Get to know Dr. Rita Linkner

Get to know Dr. Rita Linkner

We are growing our brilliant and talented team of Physician Advisors. Say hello to our newest advisor, @ritalinknermd!

Dr. Linkner is an award-winning Dermatologist, super-mom and entrepreneur. She completed her residency in Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where she served as Chief Resident during her last year. A passionate writer, she has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in various medical and surgical journals and contributed to several book chapters. In addition to being in private practice, Dr. Linkner holds the appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Read on to get to know Dr. Linkner and check her out on Instagram for best-in-class derm content!



Why did you choose dermatology as a specialty?

My father had horrible psoriasis.  I have vivid memories of the plaques on his skin and the lengths he went to treat it when I was little.  At the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, I started to do clinical psoriasis research, and I fell in love with the field.  Great work-life balance which overall had the potential to do research versus pivoting to private practice.  Right now as a working mom, I feel like that balance is something that I continually strive to achieve.  To this day, psoriasis is one of my favorite skin conditions to treat, especially with all the biologics out there which have made it such a fixable skin issue.  

Current skincare obsession? I love Obagi's Medical Professional-C Microdermabrasion Polish and Mask; it's one of those masks that you can really feel if you leave it on too long.  And the results are unbelievable.  I don't have the time to mask very often, but this one is always worth the investment in time.  

What does the future of dermatology look like in a post-Covid world?

Dermatology had no issue going virtual and I don't think that will drastically change in the post-COVID world.  I think the barriers that broke with telederm were game-changing to my career.  I have seen first-hand the benefits of connecting with patients at a distance and will definitely be changing my patient practice model to accommodate this going forward.  

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