Brown Dermatology Inc. offers a broad range of treatment and diagnostic services for patients and referring physicians. If you would like to refer a patient to one of our specialists for consultation or care, please review the information below.
Contact Dermatitis Center
The Contact Dermatitis Center is a regional referral service for evaluating rashes that might be due to contact allergy, and occupational skin problems. Our Center is staffed by four dermatologists who are very experienced in patch testing. Patients are seen only on referral from dermatologists, allergists, and occupational medicine physicians.
Typically, patients are seen for a detailed evaluation and then are patch tested the same day. The patches are left on for 48 hours and are removed at home. Patients return the day after removing the patches for interpretation of the tests and if necessary, four days later for delayed reading. Patch testing is painless and involves placing small quantities of each allergen being tested under a “patch”. No needles or pricking of the skin are involved, so even children are cooperative.
A detailed report is sent to the referring physician, and all patients receive printed educational material and personal counseling about their positive tests. If you are interested in being patch tested, please contact your dermatologist, allergist, or occupational medicine physician and refer them to the “For Providers” page of our website for instructions and proper form to complete and send to our office.
The Contact Dermatitis Center is a specialized regional tertiary referral service for the assessment of possible allergic contact dermatitis or occupational dermatitis. Referrals are accepted from dermatologists, allergists, and occupational medicine physicians. The Center is staffed by four dermatologists, Lionel Bercovitch, MD (Director), Jennie Muglia, M.D., Stephen Glinick, M.D., and Anita Pedvis-Leftick, all of whom are experienced patch testers.
The unit possesses over 300 allergens including the North American Contact Dermatitis Group extended allergen series, fragrances, plastics, glues, acrylic nails, dental allergens, rubber allergens, fabric finishes and dyes, allergens associated with baking, medicaments, and a wide variety of vehicles and preservatives. We can also test for photoallergy in cooperation with the Phototherapy Unit. We are experienced at patch testing children as well.
Referring physicians will receive a timely comprehensive report with patch test results and recommendations for management. There is an extensive database of teaching materials for educating patients. All patients are returned to their referring physicians for long-term management. Referrals can be made by calling (401)444-7127. In addition, referring physicians can complete the form below and fax it to (401)444-7142.
Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic
Welcome to the Brown Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Lymphoma Program. Our multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive care to patients with a wide range of cutaneous lymphomas–including B cell lymphoma, mycosis fungoides, and Sezary syndrome. Our services include diagnostic and consultations, UVB, PUVA, and NBUVB phototherapy, infusion therapy, clinical trials, and children’s treatments. The clinic meets on the last Monday of every month at our Providence – Rhode Island Hospital location. To refer a patient please call 401-444-7959 to schedule and appointment and refer to the Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic when booking the appointment. Any notes, biopsy reports, or other information can be faxed to 401-444-7144.
Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Carcinoma and Sarcoma Clinic
The multidisciplinary clinics take place on Mondays at our Providence – Rhode Island Hospital location. Referrals are made through the lifespan cancer center. Demographic information, progress notes, pathology report, and reason for referral should be faxed to 401-444-4184, attention Gayle Leduc. The patient will be given an appointment within the next 1-2 weeks. Please, contact Dr. Joanna Walker directly if there is more specific information you would like to provide.
Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program
Requested Information: Melanoma Clinic Referral Form , Clinic Notes, Pathology Reports, Pathology Slides, Radiographic Studies, Laboratory Studies, and other relevant information
Due to recent advances, patients with melanoma face an increasingly complex array of options for their care. The Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program is for evaluation and initial management of patients newly diagnosed with melanoma. This program includes experts in Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology and Dermatology, as well as specialists in Radiation Oncology, Mohs Surgery and Dermatopathology when needed, all with expertise and experience with melanoma to form a comprehensive management plan for patients at any stage of disease.
If you would like to refer a patient to this clinic, contact Dr. Maria Constantinou’s office at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at 401-444-5391.
Pigmented Lesions Unit (PLU)
Requested Information: Clinic Notes, Pathology Reports, and other relevant information
The PLU follows patients at increased risk of melanoma due to mole pattern and personal or family history, and it can provide ongoing surveillance for patients. The physicians stress the importance of patient education and awareness of skin changes to aid in the early detection of lesions.
If you would like to refer a patient to this clinic, call 401-444-4537.
The Skin and Musculoskeletal Center (SAM)
The Skin and Musculoskeletal Center (SAM) is a new center envisioned by the collaboration of Dr. Abrar Qureshi and Dr. Anthony Reginato. This multidisciplinary clinic is dedicated to the care of adult and pediatric patients with combined skin and rheumatologic disorders and gives the patients a unique opportunity to be managed in a multidisciplinary setting.
The center offers specialized care, diagnosis and management for patients with the following conditions:
- Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
- Cutaneous and systemic lupus
- Pioderma gangernosa
- Systemic sclerosis and localized scleroderma
- Vasculitis and vasculopathic disorders
The center has access to a variety of in-house treatment options including:
- Infused medications with access to infusion centers across Rhode Island
- Comprehensive phototherapy treatments
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and therapy
Office hours are Wednesday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the 10th floor of the APC building at Rhode Island Hospital. Patients can be referred by calling 401-444-7959. Patients will receive an informational packet to let them know what to expect the day of the appointment and what information they will need to bring with them on the day. We will do our best to accommodate your patients as soon as possible. To make this appointment valuable for your patients, please send any pertinent records, i.e. pathology results, imaging results, etc. You will receive comprehensive notes and a copy of the assessment and plan for your patients once the appointment is complete.
Dr. Robinson-Bostom and Dr. Walker follow complicated solid organ transplant recipients. Photography, documentation, and management of skin cancers, cutaneous infections, and unique dermatoses seen in this population is emphasized. The clinic is at our Providence – Rhode Island Hospital location. If you would like to refer a patient to this clinic, call 401-444-7959.
PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT)
Actinic Keratosis (AKs) is the most common precancer. AKs are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) such as sunlight. AKs are often called “sun spots”. They occur most often on areas such as the face, scalp and ears. They can range in color from skin tones to reddish brown. They can be as small as a pinhead or larger than a quarter. Frequent skin examinations are the key to early detection and prevention.
Levulan® PDT Topical Solution is applied to the AK. The solution is then absorbed by the AK cells where it is converted to a chemical that makes the cells extremely sensitive to light. When the AK cells are exposed to the BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator, a reaction occurs which destroys the AK cells.
If you would like more information on this treatment, call 401-444-7127.
Requested Information: XTRAC EXCIMER REFERRAL FORM
The XTRAC® Velocity Excimer Laser is an exciting new treatment for psoriasis. The XTRAC® Velocity laser is designed to provide fast, effective relief from dry, itchy and unsightly psoriasis lesions. Using a carefully focused beam of laser light delivered through an advanced technology light guide device, the XTRAC® Excimer Laser system can treat psoriasis lesions quickly and effectively. The XTRAC® Laser concentrates the light only on the psoriasis lesion, allowing the physician to deliver high doses necessary for rapid clearing while minimizing exposure of health skin.
Who should consider XTRAC® Excimer Laser treatment? Individuals with mild, moderate, and severe psoriasis that:
- Are unhappy with their current method of treatment
- Have failed previous treatment options
- Are concerned about potential serious side effects of other treatment options
Individual results will vary depending on the body surface affected. Most patients experience significant improvement in as few as 6 to 10 treatments and clearance in 10 to 20 depending on the severity.
If you would like to refer a patient for this treatment, call 401-444-7127 and ask for Amanda.