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Ronald P. Rapini, MD

Present Title & Affiliation

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Research Interests

Clinical-Pathological Correlations in Skin Disease, Dermatopathology, Dermatologic Surgery

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler St
Unit Number: 1452
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-745-1113
Fax: 713-563-4656

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1978 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, MD
1975 University of Akron, Akron, OH, BS, Biology (summa cum laude)

Postgraduate Training

7/1982-6/1983 Dermatopathology Fellowship, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, Loren Golitz, MD
7/1979-6/1982 Dermatology Residency, Dermatology Residency, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA, John Strauss, MD
7/1978-6/1979 Transitional Internship, University of Wisconsin/Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI, George Sparks, MD

Board Certifications

11/1983 Dermatopathology (American Boards of Dermatology & Pathology)
1983 FLEX Exam Part III
10/1982 Dermatology (American Board of Dermatology)
1979 Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Boyd AS, Annarella M, Rapini RP, Adler-Storthz K, Duvic M. False-positive polymerase chain reaction results for human papillomavirus in lichen planus. Potential laboratory pitfalls of this procedure. J Am Acad Dermatol 35(1):42-6, 7/1996. PMID: 8682962.
2. Garcia JA, Cohen PR, Herzberg AJ, Wallis ME, Rapini RP. Pleomorphic basal cell carcinoma. J Am Acad Dermatol 32(5 Pt 1):740-6, Jan-Mar, 5/1995. PMID: 7722018.
3. Mahaisavariya P, Cohen PR, Rapini RP. Incidental epidermolytic hyperkeratosis. Am J Dermatopathol 17(1):23-8, Jan-Mar, 2/1995. PMID: 7695008.
4. Cohen PR, Rapini RP, Farhood AI. CD34 expression in neural and fibrohistiocytic lesions. Am J Surg Pathol 19(1):115-6, 1995. PMID: 7528471.
5. Rapini RP. False-negative surgical margins. Adv Dermatol 10:137-48; discussion 149, Jan-Mar, 1995. PMID: 7794669.
6. Albregts AE, Rapini RP. Malignancy in Maffucci's syndrome. Dermatol Clin 13(1):73-8, Jan-Mar, 1995. PMID: 7712654.
7. Rapini RP:. Questions to the editorial board and other authorities: When you make a diagnosis of lymphomatoid papulosis, do you mean to imply that the patient has lymphoma? . Am J Dermatopathol 17:198-199, 1995.
8. Boyd AS, Rapini RP. Acral melanocytic neoplasms: a histologic analysis of 158 lesions. J Am Acad Dermatol 31(5 Pt 1):740-5, 11/1994. PMID: 7929919.
9. McAtee-Smith J, Hebert AA, Rapini RP, Goldberg NS. Skin lesions of the spinal axis and spinal dysraphism. Fifteen cases and a review of the literature. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 148(7):740-8, 7/1994. PMID: 8019631.
10. Boyd AS, Rapini RP. Cutaneous collision tumors. An analysis of 69 cases and review of the literature. Am J Dermatopathol 16(3):253-7, Jan-Mar, 6/1994. PMID: 7943631.
11. Duvic M, Nelson DC, Annarella M, Cho M, Esgleyes-Ribot T, Remenyik E, Ulmer R, Rapini RP, Sacks PG, Clayman GL, et al. Keratinocyte transglutaminase expression varies in squamous cell carcinomas. J Invest Dermatol 102(4):462-9, 4/1994. PMID: 7908683.
12. Grossman D, Rapini RP, Osborne B, Duvic M. Emergence of leprosy in a patient with mycosis fungoides. J Am Acad Dermatol 30(2 Pt 2):313-5, 2/1994. PMID: 8294589.
13. Rapini, RP, Cohen PR, Farhood AI. CD34 positive spindle cells in nerves (reply to letter). J Cutan Pathol 21:189-191, 1994.
14. Cohen, PR, Rapini RP, Farhood AI. Dermatofibroma and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans: differential expression of CD 34 and factor XIIIa (letter). Am J Dermatopathol 16:573-575, 1994.
15. Blakeley, S, Fornage BD, Rapini RP, Duvic M:. Ductal carcinoma after conservative management of Paget's disease of the breast: a case report. Breast Dis 7:361-366, 1994.
16. Cohen PR, Rapini RP, Farhood AI. Expression of the human hematopoietic progenitor cell antigen CD34 in dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, other spindle cell tumors, and vascular lesions. J Am Acad Dermatol 30(1):147-8, 1994. PMID: 7506274.
17. Cohen, PR, Rapini RP. Nevus with cyst and nevus with folliculitis. Reply. Am J Dermatolpathol 16:574-575, 1994.
18. Rapini RP. Obtaining a skin biopsy specimen and interpreting the results. Dermatol Clin 12(1):83-91, Jan-Mar, 1994. PMID: 8143387.
19. Cohen PR, Adler-Storthz K, Rapini RP. Bowenoid changes in Kaposi's sarcoma. J Dermatol Surg Oncol 19(1):21-5, Jan-Mar, 1993. PMID: 8454785.
20. Rapini RP. Mohs surgery: Pros and cons. Cancer Bulletin 45:252-255, 1993.
21. Rapini RP. Multicentric reticulohistiocytosis. Clin Dermatol 11(1):107-11, 1993. PMID: 8339183.

Books (edited and written)

1. Bolognia J, Jorizzo J, Rapini R. Dermatology, 2nd edition. Elsevier: London, 2007.

Last updated: 3/4/2015