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Rita O. Pichardo, MD

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Rita O. Pichardo, MD

Rita O. Pichardo, MD

Associate Professor, Dermatology

Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Office of Women in Medicine and Science

Physician Rating

4.8 out of 5

432 Ratings

Contact Information

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  • 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

  • MD

    1988 - University De Los Andes Faculty of Medicine - Venezuela

  • Internship

    1990 - Hospital - Venezuela

  • Residency

    1993 - Dermatology: Central University Faculty of Medicine

  • Residency

    1997 - Dermatopathology: Central University Faculty of Medicine

  • Fellowship

    2002 - Wake Forest University School of Medicine

  • Fellowship

    2004 - Wake Forest University School of Medicine


Research Contact Information

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

  • A Case Report Highlighting the Effective Treatment of Alopecia Universalis With Tofacitinib in an Adolescent and Adult Patient.
    Patel NU, Oussedik E, Grammenos A, Pichardo-Geisinger R. J Cutan Med Surg. ; 22(4):439-442.
  • Atopic and Contact Dermatitis of the Vulva.
    Pichardo-Geisinger R. Obstet. Gynecol. Clin. North Am. 2017 Sep; 44(3):371-378.
  • Methotrexate for the treatment of pediatric alopecia areata.
    Landis ET, Pichardo-Geisinger RO. J Dermatolog Treat. 2018 Mar; 29(2):145-148.
  • Commentary on "Diabetes Mellitus and the Skin: Recognition and Management of Cutaneous Manifestations".
    Pichardo-Geisinger R. South. Med. J. 2016 10; 109(10):647.
  • 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. ; 77(3):160-7.
  • 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):392-4.
  • 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 Jun; 107(6):374-9.
  • Atrophic erythematous facial plaques.
    Kaufman WS, McNamara EK, Pichardo-Geisinger R. Cutis. 2014 Jan; 93(1):E4-5.
  • 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 May; 57(5):605-14.
  • Commentary on "changing age distribution of patients with melanoma".
    Pichardo-Geisinger R. South. Med. J. 2013 Dec; 106(12):673-4.

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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."
Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

CP concern for questions/worries
CP efforts to include in decisions
CP explanations of prob/condition
CP spoke using clear language
Friendliness/courtesy of CP
Likelihood of recommending CP
Patients' confidence in CP
Time CP spent with patient
Wait time at clinic

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.

  • 8/20/2018

    Dr. Pirchardo was very comforting and kind. She is extremely knowledgable and was a joy to work with

  • 8/8/2018

    she is awesome!

  • 7/29/2018

    My provider is the best!!

  • 7/18/2018

    Dr.Rita and her intern were so kind and gentle and thoughtful. I had a mole removed.

  • 7/17/2018

    Dr Rita is the very best.

  • 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

    All are very good

  • 11/12/2017


  • 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



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