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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Fitzgeraldo Sánchez comes from a long line of dermatologists. Growing up in Puerto Rico, he witnessed his father, uncle, and cousin practice dermatology with a dedication that would inspire him to follow them in their footsteps. Now a leading practitioner in New York City he continues the tradition of excellence. Dr. Sanchez is an expert surgical dermatologist and pathologist, melanoma specialist, as well as an academic and financial advisor for various renowned medical journals and institutions. Dr. Sánchez completed his medical training at the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. During that time he completed research projects at the University of Puerto Rico and at the Wellman Laboratories of Photo-Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Sanchez researched mechanical devices in dermatology, including cameras that visualize pigmentation to identify cancerous skin cells. Dr. Fitzgeraldo Sánchez’ dermatology residency was completed at the world-renowned Skin and Cancer Unit at New York University, one of the oldest dermatology departments in the U.S.A and arguably one of the best in the world. During his residency, Dr. Sánchez was trained in cosmetic surgery and other principal elements of dermatological practice. Dr. Sánchez completed fellowships in melanoma research (Laboratory Medicine) and dermatopathology at the Mayo Clinic Graduate Medical School in Rochester, MN and at SUNY Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn, NY (Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology). From 2005 to 2006. Dr. Sanchez researched genetic testing for BRAF mutations and melanoma at the Mayo Clinic. Studying pathology has helped Dr. Sánchez visualize diseases and understand what is happening underneath his patients’ skin, a skill that has proven extraordinarily beneficial to his role as a complete and well-rounded practitioner. Dr. Sánchez is on the editorial board of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, and reviews articles for both the American Journal of Dermatopathology and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. As a columnist for Washington Whispers, he reviewed new FDA-approved dermatology drugs to alert practitioners of new treatments in the pipeline so they would know what kind of medical advancements to expect in coming years. Dr. Fitzgeraldo Sánchez was an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology’s Health Care Finance Committee, for which he reviewed general dermatology coding and gave his professional opinion on the reliability and credibility of their methodology and findings. He also belongs to the Puerto Rico Dermatological Society, the Paul O’Leary Society and Alumni Society of the Mayo Clinic. Most recently he became a member of the American Society of Mohs Surgery after completing an extensive caseload of Mohs cases. Dr. Sánchez also represented the American Academy of Dermatology at the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) which deals with reimbursements from Medicare. By diligently reviewing codes for medical billing, he works to keep dermatology services from being devalued unnecessarily. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Weil-Cornell Medical College / Cornell University and at New York Presbyterian Hospital. As a dermatologist, Dr. Fitzgeraldo Sánchez is excited by the unique stories his patients share; his interactions with patients makes the job worthwhile, as does seeing them get better through treatment. He does his best to make them each patient feel like an extension of his family by offering his professional opinion in a personalized manner, the same as he would to his mother, sister, or cousin. He is well versed in English and Spanish, and is enthusiastic about serving local communities and the diverse range of patients that come through our door.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Sanchez was very nice and seemed knowledgeable. However, his affiliation with Maiden Lane Medical is unfortunate. The medical provider failed to call in my prescription. When I called to follow up, the support staff was rude and again failed to call in the prescription, saying they couldn't do anything but leave messages.. It took me ten days and a lot of headache/time on hold/going to the pharmacy necessarily because I was told the prescription was called in, when it wasn't , etc...
Waited 50 minutes because the doctor just shows up late in the AM and misses appointments. Overheard the doctor laugh when the nurse told him that the patient had to leave by 10am (my appt was at 9). When I was making a follow up the nurse advised not to make 9am appointments. General disrespect for patients' time. Too many other dermatologists. Wont be returning.
The wait time was ridiculously long. I took over an hour after my appointment was original scheduled to actually see him. When I finally saw him, the entire appointment felt rushed and I felt like he wasn't really listening to what I had to say. I tried explaining what was breaking me out but he cut me off and said it was probably stress. He gave me some prescriptions with conflicting directions. I was originally told to continue using what im using, but just to add one more prescription. But when I called back for clarification, he said to stop using everything and use only the new prescription. Which one is it? I wouldn't recommend him unless you want to wait for an hour for a confusing 10 minute visit.
I do not recommend this dermotologist to anybody. The check in process is a pain and takes longer than the actual appointment. He came in, didn't even refer to me by my name, explained for 3 min what his diagnosis is, and just left. Then I was prescribed a very expensive skin cream that isn't very effective, and I will probably be charged for this 3 min appointment I had. On top of that, he barely examined what I had on my skin. Wouldn't recommend - go to a dermotologist who's more hands on with their patients.
Dr Sanchez is really good guy and a straight shooter. He is a very professional and honest doctor. I would definitely recommend him to anyone!
It was very easy to schedule an appointment and I did not have to wait at all to be seen. The reason for my visit was very straight forward, so the doctor spent less than 5 minutes with me. They said they'd call in a prescription and we scheduled a follow up appointment in two weeks. After 3 days my pharmacy still had not received the prescription, so I called the office to see what was going on. The woman rudely told me that they had tried to call in my medicine twice and suggested I call the pharmacy. I called the pharmacy, they recommended I tell the doctor's office to call the medicine in over the phone if the online submission was not working. So I called the office back and spoke with a different woman who repeated in no uncertain terms that they had tried twice to call in my prescription and it isn't going through. She made no attempt help solve this problem with me, so I canceled my appointment and I will be finding a more proactive, patient friendly dermatologist.
Good doctor who clearly knows what he's doing. However, he's not the friendliest guy.
Bueno. Muy. Amable y. Sincero
Very professional. I had a lunch break and was able to meet him and complete a minor procedure and make it back to work in a reasonable amount of time.
Great doctor, friendly, funny and VERY knowledgeable.
As far as dermatologists go he is the best I have ever seen. I have had a lot,of sun burns and have a lot of freckles and he did a full skin exam head to toes. He explains everything as he is examining, he goes over all the important skin protection reccomendations and does not push any cosmetic products unless you ask. His main focus is patient care and that's what I got, the best skin care I have ever had. He is by far the best dermatologist I have seen in the Tampa area and anywhere.
I think, as a dermatologist, this doctor has "moved on" from the bread and butter treatments such as skin checks, acne, etc. I went for a skin screening to Hyde Park office. He actually did a thorough job and explained everything as he went; however, I could not get past the feeling that he would rather have had a wealthy lady in the seat who wanted months of skin peels and fancy treatments. He was not particularly kind or interested in me or why I was there. He was not warm or welcoming. So, did he do what I was there for? Yes. And he did that well. But his general demeanor will prevent me from ever returning. Oh, and he did not ask me to return either, so that tells you something right there. I was not the kind of "client" that he wanted, being based out of a plastic surgeon's office and all.