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About the Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology

The Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at UC San Diego is the largest pediatric dermatology unit in the United States, and is a highly respected center for training in pediatric dermatology, with rotating physicians and trainees from throughout the world.

The 2007-2008 academic years were tremendously successful for the Division, with expanding clinical activities and research broadening national and international impact on pediatric care. The nation’s first comprehensive Eczema Center was developed with dedicated resources for research, education and comprehensive clinical care.

The division also specializes in vascular lesions, hemangiomas, birthmarks, pigmented lesions, cutaneous infections, inflammatory skin conditions including psoriasis and acne, skin cancers, procedural dermatology and genetic diseases. Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego offers the most comprehensive Dermatology Program for children in the region. As the busiest center in the nation with internationally renowned physicians and one of the most sought after fellowship training programs in the nation, the Dermatology Program is truly a center of excellence.

Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield is Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at Children's Hospital, San Diego and at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University. He also serves as the Medical Director of Research at Children's Hospital. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Dermatology. He earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, was a pediatric resident and chief resident at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and completed dermatology training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Eichenfield was honored as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society during medical school, as a recipient of the Benjamin Ritter Award in 1988 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and as UCSD Pediatrics Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 1992. He has been named one of the "Best Doctors in America" since 1994. Dr. Eichenfield serves on the board and is the immediate past President of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, serves on the board of Dermatology Foundation and on the editorial boards of several journals and periodicals.

His clinical interests include atopic dermatitis, vascular lesions (port wine stains, hemangiomas), laser surgery, acne, neonatal dermatology, procedural pain control, nevi (moles), and skin signs of systemic disease.

Dr. Eichenfield has published more than 100 journal articles, chapters and abstracts and is an editor of "Textbook on Neonatal Dermatology" published by W.B. Saunders.

Victoria R. Barrio, MD

  • Invited speaker, American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting, Chicago, IL, July 2008

  • Invited speaker, Dialogues in Dermatology Lecture Series (Audio Presentation), August 2008

  • Invited speaker, American Academy of Dermatology 66th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 2008

  • Invited speaker, Advances in the Practice of Pediatrics, San Diego, CA, February 2008

  • Invited speaker, Rady Children’s Hospital CME, San Diego, CA, May 2008 

Magdalene A. Dohil, MD

  • Co-Director, The Eczema Center, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

  • Focus Session Director:  The Skin-Gut Connection, American Academy of Dermatology Summer Academy Meeting, New York, NY, August, 2007

  • Poster Presenter:  Primary Adrenal Insufficiency: A Potentially Fatal Disease Diagnosed by Invited Lecturer:  Mucosal Pigmentation, 21st World Congress of Dermatology.  Buenos Aires, Argentina.  October, 2007.

  • Invited Lecturer:  Acne: What’s Real, What’s Useful, Advances in Dermatological Care: What the Family Physician Needs to Know, Chicago, IL, October, 2007.

  • Invited Lecturer: Top Pediatric Dermatologic Cases.  (German) Meeting of Dermatologists in Practice, Staedtische Kliniken Dortmund, Germany, December, 2007

  • Invited Lecturer: Dermatology-The Skin Gut Connection, Advances in the Practice of Pediatrics,San Diego, CA, February, 2008

  • Invited Lecturer:  Act on Acne, 32nd Hawaii Dermatology Seminar, Big Island of Hawaii, March, 2008

  • Invited Lecturer: The Skin-Gut Connection, 32nd Hawaii Dermatology Seminar, Big Island of Hawaii, March, 2008 

  • Invited Lecturer: Warts and Molluscum: Wart’s the Matter? Pediatric Dermatology for the Practitioner CME Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2008

  • Invited Lecturer:  Infantile Hemangiomas and Vascular Anomalies, Pediatric Dermatology for the Practitioner, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2008

  • Invited Lecturer: Practical Pediatric Dermatology Procedures for Your Practice,  Pediatric Dermatology for the Practitioner, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2008

  • Invited Lecturer:  Update on Common Pediatric Dermatologic Problems.  Essential Topics in Pediatrics 2008: Exploring the Developmental Spectrum., UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego, CA, May, 2008

  • Invited Lecturer:  Skin Tumors in Children, Scripps Mercy Hospital Pediatric Grand Rounds, San Diego, CA, June, 2008 


Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD

  • Editor in Chief, Pediatric Dermatology 

  • Best Doctors in America, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

  • Member, Board of Directors, American Academy of Dermatology, 2005-2009

  • Coordinating Committee, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Food Allergy Clinical Guidelines, 2008

  • Expert Panel, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Food Allergy Clinical Guidelines, 2008-2009

  • Speaker, Dermatologic & Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee, Food and Drug Administration, 2008

  • Chair, Summer Academy Meeting, American Academy of Dermatology, 2008

  • Member, National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board, 2008

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Eczema Association for Science and Education, 2008

  • Invited speaker, Pacific Dermatologic Association 59th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, August 2007

  • Invited speaker, Inflammatory Skin Disorders, Chicago, IL, September 2007

  • Invited speaker, Women’s & Pediatrics Dermatology Seminar, San Francisco, CA, September 2007

  • Invited speaker and Symposium Co-Chair, 21st World Congress of Dermatology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 2007

  • CS Livingood Lecturer, Michigan Dermatological Society, Detroit, MI, October 2007

  • Invited speaker, Fall Clinical Derm Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 2007

  • Invited speaker, American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, October 2007

  • Invited speaker, Mount Sinai Department of Dermatology Tenth Annual Winter Symposium, New York, NY, December 2007 

  • Invited Lecturer, dermBridge, Med 280, University of California, San Diego, January/February 2008

  • Invited speaker, American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 2008

  • Invited speaker, Advances in the Practices of Pediatrics, San Diego, CA, February 2008

  • Invited speaker, Advances in Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology, Maui, HI, February 2008

  • Symposium Director and invited speaker, 32nd Annual Hawaii Dermatology Seminar, Maui, HI, February 2008

  • Invited Lecturer, University of California, Davis, Department of Dermatology Ground Rounds, Davis, CA, April 2008 

Wynnis L. Tom, MD

  • Best Research Presentation - Graduate Recognition Day, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 2007 

  • Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentorship Grant Award, 2008

  • Poster presentation, Gross & Microscopic Dermatology Symposium at the American Academy of Dermatology 65th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., February 2007

  • Invited speaker, National Eczema Association Annual Meeting/Update on Eczema, Atopic Conditions, and Inflammatory Skin Disorders, San Diego, CA July 2008

  • Invited speaker, American Academy of Pediatrics 11th Annual School Health Leadership Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 2008

  • Oral presentation, Society for Pediatric Dermatology 20th Annual Pre-AAD Meeting, Snowbird, UT, July 2008

Center Development

  • Eczema and Inflammatory Skin Disease Center, under the co-direction of Dr. Eichenfield and Dr. Magdalene Dohil:  The Eczema Center physical space has recently been opened. There will be clinical growth of the Eczema Center’s activities, with plans for collaborative clinical services with Allergy and potentially Gastroenterology. Inflammatory skin disease research will include a variety of studies on atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and other inflammatory skin diseases. A collaborative research network of pediatric dermatologists for systemic treatment of atopic dermatitis is being developed, with the UCSD Division as the leader of this group. This will be a multi-year service plan. Dr. Wynnis Tom is pursing NIH grant funding for work on psoriasis, with Dr. Jane Burns as a mentor.

  • Birthmark and Vascular Lesion Center is being developed as a RCHSD “Service Line.”  This Center will be developed during 2010-2011. Expanded clinical services will include collaborative clinics with plastic surgery and expanded laser services. There will be extended research on new laser modalities for a variety of pediatric vascular lesions and other birthmarks. A future pediatric dermatology fellow has been identified as a potential future recruit for laser-associated research. Dr. Sheila Fallon Friedlander will co-direct the Center with Dr. Eichenfield.

Faculty Development

  • Recruitment of two to three faculty members is planned for the next five-year period. This will include one-two junior faculty positions. A national search will be underway for pediatric dermatologists with interests in cutaneous surgery. Future faculty members with expertise in laser surgery are also planned for three years for now. The development of a collaborative research network for study of comparative efficacy of medications for pediatric and adolescent dermatology conditions is planned, with hopes for extramural support.


Victoria R. 



​Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics


​Magdalene A.



​Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics





​Division Chief, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics




​M.D., Ph.D.

​Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics


​​Wynnis L.



​​Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics


  • David Schairer, MD

  • Jessica Sprague, MD

  • Catherine Warner, MD