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

4.7 out of 5

436 Ratings

Contact Information

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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

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

Recent Publications

  • Methotrexate for the treatment of pediatric alopecia areata Landis ET, Pichardo-Geisinger RO.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2017;():.
  • 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."
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.

  • 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


  • 8/9/2017

    Dr Pichardo is wonderful. when I called to get this appointment I was told she was booked for the next 6 months and had nothing. I agreed to see one of her PA. when we got there she had seen our name and she saw us. my daughter is special needs and it's hard in her to see a lot of different doctors.

  • 8/2/2017

    Dr. Pichardo is the best. I am so thankful that I can rely on her to listen and discuss treatment options. She is very prompt to respond to email questions/comments sent to her via the mywakehealth website. She has always been able to work out an appointment time for me in the clinic when I contact her with an emergent need to be seen.

  • 7/31/2017

    Dr. Pichardo has always been great. I have recommended her to several co-workers who did see her as patients. I would highly recommend her to family members that may need her services.

  • 7/7/2017

    This was my first visit to this Dr. I had a specific concern and that was addressed. I plan to continue with regular follow up visits and, of course, any unscheduled concerns that arise.

  • 7/1/2017

    Dr. Pichardo is a wonderful and caring physician. She always listens to my concerns and is prompt to provide an office visit when necessary.

  • 6/29/2017

    This provider thorough and very nice!

  • 6/20/2017

    A good body check and no problems-That made for a good experience. Also I am always pleased to have contact with the young students that are preparing to be our next doctors.

  • 6/15/2017

    she was pushed for time and Rushed

  • 6/13/2017


  • 6/13/2017

    I have gone to Dr. Pichardo-Geisinger for many years. She is a wonderful physician, and I would recommend her to anyone. I have the utmost confidence in her knowledge and expertise.

  • 5/23/2017

    First visit with Dr Rita for yearly skin check. She was for the most part very thorough with her exam of my body. She took concern about a mole that I had mentioned on my forearm and did a biopsy just to make sure it wasn't cancerous. The office followed up with me promptly in 3 days with my results that came back all clear. The doctor, PAs and assistants all were very friendly and took the time to listen to all my questions and concerns.

  • 5/21/2017

    my husband is also now cared for by Dr Pitchardo

  • 5/16/2017


  • 5/16/2017

    I was surprised at the concern and interaction received from Dr. Rita Pichardo. I am thrilled with the change in providers.

  • 5/4/2017

    I already made some comments about Dr. Pirchardo. She is excellent. She wasn't dramatic about the seriousness of my skin issue but she made it clear that it was a good move that I came in.

  • 4/20/2017

    *Dr. Pirardo and the nurse are always fantastic! They are personable and kind.

  • 4/20/2017

    A growth was excised for Pathology. *Dr. Geisinger called me at 8:40 p.m. to explain the confusing results on mywakehealth. Great care!

  • 4/16/2017

    She responded on a weekend. Admirable!

  • 4/12/2017

    Everything was great! There was an assistant with the nurse training. She was awesome too!

  • 3/21/2017

    Dr. Pichardo is always considerate and patient with any questions I may have; she always explains everything clearly. She is a great communicator.

  • 2/21/2017

    Dr. Pichardo is an absolutely outstanding doctor!!!

  • 2/20/2017

    Very good experience! The entire staff was very caring and concerned about my wellbeing. My problem was addressed with great sympathy.

  • 2/16/2017

    A wonderful & caring physician.

  • 2/9/2017

    I feel very comfortable with Dr. Picardo's care and guidance.

  • 2/6/2017

    Dr. Pichardo is very caring and took her time with me and I really appreciated everything about her!

  • 1/31/2017

    Dr. Pichardo is kind and very caring. She is always gentle, respectful and very sweet. She always answers any email I send her in a timely manner. She is awesome!

  • 1/19/2017

    I would recommend my provider to anyone needing dermatologic care

  • 1/18/2017

    Doctor I'm sorry can't spell her name , But she is a wonderful provider took the time to talk to me about my health. Great Person !

  • 1/11/2017

    Lovely bedside manner-very caring

  • 1/11/2017

    Dr. Pichardo is an excellent specialist, she cares of her patients and she is very friendly, take time to listen our concerns as parents and explain us very well. She care of my daughter like she is her own child. We love she is my daughter doctor.

  • 12/28/2016

    Really like Dr. Pichardo

  • 11/23/2016

    I was initially seen by the resident and a visiting physician from China. The resident was friendly, kind and considerate. She explained that she would discuss it with physician and they would come back. I was again examined by the physician and she explained what my problem was, answered my questions, and prescribed a treatment. She told me to continue the treatment she outlined and to return in 3 months. I was given several sheets which covered everything we discussed during the exam and made an appointment to return in February, 2017.


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