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

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4.7 out of 5

408 Ratings

Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Associate Professor, Dermatology

Clinical Interests

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

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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

408 Ratings

Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Associate Professor, Dermatology

Research Interests

Meat-Packing Industry; Occupational Diseases; Hispanic Americans; Skin Neoplasms; Emigrants and Immigrants
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Recent Publications

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.

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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Associate Professor, Dermatology

Clinical Interests

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

Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Associate Professor, Dermatology

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Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.408 Ratings


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Dr. Pichardo is an exceptional Doctor!!! I have only excellent opinions of her abilities and her treatment of patients.


Dr. Pichardo is one of the best physicians. She is very kind, considerate and knowledgeable. I am very thankful she is with me during this difficult time with health concerns.


Listens, honors your wishes for natural vs. Med Rx!




Always a good experience!


First time seeing this doctor. She was really good.


It's not that I don't have confidence in the Provider! This was the first time I met her and I have to wait until I have another flare-up to get a biopsy before she can provide me with a diagnosis. She appeared very concerned with my problem and provided me an open appointment, so I can get the biopsy quickly when needed. She also gave me the contact's name and direct number for that same day appointment, which I greatly appreciated!


Great! Loved the dr and the resident!


I have been seeing Dr. Pichardo-Geisner for many years for an annual "skin check", and other dermatological issues. She always remembers me, even though I am just one of her many thousands of patients. She never seems to be in a hurry and always answers any questions I have. A++++


I love Dr. Pichardo.


Dr. Pichardo is friendly, concerned, and smart. She listened to all my questions, made me comfortable, and dealt with every issue. I have confidence in her care and recommendations, and I'll request her as my regular dermatologist. Seeing her was a cheerful, positive experience.


I have been a patient of Dr. Pichardo for a few years now and she is one of the BEST!


Dr. Pichardo is an excellent physician, and a very caring and compassionate person. I am very fortunate to be under Dr. Pichardo's care at the present time.


Dr. Pichardo is very knowledgable and thorough in her area. she is also quite personable.....definitely a jewel for the Dermatology Department.


I have already recommended Dr. Pichardo to others.


would go no where else for dermatology


An excellent doctor. She is professional, courteous and very thorough. She makes me feel welcome and makes certain all my questions are answered. I trust her and appreciate her professionalism.


Dr. Pichardo is a wonderful dermatologist. She has really helped me with my skin issues. She is kind and very informative and inclusive in her care.


I have been fighting a disease since I was 13. I am 41 years old now. I have been turned away by countless physicians across the state but Dr. P new of a new drug that should put my disease in remission. I have ever been more thankful!


Dr. Pichardo is the best!!


I was very impressed with the doctor. She has a very calming personality. Her exam was very thorough without being rushed. She took the time to address all of my concerns and explain what she was assessing even when I wasn't asking questions. I also appreciated that she didn't do a bunch of unnecessary biopsies. Instead, she took the time to thoroughly examine each mole to decide whether a biopsy was appropriate. I was very grateful for that.


Dr. Pichardo-Geisinger is one of our family's favorite doctors. She is incredibly compassionate, concerned and fully engaged in our family's health.


Dr. Pichardo is an excellent physician. Her kindness and compassionate nature put me at ease and I am encouraged that she knows she can treat the condition I have.


Dr. Pichardo is an excellent physician. Her kindness, compassion and medical expertise is a valuable asset for her patients.


Was very impressed that she sat down and looked me in the eye and explained what we needed to do


I have recommended the WFU Dermatology Dept to a family member since my most recent appt. I particularly recommended Dr. Pichardo.


Part of the intake, exam and evaluation was done by a Senior medical student. She was excellent! She was extremely thorough, bright and a good listener. Dr. Pichardo is a physician who is caring, listens to all of my concern and someone I would easily recommend. My procedure was painless and was over before I knew it, with no unpleasant after effects.


Dr. Rita Pichardo-Geisinger is a very kind and attentive physician. She knows her job well and practices with compassion.


Exceptional care


She was wonderful!


Dr. Pichardo is an excellent dermatologist. I have every confidence in her.


I work at Baptist (main campus) and know the staffing constraints, but the staff here have always been very pleasant.


Dr. Pichardo is a very compassionate, caring person and physician. Provides excellent patient care.


Excellent communication - very confident in her as a doctor!


Very good experience.


Great experience with *Dr. Pichardo - she is the best


Definitely would recommend Dr. Pichardo.


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.

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