Skin conditions can affect a child’s self-esteem, as well as their health and comfort. At NewYork-Presbyterian, our pediatric dermatology specialists provide high-quality and compassionate care for infants, children, and adolescents with all types of skin disorders, including expert diagnosis and treatment of complex and rare skin conditions. We understand that children require special attention and understanding, and we work to develop a comprehensive plan of care specific to your child’s needs. We are distinguished by a multidisciplinary team approach and innovative treatments to improve your child’s health and quality of life.
About Our Program
Across NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterain Komansky Children’s Hospital, our pediatric dermatology programs provide a full range of services for infants, children, and adolescents with skin disorders ranging from common conditions, such as acne, atopic dermatitis, hemangiomas, psoriasis, herpes simplex, port wine stains, warts, and skin infections, to complex and rare skin disorders such as vascular anomalies, hidradenitis, and genetic skin diseases.
Our skilled, board-certified pediatric dermatologists understand how your child’s skin condition affects their overall health and well-being. Using the latest medical research, we design effective, individualized treatment plans to meet each patient’s specific developmental, psychological, and physical needs. By focusing on educating patients and families about skin diseases and health, our pediatric dermatologists help to improve health and prevent permanent discomfort and disfigurement.
Conditions we Treat
Our pediatric dermatologists treat all types of skin conditions in newborns, children, and adolescents. These include, but are not limited to:
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
- Newborn skin diseases and infections
- Birthmarks (vascular and nonvascular)
- Skin infections:
- Bacterial infections
- Cold sores
- Fungal infections
- Epidermolysis bullosa (a rare group of inherited skin diseases that results in lifelong fragile skin and blistering)
- Genetic skin disorders
- Dermatological effects of pediatric gastrointestinal disorders or rheumatological disorders
- Hair loss in children and adolescents
- Inflammatory skin diseases
- Moles (melanocytic nevi)
- Nail disorders in children and adolescents
- Skin-related malignancies
- Oncodermatology – managing the impact of cancer and it’s treatment on the skin
- Systemic illnesses affecting the skin
- Tuberous sclerosis
- Vascular anomalies (port wine stains, strawberry birthmarks, hemangiomas and other vascular birthmarks )
Our Approach to Care
Holistic and comprehensive care
We recognize that every child with a skin condition is unique. We take a holistic approach to care that considers the entire patient, including their physical, emotional, and social factors. We strive to partner with patients and families in shared decision-making, empowering them with knowledge, support, and the most effective treatment options to achieve the best possible outcome for every child.
Multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary team approach
Since your child’s skin condition may be complicated and associated with other conditions, our pediatric dermatologists collaborate with other pediatric specialists throughout NewYork-Presbyterian. Together, we do whatever we can to prevent your child's skin disorder from permanently affecting their quality of life.
Through our interdisciplinary collaborations for rare, challenging conditions like epidermolysis bullosa, neurocutaneous disorders, and vascular anomalies, we bring together specialists from many other divisions and departments to create the best treatment plan for your child.
Parents as team members
As a parent or caregiver, you can help provide important information about your child. You can also help other team members shape your child's personalized treatment program based on your child's physical, emotional, and practical needs. Your input is critical for decision-making regarding your child's care and our multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary team is here to work alongside you and your family to achieve the greatest possible outcomes for your child.
Treatments we offer
At NewYork-Presbyterian, children of all ages receive the most advanced treatments based on the latest medical research, along with compassionate care that recognizes their particular emotional and physical needs. Treatment plans are tailored to the patient’s age and specific medical, psychological, and developmental needs. Your child’s treatment may include:
- Topical, oral, or injectable medications
- Laser therapy
Special Programs for Complex Conditions and Special Populations
At NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, pediatric dermatologists care for patients with complex conditions :
Vascular Anomalies Program provides expert, compassionate care for infants, children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of vascular anomalies—problems that occur in the blood and lymphatic vessels and cause birthmarks or growths. For over 20 years our interdisciplinary team has treated children with vascular anomalies ranging from strawberry birthmarks (hemangiomas) to the rarest and most complex vascular anomalies affecting multiple organ systems. We are known for our high standard of care, compassionate approach, and deep expertise in diagnosing and managing these often challenging conditions.
The Interdisciplinary EB Clinic: Infants and children with Epidermolysis bullosa
(EB), a rare group of inherited skin diseases that results in lifelong fragile skin and blistering, receive comprehensive care from a team of dermatologists, nutritionists, occupational and physical therapists, and social workers who collaborate to address concerns and provide optimal care for patients and their families affected by this group of disorders.
Pediatric Cutaneous Oncology Collaborative: Our pediatric dermatologists, along with physicians from cutaneous oncology and pediatric oncology, collaborate in the care of children with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (a blood cancer affecting the skin) and other skin-related malignancies.
Tuberous Sclerosis Center of Excellence: Our pediatric dermatologists participate in this interdisciplinary team of pediatric clinicians and researchers who care for children with this condition affecting the skin and nerves.
At NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital, pediatric dermatologists care for patients with complex conditions and special populations:
Pediatric-Dermatology-Rheumatology Program: We specialize in treating children with autoimmune conditions such as lupus and dermatomyositis, in close collaboration with our rheumatology colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Contact Dermatitis Service: Our pediatric dermatologists, in conjunction with our specialists in patch testing, provide comprehensive evaluation, testing and management of contact dermatitis/skin allergies in pediatric patients.
Dermatology Center for Diverse Skin Complexions: This program is focused caring for skin problems in people of color of all ages. This unit focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions unique or more common in people of color and disorders that have a greater impact on people of color.
Why Choose Us
Nationally ranked children’s hospitals
Both NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital are among the nation's leading centers for the diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases. They are both major referral centers for complex and rare disorders in infants, children, and adolescents.
Access to world-class pediatric specialists
In addition to expert dermatologists, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has some of the nation’s and world’s leading pediatric specialists. Your child's healthcare team has access to all of the various pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists who practice at NewYork-Presbyterian, ensuring that all of your child's medical needs can be addressed.
Advancing the field through research
At NewYork-Presbyterian, our internationally recognized dermatologists are authorities in their field. Our ongoing clinical research program helps advance patient care, affording the opportunity to provide the latest and most effective treatments. Some of our dermatologists design and participate in clinical and translational research projects to advance the care of children with skin disorders. Many of our specialists are members of research collaborations, including the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA), International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA), the Hemangioma Investigator Group (HIG), and the Epidermolysis Bullosa Clinical Research Consortium.