Worker Health Expertise
Rita Pichardo-Geisinger, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology
Pichardo-Geisinger has 12 years of experience in clinical dermatology. Her main interests are: pigmentary disorders, acne, rosacea, hair disorders, infectious diseases, and dermatopathology. She completed her dermatopathology residency in Venezuela in 1997 and came to Wake Forest University Health Sciences in 2002 on the Dermatopathology Fellowship Scholarship to improve her skills in dermatopathology working as international fellow and research fellow for 3 years. She has dedicated several years to the Graham Dermatopathology Library of Digital Images, a dermatopathological archive now published on the web that serves as a main teaching resource for students, residents and dermatologists.
Pichardo-Geisinger has been a principal/sub-investigator on over 20 studies at Wake Forest University Health Sciences. Areas of study have included actinic keratoses, hair loss, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and wound healing. Pichardo-Geisinger has given over 60 oral presentations, authored over 70 publication, and co-authored one book. She was a recipient of the Dr. Jose Manuel Soto Award in 1994 and 1995; Dr. Cesar Lizardo Award in 1995; Dr. Victor Suprani Award in 1996; Honors Thesis in Dermatology in 1998 and Dermatopathology in 1999; Dr. Miguel Armijo Award in 1999.
Pichardo-Geisinger has been working with Dr. Quant and her colleagues on several projects on skin diseases affecting the Latino population. Pichardo-Geisinger has also served for a couple of years as a volunteer on the radio program "La clinica del pueblo" on the radio station "Que pasa" with Dr. Jorge Calles where they discuss weekly health topics in Spanish and publish a weekly article related to this topic in the newspaper "Que Pasa". Pichardo-Geisinger also participates as a volunteer on The Latino Lay Health Advisors project with Dr. Calles and The Maya Angelou Center.