Contact Dermatitis Center
Location: Providence – Rhode Island Hospital
Hours: Monday mornings
Phone: (401) 444-7127
Fax: (401) 444-7142
The Contact Dermatitis Center is a regional referral service for evaluating rashes that might be due to contact allergy, and occupational skin problems. 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. 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 again another two days later for another reading for delayed reactions. 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 have them fax the form below.
Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic
Hours: Last Monday of every month
Phone: (401) 444-7959
Fax: (401) 444-7144
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 consultations, phototherapy, infusion therapy, clinical trials, and children’s treatments. Patients are seen only on referral from a physician. Any notes, biopsy reports, or other information should be faxed to the office by the referring provider.
Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Carcinoma and Sarcoma Clinic
The Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Carcinoma and Sarcoma Clinic specializes in the care complex complex skin carcinomas and sarcomas. Patients with pigmented lesions or melanoma should see our Pigmented Lesions Unit and Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program below. Demographic information, progress notes, pathology report, and reason for referral should be faxed by referring providers to the office. Patients should expect an appointment within the next 1-2 weeks. Your provider can contact Dr. Joanna Walker directly if there is more specific information they would like to provide.
Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program
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 seen please ask your provider to send a referral to our office.
Pigmented Lesions Unit (PLU)
The PLU follows patients at increased risk of melanoma due to mole patterns and personal or family history of melanoma, 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 seen please ask your provider to send a referral to our office.
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 psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, cutaneous and systemic lupus, pyoderma gangrenosum, systemic sclerosis and localized scleroderma, dermatomyositis, vasculitis and vasculopathic disorders, and sarcoidosis. The center has access to a variety of in-house treatment options including biologics, infused medications with access to infusion centers across Rhode Island, comprehensive phototherapy treatments, and musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and therapy. 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 you as soon as possible. To make this appointment valuable for your patients please have your provider send any pertinent records, i.e. pathology results, imaging results, etc. Your provider 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. If you would like to be seen please have your provider send a referral to this clinic.
PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT)
BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator is indicated for the treatment of minimally to moderately thick actinic keratoses. 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.
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. 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.