Specialists and Care Centers

Eczema Specialists and Care Centers

The Northwestern Medicine Multidisciplinary Eczema Center (NMEC) is committed to providing the highest level of care for adults with eczema and contact dermatitis in the Chicagoland area and throughout the Midwest.

NMEC comprises multiple specialty practices for adult eczema care. Our adult eczema practice provides the highest quality dermatologic care for all aspects of eczema skin care. Our Comprehensive Eczema Program provides multidisciplinary care for patients whose eczema is accompanied by certain other medical disorders.

We offer a comprehensive array of diagnostic procedures and consultation including:

  • Eczema education and management
  • Allergen avoidance
  • Patch testing for skin allergies
  • Skin prick testing for respiratory allergies
  • Skin biopsy
  • Phototherapy (light therapy)
  • Laser therapy

Comprehensive Eczema Program

Our Comprehensive Eczema Program is a specialized service aimed at providing comprehensive and coordinated care for adults with eczema and commonly associated conditions. Patients eligible for the Comprehensive Eczema Program must be evaluated and referred by one of our eczema specialists. We understand that many patients with eczema have a variety of related disorders, including:

  • Intense itching
  • Asthma
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Impaired mental health
  • Nutritional problems
  • Other skin and medical disorders

Our multidisciplinary team1 includes:

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

The Comprehensive Eczema Program offers specialty services for eczema and related conditions, including:

  • Dermatology: The Dermatology Department provides diagnosis and treatment for all aspects of eczema skin care, including dry skin, rash, inflammation, itch and skin sensitivity and allergies.
  • Allergy: Allergists provide treatment of allergic diseases that commonly occur in adults with eczema, including asthma, hay fever or seasonal allergies and food allergy.
  • Neurology: The Neurology Department provides assessment and management of problems related to intense itch, pain and altered sensation.
  • Sleep Medicine (Neurology): Sleep Medicine specialists provide diagnosis and management of sleep disturbances that occur in eczema, including fatigue, sleepiness, insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea.

Contact Dermatitis and Occupational Dermatology Practice

Our Contact Dermatitis and Occupational Dermatology Practice is aimed at diagnosing and managing contact dermatitis and skin allergies. We offer comprehensive patch testingservices to identify the cause of your eczema and skin allergies.

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 leading-edge therapeutics trials. Learn more about our eczema clinical trials.

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.

Meet The Teams

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

Related Resources

  • Medical Outcomes Research in Eczema (MORE): MORE is a study of patient-centered outcomes in adults and children with eczema. Researchers in the Northwestern University Department of Dermatology are conducting this study. We want to hear what patients have to say about their eczema and what bothers them the most from having eczema. To participate in the survey you must be at least 18 years of age and have chronic eczema, or be the parent of a minor child with chronic eczema.
  • National Eczema Association: Improving the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema through research, support and education.
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID): The SID mission is to advance and promote the sciences relevant to skin health and disease through education, advocacy and scholarly exchange of scientific information.
  • American Academy of Dermatology: Our mission is to promote leadership in dermatology and excellence in patient care through education, research and advocacy.
  • Severe Eczema in Children Linked to Multiple Comorbid Conditions: 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 May Last Into Adulthood: Study: Despite a widespread belief that childhood eczema clears up by adolescence, a new study suggests the condition often lasts until adulthood. (Reuters, April 2014)


In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.