David R. Bickers, MD

Expertise in: 
General Dermatology
Board Certifications: 
Dermatology
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

General Dermatology, Skin Biopsy, Skin Cancer, Psoriasis, Phototherapy

Academic Appointments

  • Carl Truman Nelson Professor of Dermatology

Administrative Titles

  • Chair, Department of Dermatology
  • Dermatologist-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

David R. Bickers, MD - Chair, Department of Dermatology

David R. Bickers, M.D., the Carl Truman Nelson professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and director of dermatology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Bickers received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1963 and his M.D. from the University of Virginia in 1967. He was an intern in medicine at University Hospitals, University of Iowa, Iowa City, and later completed his residency training in dermatology at New York University Medical Center. During his residency, he was a National Institute of Health training fellow in dermatology, and was a guest investigator and assistant physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital. He originally joined the faculty of Columbia P&S in 1973, before accepting an appointment as Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1977. In 1994, he returned to Columbia P&S in his current position.

Dr. Bickers is a leading researcher in environmental carcinogenesis and photobiology. The author of more than 250 scientific and clinical publications, he has written extensively on the molecular mechanisms of skin cancer and the role of sunlight in causing it as well as diseases induced by environmental sunlight exposure such as the porphyrias. In 1989, he chaired a National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Ultraviolet Radiation and the Skin. He is the author/or co-author of four books, including Clinical Pharmacology of Skin Disease (1984) and Photosensitivity Diseases: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment, Second Edition (1989).

Dr. Bickers previously served as secretary-treasurer and President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, and associate editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. He has also served on several of the Society's committees.

Dr. Bickers, who is board certified in dermatology, is a member of 11 professional societies, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, The Association of American Physicians and an Honorary member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the German Dermatological Society and the Austrian Dermatological Society. He is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Male

Location(s)

CUMC/Herbert Irving Pavilion
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Primary
ColumbiaDoctors Midtown
51 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

Insurance Accepted

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • NYP Employee Plan

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Internship: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Residency: New York University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: New York University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Research

Leading researchers are exploring the connection between tea and cancer prevention and the possibility that chemicals in tea protect against sunburn and skin damage that leads to cancer. Scientists in the department were among the first to demonstrate that treatment with tea extracts could protect against ultraviolet (UV) induced skin carcinogenesis in animals. Subsequent preliminary studies have shown that topical and ingested doses of extracts from either green or black tea protect against sunburn and skin cancer induced by light. Researchers are exploring the hypothesis that tea contains photo-protective substances. Since plants are exposed to DNA-damaging UV light, researchers believe that it is likely that plants have developed their own sun protection system. Polyphenols in tea, specifically, flavonoids, may be the chemical that provides this protection. The enzyme tyrosinase converts flavonoids in green tea to black tea pigments. In humans, tyrosinase is a key enzyme that converts tyrosine to melanin pigments. Researchers plan to identify the specific components of tea that provide sun and cancer protection and to pursue studies addressing their mechanism of action. Eventually, researchers plan to conduct clinical trials on the effectiveness of tea, both as a topical agent and as a beverage, against sunburn and skin cancer.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Carcinogenesis
  • Photobiology
  • Porphyria

Grants

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SKIN DISEASE RESOURCE-BASED CENTER (EPICURE) (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2016 - Jul 31 2021

NON-MELANOMA SKIN CANCER: A MODEL FOR IMPACT OF AGING ON AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISEASE (Federal Gov)

Sep 15 2016 - Aug 31 2018

A PHASE II RANDOMIZED, OPEN LABEL TRIAL COMPARING THE EFFECTS OF INTERMITTENT VISMODEGIB VS. PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY ON THE MAINTENANCE OF BENEFIT FOLLOWING 7 MONTHS OF CONTINUOUS VISMODEGIB TREATMENT IN PATIENTS WITH MULTIPLE BASAL CELL CARCINOMAS (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Apr 4 2013 - Apr 4 2018

MECHANISM-BASED ABROGATION OF BCC PATHOGENESIS (Federal Gov)

Apr 16 2012 - Jan 31 2018

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER SKIN DISEASE RESEARCH CENTER (CUMCSDRC) (Federal Gov)

Jul 20 1997 - Jun 30 2017

A PHASE II RANDOMIZED DOUBLE BLINE PLACEBO CONTROLLED CLINICTRIAL OF GDC-0449 AND PLACEBO EACH TAKEN ONCE DAILY (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Jan 14 2010 - Jan 14 2015

BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CORE CENTER ON SKIN STEM CELLS (Federal Gov)

Sep 24 2009 - Aug 31 2013

KIEHL''S CONTRACT (Private)

Feb 2 2010 - Sep 1 2012

GENETIC MECHANISMS IN SKIN DISEASES (Federal Gov)

May 30 1997 - Aug 31 2012

CHEMOPREVENTION OF BASAL CELL CARCINOMAS WITH TAZAROTENE (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2007 - Jun 30 2011

P38MAPK IN THE PROGRESSION OF SKIN CANCER (Private)

Jan 1 2009 - Dec 31 2009

MOLECULAR PATHOGENESIS OF UVB-INDUCED SKIN CANCER (Federal Gov)

Aug 15 2004 - May 31 2009

EFFECT OF CHEMOPREVENTIVE AGENTS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF BASAL CELL CARCINOMA(BCC)AND SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMAS (SCC) IN... (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2005 - Apr 29 2009

BASAL CELL CARCINOMA --MOLECULAR PATHOGENESIS AND PREVENTION (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2002 - Jun 30 2008