Darrell S. Rigel, MD MS is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center. He received both a BS in Management Information Sciences, and an MS (MBA) in the Sloan School of Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MD from George Washington University. He attended the Medical Center for Internship in Internal Medicine at Cornell University, and completed his training at NYU where he served as 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 symposiums. He is the author of numerous articles and abstracts in professional journals as well as lead editor of “Cancer of the Skin”, a major textbook in the field of dermatology. He has testified before Congress and the FDA on skin cancer 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 works with many professional and charitable organizations related to his research interests. He served as President of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology Association and also served for 9 years as the 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 is the current Chair of SkinPAC (the political action committee created by the American Academy of Dermatology Association). He is an active member in the MIT alumni program serving 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 from the Melanoma Research Foundation. He has also received the American Cancer Society's National Honor Citation for Skin Cancer Programs and multiple Presidential Citations from the Academy and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery for public education programs in skin cancer.
Dr. Rigel maintains a private practice in Manhattan where he specializes in skin cancer, sun damage, and aging problems of the skin. He also lives in Vail, Colorado where he enjoys skiing, golf and fly fishing.