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

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4.8 out of 5

404 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), International Health, Hair Disorders, Pigmented Lesions, Women's Health, Skin Cancer

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Education & Training

  • M.D., Univ De Los Andes Faculty of Medicine-Venezuela, 1988
  • Internship, Hospital-Venezuela, 1990
  • Residency, Dermatology, Central Univ Faculty of Medici, 1993
  • Residency, Dermatopathology, Central Univ Faculty of Medici, 1997
  • Fellowship, WFU School of Medicine, 2002
  • Fellowship, WFU School of Medicine, 2004

NPI Number

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

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

404 Ratings

Rita O. Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D.

Associate Professor, Dermatology
Office of Women in Medicine and Science

Research Interests

Skin Diseases; Meat-Packing Industry; Occupational Diseases; Hispanic Americans; Pruritus
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Recent Publications

Methotrexate for the treatment of pediatric alopecia areata. Landis ET, Pichardo-Geisinger RO.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2018;29(2):145-148.

Pemphigoid gestationis: a case series and review of the literature. Cohen S, Strowd LC, Pichardo RO.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2018;():.

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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Associate Professor, Dermatology

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
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.404 Ratings


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Dr Pichardo was caring and instructive and her assistant, Dr. Savas was excellelnt too. This first visit was a very good experience.


All good. No concerns.


I would love it if she knew more about who I was as a person and what I did in life..... Know me as a person!


Dr. Pichardo is wonderful. I have nothing but positive things to say about her.


I have been dealing for this problem for 2.5-3 years. no one knew what to do. after my visit with Doc I'm already much. ether. symptoms finally gone. what a relief. thank you SO much.


All my experience I have had with *Dr. Pichardo & this clinic have been excellent.


I will return to see her in September.


The entire staff and practitioners were wonderful, prompt, efficient and thorough. I have recommended this dermatology clinic to all of my family & friends for future care. Dr. Pichardo was kind, caring, professional and non-judgmental. Her Fellow was also top notch. Thank you for a great experience. It is never easy going to a clinic for evaluation with providers and staff that you do not know, and they made the experience easy, comfortable and quick.


Dr. P was very friendly. She was the most friendly of the four people I had interactions with during my visit: the receptionist, the CMA and the receptionist when I scheduled another appointment.


Dr. Pichardo is fantastic.


*Dr. P has been my dermatologist for 10 years is exceptional! Even when I see her 1x year she remembers me & my hx.


This visit met all of my expectations. Dr. Picardo is knowledgeable, caring, compassionate, excellent communicator. Staff very professional.


Great team


Dr. Pichardo is the best!


always excellent care


she is so calm and sweet and reassuring


Dr Rita help me very much to get me out so I could get back to teach a college class on time.


Wonderful provider, warm and professional.


Love Dr. P!


Dr. Pichardo is wonderful! Have been seeing her for years.


All are very good




I love Dr. Pichardo. She is the only dermatologist (out of 5) that was able to diagnose and treat my condition. I have been coming to WFU Physicians for a skin condition for five years. I started seeing Dr. Pichardo two years ago. She was persistent in my care and was diligent in diagnosing my condition and treating it. She tried several medications before discovering two that worked for me. I will be forever grateful to her for the time she took and the consideration she showed me especially when I became discouraged at the slow pace of improvement.


Couldn't ask for a better Doctor!!!


Good experience


All good


Dr. Pichardo is always thorough and friendly. I trust her explanations of issues seen during my visit. I seen Dr. Pichardo for a number of years, she is my favorite provider within the Wake Forest Family.




Everything was to my satisfaction. I was very pleased with all parts of this experience and help.


Care provider was a good listener and encouraging professional and very knowledgeable!


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.


Exceptional in every respect.


she is an excellent physician!


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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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


This provider thorough and very nice!


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.


she was pushed for time and Rushed




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.

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