PeDRA Leadership


PeDRA Co-Chairs
Lawrence Eichenfield, MD: 
University of California, San Diego
 Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
Dawn Siegel, MD: Medical College of Milwaukee, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Executive Committee members
Ilona Frieden, MD: University of California, San Francisco and Benioff Children’s Hospital
Moise Levy, MD: Dell Children’s Medical Center, Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin; Baylor College of Medicine
Kimberly Morel, MD: Columbia University, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian
Jeffrey Sugarman, MD, PhD: University of California, San Francisco
Megha Tollefson, MD: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center
Wynnis Tom, MD: University of California, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
Albert Yan, MD: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Ex-Officio member
Amy Paller, MS, MD: Past PeDRA Co-Chair, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Early Career Investigator Liaison
Jennifer Huang, MD: Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital

Executive Director
Sheila Rittenberg

Dermatologists committed to the goal of advancing pediatric dermatology research volunteer their time on committees and task forces, and share in the leadership of PeDRA. PeDRA retains a part-time Executive Director and shares the Society for Pediatric Dermatology’s fiscal management firm.
PeDRA Fellows contribute some hours monthly to help with PeDRA’s administrative load. The PeDRA Fellows are trainees with goals to move into a pediatric dermatology. The position is a rare opportunity to work closely with many of the foremost and emerging leadership in the pediatric dermatology field. There is a nominal stipend provided to the PeDRA Fellows each year. Learn about the recruitment for PeDRA’s 2016 Fellow here.

PeDRA also contracts some hours with a membership and outreach project manager, as well as with a research coordinator.


Active working committees
Communications (website, public relations, marketing, social networking)
Early Investigators Committee (mentorship, early career training, advocacy on behalf of early career clinician investigators)
Fundraising (industry, private foundations, individuals)
Grant Review (criteria and selection of studies for PeDRA funding support)
Membership (membership structure, guidelines, recruitment & management)

Nominating (identification and recruitment of leadership for Executive Committee and other working committees)
Science (research priorities, specific study groups, annual research conference)

Task Forces
(guiding principles, authorship, conflict of interest)
Bylaws & Administrative Regulations
Industry Relations Task Force (guiding PeDRA collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry)
Research Vision & Strategy (setting large-scale strategy that can significantly impact the field)
Workforce Improvement & Boost NIH Grants (helping to prepare a research-trained pediatric dermatology workforce and augmenting PeDRA start-up studies to NIH applications)

To learn more, please contact Sheila Rittenberg, PeDRA Executive Director. Email Sheila