Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

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Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Associate Professor, Dermatology

Office of Women in Medicine and Science

Physician Rating

4.8 out of 5

432 Ratings

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  • Department: 336-716-3926

  • Fax: 336-716-9258

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  • NPI: 1255316311

Clinical Interests

  • Skin Disease of Aging, Hair and Scalp Disease, Skin Care, Rosacea, Dermatology (general), International Health, Hair Disorders, Pigmented Lesions, Women's Health, Skin Cancer, Dermatopathology

Education & Training

  • M.D.

    1988 - Univ De Los Andes Faculty of Medicine-Venezuela

  • Internship

    1990 - Hospital-Venezuela

  • Residency

    1993 - Dermatology: Central Univ Faculty of Medici

  • Residency

    1997 - Dermatopathology: Central Univ Faculty of Medici

  • Fellowship

    2002 - WFU School of Medicine

  • Fellowship

    2004 - WFU School of Medicine


Research Contact Information

Research Interests

  • Skin Diseases, Meat-Packing Industry, Occupational Diseases, Hispanic Americans, Pruritus

Recent Publications

  • Methotrexate for the treatment of pediatric alopecia areata Landis ET, Pichardo-Geisinger RO.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2018;29(2):145-148.
  • Pemphigoid gestationis: a case series and review of the literature Cohen S, Strowd LC, Pichardo RO.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2018;():.
  • Efficacy of tofacitinib in pediatric alopecia universalis [abstract] Patel N, Oussedik E, Pichardo-Geisinger RO, Feldman S.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017;76(6 Suppl 1):AB121.
  • Atopic and contact dermatitis of the vulva Pichardo-Geisinger R.. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2017;44(3):371-378.
  • Community health asset mapping partnership engages Hispanic/Latino health seekers and providers Cutts T, Langdon S, Meza FR, Hochwalt B, Pichardo-Geisinger R, Sowell B, Chapman J, Dorton LB, Kennett B, Jones MT.. N C Med J. 2016;77(3):160-167.
  • Commentary on 'diabetes mellitus and the skin: recognition and management of cutaneous manifestations' Pichardo-Geisinger R.. South Med J. 2016;109(10):647.
  • Use of the emergency department for dermatologic care in the United States by ethnic group Abokwidir M, Davis SA, Fleischer AB, Pichardo-Geisinger RO.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2015;26(4):392-394.
  • Atrophic erythematous facial plaques [photo challenge] Kaufman WS, McNamara EK, Pichardo-Geisinger R.. Cutis. 2014;93(1):E4-E5.
  • Self-reported skin symptoms and skin-related quality of life among Latino immigrant poultry processing and other manual workers Quandt SA, Newman JC, Pichardo-Geisinger R, Mora DC, Chen H, Feldman SR, Arcury TA.. Am J Ind Med. 2014;57(5):605-614.
  • Comorbidity of tinea pedis and onychomycosis and evaluation of risk factors in Latino immigrant poultry processing and other manual laborers Pichardo-Geisinger R, Mora DC, Newman JC, Arcury TA, Feldman SR, Quandt SA.. South Med J. 2014;107(6):374-379.
  • Dermatologist-diagnosed skin diseases among immigrant Latino poultry processors and other manual workers in North Carolina, USA Pichardo-Geisinger R, Munoz-Ali D, Arcury TA, Blocker JN, Grzywacz JG, Mora DC, Chen H, Schulz MR, Feldman SR, Quandt SA.. Int J Dermatol. 2013;52(11):1342-1348.
  • Commentary on 'changing age distribution of patients with melanoma' [invited commentary] Pichardo-Geisinger R.. South Med J. 2013;106(12):673-674.
  • Top dermatologic conditions in patients of color: an analysis of nationally representative data Davis SA, Narahari S, Feldman SR, Huang W, Pichardo-Geisinger RO, McMichael AJ.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2012;11(4):466-473.
  • Pachydermodactyly from repetitive motion in poultry processing workers: a report of 2 cases Sagransky MJ, Pichardo-Geisinger RO, Munoz-Ali D, Feldman SR, Mora DC, Quandt SA.. Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(8):925-928.
  • Bullous lupus erythematosus as a cutaneous manifestation of systemic lupus [abstract] Miller P, Curtis A, Pichardo R.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011;64(2 Suppl 1):AB95.
  • Disseminated trichosporonosis in a patient with relapsed acute myeloid leukemia [abstract] Kinney M, Lee A, Pichardo R.. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62(3 Suppl):AB86.
  • Fas ligand expression is not up-regulated in scarring alopecias [abstract] McMichael A, Guzman-Sanchez D, Pichardo R, Iordanov M, Farley S, Inabinet R.. Exp Dermatol. 2010;19(6):608-609.
  • The prevalence of melasma and its association with quality of life in adult male Latino migrant workers Pichardo R, Vallejos Q, Feldman SR, Schulz MR, Verma A, Quandt SA, Arcury TA.. Int J Dermatol. 2009;48(1):22-26.
  • Intraoperative imprint cytology for evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes from Merkel cell carcinoma Wong SL, Young YD, Geisinger KR, Shen P, Stewart JH, Sangueza O, Pichardo-Geisinger R, Levine EA.. Am Surg. 2009;75(7):615-619.
  • Essential type II mixed cryoglobulinemia causing pyoderma gangrenosum-like ulcers Namazi MR, Kerchner KR, Pichardo RO.. ScientificWorldJournal. 2008;8():228.
  • Capsular melanocytic nevus: a potential diagnostic pitfall in intraoperative sentinel lymph node evaluation for metastatic melanoma Parsons AC, Young YD, Pichardo-Geisinger R, Geisinger KR.. Pathol Case Rev. 2008;13(3):99-101.
  • Treatment of postcryosurgery wounds with a trolamine/sodium alginate topical emulsion versus standard of care Yentzer BA, Wilson R, Kaur M, Clark A, Young T, Williams L, Feldman SR, Williford PM, Pichardo R.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2008;7(5 Suppl):S3-S5.
  • Unexpected diminished innervation of epidermis and dermoepidermal junction in lichen amyloidosus Maddison B, Namazi MR, Samuel LS, Sanchez J, Pichardo R, Stocks J, Maruziva D, Yosipovitch G.. Br J Dermatol. 2008;159(2):403-406.
  • Bullous mastocytosis: report of a patient and a brief review of the literature Avashalumov K, Pichardo R, Jorizzo JL, Sangueza OP, Goldenberg G.. Am J Dermatopathol. 2008;30(5):455-457.
  • Intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes for metastatic melanoma by imprint cytology Soo V, Shen P, Pichardo R, Azzazy H, Stewart JH, Geisinger KR, Levine EA.. Ann Surg Oncol. 2007;14(5):1612-1617.
  • Recurrent, pruritic dermal plaques and bullae: eosinophilic cellulitis (Wells syndrome) Green WH, Yosipovitch G, Pichardo RO.. Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(6):791.
  • Nerve fiber distribution in lichen amyloidosis [abstract] Maddison B, Samuel LS, Sanchez J, Pichardo R, Yosipovitch G.. Acta Derm Venereol. 2007;87(5):477-478.
  • Doxycycline-inducted cutaneous hyperpigmentation [abstract] Pichardo RO, Yeatts RP, Sangueza OP.. Am J Dermatopathol. 2006;28(3):235.
  • The histopathologic spectrum of trichodiscoma. A morphologic study of 27 cases [abstract] Fernandez-Orland A, Pichardo RO, Sangueza OP.. Am J Dermatopathol. 2006;28(3):231.

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Doctor Ratings

The overall Patient Rating score is the average of responses to the nine questions listed below. The questions are from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 represents "very poor" and 5 represents "very good."
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Patient Comments

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  • 7/3/2018

    I will definitely return.

  • 7/2/2018

    Professional and caring. I trust her.

  • 6/27/2018

    Dr Pichardo, her resident, the nurse, and the student were very helpful and nice.

  • 6/12/2018

    Dr Rita is one of the best as she is alway thorough in her exams.

  • 6/10/2018

    I have already recommended Dr. Pichardo to two more patients

  • 6/3/2018

    amazing experience. look forward to returning to see dr. pichardo

  • 5/29/2018

    Dr. Pichardo has a wonderful calming demeanor. She shows genuine concern for my issues and is very patient to listen to my questions. She is very knowledgeable in her field and I have the utmost confidence in her abilities. I always recommend Dr. Pichardo to friends and relatives who need a dermatologist.

  • 5/17/2018

    Excellent experience. The doctor was extremely professional. She answered all my questions in detail. She is a great listener and explained my treatment thoroughly. She has a very welcoming and kind manner. I trust her and appreciate the care she has provided me. I have already recommended her to several friends. I travel an hour to be seen in her office and will continue to do so. I think she is an excellent doctor.

  • 5/10/2018

    I did recommend her to my daughter

  • 5/9/2018

    My provider really knows her stuff and I have recommended her to a lot of people needing Dermatology services. She has helped me so much!

  • 4/22/2018

    Dr Pichardo was caring and instructive and her assistant, Dr. Savas was excellelnt too. This first visit was a very good experience.

  • 4/17/2018

    All good. No concerns.

  • 4/17/2018

    I would love it if she knew more about who I was as a person and what I did in life..... Know me as a person!

  • 4/2/2018

    Dr. Pichardo is wonderful. I have nothing but positive things to say about her.

  • 3/16/2018

    I have been dealing for this problem for 2.5-3 years. no one knew what to do. after my visit with Doc I'm already much. ether. symptoms finally gone. what a relief. thank you SO much.

  • 3/14/2018

    All my experience I have had with *Dr. Pichardo & this clinic have been excellent.

  • 3/12/2018

    I will return to see her in September.

  • 3/12/2018

    The entire staff and practitioners were wonderful, prompt, efficient and thorough. I have recommended this dermatology clinic to all of my family & friends for future care. Dr. Pichardo was kind, caring, professional and non-judgmental. Her Fellow was also top notch. Thank you for a great experience. It is never easy going to a clinic for evaluation with providers and staff that you do not know, and they made the experience easy, comfortable and quick.

  • 3/5/2018

    Dr. P was very friendly. She was the most friendly of the four people I had interactions with during my visit: the receptionist, the CMA and the receptionist when I scheduled another appointment.

  • 3/5/2018

    Dr. Pichardo is fantastic.

  • 2/23/2018

    *Dr. P has been my dermatologist for 10 years is exceptional! Even when I see her 1x year she remembers me & my hx.

  • 2/10/2018

    This visit met all of my expectations. Dr. Picardo is knowledgeable, caring, compassionate, excellent communicator. Staff very professional.

  • 2/2/2018

    Great team

  • 1/22/2018

    Dr. Pichardo is the best!

  • 12/27/2017

    always excellent care

  • 12/18/2017

    she is so calm and sweet and reassuring

  • 12/12/2017

    Dr Rita help me very much to get me out so I could get back to teach a college class on time.

  • 11/22/2017

    Wonderful provider, warm and professional.

  • 11/20/2017

    Love Dr. P!

  • 11/20/2017

    Dr. Pichardo is wonderful! Have been seeing her for years.

  • 11/12/2017


  • 11/12/2017

    All are very good

  • 11/7/2017

    I love Dr. Pichardo. She is the only dermatologist (out of 5) that was able to diagnose and treat my condition. I have been coming to WFU Physicians for a skin condition for five years. I started seeing Dr. Pichardo two years ago. She was persistent in my care and was diligent in diagnosing my condition and treating it. She tried several medications before discovering two that worked for me. I will be forever grateful to her for the time she took and the consideration she showed me especially when I became discouraged at the slow pace of improvement.

  • 10/29/2017

    Couldn't ask for a better Doctor!!!

  • 10/29/2017

    Good experience

  • 10/24/2017

    All good

  • 10/18/2017

    Dr. Pichardo is always thorough and friendly. I trust her explanations of issues seen during my visit. I seen Dr. Pichardo for a number of years, she is my favorite provider within the Wake Forest Family.

  • 9/25/2017


  • 9/16/2017

    Everything was to my satisfaction. I was very pleased with all parts of this experience and help.

  • 9/13/2017

    Care provider was a good listener and encouraging professional and very knowledgeable!

  • 9/12/2017

    Dr. Pichardo took good care of me during my skin check. Gave me samples and told me how to use them. She is a great physician! A credit to her profession.

  • 9/12/2017

    Exceptional in every respect.

  • 8/30/2017

    she is an excellent physician!

  • 8/20/2017

    The only issue I had with my visit was the wait to get back to the exam room. This doctor was excellent and I am eager to see if the interventions she recommended will work in my case.

  • 8/15/2017



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