Born and raised in Suffolk County, Long Island, Dr. Amy Spizuoco’s dermatology career stems from curiosity: she wanted to know the underlying cause of rashes, and what about the body makes them manifest they way they do. Her mission to solve the puzzle of rashes would give her far more answers to the skin and its mysteries: today, she is a board certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, member of various esteemed dermatology associations, assistant clinical professor, and practitioner of five years at Bobby Buka MD.
Dr. Spizuoco received her Bachelor of Arts at SUNY Binghamton, from which she graduated with a double major in Italian and Biology. Biology was a foundation for her career in science, and Italian a skill that ultimately helped her to understand second-most common language in the US, Spanish, which many of her NYC patients speak.
Dr. Amy Spizuoco earned her medical degree at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, then completed a medical internship at Lutheran Medical Center. Afterwards, she went on to Alta Dermatology Residency Program in Mesa, Arizona where she spent a year researching Reflectance Confocal Microscopy (RCM), a non-invasive way to look into the skin and diagnose various skin conditions with technology.
In Arizona, Dr. Spizuoco became proficient in skin cancer surgeries under her director, a Mohs surgeon. Training alongside other bright dermatopathologists, she attended Grand Rounds at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale where she learned pediatric dermatology from a national leader at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She was named Chief Resident in her last year of residency.
Following her residency, Dr. Spizuoco completed a fellowship in dermatopathology at Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology. The institution was launched by an extraordinary pioneer in dermatology and dermatopathology, Bernie Ackerman, MD, then taken over by Geoff Gottlieb, MD upon her acceptance. After Dr. Gottlieb stepped away she was trained by Dirk Elston, MD. All of these trainers served as a mentor to Dr. Spizuoco, who was fortunate to stay on as an associate Dermatopathologist for the years under Dr. Elston.
As a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), Dr. Amy Spizuoco benefits from the added knowledge and perspective of viewing the body as a whole, and learning experience of the neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) system. She is able to diagnose and treat somatic dysfunctions (body issues related to the NMS system) with her hands thanks to a holistic understanding of the body, giving her a competitive edge as a physician. Her aptitude as a DO also lends her additional knowledge on preventative medicine, ie, skin cancer screenings, an important element of dermatological practice.
Dr. Spizuoco has worked for Bobby Buka MD for five years. After starting as a part-time dermatologist in 2012, she accrued additional responsibility as lab director/in house dermatopathologist and full-time dermatologist in 2015. Alongside these duties, she oversees various research projects that the practice is conducting.
Dr. Amy Spizuoco is also a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatopathology, the American Society of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and the Dermatologic Society of Greater New York.
Dr. Spizuoco has also been a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD) for the last three years, time she has also spent as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the dermatology Dept at Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Hospital. Her duties include writing exam questions for dermatopathologist trainees.
Dr. Spizuoco believes that everyone has a unique concern particular to their skin, all of which are valid and must be addressed. Her passion driven by feild’s constant evolution: dermatologists learn more about skin diseases and find new medicines to treat people everyday, making advancements she is honored to contribute to. She is enthusiastic about technology’s growth in her field, specifically lasers, which are used to help people’s skin conditions both medically and aesthetically. As a dermatologist and a dermatopathologist for Bobby Buka MD, she holds the patients, staff and the community she treats close to her heart.
Dr. Amy Spizuoco currently resides in Manhattan with her two two chihuahuas, Zanobi and Lexi, and has an identical twin sister, a dentist in Manhattan. She enjoys running, yoga and spin in her free time.