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

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

443 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

443 Ratings

Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Associate Professor, Dermatology
Office of Women in Medicine and Science

Research Interests

Hispanic Americans; Skin Neoplasms; Occupational Diseases; Skin Diseases; Meat-Packing Industry
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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.

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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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
Office of Women in Medicine and Science

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Doctor Rating

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Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.443 Ratings


Doctor Ratings

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She responded on a weekend. Admirable!


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


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


Dr. Pichardo is an absolutely outstanding doctor!!!


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


A wonderful & caring physician.


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


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


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!


I would recommend my provider to anyone needing dermatologic care


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 !


Lovely bedside manner-very caring


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.


Really like Dr. Pichardo


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.


She explained every type of mole or skin lesion seen


Care provider exuded confidence in her abilities & skins. I feel fortunate to have found *Dr. Pichardo.


Dr. Pichardo is the best. I have seen her for years and I hope she never retires. Dr. Pichardo is always thorough during her examination and she has a wonderful "bed side manner". She is extremely knowledgable in her field.


Dr. Pichardo and her staff set the gold standard for health care. They are very considerate and take good care of their patients.


beyond outstanding provider. she listened attentively to each concern and allowed me to freely ask questions and have input into my treatment. she explained options and procedures in a manner that was easy to understand. I never once felt that she was being condescending or intimidating. she treated me like an individual and friend and not just a patient. she made sure I understood everything and emphasized to call her if I had any concerns or problems. for me, it's well worth traveling 250 miles to be treated by her. excellent experience.


Dr. Pichardo and her staff/students have always been excellent to work with and very helpful to me.


*Dr. Pichardo quickly dx a small place on my face that was biopsied & resulted in skin CA.


seemed more concered and interested in students.




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.

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