Andrew G. Franks, MD

  • Specialty: Dermatology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-475-2312

About Me

Conditions and Treatments

raynaud's disease, morphea, cutaneous lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, connective tissue disease, chilblains, sarcoidosis


  • Clinical Professor, Department of Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology
  • Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Rheumatology), 1978
  • American Board of Dermatology - Dermatology, 1977
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine, 1975
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Rheumatology, 1977
  • Fellowship, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Dermatology, 1976
  • Residency, Beth Israel Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1974
  • Residency, New York Medical College, Internal Medicine, 1973
  • MD from New York Medical College, 1971

Locations and Appointments

The Autoimmune Skin Institute

Gramercy Park Dermatology, 60 Gramercy Park North
New York, NY 10010


Phone: 212-475-2312

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My Research

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 cutaneous lupus erythematosus has recently led to his introduction of a human monoclonal antibody directed against interleukin 12 and interleukin 23 for the treatment of resistant lupus including subacute cutaneous lupus (SCLE), published in the "Cutting Edge" section of The Archives of Dermatology (2011). This was followed by the introduction and publication in The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (2012) of the first successful trial of the novel oral small molecule apremilast to be utilized in the treatment of cutaneous lupus erythematosus. He also participated in the early outcome assessment of belimumab a human monoclonal antibody that inhibits BAFF(BlyS), a breakthrough treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus (Arthritis & Rheumatism (2012). In the late seventies, working with Dr. Richard Edelson at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, he became knowledgable in the use of photopheresis for T-Cell lymphoma. He then collaborated on the use of extracorporeal photopheresis in the treatment of fibrosis in Scleroderma. This research led to one of the first papers on its positive benefit and was published in 1993 in The International Journal of Dermatology. He has recently re-entered fibrosis research and has collaborated with Drs. Bruce Cronstein and Edwin Chan in the NYU Translational Research Department on the effects of the pro-fibrotic cytokines IL-33 and IL-13 and how they modulate dermal fibrosis via the A2A adenosine receptor. This work has been published (2012, 2013) in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and Arthritis and Rheumatism. As a co-Principal Investigator with the Research Division of the NYU Department of Radiology, he is also currently involved in an innovative, breakthrough study to determine therapeutic outcomes in patients with Amyopathic Dermatomyositis utilizing NYU Research Radiology's revolutionary diffusion MRI.


  • How MicroRNAs Modify Protein Production

    Feig, Jessica L; Giles, Keith M; Osman, Iman; Franks, Andrew G Jr
    Journal of investigative dermatology. 2015 May. 135 (5): ?-? e32

  • Dialogue: Cutaneous lupus erythematosus: a lone Wolf?

    Franks, Andrew G Jr; Guilabert, Antonio
    Lupus science & medicine. 2015. 2 (1): ?-? e000090

  • Adult-onset linear morphea is associated with significant morbidity and methotrexate may reduce risk of disease reactivation [Meeting Abstract]

    Mazori, D R; Wright, N A; Patel, M; Ramachandran, S; Franks, A G; Vleugels, R; Femia, A N
    Journal of investigative dermatology. 2015 May 2015. 135: S48-S48

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