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Dermatology

Our dermatologists pride themselves on working with patients to find the best individualized treatment for their skin conditions, including eczema and skin allergies.

Our Approach to High-Quality Dermatology Care

Northwestern Medicine offers general medical dermatology, surgical dermatology, adolescent dermatology and cosmetic dermatology services to help you keep your skin healthy and looking its best. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and keeping it healthy is important, not just for how you look and feel about yourself but also for your overall health and well-being. Our physicians understand that good health includes your body’s surface and know that skin health and appearance are important not only to your self-image, but to your general health as well.

The Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University

The Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University prides itself on its service to patients, working with patients to find the best individualized treatment for their skin conditions. Ranked among the best dermatology departments in the country, we offer multidisciplinary clinics where specialists from other disciplines see patients alongside our dermatologists. We also offer the services of highly skilled surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists who are specialists in the treatment of melanoma.

Learn more about the Department of Dermatology Clinics.

Research and academics

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Dermatology conducts intensive research focusing on basic laboratory investigation of skin inflammation, skin cancer, keratinocyte biology, wound healing, epithelial stem cell research, cutaneous aging, and translational projects to develop new therapies. The Department of Dermatology also offers multiple fellowships, a dermatology residency and a combined residency in dermatology and medicine.

Northwestern Medicine Multidisciplinary Eczema Center 

The Northwestern Medicine Multidisciplinary Eczema Center (NMEC) is comprised of multiple specialty clinics for eczema care. We aim to provide comprehensive clinical care for adults with eczema (atopic dermatitis) and skin allergies in the greater Chicago area and Midwestern United States.

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory disease of skin that can be a major health burden. Eczema is a heterogeneous disorder that can manifest differently in children and adults and in different racial and ethnic skin types. Treatment for moderate to severe eczema requires a customized approach based on recognizing the nuances of patients’ clinical presentation, identifying triggers and common problems that accompany eczema. Our mission is to provide the highest quality care for eczema patients and ultimately improve the lives of people living with eczema. We are developing innovative approaches for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of eczema.

Our comprehensive Eczema Program provides multidisciplinary care for patients whose eczema is accompanied by certain other medical disorders. Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Dermatologists
  • Allergists
  • Neurologists
  • Sleep specialists
  • Specialized nurses

Patients eligible for the comprehensive Eczema Program must be evaluated and referred by one of our eczema specialists.

NMEC has three divisions:

Icon of a stethoscope.Eczema Clinical Care: Northwestern Medicine Multidisciplinary Eczema Center is comprised of multiple specialty clinics for eczema care. We aim to provide comprehensive clinical care for adults with eczema (atopic dermatitis) and skin allergies. Learn about our clinical care
Icon of a magnifying glass.Eczema Clinical Trials: NMEC is at the forefront of eczema treatment and care. NMEC has one of the most experienced dermatology clinical trials unit in the world. We are currently enrolling in multiple cutting-edge therapeutics trials. Learn more about our eczema clinical trials
Icon of a beaker.Eczema Research: Northwestern Medicine has a very active research program, aimed at clinical, epidemiological, translational and basic science eczema research. Learn more about our research.

Conditions

Treatments

Areas of Care

Pediatric Dermatology

The Pediatric Dermatology Program offers specialized care for diagnosing and treating children with common and rare skin conditions.

Related Resources

  • New Patient Questionnaire: Brief questionnaire on new patient medical history.
  • Health History Form: Brief questionnaire on current patient medical history.
  • Northwestern University Department of Dermatology: The Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is committed to education, research, advocacy, and care related to diseases of the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes.
  • National Psoriasis Foundation*: The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a non-profit organization with a mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.
  • National Rosacea Foundation*The National Rosacea Society (NRS) is the world's largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of the estimated 16 million Americans who suffer from this widespread but poorly understood disorder.
  • Severe Eczema in Children Linked to Multiple Comorbid Conditions*: In a recent study, researchers set out to determine the impact of eczema severity on the development of these disorders and other non-atopic comorbidities in atopic dermatitis. (The Dermatologist, September 2013)
  • Childhood Eczema Persists into Adulthood: Study*: Despite a widespread belief that childhood eczema clears up by adolescence, a new study suggests the condition often lasts into adulthood. (Reuters, April 2014)
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