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

Yvonne Chiu, MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital at Wisconsin
Keith Choate, MD, PhD: Yale School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Ilona Frieden, MD: University of California, San Francisco and Benioff Children’s Hospital
Elena Pope, MD MSc: The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada
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: Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania

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 Member
Lisa Arkin, MD: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, American Family 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. The PeDRA Fellow contributes some hours monthly to help with PeDRA’s administrative load. The PeDRA Fellow is a trainee 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. For more information about this opportunity, email Sheila Rittenberg. PeDRA also contracts some hours with a membership and outreach project manager, as well as with a research coordinator.

PeDRA Bylaws and Administrative Regulations call for rotation of PeDRA leadership on a 3-year schedule. The Chair position for 3 PeDRA committees will change in November 2017. These Chairs also serve on the Executive Committee. PeDRA members need to vote on the nominees at the Annual Conference. If you are a PeDRA member, please click Slate of 2017 executive leadership changes for details on nominees and voting.


Active working committees
Bylaws & Administrative Regulations
Communications (website, public relations, marketing, social networking)
Early Investigators Committee (mentorship, early career training, advocacy on behalf of early career clinician investigators)
Ethics (guiding principles, authorship, conflict of interest)
Development (fundraising from industry, private foundations, individuals)
Grant Review (criteria and selection of studies for PeDRA funding support)
Membership (membership structure, guidelines, recruitment & management)
Nominations (identification and recruitment of leadership for Executive Committee and other working committees)
Science (research priorities, specific study groups, annual research conference)

Task Forces
Industry Relations Task Force
(guiding PeDRA collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry)
Research Vision & Strategy
(setting large-scale strategy that can significantly impact the field)
Task Force on Retention in Research and Grants
Development (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