelphia,

Dangers of skin lightening creams. ABC News,

Plastic Surgery Center Shut Down. ABC News,

The Peculiar Pain of Paper Cuts.  ABC News,

Skin Cancers May Foretell Cancers to Come. ABC News,