Pediatric dermatology is a tightly knit and relatively young community. This is why the World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology, co-sponsored by the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, is an important event for members.
Pediatric dermatology is a tightly knit and relatively young community. This is all the more reason why the World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology, co-sponsored by the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, is an important event for members.
The quadrennial congress’s 13th meeting was held in Chicago this July – the first time it had been based in the United Sates since 1976. More than 1,200 attended from 70 nations to learn and network with colleagues from across the globe.
Elaine Siegfried, M.D., professor of pediatrics and dermatology at Saint Louis University and Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, presented and attended, and shared her thoughts with us. She noted an upswing in interest in atopic dermatitis, following on the recent approvals not only of biologic dupilumab, but of crisaborole for pediatric patients. Some presentations she found particularly noteworthy included:
Dr. Siegfried herself chaired a symposium on drug reactions; presented a session on controversies in vitamin D measurement and supplementation; and co-authored a poster on the U.S. pediatric dermatology workforce, which demonstrated how that the sub-specialty is under-represented among their peers, and serves an often under-served population. (For details on that, see Growing pains in pediatric dermatology: Workforce shortage). Brea Prindaville, M.D., UMass Memorial Health Care, was the lead author on the workforce shortage poster.
At the conference, tribute was paid to two of leading pediatric dermatologist who recently passed away.