Clearing the Way: Life-Changing Pediatric Dermatology
Even though many kids will need to visit a dermatologist during their growing-up years, there are only 200 board-certified pediatric dermatologists nationwide.
This means there’s a shortage of these doctors – especially in northern Ohio.
“This shortage of pediatric dermatologists can make access to care difficult,” said Nicholas Nguyen, MD, director of pediatric dermatology at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Besides more common skin issues, Dr. Nguyen also treats children as part of a team of specialists who make up the Akron Children’s new vascular anomalies clinic. The group offers a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating children with a range of disorders, including life-threatening, complex vascular anomalies.
“These skin disorders can be difficult to treat. Because the vascular anomalies field is rapidly evolving, we have a team of doctors dedicated to staying current with the field’s advances,” said Dr. Nguyen. “This allows us to offer the newest treatment options and provide the best care for our young patients, so they can get back to what they do best – just being kids.”
Akron Children’s Hospital offers a range of dermatology treatment options.
For some patients with skin disorders, treatment can mean taking an oral medication or removing the vascular anomaly by surgery.
For others, it may mean treatment with pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. Ananth Murthy – or our pediatric interventional radiologist, Dr. Janice McDaniel.
“Dr. McDaniel treats deep, large-caliber vessels by injecting medications under imaging guidance, while I treat the smaller, superficial ones with a vascular laser,” Dr. Nguyen said. “Together, we offer patients and families a variety of treatment options to fit their specific cases.”