Darrell S Rigel

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Darrell S Rigel, M.D.

Clinical Professor;
Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology

Clinical Addresses

35 EAST 35 STREET, STE. 208
NEW YORK, NY 10016
Hours: Mon. 9 - 6; Tue. 9 - 6; Wed. 4 - 6; Thu. 9 - 4; Fri. 9 - 5
Phone: 212-684-5964
Fax: 212-689-5748

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Medical Specialties


Medical Expertise

Cosmetic Dermatology, Warts, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Laser Surgery, Rosacea, General Dermatology, Pediatric/Adolescent Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Clinical Responsibilities

Darrell S. Rigel, M. D. is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center. He is a graduate of MIT with a BS and MS in Computer Science and received his MD from George Washington University in 1978. He attended Cornell University Medical Center for Internship in Internal Medicine in 1979 and completed his training at NYU where he was Resident, Chief Resident and NIH Training Fellow and Dermatology Surgery Fellow from 1979-1982.
His research is in the areas of risk factors and prognosis for malignant melanoma and other skin cancers and factors leading to aging of the skin. He is the author of numerous articles and abstracts in professional journals as well as the Editor of "Cancer of the Skin", the major textbook in this field.
He has testified before Congress regarding the effects of ozone depletion on skin cancer. He has made over 400 presentations at medical conferences worldwide and has chaired conferences and symposia. His research and opinions have been cited in many national magazines and newspapers.
Dr. Rigel serves with many professional and charitable organizations related to his research interests. In 1999, he served as President of the American Academy of Dermatology and currently serves as the President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Rigel has received numerous national and international awards and honors including the American Cancer Society's National Honor Citation for Skin Cancer Programs and a Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Dermatology for public education programs in skin cancer detection. He is an honorary member of several international dermatological societies and has focussed on enhancing worldwide dermatology.
In addition, Dr. Rigel maintains aprivate practice in Manhattan where he specializes in skin cancer, sun damage and aging problems of the skin.


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Research Summary

A. Oncology/Surgery<br><br> 1. Sunlight/Ultraviolet light and its effects on the skin.<br> <br> 2. Risk, etiologic and prognostic factors in malignant melanoma, squamous-cell carcinoma, basal-cell carcinoma and other cutaneous malignancies.<br> <br> 3. Establishment, management and analysis of computerized data bases as means for above.<br> <br> 4. Application of results from above to improved surgical technique and patient management to improve cure rates in these diseases.<br> <br> 5. Etiologic factors in aging of the skin - medical and surgical therapy.<br> <br> 6. Development of improved techniques for dermatologic surgery (skin cancer removal, hair transplantation, resurfacing.)<br><br>B. Computer Applications in Dermatology/Medicine<br><br> 1. Computer aided recognition of histologic characteristics of lesions. Computer aided spatial and contrast enhancement of morphology.<br> <br> 2. Direct applications to prognosis and improved patient care.<br> <br> 3. Computer aided instruction in dermatology. Application in an out-patient setting.<br><br> 4. General office management computer applications.<br>

Research Interests

Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Photaging, Photoprotection