Patricia Richey

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Academic Titles:

Director of Mohs Surgery
Assistant Professor of Dermatology


Patricia Richey, MD, FAAD is an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine. She is double fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon and cosmetic dermatologist who is board-certified in both Dermatology and Mohs Surgery.

She attended medical school at Georgetown University, where she had been accepted as part of the competitive “Early Assurance Program.” After medical school, she completed her dermatology residency (serving as chief resident) and Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology fellowship at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She then moved to Boston for a clinical and research fellowship in laser and cosmetic dermatologic surgery at The Wellman Center for Photomedicine and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Richey’s clinical and research interests include Mohs surgery, skin cancer, cosmetic dermatology and laser, with a particular focus on non-invasive treatments of cutaneous neurofibromas associated with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. She is currently the Director of the Mohs Surgery at Boston Medical Center, a researcher at The Wellman Center for Photomedicine and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School and The University of Iowa. She is a sought-after speaker at national conferences and a frequent publisher in the top dermatologic journals. In 2023, she was named the winner of the “Dr. Richard E. Fitzpatrick Clinical Research and Innovations Award” by the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery for her work on cutaneous neurofibromas. The same year, she was selected one of eight “Mohs Surgeons Leading the Future” by the American College of Mohs Surgery.


2016 M.D. Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
2016-2020 Dermatology Residency, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
2020-2021 Mohs Surgery Fellowship, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
2021-2022 Laser and Cosmetic Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Clinical Specialties and Research Interests

Mohs Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery, Laser and Injectables
Skin Cancer
Dermatologic Surgery

Selected Publications

  1. Richey PM, Norton S. Streaks of White Hair in Popular Culture: Not as Simple as Black and White. JAMA Dermatology. 2015 Nov;151(11):1219. PMID: 26559343.
  2. Richey PM, Radfar A, Kirkorian A. Blue areas on dermoscopy of a congenital nevus with Meyerson phenomenon. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 Nov;73(5):e161-3. PMID: 26475555.
  3. Richey PM, Radfar A, Damavandy A. Ulcerative pretibial lesions in the setting of multifactorial immunosuppression. JAMA Dermatology. 2016 Jan;152(1):85-6. PMID: 26559633.
  4. Richey PM, Norton S. John Tyndall’s Effect on Dermatology. JAMA Dermatology. 2017 Mar 1;153(3):308. PMID: 28273306.
  5. Richey PM, Fairley JA, Stone MS. Transformation from pityriasis rubra pilaris to erythema gyratum repens-like eruption without associated malignancy: A report of 2 cases. JAAD Case Rep. 2018 Oct 10;4(9):944-946. PMID: 30345340.
  6. Richey PM, Stone MS. Resolution of pseudoainhum with acitretin therapy in a patient with palmoplantar keratoderma and congenital alopecia. JAAD Case Rep. 2019 Feb 12;5(3):219-221. PMID: 30809564.
  7. Richey PM, Ferguson NN, Stone MS. Verrucous cyst: Possible precursor of proliferating epidermoid cyst. J Cutan Pathol. 2019 Jun;46(6):457-459. PMID: 30773716.
  8. Richey PM, Holt M, Crotts S, Jabbari A. Pretibial dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa associated with aberrant exon splicing in Type VII Collagen. JAAD Case Rep. 2019 Aug;5(9):779-781. PMID: 31516996.
  9. Zafar FS, Richey PM, Okereke U, Milhem M. Abid R, Powers JG. Morphea following treatment with pembrolizumab fo melanoma with metastatic lymph nodes: case report and review of literature. Melanoma Res. 2021 Feb 1; 31(1):98-100. PMID: 33323722.
  10. Richey PM, McGuinness AE, Van Beek MJ. Postoperative Pustular Eruption due to Cutibacterium acnes. Dermatol Surg. 2021 Sep 1;47(9):1296-1298. PMID: 33867462.
  11. McGuinness AE, Richey PM, Stone MS, Ferguson NN. Histologic features of Dermal Regeneration Template Identified in Mohs Layer Frozen Sections. Dermatol Surg. 2022 Feb 1;48(2):253-255. PMID: 34889217.
  12. Richey P, Patrick A, Swick B, Van Beek M. Skeletal muscle regeneration: a potential histologic pitfall for the Mohs surgeon. Dermatol Surg. 2022 Apr 1;48(4):462-463. PMID: 35013045.
  13. Richey PM, Laageide L, Swick BL. Stimulant use in patients presenting with psychocutaneous disorders. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2022 May;86(5):1002-1009. PMID: 33878406.
  14. Richey P, Avram M. Treating severe rhinophyma: a stepwise method. Dermatol Surg. 2022 Oct 1;48(10):1120-1122. PMID: 36037074.
  15. Richey P, Chapin R, Avram M. Psychiatric Comorbidity and Pharmacology in a Cosmetic Dermatology Setting. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2022 Oct 22:S0190-9622(22)02966-8. PMID: 36283511.
  16. McGuinness A, Richey P, Van Beek M. The Use of Freezer Paper for Thin, Fragile Specimens in Mohs Surgery. Dermatol Surg. 2022 Nov 1;48(11):1254-1255. PMID: 36342255.
  17. Richey P, Hashemi D, Avram M. Social Media in Aesthetic Dermatology: Analysis of the Users Behind the Top Filler Posts. Dermatol Surg. 2022 Dec 1;48(12):1328-1331. PMID: 36449876.
  18. Richey P, Solish D, Avram M, Wanner M. Suprabrow edema as a predictor of eyelid edema following neurotoxin administration. Dermatol Surg. 2023 Apr 1;49(4):433-434. PMID: 36892544.
  19. Richey P. Commentary on “‘Zoom Dysmorphia?’ Language and body dysmorphic disorder in the age of social media.” Dermatol Surg. 2023 Jul 1;49(7):721-722. PMID: 37184485.