Fran E. Cook-Bolden, MD (Director)
Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology, & staff

For appointments call: 212.223.6599

Office hours: Monday through Saturday
Early mornings, days, evenings and weekends.

We look forward to caring for you!

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the office of Skin Specialty Dermatology, where our focus is on YOU! At our offices, you will receive the best and most current and up-to-date dermatologic and cosmetic expertise under the direction of Fran E. Cook-Bolden, M.D., Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. At Skin Specialty Dermatology, Dr. Cook-Bolden specializes in the practice of dermatology and dermatologic surgery, cosmetic and laser surgery. Additionally, the Acne Treatment Center, the Pigmentation Treatment Center, the Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment Center and the Ethnic Skin Specialty Group offer specialized and immediate care focused in those areas. The Research Division of Skin Specialty Dermatology works closely with the health and beauty industry in the development of medications, devices and skin and hair care products which are focused on! the current needs and concerns of the patient. We also work very closely with a large network of talented physicians, health care providers and resources in various fields and disciplines in the medical and beauty industry locally, throughout the US and internationally.

Our providers practice the team approach. Although you will have your primary doctor, you can rest assured and feel comfortable that in a follow-up or emergency situation if your primary doctor is not available, you will be in the hands of a provider who is equally as knowledgeable and will know who you are! We have thoroughly enjoyed being an integral part of your health care, with a focus on the skin, hair, and nails, and look forward to continuing this care.

In our continuing efforts to better accommodate our patients, we have again chosen a new, more spacious location! Our entire team expresses our sincerest appreciation for your patience during our office relocation. The new location is only a few blocks away on East 58th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues and even more accessible by all forms of transportation. We are pleased to welcome our new patients and look forward to a rewarding partnership of care.

Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden and Associates are committed to excellence by providing the highest quality of dermatologic care. We encourage active participation in your care and welcome any questions and comments. Your questions can be answered by the doctors or other knowledgeable staff.

What Is A Dermatologist?

The American Board of Dermatology defines a dermatologist as a physician who is trained to evaluate and manage pediatric and adult patients with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, hair, nails, and adjacent mucous membranes.

A dermatologist has had additional training and experience in treating the following skin concerns:

For additional information on any of the above conditions as well as others, please go thePatient Educationsection on this website.

Practice News and Updates

UPDATED edition in paperback now available!

Dr. Cook-Bolden's Book in Bookstores

With you in mind...
Available now in all major bookstores, find BEAUTIFUL SKIN OF COLOR: A Comprehensive guide to Asian, Olive and Dark Skin, co-authored by Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden. Reviewed by the National Library of Congress:

Book cover - Beautiful Skin Of Color Book cover - Beautiful Skin Of Color

Fran Cook-Bolden, M.D., & Jeanine Downie, M.D., with Barbara Nevins Taylor, Beautiful Skin of Color: A Comprehensive Guide to Asian, Olive, and Dark Skin

Even though people of color spend an estimated $5.1 billion a year on beauty products and services, few books cover how to care for darker skin and hair. Both practicing dermatologists who specialize in skin care for people of color, Downie and Cook-Bolden seek to fill this gap in literature. Here, with the help of Emmy Award-winning reporter Taylor, they address the cosmetic concerns of men and women of African, Latino, Asian, Native American, Mediterranean, and Indian descent, expounding on the special composition and needs of darker skin.

Using an A-to-Z format, the authors cover a wide range of skin conditions and treatments, ranging from acne and vitiligo to chemical peels and liposuction. Provided throughout are tips, hints, and product suggestions. The only thing missing is an appendix of suggested products and the conditions they benefit. Nonetheless, this is a valuable resource that provides much-needed information for people of color and is highly recommended for all consumer health collections and public libraries.

Also available in The Dermatology and Laser offices of Fran E. Cook-Bolden, M.D., and Associates, and all major bookstores. Books can be ordered now

Clinical Research Study

Is your face persistently flushed and/or red?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational topical cream being used to help with facial redness due to rosacea.

Click here for more information

Skin Specialty Dermatology is looking for subjects who have eczema since childhood to participate in a clinical research study evaluating an experimental product in a capsule.

6 visits over approximately 14 weeks
18 years or older
Compensation: up to $360

Click here for more information


Skin Specialty Dermatology's Dr. Cook-Bolden featured in Aug 2010 Allure Magazine
Skin Specialty Dermatology featured in Allure magazine.

Be sure to get your copy of Self-June 2009 to get the most up-to-date information on the latest advances for securing beautiful skin of color at any age featuring Skin Specialty Dermatology!

Skin Specialty Dermatology featured in Self magazine.

Be sure to get your copy of People Style Watch-May 2009 to get the most up-to-date information on the latest advances for securing beautiful skin of color at any age featuring Skin Specialty Dermatology!

Skin Specialty Dermatology featured in People magazine.

Dr. Cook Bolden has also been featured in Ladies Home Journal, SELF, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, O Magazine, Dermatology Times and many more!

Check out our In the Media page for additional magazine articles featuring Dr. Cook-Bolden.

Skin Specialty Dermatology hits international news again!
Dr. Cook-Bolden provides tips in the May issue of Vis.A.Vis Magazine for an age-defying beauty regimen that will help you
Look Great At Any Age

Dr. Cook Bolden has also been in informative news segments in local newspapers and news across the US including The New York Post, Newsday, The Charlotte Observer, The Kansas City Star, New York Times, The Courier, special feature on CBS TV and more.

Check out our In the Media page for additional News and Headlines featuring Dr. Cook-Bolden

Are you hiding out because of ACNE?
If you are 12 years of age or older and have acne, you may be able to participate in a clinical research study testing an investigational gel medication.

Do you have thickened yellow and disfigured toenails (onychomycosis/toenail fungus)?
Enrolling subjects 16 yrs or older, male or female in a research study

Dr. Cook-Bolden & Skin Specialty Dermatology Discuss Skincare in the FASHION & STYLE section of the New York Times for January 4, 2007:
Skin Deep: The Cosmetics Restriction Diet - By Natasha Singer
"Forget $200 beauty creams and medicine cabinets full of products. The best regimen for your face involves three simple steps and nothing more expensive than $30."

Are you SUFFERING with ACNE??
Are you tired of suffering with acne? Is it getting worse or not responding to treatments? We are currently enrolling for acne research studies. Free medication and compensation provided. Please call 212.223.6599. Limited space available!

New Opportunity for Fraxel Laser Treatments: see information in our Research Division

Skin Specialty Dermatology featured in the New York Times, Thursday, November 3, 2005. An outstanding article on "Treating Skin of Color With Know-How" in which Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden is one of the doctors featured!

Are you finding it difficult to juggle your daytime schedule to accommodate your skin, hair and nail health concerns?
We do offer limited after work and evening hours for patients who are unable to make daytime hours. Weekend appointments also available... We're here for you!

Opportunity for Laser Treatments
Would you like to improve the appearance of scars, keloids, stretch marks, prominent pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, unwanted pigmentation, or even acne? Now is the time! Call for a consultation today and ask for the COSMETIC CENTER 212.223.6599.

Clinical Research Studies
Call us about ongoing and future enrollment for clinical research studies of safe and effective treatments for dark spots, acne, razor bumps, hair loss, dry scalp and many other skin problems. All treatments and visits at no cost. To learn more, visit our Research Division.
For more information, contact us at 212.223.6599 or email now.
Enrollment in research studies is limited!

Dr. Cook-Bolden's Book
Now updated in paperback, in all major bookstores (also available in our office), find BEAUTIFUL SKIN OF COLOR: A Comprehensive guide to Asian, Olive and Dark Skin, co-authored by Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden.
A great GIFT idea!