Dr. Rapini received his M.D. degree from The Ohio State University in 1978. He then completed a transitional internship at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, WI, in 1979; a residency in Dermatology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 1982; and a fellowship in Dermatopathology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1983.
Dr. Rapini then came to Houston when he was named Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at UTMS in 1983. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and held that position until 1993, when he went to Texas Tech University as Chair and Professor in the Department of Dermatology. In 2002, Dr. Rapini returned to Houston when he was named to his current positions as Chair and Professor in the Department of Dermatology at MD Anderson and Chair and Josey Professor in the Department of Dermatology at UTMS.
Dr. Rapini has been the Clinical Medical Director for the UTMS Dermatology Clinic since 2002 and has directed office-based laboratory testing for UTMS since 2005. He also served as the Director of the Mohs Clinic at MD Anderson in 2009 and Associate Medical Director of the MD Anderson Melanoma and Skin Center from 2003 to 2008.
Dr. Rapini currently serves on the editorial board for Skin & Allergy News. He also was an editor for Texas Dermatologist and served on the board for The American Journal of Dermatopathology. Furthermore, he has been a reviewer for numerous publications. Since 1981, Dr. Rapini has authored more than 120 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 23 invited articles, and 33 book chapters and edited or authored 7 books.