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.

Lawrence Eichenfield

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.

Lawrence Eichenfield, M.D.
Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology


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.