Dr. Montañez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She completed medical and graduate school training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She remained in Cleveland for her dermatology residency training at MetroHealth Medical Center and, after graduation, stayed at MetroHealth Medical Center as faculty in the Department of Dermatology. She joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 2018. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Allergic contact dermatitis
American Contact Dermatitis Society
American Medical Association
American Academy of Dermatology
Cleveland Dermatological Society
Honors and Awards
Travel Award, MSTP Annual Student Conference 2009
Diversity Award, MSTP Annual Student Conference 2009
Honorable Mention, Research ShowCASE 2008
AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science Member, 2007
BREAST/Amigas Program skin cancer screening. September 2017
Community skin cancer screening. June 2017
BREAST/Amigas Program skin cancer screening. March 2016
Medworks Program, skin cancer screening, October 2015
BREAST/Amigas Program skin cancer screening. September 2015
Doctor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, 2011
MetroHealth Medical Center,Department of Dermatology, Cleveland, OH, 2015
University Hospitals of Cleveland, Department of Internal Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 2012
JiaDe Yu, Amber Atwater, Bruce Brod, Sarah Chisolm, Salma de la Feld, Anthony A. Gaspari, Marjorie Montanez-Wiscovich, Michael Sheehan, Nanette Silverberg, Aida Lugo-Somolinos, Binod K. Thakur, Kalman Watsky, Sharon Jacobs. 2018. Pediatric Baseline Patch Test Series: Initial Findings of a Working Group. Dermatitis. 2018 Jul/Aug; 29 (4): 206-212.
Ogbonna, Norma and ME Montanez-Wiscovich. 2018. Geometric Rash on the Leg. Am Fam Physician. 2018 Apr 15;97(8):531-532
Schrom, Kory, H Field, T, Chang, and ME Montanez-Wiscovich. 2017. Hydralazine-induced P-ANCA vasculitis. Cutis. (Accepted for publication)
Shivers, Luke and Marjorie E. Montanez-Wiscovich. 2016. Verrucous psoriasis treated with methotrexate and acitretin combination therapy. Cutis (Accepted for publication)
Montañez-Wiscovich, Marjorie E., Melissa D. Shelton, Darcie D. Seachrist, Kristen L. Lozada, Emhonta J. Johnson, John D. Miedler, Fadi W. Abdul-Karim, Jane E. Visvader and Ruth A. Keri. 2011. Aberrant expression of LMO4 induces centrosome amplification and mitotic spindle abnormalities in breast cancer cells. J of Pathology. 2011 Nov; 222 (3): 271-81
Department of Dermatology University of Florida
College of Medicine
PO Box 100279
Gainesville, FL 32610-0279
Clinic Phone (352) 594-1500
Office Phone (352) 494-1942
Dermatitis, what is it and what can cause it?
Dermatitis or, as it is commonly known “eczema”, is an inflammatory skin rash. It is a general term that includes several conditions affecting the outer layer of the skin. One of the most common types of dermatitis is atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis usually begins in childhood and is thought to be the result of genetic and environmental factors. Patients with atopic dermatitis have difficulty in maintaining an intact skin barrier, resulting in increased sensitivity and irritation from various factors, such as soap, weather, temperature, sweat, etc. Treatment is focused on maintaining a good skin barrier with moisturizers. If there is active inflammation not sufficiently controlled with moisturizers alone, your physician may start anti-inflammatory creams like cortisone creams or ointments.
Irritant contact dermatitis is another type of dermatitis. This variant is provoked by frequent handling of harsh chemicals, water, detergents or friction. Treatment is avoidance of wet-to-dry cycles (reduce the number of times skin gets wet and then dry) and maintaining a strong skin barrier with moisturizers.
In the case of allergic contact dermatitis, it is an allergic reaction to a substance touching the skin, resulting in an itchy rash. Patients that have allergic contact dermatitis have been previously sensitized to the individual substance or allergen. This means that the patient has used the substance or product before and has, over time, developed an allergic reaction to it. Once sensitized, the rash can appear 1-7 days after the patient comes in contact with the offending substance and the reaction can last up to 6 weeks after a single exposure. Substances or allergens that can cause allergic contact dermatitis are many. Examples include metals (like nickel in jewelry or watches), preservatives in personal care products (hair products, moisturizers, creams), hair dyes, and fragrance or scents.
The diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis involves patch testing. For this test, three physician visits are required. On the first visit, different substances are placed on the skin (usually the upper back) and left in place for 48 hrs. During the second and third visits, your physician will “read” the test and check for development of a rash at the test site. The “reads” are typically done between 48hrs and 7 days from the first time the patches are placed. If there are any positive reactions, your physician will give you information on each allergen and discuss how best to avoid it. Avoidance of the allergens can cure allergic contact dermatitis!
If you have symptoms of dermatitis, please schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss potential causes and treatment options.