Andrew Franks Jr., MD

Andrew Franks Jr., MD, FACP

Rheumatology New York, NY

Director, NYU Skin Autoimmune Connective Tissue Center

Office Address

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  • NYU Faculty Practice, 240 East 38th Street
    Suite 11-63
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: (212) 263-5015
    Fax: (212) 263-7680


  • 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.

Dr. Franks's Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Rheumatology: Myositis, Scleroderma & Related, Vasculitis, Lupus & Related
  • Clinical Interests: Dermatology; Skin Diseases

Dr. Franks's Faculty Appointments & Work History

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

Dr. Franks's Education & Medical Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians & SurgeonsColumbia University College of Physicians & SurgeonsFellowship, Rheumatology
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia CampusNew York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia CampusResidency, Internal Medicine
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia CampusNew York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia CampusResidency, Dermatology
  • New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital CenterNew York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital CenterResidency, Internal Medicine
  • New York Med CollNew York Medical CollegeMedical School

Dr. Franks's Certifications & Licensure

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

Dr. Franks's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Alpha Omega AlphaNYU Best TeacherAlpha Omega Alpha
  • Castle ConnollyAmericas Top DoctorsCastle Connolly
  • Castle ConnollyNew York Top DoctorsCastle Connolly

Dr. Franks's Publications & Presentations

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  • Lupus Foundation of AmericaScientific Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Franks's Professional Memberships

  • FellowAmerican Academy of Dermatology - AADFellow
  • FellowAmerican College of Physicians - ACPFellow
  • FellowAmerican College of Rheumatology - ACRFellow
  • FellowAmerican Dermatological AssociationFellow
  • Founding FellowAmerican Rheumatism AssociationFounding Fellow
  • Senior MemberNew York Dermatological SocietySenior Member
  • MemberMedical Dermatology SocietyMember
  • Founding MemberRheumatologic Dermatology SocietyFounding Member

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