Darrell S. Rigel, MD, MS

New York, NY

Clinical Professor of Dermatology, New York University Medical Center



Darrell S. Rigel, MD MS is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center.  He is a graduate of MIT with a BS in Management Information Sciences, an MS (MBA) from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and received his MD from George Washington University.  He attended Cornell University Medical Center for Internship in Internal Medicine and completed his training at NYU where he was Resident, Chief Resident, NIH Training Fellow and Dermatology Surgery Fellow.


Dr. Rigel has delivered over 900 presentations at medical and governmental policy conferences worldwide and has chaired numerous national and international conferences and symposia.  He is the author of numerous articles and abstracts in professional journals as well as lead editor of Cancer of the Skin, the major textbook in this field and has testified before Congress and the FDA on related issues.  He often appears on National television including CNN, ABC, FOX, NBC and CBS and his research and opinions are regularly cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and many other national magazines and newspapers.


Dr. Rigel is a consultant to multiple healthcare and pharmaceutical companies.  He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Foamix Pharmaceuticals, has served in the past as a Board Member for Lumenis and Triax Pharmaceuticals and currently serves as the Chief Medical Advisor to the Board of Directors of Strata Skin Sciences. He worked with Citibank for 5 years optimizing operations.  He is Medical Director of the Schweiger Dermatology Group and also founded and served as CEO of 2 Healthcare education companies which were subsequently sold to larger entities.


Dr. Rigel works with many professional and charitable organizations related to his research interests.  He served as President of the American Academy of Dermatology and also served for 9 years as a Director of the American Board of Dermatology.  He is also a Past President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Dermatological Association and serves as a Regional Chair of the MIT Educational Counselor program.


Dr. Rigel has also received numerous awards and honors including the prestigious American Academy of Dermatology’s Gold Medal – the highest award in the specialty in recognition of a lifetime of achievement, the George B. Morgan Award from MIT recognizing exceptional achievement by an alumnus and the Humanitarian Award of the Melanoma Research Foundation.  He has also received the American Cancer Society's National Honor Citation for Skin Cancer Programs and Presidential Citations from the Academy and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery for public education programs in skin cancer.


In addition, Dr. Rigel maintains a private practice in Manhattan where he specializes in skin cancer, sun damage and aging problems of the skin and also lives in Vail, Colorado where he enjoys skiing, golf and fly fishing.

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