Dr. Josephine McAllister, MD

Dr. Josephine McAllister, MD

Dermatology  |  
Female  |  
Age 39
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Josephine C. McAllister, MD, FAAD is a Dermatologist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology (board-certified in Dermatology). Dr. McAllister received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, graduating Magna cum Laude in Biology with a High Honors thesis describing research findings from her work in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute funded laboratory of Dr. Louis Kunkel at Boston Children's Hospital. She then earned her medical degree at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where she spent a year pursuing highly specialized wound healing research in the internationally renowned laboratory of Dr. Peter Marinkovich and also published her work on vitamin D deficiency in diet-restricted children with renowned Department Chair and Pediatric Dermatologist Dr. Alfred Lane. Dr. McAllister matched through the highly competitive National Residency Matching Program to an elite training spot at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program, where she worked closely with leaders in dermatology such as Dr. Harley Haynes, Dr. Arthur Sober, Dr. Samuel Moschella, American Academy of Dermatology President Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, Dr. Hensin Tsao, and Dr. Mathew Avram, as well as some of the most highly regarded dermatopathologists in the world including Dr. Martin Mihm, Dr. George Murphy, and Dr. Scott Granter, and practiced dermatology at the country's most prestigious hospitals, including Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children's Hospital Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Lahey Clinic, and the Boston VA HealthCare System. Dr. McAllister is the founder of Dermatology Associates of Ithaca and is committed to providing excellence in dermatologic care to patients of all ages. She specializes in skin cancer prevention and treatment as well as in general dermatology conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other inflammatory diseases of the skin, and warts. Outside of work, Dr. McAllister enjoys spending time with her family including her husband Liam P. McAllister who is a Professor of Physics at Cornell University and their young daughters, who love helping to water the plants in their garden and dancing to Hawaiian music.

2333 N Triphammer Rd Ste 203

Ithaca, NY 14850

Contact Information

(607) 257-1107

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CoreSource
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Fidelis Care
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Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Poisoning
very high
more than 99% of peers
Itchy Skin
very high
more than 99% of peers
Skin Infections
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. McAllister "At Dermatology Associates of Ithaca, we use a team-based approach to detect and treat problematic skin conditions.  As we often say, four eyes are better than two!  Utilizing the talents of multiple people who are specialized in different aspects of dermatologic care helps patients to benefit from the strengths of each contributor to our team.  Throughout the course of your treatment, your team members may include the physician, physician assistant, surgical physician assistant, medical assistant, and administrative assistant, each of whom works closely with one another to ensure a seamless and thorough approach to addressing your needs throughout the treatment course."


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  • Dermatology

Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Dermatology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Tumor
  • Birthmark
  • Boil
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ of Skin
  • Cellulitis
  • Cold Sore
  • Dermatitis
  • Folliculitis
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Hair Loss
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Impetigo
  • Intertrigo
  • Itchy Skin
  • Jock Itch
  • Lipomas
  • Lyme Disease
  • Melanoma
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Pemphigoid
  • Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Poisoning
  • Psoriasis
  • Rash
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Shingles
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Skin Infections
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Varicose Veins
  • Warts


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  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acne Surgery
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Biopsy
  • Botox® Injection
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Malignant Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Penile Lesion
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Mole Removal
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Shaving of Skin Lesion
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Skin Surgery
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Wart Removal

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Harvard
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2000
  • Stanford Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Harvard Medical School
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. McAllister's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. McAllister to family and friends
based on 52 total reviews (12 with comments)
Dr. McAllister's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (12)
Ithaca, NY |
While at Dr McAllisters office I was pleasantly surprised with the staff, they are both friendly and helpful. The appointment times are on time and very thorough. My 3 page hand out was full of information about my visit: things to watch and further skin care recommendations. While I was in my appointment Dr McAllister stepped into the room and asked about my children and reminded me the importance of not only protecting myself from the sun but my children also. I'm very happy with my experience
Ithaca, NY |
When scheduling an appointment be sure to ask if you will actually see the doctor. I naively assumed, as a returning patient with a history of pre-cancerous moles, that when I made an appointment at my family doctor's urging that I would be examined by Dr. McAllister herself. Instead, physician's assistant removed 2 moles for biopsy (total charge $1,100 including lab fees), and I never saw the doctor. In and out in 20 minutes , but I don't have a lot of confidence in the thoroughness of my exam.
Southlake |
Cannot stress enough how hard you should strive to avoid this practice and this doctor. One of the worst I've ever been to. She spends about 35 seconds with her patients and has her assistants do most of her work. She treated me very rudely and its clear she's just in it for the money. Stay away!
Ithaca, NY |
Dr. McAllister runs her office like a factory. You see her for two minutes and/or only see the PA. Every time I have an appointment she ends up doing a biopsy--even on a pre-existing skin condition that I pointed out to her and that clearly didn't need a biopsy. She took the practice over from an excellent dermatologist. What a the standards in this office have fallen so much. I won't be back.
in Ithaca, NY |
Outstanding doctor! When one has been diagnosed with melanoma, one needs the very best dermatologist. Joshephine McAllister is that doctor. Since her arrival in Ithaca, I have been Dr. McAllister’s patient. Her office is not only run very efficiently, but also the personnel are warm and generous with their time. Dr. McAllister’s educational background and training are excellent. She brings her depth of knowledge and her surgical expertise to her patients in a very calm, caring manner.
in Ithaca, NY |
Dr McAllister is a thorough and very professional dermatologist. She has a personal warmth that eases my "white coat" fears and I feel very secure in her care and her diagnostic ability. I have been to many dermatologists in many places I've lived and have yet to see one who does not employ PAs for the preliminary assessment. (The PAs in her office are also very thorough and professional.) I am so surprised to see anything unfavorable written regarding Dr McAllister, her care or her staff.
in Dryden, NY |
Dr. McAllister was very friendly and super efficient. She examined me for skin problems While her assistant was entering what the doctor found in the computer. They told me what was wrong and what was OK and took biopsies and was out of there with confidence that I'd been well taken care of. I would recommend Dr. McAllister to anyone in the area with skin concerns. Excellent care.
Ithaca, NY |
Dr. McAllister is one of the worst doctor's I have ever been to. She was very impersonal and most of the work done in her office is done by her assistants. She was not helpful, and in fact I felt disrespected by the way she treated me. Would not recommend. Avoid this practice.
in Ithaca, NY |
Dr. McAllister was very unpleasant. She did not listen to my needs and she appeared bothered by my questions. The staff at the office is very nice -- but I would not return.
Ithaca, NY |
I went into the office for the first time today. The office was running on-schedule. Dr. McAllister spoke with me about my concerns and did a quick body scan for any abnormal-seeming moles (this was not the purpose of my visit), in addition to checking out my skin condition. We then spoke about possible methods of treatment for the skin condition I've been suffering from for years. After that, she let me know that her PA would be coming in to speak with me. Overall, a very pleasant experience.
in Ithaca, NY |
She is a horrible physician. She charges patient or insurance co and has her PA see the patients! He has no experience at all! She also sent a bill for sending my medical records to another doctor! I have wasted my time getting incorrect medication for six months!! She knows its not legal to charge money for medical records when sending them to another physician! Nothing but a scam!! I guess she is banking up the money to pay for her medical school bills!
Ithaca, NY |
I went for an annual skin check for the first time with Dr. McAllister and it turned into a nightmare. My appt was with her and she had her male PA come in to do my initial mole check without my knowledge or approval (I am a female). B/t the two of them they marked 7 spots with an 8 to be surgically removed. This was overkill for my first appt and I am wondering if they were trying to drive up my bill to insurance. Now I have seven scars and after four weeks of waiting the results were benign
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