PeDRA Leadership

Dermatologists around the U.S. and Canada dedicate their time to lead PeDRA. PeDRA Co-Chairs, the Executive Committee and a Board of Directors set direction and oversee planning and implementation of goals. Clinician investigators serve on a number of committees and task forces that have shaped PeDRA’s growth and enabled important and substantial progress to be made since the launch of the organization in 2012.

PeDRA Co-Chairs:

Lawrence Eichenfield, MD: 
University of California, San Diego
Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego

Amy Paller, MS, MD: 
Northwestern University
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

PeDRA Executive Committee

Anna Bruckner, MD: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado
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
Dawn Siegel, MD: Medical College of Milwaukee; Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Jeffrey Sugarman, MD., PhD: University of California, San Francisco
Albert Yan, MD: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Early Investigator Liaison to the Executive Committee: 
Lisa Arkin, MD

Executive Director: 
Sheila Rittenberg


Dermatologists committed to the goal of advancing pediatric dermatology research volunteer their time on committees focusing on key areas of operation for PeDRA. PeDRA retains a part-time Executive Director and shares the Society for Pediatric Dermatology’s fiscal management firm.

PeDRA has PeDRA Fellows who dedicate ~ 10 hours a month to help with PeDRA’s administrative load. The PeDRA Fellows are trainees, typically in a research fellowship, with goals to move into a pediatric dermatology. The position is a rare opportunity to work closely with many of the foremost leaders 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 working committees

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)
– Finance & Audit (budget planning, transparency, accountability)
– 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
– Ethics (guiding principles, authorship, conflict of interest)
– Bylaws & Administrative Regulations
– Pan-PeDRA Study (on stigma)


To find out more about any of these groups, please contact Sheila Rittenberg, PeDRA Executive Director. Email Sheila