Dr. Elyse Rafal, MD

Dr. Elyse Rafal, MD

Dermatology  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 59
Dr. Elyse Rafal, MD is a dermatologist in Stony Brook, NY and has been practicing for 26 years. She graduated from Harvard School Of Dental Medicine in 1985 and specializes in dermatology, cosmetic dermatologic surgery, and more.Read her story

2500 Nesconset Hwy Bldg 22A

Stony Brook, NY 11790

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Tinea Versicolor
very high
more than 97% of peers
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
more than 69% of peers
Fungal Infections
more than 56% of peers

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Dr. Rafal's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Rafal "Elyse Suzanne Rafal, MD, PC is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and Medical Director of the DermResearchCenter of New York, Inc. An active participant in her field with over 65 publications, book chapters, abstracts and presentations to her name, Dr. Rafal has conducted research on over 70 grant-funded projects since 1989 and has served as a consultant for a dozen organizations including laboratories and cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Rafal graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She attended Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, then transferred with advanced standing to the SUNY-Health Science Center at Brooklyn (formerly Downstate Medical Center), where she achieved her medical doctorate with Honors and Distinction in Research. She completed her post-graduate training with an Internship in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Hospital Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, and a Residency in Dermatology at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI. Following graduation Dr. Rafal was appointed to several academic positions in the Dermatology department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook Medical School, and remains an assistant professor and attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She was also an instructor in Dermatology and History at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her career Dr. Rafal has received many honors and awards, including the Beiersdorf Travel Award in Dermatology from the University of Michigan Department of Dermatology (1990), the Basic Science Research Award from the Michigan Dermatological Society (1991), the Upjohn Resident Research Award in Recognition for Outstanding Dermatology Research from the University of Michigan Department of Dermatology (1992), the British Association of Dermatology Fellowship awarded by the American Academy of Dermatology (1996), and Keynote Speaker for the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Annual Scientific Meeting (1999). Dr. Rafal's professional memberships include: American Medical Association - Member, 1987 - Present American Academy of Dermatology Committee on Curriculum Development, Resident Representative 1989-1991 Member, 1989 - Present The Society for Investigative Dermatology, Member, 1989 - Present Suffolk County Dermatology Society, Member, 1993 - Present "
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3  Specialties

  • Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery
  • Dermatologic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*

27  Conditions Treated

11  Procedures

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0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Perelman School Of Medicine University Of Pennsylvania
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • Harvard School Of Dental Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Suny-Health Science Center At Brooklyn (Formerly Downstate Medical Center)
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • Montefiore Medical Center-Moses Division
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • University Of Michigan Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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This review should not reflect on Dr Rafal as a Dermatologist. It pertains to my experience with her for Cosmetic Fillers. Plain and simple: Stay away. She is not a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and does not have the skills that will give you the cosmetic results you want. This is high pressure...Read More
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I would not recommend this doctor because she does not care about the patients appoinment schedule.had an appointment at 4 and she came in at 5:30 cause shes busy chit chatting with other patients . She treats her patients like they are experiments and she always recommending them her products. I...Read More
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Dr Rafal and all of her staff are welcoming and address any concerns you may have. Dr Rafal takes her time to sit with each patient and doesn’t make you feel like you are ever being rushed in any way. She’s an expert in dermatology and skincare as well as did an excellent job with the Juvéderm...Read More
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Seems to only care about pushing her products And they aren’t even good products. Waited an hour for her to tell me to try her products that I’ve purchased in the past. Going to find a different dermatologist
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Wonderful experience! Dr. Rafal is an expert injector. Her staff was so attentive and caring. It's amazing how a little bit of Botox can make you feel.
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