About the Dermatology Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado has been treating kids and young adults with a wide range of skin conditions for over 35 years. We offer the most advanced treatments for skin conditions – from common skin conditions, such as eczema, acne and warts, to rare genetic skin disorders – with each child’s individual needs in mind.
The Dermatology Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado is the only comprehensive pediatric dermatology evaluation and management program in the Rocky Mountain region. All of our pediatric dermatologists have completed rigorous training in pediatric dermatology and are board-certified in pediatrics, dermatology and/or pediatric dermatology.
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for treatment of dermatology conditions?
We are kids at heart who see beyond the skin and find the special child in each of our patients. Whether your child is an infant, toddler or adolescent, the experienced staff at Children’s Colorado are specially trained and certified to take care of his or her skin needs. Our state-of-the-art clinical services allow us to provide the best possible experience for children and their families, and our innovative approaches make treatments as non-invasive as possible.
We have years of experience evaluating and treating a wide range of pediatric skin conditions. William Weston, MD, the first pediatric dermatologist at Children's Colorado, is considered one of the founding fathers in the field of pediatric dermatology and helped establish the Society for Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Weston also co-authored one of the premier textbooks in pediatric dermatology, along with Joseph Morelli, MD, Chief of Pediatric Dermatology at Children's Colorado. Years of experience combined with specialized training make dermatologists at Children's Colorado experts in understanding the sensitive needs of children with skin conditions.
Skin conditions we treat
- Acute and chronic skin eruptions
- Bacterial and viral skin infections
- Genetic skin conditions, including albinism, ectodermal dysplasia, epidermolysis bullosa and ichthyosis
- Hair loss, including alopecia areata, congenital hair loss and hair shaft disorders
- Nevi (moles)
- Tinea capitis and tinea corporis (ringworm)
- Vascular birthmarks and malformations
- Vitiligo and other pigmentary disorders
- Warts and other skin growths
Examinations, biopsies and blood testing
Your child will see a pediatric dermatologist who will begin with a thorough skin examination. This will require your child to remove some or all of his or her clothing.
In some cases, the dermatologist might recommend a skin biopsy, skin scrape or blood tests, which can be performed in the clinic that same day. Following the examination and possible skin or blood testing, the dermatologist will make recommendations for treatment.
If a surgical procedure is necessary, the pediatric dermatologist will determine whether the procedure will take place the same day or if it needs to be rescheduled. Then the dermatologist works with your child and family to discuss whether a local anesthetic or general anesthetic is the best option. Children who undergo surgeries have the option of watching or listening to videos or music to help make them feel as comfortable as possible.
Other dermatology services
In addition to examinations and surgeries, we provide the following services:
- Pulsed dye laser therapy
- Botox for excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis)
- Evaluation for referrals to specialty clinics and programs:
- Phototherapy Clinic
Children's Hospital Colorado works with the Dermatology Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital to coordinate pediatric phototherapy. The Dermatology Clinic at University Hospital offers the most comprehensive phototherapy options in the state, with services that include PUVA, Narrow Band UVB and UVA (UVAI) phototherapies.
- Regional Epidermolysis Bullosa Clinic
Children’s Colorado runs a monthly multidisciplinary clinic for patients with epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic disorder that causes blistering and wounds of the skin. In addition to skin care, patients in this clinic see providers from other specialties.
- Vascular Birthmarks/Malformations Clinic
We participate in a monthly multidisciplinary clinic that addresses the complex needs of children with vascular birthmarks, such as hemangiomas and malformations.
Genetic Skin Disease Clinic
Patients with known or suspected genetic skin conditions are seen in this monthly clinic for evaluation and long-term follow up. The clinic is staffed by Anna Bruckner, MD, from the Dermatology Clinic and Gary Bellus, MD, from the Genetics and Inherited Metabolic Diseases Program.
Resources for families
In addition to our specialists, Children's Colorado also provides the following resources for your family:
The Children’s Hospital Family Health Library
Children's Colorado's main campus location offers a Family Health Library to provide information in broad areas such a parenting, child development, and medical diagnosis in children. Please feel free to stop by and use this great resource as you would like.