Pediatric Dermatology

Pediatric Dermatology

Clinical Overview

Lawrence A. SchachnerUnder the direction of Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D., the mission of the division of Pediatric Dermatology is to provide excellent clinical care and promote research and education in skin diseases of infancy, childhood and adolescence.

The Pediatric Dermatology Division

Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D., is Professor, Former Chair, & Stiefel Laboratories Chair of the Department of Dermatology, Professor of Pediatrics, and Co-Director of the Division of Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Schachner has written over 150 scientific publications and is best known as the lead author of the textbook Pediatric Dermatology. In 2004, Dr. Schachner was named “Practitioner of the Year” by the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. The nearly 800 dermatologists in the state lauded him for his longtime commitment to pediatric dermatology. He is past president of the American Society for Pediatric Dermatology and has been cited in numerous periodicals of best doctors, including The Best Doctors in America 1992 to present, Who’s Who in America, and the Guide to Top Doctors. Dr. Schachner’s interests include bioengineered skin in pediatric wounds, skin infections and infestations in children, sun protection in childhood, cutaneous signs of child and sexual abuse, and new therapeutic modalities for acne, eczema, and epidermolysis Bullosa.

Patient Care

The division sees approximately 60 Pediatric Dermatology outpatients’ visits weekly in our University of Miami Hospital office at 1295 N.W. 14th Street, Ste. K. Of these approximately 3,000 office visits per year, 25% are new patients. The clinic is staffed by physicians and residents from Pediatrics and Dermatology and students can elect a Pediatric Dermatology rotation with Dr. Schachner, who serves as attending physician. Due to the complexity of diseases seen in the division, several specialty clinics have been created to meet the needs of our patients in a multi-disciplinary manner.

The following specialty clinics are offered on a monthly or quarterly basis:

  1. Genodermatoses
  2. Vascular lesions with special interest in hemangiomas
  3. Epidermolysis Bullosa
  4. Laser and Surgery Clinics

For appointments for these specialty clinics, please call our nurse practitioner at 305-243-6704.

The Jackson Memorial Hospital Pediatric Dermatology Clinic serves between 40 and 50 patients per clinical session each Friday afternoon. Yearly visits total over 2,000. An estimated one third of the visits involve new patients. Residents from pediatrics, dermatology, family practice and internal medicine attend this clinic; additionally students on the pediatric rotation and students on the dermatology rotation also attend. In addition to operating the Jackson Memorial Hospital Pediatric Dermatology Clinic, the division provides consultative services for inpatient and outpatient pediatric patients at the Children’s Hospital in the Holtz Center for Maternal and Child Health at Jackson Memorial Hospital. A study published in the Archives of Dermatology by members of the division indicated that 23% of all dermatology inpatient consultations at Jackson Memorial Hospital are from the Department of Pediatrics, making it the second most frequent recipient of consultations at the medical center.

Medical Education

Electives: The division offers an elective month in pediatric dermatology and a second month in pediatric dermatology research for pediatric residents and medical students. The elective has been filled each year with a usual ratio of nine pediatric residents to three dermatology-oriented fourth year medical students.

Clinic: The Pediatric Dermatology Clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital is attended by six dermatology residents, two pediatric residents, and four University of Miami School of Medicine medical students on pediatric rotation.

Lectures: Approximately eight lectures per year are given by the division of pediatric dermatology to students, residents and fellows in the Departments of Pediatrics and Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. Several lectures per year are given to second year medical students as part of the mechanism of disease courses by members of the division of Pediatric Dermatology.

Pediatric Dermatology Clinical Research

Dr. Schachner has conducted over 40 stage II, III, and IV clinical trials for FDA approval and for post-marketing testing. Dr. Schachner’s clinical research has included dermatological products for acne, atopic dermatitis and other eczemas, alopecia areata, vascular tumors (including hemangiomas and malformations) psoriasis, skin infections with bacteria, virus and fungus, scabies and mites, epidermolysis bullosa, bioengineered skin, sun protection, diaper dermatitis children’s skin products and pediatric wound healing. More therapy oriented and basic studies are also conducted.

Dr. Schachner can be reached for appointments at 305-243-6704. The clinical research unit can be contacted by telephone at 305-243-8485, via facsimile at 305-243-6191.