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UC Davis Children’s Hospital

UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Pediatric Dermatology

UC Davis Children’s Hospital provides diagnosis, treatment and management of skin conditions and disorders in children of all ages. Tapping into the latest research and the most up-to-date treatments available, our dermatologists work in collaboration with primary care and specialty care providers.

Pediatric dermatologists specialize in treating infants, children, and teens suffering from diseases and viruses that affect the skin, hair and nails. Those can include common childhood problems, such as diaper rash, warts, acne, birthmarks, inflammations, and allergic reactions. Or they can include the more complex diseases of newborns, congenital skin disorders, hemangiomas (swelling of cells lining the blood vessels), genetic disorders such as eczema, or infections like impetigo.

Because they have been trained in two specialties—the care of children and the care of skin—pediatric dermatologists can match medical treatments to an infant or growing child’s special physical, developmental and psychological needs.  

The UC Davis Department of Dermatology is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our patients. A major referral center for Northern California and Nevada, we take a comprehensive and thorough approach to patient care. Our program conducts cutting-edge basic and translational dermatology research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the pharmaceutical industry and other funding agencies.

The department is headed by Professor and Acting Chair William Murphy, who studies cancer immunology and immunotherapy for melanoma, a malignant tumor of melanocytes, which produce the pigment melanin, which in turn is responsible for the color of skin.

The team includes:

  • Maxwell Fung, a professor of clinical dermatology and pathology who wears two patient-care hats: one as a dermatologist who sees pediatric and adult patients in the clinic, and the other as a pathologist who interprets skin biopsy specimens
  • Professor Thomas Konia, a dermatologist and pathologist whose clinical responsibilities include sub-specialty coverage of not only pediatric but also pulmonary, gynecology, bone, and soft tissue services
  • Assistant Clinical Professor Philina Lamb, a general dermatologist with an interest in pediatrics and cosmetics whose post-residency fellowship training focused on immunodermatology research

The highly regarded UC Davis School of Medicine has trained countless physicians who have gone on to specialize in pediatric dermatology and who are contributing to the field around the country and beyond.

Bryna Kane, for instance, has been recognized with the Humanitarian Award, which the School of Medicine grants to an alumnus or alumna for outstanding community contributions through distinguished public service. Kane has helped gang members and young people at risk turn their lives around, having co-founded the “Erase the Past” tattoo removal program in Long Beach in 1997. She has practiced pediatric and adult dermatology for more than 25 years and holds a clinical teaching appointment at UCLA, where she completed her residency in pediatrics after earning her medical degree from UC Davis.

 Until the early 1970s, pediatricians or dermatologists treated children with skin problems. The relatively new subspecialty of pediatric dermatology was launched in 1975, when a group of doctors and scientists formed the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, promoting education and research into childhood skin diseases. The field became a certified sub-specialty in 2004, when the American Board of Medical Specialties began offering doctors the opportunity to earn a certificate recognizing their expertise in the field.