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Our Team

At the Psoriasis Center, we have the only team in the Rochester, NY area that is totally devoted to the care of patients with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and related conditions. Our team also extends to many other specialists at the University of Rochester Medical Center who work with our patients on related issues including endocrinology, cardiology, ophthalmology and gastroenterology.

Photo of Dr. RitchlinChristopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H. is a rheumatologist specializing in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Ritchlin led the group that created the first-ever international guidelines for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. He is also the Director of the Clinical Immunology Research Unit at URMC. Dr. Ritchlin directs a team of investigators in the lab and in the clinic who are conducting scientific and clinical research aimed at finding the mechanisms that underlie psoriatic joint inflammation. The team is also working on the development of new and better treatments for this challenging disease.

Photo of Dr. TauskFrancisco Tausk, M.D. is a dermatologist specializing in the treatment of psoriasis. Dr. Tausk is head of the nation's only Center for Integrated Dermatology, which specializes in treatments for skin diseases that involve both the body and the mind. Through his interest in the medical aspects of psoriasis, as well as the emotional, he has helped numerous patients find more effective treatments. Dr. Tausk is president of the Association of Psychocutaneous Medicine of North America. Dr. Tausk conducts clinical trials for psoriasis, and he is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as 2 books.

Photo of Dr. SandozAndrea Sandoz, M.D. is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Sandoz is trained in child and adolescent psychiatry and is now actively involved in teaching residents and medical students at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Prior to coming to URMC, she was Medical Director at Rochester Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Sandoz is a member of the Association of Psychocutaneous Medicine of North America, American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Photo of Dr. WittlinSteve Wittlin, M.D. - Endocrinology
Dr. Wittlin received his M.D. from Tel Aviv University with honors. He then completed his residency training in internal medicine at Booth Memorial Medical Center, followed by an endocrinology fellowship at New York University Medical Center. He served as Chief of Endocrinology and subsequently Assistant Chairman of Medicine at Booth Memorial Medical Center for a twelve-year period. He moved to Rochester in 1993. Dr. Wittlin's major clinical interest, apart from general endocrinology, is treatment of diabetes, especially new modalities of therapy with an emphasis on insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring.

Photo of Dr. ChingSteven Ching, M.D. - Ophthalmology
Dr. Ching is director of the Ophthalmology Cornea Fellowship. He also serves as medical director of the Rochester Eye and Human Parts Bank and is actively involved in cornea research. A 1974 graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Ching has provided patient care at MI Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, completed residency training in Rochester (Class of 1981), and completed a cornea and external disease fellowship at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Robert BlockRobert Block, M.D., M.P.H. - Community & Preventive Medicine
Dr. Robert Block specializes in the care of patients with hyperlipidemia. His expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of patients with complex lipid disorders and familial cholesterol diseases. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, and also in Clinical Lipidology.

Dr. Lawrence SaubermannLawrence Saubermann, M.D. - Gastroenterology
Dr. Lawrence Saubermann is a Gastroenterologist at Strong Memorial Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He received a B.A. in Biology from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. He attended medical school at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He then completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, and Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Saubermann then completed a clinical and research fellowship in Gastroenterology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts.


James EichelbergerJames Eichelberger, M.D. - Cardiology
Dr. Eichelberger is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Division. He is the Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and completed his residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He joined the faculty in 1993. Dr. Eichelberger cares for general cardiology diseases including angina, heart failure and arrhythmias. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.