Rebecca J. Caserio, M.D., 71, passed away Monday July 12, 2021, from pancytopenia, a delayed complication from chemotherapy treatment of osteosarcoma. She was the daughter of the late Dr. James and Jolanda (Denale) Caserio, of Jeannette, and was married to the late Chris M. Allen, M.D. She is survived by her brother, James J. Caserio, M.D. (Marcia), of Flat Rock, N.C.; and nieces, Christina Caserio (Brian Corn), of Orlando, Fla., Maria Caserio (Nick Estruda), of Los Angeles, Calif., and Anthony James Caserio of Asheville, N.C. Rebecca was a 1967 graduate of Hempfield High School, where she was a commencement speaker and a member of the National Forensics League. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. As a very active member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, she served as director of education for two years and vice president in her senior year. Rebecca graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 1975 and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh from 1975-78, where she was chief resident. From 1980-83, she completed a residency in dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was also chief dermatology resident. Dr. Caserio was an investigator in the original trial of Minoxidil (Rogaine) for alopecia areata totalis. She was known for her expertise in hair disorders and co-published a textbook, Office Techniques for Diagnosing Skin & Hair Diseases. Dr. Caserio was a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Pittsburgh Academy of Dermatology, where she served as secretary for 10 years, the Dermatologic Surgery Society, Society of Laser Surgery and the American Society of Cosmetic Surgeons. She practiced medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology in private practice for over 30 years in the Fox Chapel area of Pittsburgh. Dr. Caserio was honored as Pittsburgh Magazine's Top Pittsburgh Dermatologist (12 years), Top Women Dermatologists, Who's Who In the East, Who's Who in America, and was awarded clinical teacher of the year at the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. Dr. Caserio was the first physician in Pittsburgh to perform cosmetic sclerotherapy and IPL laser hair removal. The cosmetic component of her practice grew extensively over the years, but she was best known for her extensive and detailed total skin exams. A great big thank you goes out to all of her patients for their support and dedication. The practice of dermatology was truly the love of her life. She and her husband were members at Oakmont Country Club for 20 years. They traveled extensively to golf courses across America, the Caribbean and along the Danube River. Her favorite courses were Big Horn in Palm Desert, Cali., and Pebble Beach Golf Links where she birdied No. 7 from the sand. She and Chris always owned and loved Boston Terriers. The last two, Poppy and Lily gave her great companionship in her final years. Dr. Caserio's major hobby was collecting antique glassware. Her exclusive collections included Satin, Cameo, Mary Gregory, Tiffany, Peachblow and Cranberry. Her other interests included home decorating, jewelry making, the piano and gardening. Her most favorite activity was traveling through Italy with Chris, and cruising the Mediterranean with her office staff and nieces. Special thanks go out to Claudia Hoak, her home aid for nine years, and Susan Secen, all around helper for 30 years. She deeply appreciated her dedicated friends, Tina Caserio, Dr. Maria Pucevich, Dr. Gail Fisher, Dr. Kathleen Minerly and Gerri Momberger for their regular telephone support and lunches.Thank you also to Hillman Cancer Center nurses and aides for excellent care and support. A private Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Paul Cathedral. Arrangements by JOHN A FREYVOGEL SONS INC. Visit www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com
. Wear sunscreen daily to remember her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Pittsburgh, PA 15110, or Humane Animal Rescue 6926 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15208.
Published by The Valley News Dispatch from Jul. 24 to Jul. 25, 2021.