Andrew Franks Jr., MD

Andrew Franks Jr., MD, FACP

Dermatology New York, NY

Director, NYU Skin Autoimmune Connective Tissue Center

Office Address

  • The Autoimmune Skin Institute at Gramercy Park Dermatology, Suite 1-N
    60 Gramercy Park North
    New York, NY 10010
    Phone: (212) 475-2312
    Fax: (212) 475-3542

Andrew Franks Jr., MD, FACP

Dermatology New York, NY

Director, NYU Skin Autoimmune Connective Tissue Center


  • Dr. Franks' initial research in autoimmune disease began in 1979 with a publication in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology on the effects of fibrinogen degradation products on lymphocytes, particularly in systemic lupus erythematosus. This was performed under the mentorship of Dr. Dorothy Estes, in the laboratory of Dr. Jane Morse at both Rockefeller University and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. In 1982. working under Dr. E. Carwile Leroy at The Scleroderma Center at Columbia Presbyterian he published in The Lancet on the appropriate use of topical nitroglycerin for the treatment of Raynaud's phenomenon and digital ulcers, receiving international recognition and an Exceptional Research Award presented at the University of Hamburg. He has recently added another innovative treatment and published his research (2012) in the "Cutting Edge" section of the Archives of Dermatology on the use of Botolinum toxin for treatment of aggressive secondary Raynaud's in patients with scleroderma and other autoimmune disease. He was an early advocate (1980's) of the use of azathioprine in recalcitrant cutaneous lupus erythematosus and published his research in both the Archives of Dermatology as well as the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. His interest in novel treatments for autoimmune skin disease is ongoing.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Dermatology: Dermatopathology
  • Clinical Interests: Lupus

Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Professor of Dermatology & Medicine(Rheumatology)NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
    New York, NY

Education & Medical Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • New York Medical CollegeNew York Medical College
  • New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital CenterNew York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital Center
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia CampusNew York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus

Certifications & Licensure

  • NY State Medical LicenseNY State Medical License1972 - 2016
  • American Board of DermatologyDermatology
  • American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal MedicineRheumatology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • NYU Best TeacherAlpha Omega Alpha
  • Americas Top DoctorsCastle Connolly
  • New York Top DoctorsCastle Connolly

Publications & Presentations



  • Lupus Foundation of America Scientific Medical Advisory Board

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Dermatology - AADFellow
  • American College of Physicians - ACPFellow
  • American College of Rheumatology - ACRFellow
  • American Dermatological AssociationFellow
  • American Rheumatism AssociationFounding Fellow
  • New York Dermatological SocietySenior Member
  • Medical Dermatology SocietyMember
  • Rheumatologic Dermatology SocietyFounding Member

Hospital Affiliations

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