ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

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Dr ALBERT YAN

United States

Chief, Section of Pediatric Dermatology

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Albert Yan currently serves as the Chief of the Section of Pediatric Dermatology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he is Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed his dermatology residency and pediatric dermatology fellowship. A past President of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, he is currently the Chair of the AAP Section on Dermatology Executive Committee. He has been a founding member of PeDRA, the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance, and currently serves as Treasurer. Dr. Yan is also the co-chief Editor of the 3rd and upcoming 4th editions of Harper’s Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology. He has received several teaching awards from the medical school and residency programs in pediatrics and dermatology, as well as the Master Clinician Award from his hospital. His areas of interest include acne, atopic dermatitis, hemangiomas and vascular anomalies, genetic skin diseases, skin infections as well as pediatric dermatology education, workforce issues, and technology applications related to dermatology.

Dr ANDREA L. ZAENGLEIN

United States

Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Dr. Zaenglein is a Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine/ Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. After earning her medical degree at the Penn State University College of Medicine, Dr. Zaenglein completed her internship in internal medicine at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. She then completed her residency in dermatology at the MCP Hahnemann University Hospitals in Philadelphia, before being accepted into the Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship at New York University Hospital in New York City. In her academic career, Dr. Zaenglein has overseen numerous clinical trials in children and young adults. Her particular areas of research interest are acne and pediatric dermatology.

Dr. Zaenglein is involved with a number of professional organizations, including the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Acne and Rosacea Society and the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. She currently serves as incoming Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Dermatology and is Past President of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology.

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Dr ANTOINETTE CHATEAU

South Africa

Head of Clinical Unit of Dermatology

Grey's Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Antoinette Chateau is Head of the Clinical Unit of Dermatology at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and is a senior lecturer at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine. She completed a pediatric dermatology fellowship at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and an observership at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She also completed a Diploma in Child Health and Masters in Medical Science in Dermatology. She is an Executive Committee member of the South African Epidermolysis Bullosa interest group (SAEBIG), the African Woman’s Dermatologic Society of South Africa (AWDS) and is a member of the Dermatology Society of South Africa. She has published in both local and international journals, contributed to book chapters and has written paediatric dermatology guidelines for the Department of Health, Kwa-Zulu Natal. She runs pediatric dermatology clinics at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and the King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban, South Africa.

Dr DIRK VAN GYSEL

Belgium

Head, Department of Pediatrics

O.L. Vrouw Hospital, Aalst, Belgium

Dirk Van Gysel is currently head of the Department of Pediatrics at the O.L. Vrouw Hospital in Aalst, Belgium and holds a part-time appointment at the University of Ghent and the University of Leuven. He qualified as a pediatrician at the University of Leuven in Belgium and further subspecialized in pediatric dermatology at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD at the University of Ghent in Belgium in 2009 with the “Aalst Allergy Study”. He started his professional career in the Department of Pediatrics of the O.L.Vrouw Hospital Aalst in Belgium in 1993 and was promoted to head of the department in 1994. He was Treasurer of the European Society for Pediatric Dermatology from 2004-2012 and remains on its Board of Directors. He has published several book-chapters and journal articles in peer-reviewed journals in the field of allergy, pediatrics and pediatric dermatology. He has lectured in several national, European and world congresses and training courses. His current main areas of interest are exanthems, mastocytosis and neonatal skin care.

Dr ELENA POPE

Canada

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

University of Toronto, Canada

Elena Pope is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. In 2003, she became the Director of the Section of Dermatology, Division of Pediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She received her medical training at The Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest Romania and the University of Toronto, and completed her training in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Since becoming Director of Pediatric Dermatology, Dr. Pope has instituted innovative approaches to the care of pediatric dermatological conditions by establishing interdisciplinary clinics in Epidermolysis Bullosa, Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, Vascular Tumor Clinic, Morphea and Genodermatoses. She has been the recipient of the Department of Paediatrics' Postgraduate Sub-specialty Teaching Award and has held several leadership positions in PeDRA (Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance), including as a member of the PeDRA’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Dr ELI SPRECHER

Israel

Chair, Department of Dermatology

Tel Aviv Medical Center 

Eli Sprecher is the Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Tel Aviv Medical Center. He received his MD and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and specialized in dermatology at the Rambam Medical Center, Haifa. He spent a post-doctoral fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and served as attending physician at the Rambam Medical Center until 2008. During this period, he was Deputy Director for Academic affairs of the Rappaport Institute for Research at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, and founded as well as directed the Center for Translational Genetics at the same institution. He became Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Tel Aviv Medical center in 2008, Professor of Dermatology at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University in 2010 where he also received the Frederick Reiss chair of Dermatology in 2014. He also serves as Deputy Director for Patient Safety at the Tel Aviv medical center. He has co-authored more than 250 scientific publications and mentored more than 40 students. His research focuses on the genetic basis of skin diseases. His group aims to understand the molecular genetics of both simple and complex traits, deciphering their pathogenesis and then attempting at translating this new knowledge into innovative therapeutic tools.

Dr EULALIA BASELGA

Spain

Clinical Director, Pediatric Dermatology Unit

Director, Vascular Clinic

Hospital de la Santa Creu Sant Pau, Barcelona

Eulalia Baselga is currently the Clinical Director of the Pediatric Dermatology Unit, Director of the Vascular Clinic at Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain and Associate Professor at Univesidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Dr. Baselga has authored more than 133 articles in international journals and more than 17 book chapters. She is a member of the Spanish Society for Paediatric Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Pediatric Dermatology, European Academy of Paediatric Dermatology, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Dermatologia Pediatrica. She is on the editorial board of Actas Dermo-Sifiligroficas, and Pediatric Dermatology.

Dr FELIPE VELASQUEZ

Peru

Professor, Institute for Pediatrics and Pediatric Dermatology

(Instituto Nacional de Salud del Nino)

Felipe Velasquez trained in medicine at the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima and completed his dermatology residency at UNMSM at the Hospital Dos de Mayo. He trained as a fellow, specializing in Vascular Disorders, in 2008 at the Hospital Garrahan in Argentina, and is an active member of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA). He was faculty at the University of Cayetano Heredia in Lima until 2016, has been on the faculty, now as a Professor, at the Institute for Pediatrics and Pediatric Dermatology (Instituto Nacional de Salud del Nino) since its opening in 2002.  In addition to his interest in vascular lesions, he has a clinical focus on pediatric psoriasis. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CIDERM, the Peruvian Society of Dermatology.

Dr FRANCIS PALISSON

Chile

Senior Professor of Dermatology, Facultad de Medicina

Universidad del Desarrollo-Clinica Alemana de Santiago

Francis Palisson studied Medicine at the University of Chile at Santiago. He completed residencies in Internal Medicine (1993-5) and Dermatology (1995-8) at the Catholic University of Chile. He worked in gap junction and immunology research following his residency training. He is currently a Senior Professor of Dermatology at the Facultad de Medicina, Universidad del Desarrollo-Clinica Alemana de Santiago, in Santiago, Chile. His main area of research and clinical focus are epidermolysis bullosa, mesenchymal stem cell therapy, and drug reactions. He created a Foundation for children with epidermolysis bullosa (DEBRA Chile), has served as DEBRA Chile's inaugural President since 1998 (the organization now includes more than 250 patients), and has organized a multidisciplinary team of physicians to care for every EB patient in Chile.  He also founded DEBRA Latinoamérica (in 2007) and has served on the International Board as well as Vice President of DEBRA International (2008-2015).

Dr JEMIMA MELLERIO

United Kingdom

Chief, St John's Institute of Dermatology

London

Jemima Mellerio completed her dermatology training  at St John's Institute of Dermatology and King's College Hospital, London. She has been a consultant dermatologist at St John's for 15 years and was also the dermatologist to the pediatric epidermolysis bullosa (EB) service at Great Ormond Street Hospital until 2017.  Currently, she leads the adult EB service, the newly established Rare Diseases Centre and is the Chief of St John's Institute. Her main areas of interest are in pediatric dermatology, EB and other genetic diseases, both clinically and in the field of translational therapy. She led the Pediatric and Genetic Dermatology Service for over 12 years, responsible for a growing department of consultants, residents and fellows, with a strong emphasis on training and developing visitors from other departments and from outside the UK.  She has published extensively in the fields of genodermatoses and pediatric dermatology, and lectures widely nationally and internationally.

Dr SETHURAMAN GOMATHY

India

Professor of Dermatology

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi

Sethuraman Gomathy is a Professor of Dermatology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. Sethuraman has 25 years of experience in clinical, teaching and research in Dermatology. He received the prestigious Department of Science and Technology BOYSCAST award to pursue a 1-year Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA (2007-2008). After completion, he returned to India to practice Pediatric Dermatology at AIIMS. He has received 8 national awards for his research contributions, including the prestigious Indian Council of Medical Research Dr. KC Kandhari award and the AIIMS Research Excellence award for 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He was awarded the 2016 Dermatologist of the Developing Countries Award from the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, and in 2017 the highest honor in medicine in India, the Dr. B.C.Roy National award (2017) for the outstanding medical research. His areas of special interest are vitamin D deficiency rickets in congenital ichthyosis and diagnostic strategies for epidermolysis bullosa.