Dr. Gaspari successfully diagnosed Dede Koswara, known as the Treeman for the root-like growths on his hands and feet.
Dede?s case has been the most unusual and severe case that I have seen in my entire career.
There are three main reasons for his severe condition:
The kinds of warts that Dede had (great size and number) are extremely rare; only a handful of cases like it worldwide.
Wart viruses (HPV) are contagious, but not as contagious as bacterial infections. Wart viruses are spread from person to person if there is a break in the skin, and exposure to infectious virus particles. Wart viruses cannot penetrate through intact, healthy skin.
It is unlikely that Dede will ever be completely cured of his wart virus infection. Our goals are to better control the infection, improve his appearance, and his ability to move his hands, and thus improve the quality of his life.
We have not yet made plans to bring Dede to the United States, but this is under consideration.
Our Department of Dermatology has established a foundation. For those who are interested in donating to the ?Fund For Dede?, please contact
Ms. Betsy Satosky
405 W. Redwood St., 6th floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Donations are tax deductible, and will be forwarded to Dede.
I treat almost all medical dermatology cases. I do not perform major skin surgery, nor do I perform cosmetic procedures. However, there are doctors in our practice that are experts in these areas. We can refer you to these doctors in our practice.
Please contact the Appointment Desk or the Practice Manager at 410-328-3167 to schedule an appointment.
Call the Practice Manager at the above number, and send medical records and a referring letter to 419 W. Redwood St., Suite 160, Baltimore, MD 21201