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Darrell S Rigel, M.D.


Darrell S. Rigel MD MS is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and is recognized as a world leader in research and patient care in melanoma and other skin cancers. He is a graduate of MIT with a BS in Management Information Sciences, an MS (MBA) from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and received his MD from George Washington University. He attended Cornell University Medical Center for Internship in Internal Medicine and completed his training at NYU where he was Resident, Chief Resident and Dermatology Surgery Fellow and was a National Institutes of Health Training Fellow. Dr. Rigel has delivered over 1000 presentations at medical and governmental policy conferences worldwide and has chaired numerous national and international conferences and symposia. He co-chairs the Fall and Winter Clinical Dermatology Conferences. He is the author of numerous articles and abstracts in professional journals as well as lead editor of Cancer of the Skin, the major textbook in this field and has testified before Congress and the FDA on 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 serves as the Consultant Dermatologist for the New York Yankees. In addition, 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 a 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 active 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 of 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 enjoys treating and helping improve the lives of patients with melanoma, other skin cancers, pre cancers, sun-damaged skin and high-risk moles.

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Interview with Dr. Darrell S Rigel, MD




(0:05 - 1:39)




(1:39- 10:38)

Epidemiology of melanoma. What is the incidence and mortality rate over the past few decades? What are the primary prevention and secondary prevention of melanoma? What explains the rising incidence of melanoma and what are the controversies?



(10:39 - 14:55)

ABCDE of melanoma. Hear how Dr. Rigel and his colleague came up with the acronym of ABCDE more than 35 years ago.



(148:55 - 19:07)

How to perform a self-skin exam? Hear what really matters when you do the self-skin exam.



(19:08 - 23:08)

Does sunscreen work in preventing skin cancer? Is sunscreen safe to use? 



(23:08 - 29:09)

Do we need high SPF sunscreen? What are the advantages of using high SPF sunscreen? Hear the experiment where people got sunburned while using an SPF 50 sunscreen. How does sunscreen compare to shade from an umbrella?



(29:11 - 30:25)

Sunscreen controversy - is sunscreen harmful to the coral reef?



(30:28 - 34:49)

What are some of the latest progresses in the management of melanoma?



(34:50 - 36:20)

Conclusion: words of wisdom and pearls from Dr. Rigel.

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