Joseph L. Jorizzo, M.D.

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Joseph L. Jorizzo, M.D.

Joseph L. Jorizzo, M.D.



Physician Rating

4.5 out of 5

412 Ratings

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  • Am Coll Of Cryosurgery

  • Am Federation Of Clinical Rese

  • Am Laryn. Rhino. And Otoglc So

  • Am Medical Assn

  • Am Soc of Clinical Oncology

  • Assn Of Professors Of Dermatol

  • Assn Of P.A. Programs

  • British Assn Of Dermatologists

  • British Toxicology Society

  • Clincl Society Of Genitourinar

  • Dermatology Foundation

  • Dowling Club-Uk

  • Eye Study Club

  • Fayette County Medical Society

  • Forsyth County Medical Society

  • Forsyth Prepared Childbirth As

  • Hawthorne Surgical Center

  • Am Academy Of Dermatology

  • NPI: 1316923360

Clinical Interests

  • Allergic Skin Disease, Dermatology (general), Nail Disease, Pediatric Dermatology, Phototherapy, Rheumatologic/Immunodermatology, Skin Cancer, Skin Care, Skin and Systemic Disease

Education & Training

  • A.B.

    1972 - Boston University

  • M.D.

    1975 - Boston University School of Medicine

  • Internship

    1976 - Internal Medicine: North Carolina Mem Hosp

  • Residency

    1979 - Dermatology: North Carolina Mem Hosp

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology Dermatology


Research Contact Information

Research Interests

  • Keratosis, Immunosuppressive Agents, Dermatomyositis, Keratosis, Actinic, Aminoquinolines

Recent Publications

  • Urticaria Zhang JB, Jorizzo JL. In: Callen JP, Jorizzo JL, Zone JJ, Piette WW, Rosenbach MA, Vleugels RA, eds. Dermatological signs of systemic disease. 5th ed. Edinburgh (NY): Elsevier;2017: 77-86.
  • Erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis Avarbock A, Jorizzo JL. In: Callen JP, Jorizzo JL, Zone JJ, Piette WW, Rosenbach MA, Vleugels RA, eds. Dermatological signs of systemic disease. 5th ed. Edinburgh (NY): Elsevier;2017: 87-92.
  • Thyroid and the skin Ghazi E, Rosen T, Jorizzo JL, Heymann WR. In: Callen JP, Jorizzo JL, Zone JJ, Piette WW, Rosenbach MA, Vleugels RA, eds. Dermatological signs of systemic disease. 5th ed. Edinburgh (NY): Elsevier;2017: 215-221.
  • Callen JP, Zone JJ, Piette WW, Jorizzo JL, Rosenbach MA, Vleugels RA, eds.. In: Dermatological signs of systemic disease. 5th ed. Edinburgh (NY): Elsevier;2017: .
  • The efficacy of methotrexate in the treatment of en coup de sabre (linear morphea subtype) Rattanakaemakorn P, Jorizzo JL.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2017;():.
  • A retrospective analysis of pediatric patients with lichen sclerosus treated with a standard protocol of class I topical corticosteroid and topical calcineurin inhibitor Anderson K, Ascanio NM, Kinney MA, Krowchuk DP, Jorizzo JL.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2016;27(1):64-66.
  • Gulliver's sign: a recognizable transition from inflammatory to healing stages of pyoderma gangrenosum Landis ET, Taheri A, Jorizzo JL.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2015;26(2):171-172.
  • Anti-C1q antibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus Orbai AM, Truedsson L, Sturfelt G, Nived O, Fang H, Alarcon G, Gordon C, Merrill J, Fortin P, Bruce I, Isenberg D, Wallace D, Ramsey-Goldman R, Bae SC, Hanly J, Sanchez-Guerrero J, Clarke A, Aranow C, Manzi S, Urowitz M, Gladman D, Kalunian K, Costner M,.. Lupus. 2015;24(1):42-49.
  • Systemic treatment of papular dermatitis: a retrospective study Moustafa FA, Sandoval LF, Jorizzo JL, Huang WW.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2015;26(5):431-434.
  • Sight-threatening ocular manifestations of acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis (Sweet's syndrome) Baartman B, Kosari P, Warren CC, Ali S, Jorizzo JL, Sato M, Kurup SK.. Dermatology. 2014;228(3):193-197.
  • Trends in the outpatient medication management of lupus erythematosus in the United States Sugai DY, Gustafson CJ, De Luca JF, Davis SA, Jorizzo JL, O'Rourke KS, Feldman SR.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2014;13(5):545-552.
  • Painful plaques on extremities of a woman [challenge] Baquerizo KL, Teague DJ, Strowd LC, Jorizzo JL, Sangueza OP.. Am J Dermatopathol. 2014;36(7):588-589.
  • Painful plaques on extremities of a woman [answer] Baquerizo KL, Teague DJ, Strowd LC, Jorizzo JL, Sangueza OP.. Am J Dermatopathol. 2014;36(7):597.
  • Neutrophilic dermatoses: an update Alavi A, Sajic D, Cerci FB, Ghazarian D, Rosenbach M, Jorizzo J.. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2014;15(5):413-423.
  • Efficacy of cryosurgery and 5-fluorouracil cream 0.5% combination therapy for the treatment of actinic keratosis Hoover WD III, Jorizzo JL, Clark AR, Feldman SR, Holbrook J, Huang KE.. Cutis. 2014;94(5):255-259.
  • Erythema elevatum diutinum: a review of presentation and treatment Momen SE, Jorizzo J, Al-Niaimi F.. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2014;28(12):1594-1602.
  • Current issues in the management of actinic keratosis Ceilley RI, Jorizzo JL.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013;68(1 Suppl 1):S28-S38.
  • A comparative study of clinical characteristics, work-up, treatment, and association to malignancy in dermatomyositis between two tertiary skin centers in the USA and Singapore Yosipovitch G, Tan A, LoSicco K, Manabat CG, Kannagra A, Carroll C, Chan YH, Ng P, Jorizzo J.. Int J Dermatol. 2013;52(7):813-819.
  • Bullous pemphigoid: a case series with emphasis on long-term remission off therapy Kwatra SG, Jorizzo JL.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2013;24(5):327-331.
  • Linear morphea: a case series with long-term follow-up of young, methotrexate-treated patients Koch SB, Cerci FB, Jorizzo JL, Krowchuk DP.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2013;24(6):435-438.
  • Review of dermatomyositis: establishing the diagnosis and treatment algorithm Strowd LC, Jorizzo JL.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2013;24(6):418-421.
  • Febrile ulceronecrotic Mucha-Habermann disease (pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta fulminans) presenting as Stevens-Johnson syndrome Kaufman WS, McNamara EK, Curtis AR, Kosari P, Jorizzo JL, Krowchuk DP.. Pediatr Dermatol. 2012;29(2):135-140.
  • Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, Callen JP, Cerroni L, Heymann WR, Hruza GJ, Mancini AJ, Patterson JW, Rocken M, Schwarz T, eds.. In: Dermatology. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier/Saunders;2012: .
  • Dermatomyositis Jorizzo JL, Vleugels RA. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, Callen JP, Cerroni L, Heymann WR, Hruza GJ, Mancini AJ, Patterson JW, Rocken M, Schwarz T, eds. Dermatology, vol 1. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier/Saunders;2012: 631-641.
  • Hydroxychloroquine and smoking in patients with cutaneous lupus erythematosus Ezra N, Jorizzo J.. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2012;37(4):327-334.
  • Small-vessel vasculitis Kinney MA, Jorizzo JL.. Dermatol Ther. 2012;25(2):148-157.
  • Derivation and validation of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus Petri M, Orbai AM, Alarcon GS, Gordon C, Merrill JT, Fortin PR, Bruce IN, Isenberg D, Wallace DJ, Nived O, Sturfelt G, Ramsey-Goldman R, Bae SC, Hanly JG, Sanchez-Guerrero J, Clarke A, Aranow C, Manzi S, Urowitz M, Gladman D, Kalunian K,.. Arthritis Rheum. 2012;64(8):2677-2686.
  • Cryosurgery followed by imiquimod 3.75% to treat actinic keratosis Lee J, Jorizzo J, Lebwohl M, Markowitz O, Levy S.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011;64(2 Suppl 1):AB2.
  • Therapeutic ladder for pemphigus vulgaris: emphasis on achieving complete remission Strowd LC, Taylor SL, Jorizzo JL, Namazi MR.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011;64(3):490-494.
  • Rubeosis faciei diabeticorum: a common, but often unnoticed, clinical manifestation of diabetes mellitus Namazi MR, Jorizzo JL, Fallahzadeh MK.. ScientificWorldJournal. 2010;10():70-71.
  • Effective and safe combination therapy for severe acne vulgaris: a randomized, vehicle-controlled, double-blind study of adapalene 0.1%-benzoyl peroxide 2.5% fixed-dose combination gel with doxycycline hyclate 100 mg Gold LS, Cruz A, Eichenfield L, Tan J, Jorizzo J, Kerrouche N, Dhuin J-C.. Cutis. 2010;85(2):94-104.
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum: a review and update on new therapies Miller J, Yentzer BA, Clark A, Jorizzo JL, Feldman SR.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62(4):646-654.
  • Adapalene 0.1%/benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel with doxycycline hyclate 100 mg tablets compared to vehicle gel with doxycycline hyclate 100 mg tablets in the treatment of severe acne vulgaris [abstract] Gold LS, Dhuin JC, Tan J, Jorizzo J.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62(3 Suppl):AB13.
  • Cutaneous sarcoidosis mimicking childhood granulomatous periorificial dermatitis [abstract] Tran B, Lee A, Jorizzo J.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62(3 Suppl):AB112.
  • Subacute Addison disease mimicking Laugier-Hunziker syndrome [abstract] Wilson R, Lee A, Jorizzo J.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62(3 Suppl):AB121.
  • Spreading pigmented actinic keratosis: a review Uhlenhake EE, Sangueza OP, Lee AD, Jorizzo JL.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;63(3):499-506.
  • A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, multicenter, efficacy and safety study of 3.75% imiquimod cream following cryosurgery for the treatment of actinic keratoses Jorrizzo JL, Markowitz O, Lebwohl MG, Bourcier M, Kulp J, Meng TC, Levy S.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2010;9(9):1101-1108.
  • Treatment of 2,453 acne vulgaris patients aged 12-17 years with the fixed-dose adapalene-benzoyl peroxide combination topical gel: efficacy and safety Eichenfield LF, Jorizzo JL, Dirschka T, Taub AF, Lynde C, Graeber M, Kerrouche N.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2010;9(11):1395-1401.
  • Dermatomyositis: a clinicopathological study of 40 patients Smith ES, Hallman JR, DeLuca AM, Goldenberg G, Jorizzo JL, Sangueza OP.. Am J Dermatopathol. 2009;31(1):61-67.
  • Optimizing management of actinic keratosis and photodamaged skin: utilizing a stepwise approach Lee AD, Jorizzo JL.. Cutis. 2009;84(3):169-175.
  • Cutaneous vasculitis Patel MJ, Jorizzo JL. In: Rakel RE, Bope ET, eds. Conn's current therapy 2008. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders;2008: 801-803.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, and gout Haverstock CL, Jorizzo JL. In: Wolff K, Goldsmith LA, Katz SI, Gilchrest BA, Paller AS, Leffell DJ, eds. Fitzpatrick's dermatology in general medicine. 7th ed. New York: McGraw Hill Medical;2008: 1569-1577.
  • Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Rapini RP. In: Dermatology. 2nd ed. St. Louis (MO): Mosby Elsevier;2008: .
  • Dermatomyositis Jorizzo JL, Carroll CL, Sangueza OP. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Rapini RP, eds. Dermatology. 2nd ed. St. Louis (MO): Mosby Elsevier;2008: 575-584.
  • Development and validation of the dermatomyositis skin severity index Carroll CL, Lang W, Snively B, Feldman SR, Callen J, Jorizzo JL.. Br J Dermatol. 2008;158(2):345-350.
  • A linear orofacial macule Walsh SN, Jorizzo JL, Haverstock C, Sangueza OP.. Am J Dermatopathol. 2008;30(2):194-195.
  • Dramatic verrucae confined to the lower lip [editorial] Namazi MR, Jorizzo JL.. ScientificWorldJournal. 2008;8():507.
  • The treatment and prognosis of dermatomyositis: an updated review Iorizzo LJ III, Jorizzo JL.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008;59(1):99-112.
  • One-week treatment with once-daily fluorouracil cream 0.5% in participants with actinic keratoses Menter A, Vamvakias G, Jorizzo J.. Cutis. 2008;81(6):509-516.
  • An open-label pilot study of alefacept for the treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum Foss CE, Clark AR, Inabinet R, Camacho F, Jorrizo JL.. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2008;22(8):943-949.

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Doctor Ratings

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Patient Comments

Comments are taken from the Care Provider section of the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Comments are posted exactly as they are written. Comments are added weekly. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, patient names are not included.

  • 9/25/2017

    If anyone ever needed this particular expertise I would certainly recommend.

  • 9/2/2017

    I think Dr. Jorrizo was running so behind that he didn't have time to sit down and talk and explain things like he should. Also when he has students with him he talks to them more than he does his patient.

  • 8/31/2017

    Dr. Joseph Jorizzo, Jr. is by far the best physician I have ever met. He goes far beyond what is expected to give the best care possible while making you feel cared about, important, and a partner with him in making decisions on getting the best health care available. He also makes himself available to you at any time and reminds you of that (in case you need him) at the end of every visit.

  • 8/29/2017

    Especially liked the way all providers seemed on the same page, and how they brought students in for observation and teaching. Very professional.

  • 8/28/2017

    Dr. Jorizzo is an excellent doctor. He and his staff are very professional and makes a doctor visit very comfortable. You don't have to worry about misguided information when it comes to communication. I would gladly refer anyone that needs this type of care.

  • 7/29/2017

    Dr. Jorizzo is an excellent doctor with whom I have the upmost confidence and would recommend him to my family and friends. Thank you, Dr. Jorizzo.

  • 7/27/2017

    Dr Jorizzo is the most knowledgeable and thorough Dermatologist I've ever been to - he has put a plan together to keep my skin cancer under control. This has given me tremendous relief - he is great!

  • 7/24/2017


  • 7/9/2017

    Jorriizzo is an excellent physician and very professional and caring. A great person.

  • 7/3/2017

    After traveling hours to see dr., waiting another 1 1/2 or longer to see him and he spent 5 mins. w/me. He had 3 students come in room along with him and PA. They acted like I was over concerned and not important. Didn't listen to me. Spoke in medical terms only. Just wanted to hurry through.

  • 6/27/2017

    Great Doctor and one I trust

  • 6/26/2017

    So professional while listening and explaining info to me.

  • 6/25/2017

    I was very impressed with the care I received at this office.

  • 6/23/2017

    Very very good.

  • 6/20/2017

    our 5 yr grandson was the patient. it was a good visit for him.

  • 6/13/2017

    My daughter (the patient) LOVES him!

  • 6/8/2017

    I ask that a letter be written to my insurance company regarding my condition. It was done quickly and accurately.

  • 5/10/2017

    Only a short time spent with this provider (doctor) resident doctor spent more time than provider. Provider was impersonal and quick.

  • 5/8/2017

    We were sent by our PCP for a worrisome mole on my 2 year old- the provider entered the room with this "you're overreacting" attitude, and acted as if both my & my pediatricians concerns were ridiculous. it was a complete waste of time & money- we missed our next appt due to delay in being roomed & waiting on provider, and I had taken a vacation day away from caring for my own patients in order to make it to this appointment with my child.

  • 5/1/2017

    Great Doctor....I can't stop raving about him. I only wish that i had found him a couple of years ago.

  • 4/24/2017

    I would recommend Wake Forest Dermatology to anyone who asked. I chose to go there because of the reputation and quality of care of this department and staff. they have exceeded my expectations.

  • 4/22/2017

    The man is excellent. He knows his skill and very professional about it.

  • 4/4/2017

    I find Dr Jorizzio to be very different when I see him alone without residents, fellows, etc in the room. Without the "entourage", he engages in a more personal manner. When he is with his medical students he tends to speak to them rather than to me.

  • 3/28/2017

    This was an exceptionally good experience that showed results as soon as I received the medicine prescribed.

  • 3/27/2017

    Dr. Jorizzo was professional, educated, understanding. I don't have enough words to say how great he treated me.

  • 3/23/2017

    Dr. Joseph Jorizzo answers your questions and listens to your concerns. I came to see him after the referral of a friend who had the same experience I did with a provider who spent the better part of a year trying to heal a leg ulcer (10 months in an uni-boot). With his treatment, my leg healed in less than 10 weeks. Because of this situation I am always receptive to his suggestions and willingness to follow up on his instructions.

  • 3/18/2017

    I am not confident with this provider.

  • 3/13/2017

    Dr. Jurizzo was fabulous with us, patient with our requests, and very descriptive regarding my condition and the test results he was interpreting.

  • 3/13/2017

    my only problem was the wait time

  • 3/4/2017

    Dr. Jorizzo is obviously very knowledgeable and I trust his assessments. It was hard to absorb everything he said as he was a fast talker.

  • 3/2/2017

    I would like this dr. to spend a little more time with me.

  • 2/28/2017

    I left there with the feeling my doctor really cared about my problem.

  • 2/27/2017

    *Dr. Jorizzo and his staff have ALWAYS BEEN gracious.

  • 2/27/2017

    The dr always has a resident and other students with him. I find that he tends to talk to them rather than to me. I understand he is teaching them, but I am the patient. On the few occasions that I have seen him by himself, he is very attentive.

  • 2/21/2017

    Dr. Yorizzo is one of the best doctors I have ever gone to. He was able to find the root of the problem by going over my medical history and my current symptoms and provided the correct diagnosis. The resident rotating with him was very competent as well.

  • 2/19/2017

    I have been coming for treatment for 2 years and have everything explained all along the course of treatment.

  • 2/15/2017

    Dr is very friendly and personable

  • 1/24/2017

    Extremely satisfied.

  • 1/23/2017

    Dr. Joseph Jorizzo is an excellent physician. I highly recommend him.

  • 1/22/2017

    All of my experiences with Wake Dermatology have been really good and even though I have had different kinds of skin Cancer including Melanoma my care has been great and I have always been treated kindly.

  • 1/22/2017

    I have been a patient of this provider for many years and put full trust in his care. He always shows great interest and concern. The best.

  • 12/7/2016

    I plan to use this doctor and site in the future instead of the Mt. Airy site due to the concern and help he gave me regarding my problem.

  • 12/6/2016

    I feel more like a gineau pig than patient and thats to be expected here, I understand that ...but shouldn't my care be a I'm paying for the physician's time and expertise ?

  • 12/1/2016

    he is fabulous!!!!

  • 11/22/2016

    Dr J is an excellent provider! He cares about me & takes time to ensure I understand his terminology about my condition! So glad I have Dr J as my provider he is the best !!!


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