Dermatology :: Nationwide Children's Hospital


Did you know? The skin is the largest organ of the body.  Thus it deserves special care and attention.

When your child has a skin condition, everything matters and the dermatology department here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is here to help. 

The Division of Dermatology at Nationwide Children’s diagnoses and treats skin problems in children through age 21.  We provide comprehensive, expert care for common childhood skin diseases as well as rare dermatologic disorders.

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Our Services:

  • Our team of experts includes board certified pediatric dermatologists who have completed advanced training for skin problems specific to children and skin conditions that children inherit. 

  • We have expertise in the medical management of childhood skin disorders and remain at the forefront of cutting edge therapies.

  • Our team includes nurse practitioners and registered nurses who are dedicated to providing education to families on dermatology conditions and therapies. 

  • Our services are conducted with a pediatric friendly approach. Whenever possible, we avoid invasive, uncomfortable procedures. When a procedure such as a skin biopsy, skin surgery, treatment or diagnostic test is necessary, we minimize anxiety with thorough explanations, efficiency and child-friendly incentives.

  • We have access to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital outpatient surgical centers and expert pediatric anesthesiologists, enabling us to perform some procedures safely and painlessly while children are asleep.

  • Our division has a pulse dye laser that is used to treat birthmarks and some other childhood skin problems.

Conditions treated:

Acne, alopecia, atopic dermatitis or eczema, birthmarks, contact dermatitis, rashes, genetic skin disorders, hemangiomas, port wine stains and vascular birthmarks, moles, molluscum, nail disorders, pigment disorders, psoriasis, cutaneous manifestations of connective tissue diseases, skin infections, vitiligo and warts.

Dermatology Highlights

Making the diagnosis in a child friendly manner

Visits to the doctor’s office can be scary and stressful.  In the dermatology clinic we strive to make a child’s visit as painless as possible.  Though some minor procedures and tests are necessary to help us diagnose skin problems, we perform them with the least invasive technique possible.  Recently Dr. Witman and Dr. Stephanie Jacks, a Nationwide Children's fellow, wrote a pediatric friendly protocol for performing a scabies skin preparation.  This protocol will be published in the Pediatric Dermatology Journal in the Technique for Tots section.  This technique substitutes a curette for the traditional razor blade that can induce fear and anxiety in young children.

contact info

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 722-5777
Fax: (614) 722-5510

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Patricia M. Witman, MD

Patricia M. Witman, MD
Chief, Dermatology

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Fast Facts

July 2014 – June 2015

Total Clinic Visits: 7,986
Dermatology Clinic Visits: 3,183
Canal Winchester Dermatology Clinic Visits: 1,001
Dublin Dermatology Clinic Visits: 2,316
Westerville Dermatology Clinic Visits: 925
Hemangioma/Vascular Anomalies Clinic Visits: 561
Inpatient Consults: 177

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000