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Dr. Antonio Cruz

Dermatology
Providence, RI
15 years experience male

Locations

Office

Providence, RI

Address

1287 North Main Street, PROVIDENCE RI, Providence
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

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Medicaid

Medicare

UnitedHealthcare

Office

Providence, RI

About

Bio

Antonio Cruz, MD graduated from Boston College. He completed medical school at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an Internal Medicine Internship at The Roger Williams Medical Center. He completed a Residency in Dermatology, a Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, and Cutaneous Oncology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His practice focuses on Mohs micrographic surgery as well as dermatologic surgery and cosmetic dermatology. He supervises the Dermatologic Surgery clinics for the senior Dermatology residents of Alpert Medical School and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology. His additional office location is in the SKINPros building located on 1287 North Main Street.

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Dermatology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

101 Answers
17 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Get checked out: I would get evaluated by a dermatologist if you are experiencing acne. Each treatment is individualized to the patient and type of acne. Best of luc... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Dry skin: Dry skin is also known as xerosis. Check out the american academy of dermatology website for additional information: http://www.Aad.Org/skin-conditio... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Scarring: Genital herpes can have several concerning complications. One thing to do is consult with your dermatologist to discuss the frequency of your attacks... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Individualized Tx: Acne scars present in several forms. A dermatologist may recommend peels vs surgical treatments vs various lasers - resurfacing to help with the text... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Get evaluated: Acne presents in several forms and can be multifactorial. Each requires its own individualized treatment regimen. I would recommend a consultation wi... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
HSV: It is a great deal to type. I would prefer to refer you to the american academy of dermatology website for a thorough explanation: http://www.Aad.Org... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Hyperpigmentation: You have have some postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. Not every form of acne is treated the same. It would be good to discuss your individualized t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Not much: There isn't much out there that is a slam dunk for stretch marks. There are ablative and non-ablative lasers that may slightly improve the appearance... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Gentle: It all depends on your skin type. Your skin care regimen should center around an excellent sunscreen, ideally with with zinc and titanium dioxide. R... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Don't squeeze: By squeezing you may cause additional inflammation. The concern would be for infection - given the redness and tenderness you report. If not improve... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Possibly: There are reports of some benefit. Looks like you are already on retin a (tretinoin) which has an excellent track record in the treatment of acne.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Dry skin: You have a few options - i like using the cetaphil products. There are generic store brands that are quite similar and possibly more cost effective. ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Hand Dermatitis: If an over the counter Hydrocortisone cream isn't helping and you have been moisturizing aggressively, you may want to see your dermatologist. Hand d... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Don't do it!: First of all, as a dermatologist, i would like to discourage tanning bed use. More than 170, 000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in the us each yea... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Challenging..: It is the nature of the beast when it comes to hidradenitis. There are various ways to management from topical to oral - and even immune mediated the... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Varies: With insurance, there is a fee for the first layer, and each subsequent stage. There is an additional cost for the reconstruction. Many practices, i... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Skin Cancer subtypes: Skin cancer falls into two categories - melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Depending on the type - some just appear to grow and change and not l... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Many options: There are quite a few options out there. It would start with a good combination of scalp shampoos - i usually have my patients alternate 2 or even 3 ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Nothing is fast: Whenever a dermatologist initiates treatment for acne, he or she always mentions that it takes time - meaning 2-3 months to notice a significant chang... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Why glycerin?: You seem to have a few things going on - acne, "wide pores" and undereye wrinkled skin. There isn't a single universal formula to treat these. I don... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
All have risks: Dermal fillers have their risks and benefits. These are discussed at length in consultation with your provider who will also help determine which der... Read More
A 79-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Time to stop: If that is all you have introduced and can state with confidence that it is a result of the ingestion of a new substance, your best bet is to disconti... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Hyperpigmentation: The dark spots may simply be postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. What you want to do first is control your acne to reduce the number of new acne lesi... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
I : I think the most important thing for you to is to try to control the discoid lupus in order to prevent the formation of new scars. It will involve cl... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Based : Based on your description, it is is best evaluated by a dermatologist. It could easily be something completely benign such as a seborrheic keratosis,... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
If : If in fact it is a true facial cellulitis, you will need to be evaluated. This is a true infection of the skin/soft tissues of the face and you wil... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Wait for results: Your doctor gave you antibiotics to cover the most likely offending organisms. If the culture highlights somethign out of the norm or resistanat to t... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Starts with blisters: It can cause some redness but typically starts out as very tender and burning, tiny little water bubbles/blisters or technically vesicles. They get t... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Wide open: There are several types of acne. Your treatment needs to be individualized so i would recommend evaluation by a dermatologist to see what may be the ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Tough to call: It could be any number of things - you need to be evaluated by a dermatologist and tablets may or may not be the answer. Good luck!
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Zinc pyrithione: Zinc pyritione is a known compound that can help with dandruff - but you need to alternate with another shampoo such as salacylic acid, coal tar, sele... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
No problem: One of the key treatments for eczema is keep your skin well hydrated - keep using the ointment as it should not impact your dieting.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Scar challenge: There are various types of scars and each one can be treated differently. Black marks or hyperpigmentation can be a component of the scars or somethi... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Could be allergic: You could be allergic to the Clindamycin or its vehicle. I would contact the prescribing physician to seek alternatives.
A female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
I : I think you would need to be more specific by what you mean by "naturally". Dermatologists have several therapeutic options when it comes to acne. I... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
When : When winter comes you have this cold dry air that helps draw out all of the moisture from your skin. Additionally, if you take hot showers and use a ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Dry skin?: There are several good moisturizers out there. The best time to apply your moisturizer is immediately after a bath or shower. For the cold dry air i... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Potential infection: Once the skin is broken there is a risk for an infection. I would recommend going to a walk in or urgent care center to be examined and given antibio... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Depends..: I think it depends on the location and type of skin cancer. Most dermatologists are comfortable performing simple excisions or may refer to plastics ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Depends: Depending on your needs, there are lasers and other technologies available that can offer you individualized treatments based on your goals, skin type... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Culture it: If you are having a discharge form that area and it is as chronic as you say it is, i would recommend seeing one of your providers for a skin culture.... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Atopy?: The underlying causes should be evaluated by your dermatologist. The workup for itch can be extensive and multifactorial. The treatments also need t... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Itch scratch cycle..: Common things being common, it is possible that you have jock itch or tinea cruris - one can't say exactly without a thorough evaluation. If it is in... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Sure: You can wear a durag with seborrheic dermatitis. Please make sure that it is stylish of course.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Dry skin: Could be any number of things that are causing them to be be dry and flaky. Think about seeing your dermatologist to determine whether it is eczema, ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Careful!: I wouldn't turn to lemon juice! talk to your dermatologist about lightening creams that may help with your condition.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Seek help ASAP: These could be signs of a serious condition. I would go to your local walk-in or emergency room to be evaluated. Good luck!
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Depends: If it is seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) you may need a combination of shampoos and topical treatment. There is also the possibility of scalp psoria... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Tough: Without really looking at the skin for lesions and getting a thorough medical history it is difficult to determine what it actually is and of course, ... Read More

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Aug 10, 2013
I previously recommended Dr. Cruz when we both were active on AVVO.Com. Now that we are both providing a public service on Healthtap, I wish to again recommend him without reservation. Dr. Cruz is cl...Read More
I highly recommend Dr. Cruz. Dr. Cruz is an outstanding dermatologist and Mohs surgeon. He is extremely competent on skin surgery and challenging cosmetic procedures. Dr. Cruz is very involved in teac...Read More
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Dr. Cruz consistently provides exceptional medical information and guidance as a public service via AVVO.Com. I enjoy and learn from the entries he provides.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Please let me know if you can recommend Enbrel istead of Humira... or others that you have seen greater improvements on the scalp. Thank you
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank You. Very Helpful!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Boston College
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, RI
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

Brown University Affiliated Hospitals

Residency

Roger Williams Hospital

Awards

AAD Skin Cancer Screening Participant, American Academy of Dermatology
Top Doctor, Second Place, Providence, RI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Providence, RI - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Academy of Dermatology
American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology

Publications

Surgical Pearl: Percutaneous Suspension Suture
The Appearance of Pili Annulati following Alopecia Areata
Paclitaxel-induced Neutrophilic Adverse Reaction and Acral Erythema
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