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Pediatric Dermatology

The Division of Pediatric Dermatology offers an American Board of Dermatology accredited Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship. The fellowship is under the direction of Maria C. Garzon, M.D., Professor of Clinical Dermatology and Clinical Pediatrics at Columbia University and Director of the Division of Pediatric Dermatology at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

MSCHONY is a leading pediatric medical center. It has been rated one of the top children’s hospitals in the country and top children’s hospital in New York City in US News and World Report Surveys. The Division of Pediatric Dermatology consists of three full-time board-certified pediatric dermatologists, a pediatric dermatology fellow, and a nurse coordinator.

The goal of the fellowship is to ensure trainees achieve expertise in the types of skin disorders encountered within the pediatric population which include cutaneous manifestations of systemic diseases, skin disease in the immunocompromised host, drug reactions, wound care, severe primary dermatologic diseases such as atopic dermatitis, epidermolysis bullosa, severe cutaneous drug reactions and psoriasis. Fellows will also gain competency in the procedures that relate to pediatric dermatology such as pulsed dye laser, intralesional therapy and excisional biopsies.

The training encompasses consultative inpatient and outpatient pediatric dermatology patients ranging from infancy through adolescence. Areas of expertise include vascular anomalies, genodermatoses, birthmarks, skin disease in organ transplant patients as well as common pediatric dermatoses. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in laser surgery and multispecialty clinics in vascular anomalies, epidermolysis bullosa, and neurocutaneous disorders.

Basic science and clinical trials research opportunities are also available to the fellow. Research interests of the group include vascular anomalies (hemangiomas and vascular malformations), epidermolysis bullosa, atopic dermatitis, and genetic skin disorders. The group collaborates extensively with other specialties at Columbia University in both clinical and translational research. For candidates interested in clinical and translational research, potential opportunities also exist through the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research of Columbia University which has been awarded one of the NIH-sponsored Clinical and Translational Research Awards. Clinical trials research for atopic dermatitis, infantile hemangiomas, pediatric cutaneous T cell lymphoma (international registry), and epidermolysis bullosa is conducted in the Department of Dermatology.

Rotations and Program Assignments

  • Inpatient Consultation Service
  • Outpatient Pediatric Dermatology Clinics
  • Multidisciplinary Vascular Anomalies Clinic
  • Interdisciplinary Epidermolysis Bullosa Clinic
  • Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Laser Surgery
  • Dermatopathology
  • Clinical Trials Research Opportunities
  • Basic Science Research Opportunities

Application Requirements

  • Expected completion of an ACGME accredited dermatology residency prior to fellowship start date
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Obtain a New York State medical license prior to start date of fellowship


Contact Information

  • Please direct your inquiries to:
    Maria C. Garzon, M.D. Program Director
    mcg2@columbia.edu
  • Brandi Snape, Medical Education Coordinator
    bs2054@columbia.edu
  • Columbia University
    Department of Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology
  • 161 Fort Washington Avenue, 12th Floor
    New York, NY 10032-3729
    Tel: 212.305.5317
    Fax: 212.305.4571
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