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Donald V. Belsito, MD

Board Certifications: 
Dermatology, Internal Medicine
Expertise in: 
Immunopathology, Skin Allergies
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Credentials & Experience

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
  • Internal Medicine

Clinical Expertise

  • Acute Immunologic Urticaria
  • Adult Atopic Dermatitis
  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Blistering Disorders
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Dermatological Disorder
  • Mycosis Fungoides
  • Occupational Contact Dermatitis
  • Phototherapy
  • Psoriasis

Education & Training

  • Cornell University Medical College, NY
  • 1976 Cornell University Medical College
  • Internship: Case Western Reserve Medical Center
  • Residency: Case Western Reserve Medical Center
  • Residency: 1979 Case Western Reserve University
  • Fellowship: New York University Medical Center

Honors & Awards

1971 Phi Beta Kappa, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

1972 Summa Cum Laude, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

1975 Alpha Omega Alpha, Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY

1981 Marion B. Sulzberger Memorial Fellowship, sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund through the Dermatology Foundation

1984 Husik Prize, New York University, Department of Dermatology

1985 Clinical Investigator Award, NIAMS

1986 Young Leadership Award, the American Dermatological Association

1993 Leo H. Criep Memorial Lectureship, the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology

1996 Alexander A. Fisher, M.D., Lecturer, American Contact Dermatitis Society

1997 Corresponding member, Finnish Dermatologic Society

1999 Beta Gamma Sigma, University of Kansas School of Business, Lawrence, KS

1999 Academico de Honor (Honorary Member), Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Dermatologia

1999 The Best Doctors in America, 1998 – 1999, published by Woodward/White, Inc, Aiken, SC

2000 Who's Who in America, published by Marquis, New Providence, NJ

2001 America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals, 2001 - 2002, published by Strathmore, Westbury, NY

2002 Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2002 - 2003, published by Strathmore, Westbury, NY

2002 The Best Doctors in America, 2001 - 2002, published by Woodward/White, Inc, Aiken, SC

2002 Kansas City’s Best Doctors, 2002, published by Kansas City Magazine, Kansas City, MO

2002 America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals, 2002 - 2003, published by Strathmore, Westbury, NY

2003 America's Top Physicians, 2003, Consumers' Research Council of America, Washington, DC

2003 America's Top Doctors, 3rd edition, 2003, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2003 Academico de Honor (Honorary Member) de la Academia Española de Dermatología

2003 Honorary Member, Canadian Dermatolgical Association

2003 Honorary Member, Academia Mexicana de Dermatología, A.C.

2004 International Health Professional of the Year (2004), International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England

2004 America's Top Doctors, 4th edition, 2004, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2004 America's Top Physicians, 2004, Consumers' Research Council of America, Washington, DC

2005 Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2005 - 2006, published by Strathmore, Westbury, NY

2005 Continental Who’s Who of National Business Leaders. 2005 – 2006, New York, NY

2006 Who's Who in America, published by Marquis, New Providence, NJ

2007 The Best Doctors in America, 2007 - 2008, published by Woodward/White, Inc, Aiken, SC

2007 America's Top Doctors, 7th edition, 2007, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2008 America’s Top Dermatologists, published by Consumer’s Research Council of America, Washington, DC.

2008 America’s Top Doctors, 8th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2008 Patient’s Choice Award, 2008, American Registry, Boca Raton, FL

2009 Who's Who in America, published by Marquis, New Providence, NJ

2009 The Best Doctors in America, 2009, published by Woodward/White, Inc, Aiken, SC

2009 America’s Top Dermatologists, published by Consumer’s Research Council of America, Washington, DC.

2009 America’s Top Doctors, 9th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2010 Best Doctors in Kansas City, 2010, published by Kansas City Business Journal, Kansas City, MO

2010 Leading Health Professionals of the World, 2010, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England

2010 America’s Top Dermatologists, published by Consumer’s Research Council of America, Washington, DC.

2010 America’s Top Doctors, 10th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2011 The Best Doctors in America, 2011, published by Woodward/White, Inc, Aiken, SC

2011 International Health Professional of the Year (2004), International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England

2011 America’s Top Dermatologists, published by Consumer’s Research Council of America, Washington, DC.

2011 America’s Top Doctors, 11th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2012 The Best Doctors in America, 2012, published by Woodward/White, Inc, Aiken, SC

2012 America’s Top Dermatologists, published by Consumer’s Research Council of America, Washington, DC.

2012 America’s Top Doctors, 12th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2013 The Best Doctors in America, 2013, published by Woodward/White, Inc, Aiken, SC

2013 America’s Top Dermatologists, published by Consumer’s Research Council of America, Washington, DC.

2014 America’s Top Doctors, 13th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2014 Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, 17th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2014 New York Best Doctors, 2014, New York Magazine, New York, NY

2014 The Best Doctors in America, 2014, published by Woodward/White, Inc, Aiken, SC

2015 America’s Top Doctors, 14th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2015 Top Doctors, NY Metro Area, 18th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2016 New York Super Doctors, MSP Communications, Minneapolis, MN

2016 America’s Top Doctors: 2016, 19th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2016 Most Influential Health Professionals of 2016, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England

2016 Super Doctors, New York 2016, Top New York Physicians, published by the New York Times, May 15, 2016

2016 America's Most Honored Professionals, American Registry, Delray Beach, FL

2017 Top Dermatologist in New York, NY, The Leading Physicians of the World, East Islip, NY

2017 America’s Top Doctors: 2017, 20th edition, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

2017 New York Metropolitan Doctor Award, American Registry, Delray Beach, FL

2017 Top Doctors, New York Metropolitan Area, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, NY, NY

About Donald Belsito

Dr. Donald V. Belsito is the Leonard C. Harber Professor of Dermatology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at New York University (New York, NY) and Professor and Chair of the Division of Dermatology at the University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City, KS). His research interests include occupational dermatoses, contact and atopic dermatitis, and other immune-mediated dermatologic disorders.

Dr. Belsito graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University (Washington, DC) with BS degrees in biology and chemistry. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College (New York, NY), where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After completing an internal medicine residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospital (Cleveland OH), he undertook his dermatology residency and fellowship in dermatologic immunology at New York University Medical Center (New York, NY). He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Dermatology, and the American Board of Dermatology, Special Qualifying Examination in Dermatological Immunology.

Dr. Belsito is a member and immediate past-President of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group and a founding member and former President of the American Contact Dermatitis Society. He actively participates in several other dermatologic societies, in which he has served on numerous committees. He sits on the Cosmetic Ingredient Review’s Expert Panel and is chair of the Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety, an independent panel of academic scientists that advise industry on the safe use of fragrance materials. He has received numerous national and international honors and serves on the editorial boards of Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Dermatology & Therapy, and the Online Textbook of Dermatology and previously was on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is author of more than 300 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 invited reviews and textbook chapters.

Academic Titles

  • Leonard C. Harber Professor of Clinical Dermatology at CUMC

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

Institutional

New York University Medical Center:

Utilization Review Committee, Department of Dermatology 1982 - 1983

Sulzberger Fellowship Committee, Department of Dermatology 1986 - 1994

Residents' Education Committee, Department of Dermatology 1987 - 1988

Animal Facilities Committee, School of Medicine 1993 - 1994

Quality Assurance, Legal Defense Subcommittee, University Hospital 1993 - 1994

Governing Board, Faculty Practice Offices 1993 - 1994

University of Kansas Medical Center:

Residency and Fellowship Committee, Department of Medicine 1994 - 1995

KUMC Latex Policy Task Force, Bell Hospital 1994 - 1996

Clinic Advisory Committee, Department of Medicine 1994 - 1996

Budget Subcommittee, Medical Faculty Council, School of Medicine 1996 - 1997

Board of Trustees, Kansas University Internal Medicine Foundation (KUIMF) 1996 - 2004

Graduate Medical Education Committee, School of Medicine 1996 - 1998

Financial Subcommittee, Board of Trustees, KUIMF 1996 - 1998

Graduate Medical Education Internal Review Subcommittee, KUSOM 1996 - 1998

Dean’s Clinical Productivity Planning Advisory Committee, School of Medicine 1997 - 1998

Office Productivity Subcommittee, Board of Trustees, KUIMF 1997 - 1998

Physician Selection Committee, KU Medical Plaza West 1998 - 1999

Chair, Institutional Review Committee, KU School of Medicine 1999 - 2001

Board of Directors, Kansas University Physicians, Inc. (KUPI) 1999 - 2002

Practice Operations Committee, KUPI 2000 - 2003

Clinical Enterprise Business & Program Planning Committee, KUPI 2000 - 2002

Clinical Practice Subcommittee, Board of Trustees, KUIMF 2000 - 2001

Clinic Implementation Steering Committee, KUIMF 2000 – 2002

Columbia University Medical Center:

Faculty Council 2014 – Present

New York Presbyterian Hospital Ambulatory Care Network 2014 – 2017

National Organizations

American Academy of Dermatology: 1982 - Present

National Institute for Aging Liaison Task Force 1986 - 1989

Task Force on Contact Dermatitis 1987 - 1990

Task Force on Occupational & Environmental Dermatology 1988 - 1991

National Institute for Aging Liaison Task Force 1993 - 1997

RVS/RUC Task Force 1998 - 2001

Lila Gruber Lectureship Award Committee (Chair, 2002 – 2003) 1998 - 2003

Program for Dermatology in the 21st Century (Ad hoc) 1999 - 2000

Cost Effectiveness Task Force 2000 - 2003

Board of Directors Ad Hoc Nominating Committee 2000 - 2003

Health Care Finance Committee 2001 – 2003

Tattoo / Body Piercing Workgroup 2001 – 2003

Member Services Committee 2003 – 2007

Atopic Dermatitis Expert Resource Group 2005 - present

American Contact Dermatitis Society: 1989 - Present

Board of Directors (Founding Member) 1989 - 1991

Vice President 1991 - 1992

Chairman, Long Range Planning Committee 1992 - 1994

Editorial and Publications Committee 1993 - 1996

Vice President 1996 - 1997

Scientific Review Board 1997 - 2000

Chairman, Committee on Electronic Communication 1996 - 2000

Editorial and Publications Committee 1998 - 2001

Chairman, Scientific Review Board 1999 - 2000

President - elect 1999 - 2000

President 2000 - 2001

Fund Raising Committee 2002 - 2005

Nominating Committee 2002 - 2005

Publications Committee (Chair, 2005 – 2006) 2003 – 2006

Fundraising Committee 2009 – 2012

Finance and Audit Committee 2009 – 2012

Fisher Lecture Committee 2014 -- Present

American Board of Dermatology:

Part I, Examination Committee 1996 - 1999

North American Contact Dermatitis Group: 1985 - Present

Vice President 1987 - 1997

President 1997 - 2004

American Dermatological Association 1989 - 2005

Program Committee, Annual Meeting (Chair, 2002) 1998 - 2002

Cosmetic Ingredient Review (Washington, D.C.): 1991 - Present

Member, Expert Panel

Work Safety & Insurance Board (Toronto, ON, Canada): 1999 – 2005

Member and peer reviewer, Research Advisory Council

Work Safety & Insurance Board (Vancouver, BC, Canada): 2004 – 2005

Member and peer reviewer, Research Advisory Council

Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety, Inc. (Woodcliff Lake, NJ): 2004 - Present

Member 2004 – Present

Vice Chair 2014 – 2015

Chair 2015 - Present

American Biographical Institute, Inc. (Raleigh, NC): 2004 – Present

Research Board of Advisors

National Eczema Association: 2011 - 2016

Seal of Acceptance Panel

Noah Worcester Dermatological Society: 2005 -- Present

Scientific Committee 2012 – 2015

Communications Committee 2012 - 2015

Noah Benefactors Committee 2012 - 2015

EDITORIAL BOARDS

Dermatitis (formerly American Journal of Contact Dermatitis), Section Editor 1989 - Present

Dermatosur 1992 - Present

Medscape Online Textbook of Dermatology, Section Editor 1998 - Present

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2002 - 2007

Contact Dermatitis 2004 – Present

Dermatology and Therapy 2013 - Present

Journal of Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatology 2013 - Present

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Member, Alpha Omega Alpha 1975 - Present

Member, American College of Physicians 1980 - 1988

Member, Society for Investigative Dermatology, Inc. 1982 - 2005

Member, Dermatology Foundation 1982 - Present Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology 1983 - Present

Fellow, American College of Physicians 1984 - 1988

Member, American Federation for Clinical Research 1985 - 1993

Member, The American Association of Immunologists 1987 - 1994

Member, The New York State Society of Dermatology 1987 - 1994

Founding Member, American Contact Dermatitis Society 1989 - Present

Member and Immediate Past President, 1986 - Present

North American Contact Dermatitis Group

Member, American Dermatological Association 1993 - 2007

Member, Kansas City Dermatologic Society 1994 - 2011

Member, Kansas Dermatological Society 1994 - 2011

Member, Beta Gamma Sigma 1999 - Present

Member, Noah Worcester Dermatological Society 2003 – Present

Member, European Society of Contact Dermatitis 2003 - Present

Member, Kansas Medical Society 2005 – 2011

Dermatologic Society of Greater New York 2011 – Present

New York County Medical Society 2011 – Present

New York State Medical Society 2011 – Present

New York Dermatological Society 2015 - Present

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Male

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Elderplan

  • Medicare Managed Care

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare (NY)

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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