Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

320 Ratings

Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Associate Professor,

Clinical Interests

Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatology (general), Dermatopathology, Hair Disorders, Hair and Scalp Disease, Pigmented Lesions, Rosacea, Skin Cancer, Skin Care, Skin Disease of Aging

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Education & Training

  • M.D., Univ De Los Andes Faculty of Medicine-Venezuela, 1989
  • Fellowship, WFU School of Medicine, 2002
  • Fellowship, WFU School of Medicine, 2004

NPI Number

  • 1255316311
Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

320 Ratings

Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Associate Professor, Dermatology
Center for Worker Health
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

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Academic: 336-716-9276 | Department: 336-716-3926


Recent Publications

Abokwidir M, Davis SA, Fleischer AB, Pichardo-Geisinger RO. Use of the emergency department for dermatologic care in the United States by ethnic group. J Dermatolog Treat. 2015;26(4):392-394.

Kaufman WS, McNamara EK, Pichardo-Geisinger R. Atrophic erythematous facial plaques [photo challenge]. Cutis. 2014;93(1):E4-E5.

Quandt SA, Newman JC, Pichardo-Geisinger R, Mora DC, Chen H, Feldman SR, Arcury TA. Self-reported skin symptoms and skin-related quality of life among Latino immigrant poultry processing and other manual workers. Am J Ind Med. 2014;57(5):605-614.

Pichardo-Geisinger R, Mora DC, Newman JC, Arcury TA, Feldman SR, Quandt SA. Comorbidity of tinea pedis and onychomycosis and evaluation of risk factors in Latino immigrant poultry processing and other manual laborers. South Med J. 2014;107(6):374-379.

Pichardo-Geisinger R, Munoz-Ali D, Arcury TA, Blocker JN, Grzywacz JG, Mora DC, Chen H, Schulz MR, Feldman SR, Quandt SA. Dermatologist-diagnosed skin diseases among immigrant Latino poultry processors and other manual workers in North Carolina, USA. Int J Dermatol. 2013;52(11):1342-1348.

Pichardo-Geisinger R. Commentary on 'changing age distribution of patients with melanoma' [invited commentary]. South Med J. 2013;106(12):673-674.

Davis SA, Narahari S, Feldman SR, Huang W, Pichardo-Geisinger RO, McMichael AJ. Top dermatologic conditions in patients of color: an analysis of nationally representative data. J Drugs Dermatol. 2012;11(4):466-473.

Sagransky MJ, Pichardo-Geisinger RO, Munoz-Ali D, Feldman SR, Mora DC, Quandt SA. Pachydermodactyly from repetitive motion in poultry processing workers: a report of 2 cases. Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(8):925-928.

Miller P, Curtis A, Pichardo R. Bullous lupus erythematosus as a cutaneous manifestation of systemic lupus [abstract]. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011;64(2 Suppl 1):AB95.

Kinney M, Lee A, Pichardo R. Disseminated trichosporonosis in a patient with relapsed acute myeloid leukemia [abstract]. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62(3 Suppl):AB86.

McMichael A, Guzman-Sanchez D, Pichardo R, Iordanov M, Farley S, Inabinet R. Fas ligand expression is not up-regulated in scarring alopecias [abstract]. Exp Dermatol. 2010;19(6):608-609.

Pichardo R, Vallejos Q, Feldman SR, Schulz MR, Verma A, Quandt SA, Arcury TA. The prevalence of melasma and its association with quality of life in adult male Latino migrant workers. Int J Dermatol. 2009;48(1):22-26.

Wong SL, Young YD, Geisinger KR, Shen P, Stewart JH, Sangueza O, Pichardo-Geisinger R, Levine EA. Intraoperative imprint cytology for evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes from Merkel cell carcinoma. Am Surg. 2009;75(7):615-619.

Namazi MR, Kerchner KR, Pichardo RO. Essential type II mixed cryoglobulinemia causing pyoderma gangrenosum-like ulcers. ScientificWorldJournal. 2008;8():228.

Parsons AC, Young YD, Pichardo-Geisinger R, Geisinger KR. Capsular melanocytic nevus: a potential diagnostic pitfall in intraoperative sentinel lymph node evaluation for metastatic melanoma. Pathol Case Rev. 2008;13(3):99-101.

Yentzer BA, Wilson R, Kaur M, Clark A, Young T, Williams L, Feldman SR, Williford PM, Pichardo R. Treatment of postcryosurgery wounds with a trolamine/sodium alginate topical emulsion versus standard of care. J Drugs Dermatol. 2008;7(5 Suppl):S3-S5.

Maddison B, Namazi MR, Samuel LS, Sanchez J, Pichardo R, Stocks J, Maruziva D, Yosipovitch G. Unexpected diminished innervation of epidermis and dermoepidermal junction in lichen amyloidosus. Br J Dermatol. 2008;159(2):403-406.

Avashalumov K, Pichardo R, Jorizzo JL, Sangueza OP, Goldenberg G. Bullous mastocytosis: report of a patient and a brief review of the literature. Am J Dermatopathol. 2008;30(5):455-457.

Soo V, Shen P, Pichardo R, Azzazy H, Stewart JH, Geisinger KR, Levine EA. Intraoperative evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes for metastatic melanoma by imprint cytology. Ann Surg Oncol. 2007;14(5):1612-1617.

Green WH, Yosipovitch G, Pichardo RO. Recurrent, pruritic dermal plaques and bullae: eosinophilic cellulitis (Wells syndrome). Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(6):791.

Maddison B, Samuel LS, Sanchez J, Pichardo R, Yosipovitch G. Nerve fiber distribution in lichen amyloidosis [abstract]. Acta Derm Venereol. 2007;87(5):477-478.

Pichardo RO, Yeatts RP, Sangueza OP. Doxycycline-inducted cutaneous hyperpigmentation [abstract]. Am J Dermatopathol. 2006;28(3):235.

Fernandez-Orland A, Pichardo RO, Sangueza OP. The histopathologic spectrum of trichodiscoma. A morphologic study of 27 cases [abstract]. Am J Dermatopathol. 2006;28(3):231.

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Associate Professor, Dermatology

Clinical Interests

Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatology (general), Dermatopathology, Hair Disorders, Hair and Scalp Disease, Pigmented Lesions, Rosacea, Skin Cancer, Skin Care, Skin Disease of Aging
Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Associate Professor, Dermatology
Center for Worker Health
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

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Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.320 Ratings


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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CP spoke using clear language
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See previous comments - Dr. Pichardo is excellent. Somehow, she spends plenty of time with me (and I assume with other patients), but she is on schedule. I have been a patient at this clinic since early 2000. The wait times used to be TERRIBLE - I could wait hours to see the doctor. Now, wait times are excellent - generally 15 minutes or less.


Excellent in every way.


Dr. Pichardo was very attentive and friendly. She was an active listener and was in no way intimidating or condescending. She explained things to me in a vocabulary that I could understand and made sure that I understood. She gave me time to ask questions and responded patiently to each concern. She even allowed me to offer suggestions with treatments that my comfort zone allowed. All of this time she was very pleasant and showed an interest me in beyond the walls of her office. I was most comfortable with her.


I was treated by both a physician and I believe a resident (or shadowing physician). Both of them were fantastic. I spent most of my time with the shadowing physician who was very helpful and comforting to the reason of my visit. The physician herself was also very helpful and friendly. I felt more hopeful about my issue than I did after seeing other doctors for years. The plan they determined was something put together specifically for me based on my previous and current treatment of my issue and the best way to deal with everything I am battling with. It was refreshing to go in to this appointment feeling concerned and leaving much more confident and hopeful. I can't say enough about these two physicians that saw me during my appointment.


Dr. P is excellent.


excellent care as always by Dr. Rita . a wealth of knowledge as a doctor and a very caring human being.


*Dr. Pichardo is one of the most dedicated and compassionate doctors I have ever met!


Some questions not answered, this was only my first visit.


I had an excellent experience. The doctor was very thorough. She took great care to explain in detail her clinical diagnosis and treatment recommendations. She was patient with my many questions. I was very comfortable talking with her and impressed by her compassion. I left her office feeling that I finally had a diagnosis and a treatment plan.


Dr. Pichardo is an excellent physician.


Very good. Gave me hope for a resolution to my problem.


She was only in the room with me for a few minutes, she was very kind though


Mentioned medicine, but never gave the _____ on checkout sheet to get over the counter.


Everyone here is brilliant, knowledgeable, easy to talk to!


Great experience - NO complaints.


this was the first time I saw this provider and I liked her a lot and would see her again.


Dr. Pichardo is the best provider I see in the Wake Forest family of doctors. Always courteous and patient. There is no "white coat" anxiety when Dr. Pichardo is in the room.


Very capable, thorough physician. I have complete confidence in her.


Excellent visit & staff including Dr & her fellow!!


Dr Pichardo is very compassionate. I enjoy seeing her.


She was wonderful, very kind and caring


my husband will be seeing this provider next time


I have been extremely satisfied with the care I have received from Dr. Pitchardo over the years! My husband now sees her as well and is very satisfied with the care she gives him.


Very good.


I am very happy with everything they have done.


Both Dr. Pichardo and the PA who saw me first during this visit were lovely and kind. I would recommend both.




I have great confidence in Dr. Pichardo and would highly recommend her to others!


Very satisfied w/dr.




Doc is GREAT, also felt great about Intern


Dr. Pichardo is the most concerned and caring doctor I have every seen. In my opinion, she is the best of the best. She diagnosed my condition on the very first visit with her. Prior to my first visit with her, I had visited other doctors for over a year and was not property diagnosed.


Feel Dr. Picardo is concerned and wants to provide information that helpful and reassuring.


Dr. Pichardo is so personable and showed concern about the pain and suffering I experienced.


I appreciated the time taken with me as well as the students with the provider. I was not rushed.


*Dr. Pichardo was very concern about my daughter's hair loss problem. She was very friendly & helpful. My 8 yr old was happy to be treated by such a wonderful doctor.


She is awesome!

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