Pediatric Dermatology


The UAB Department of Dermatology is pleased to offer Pediatric Dermatology services through the Children's Health System. Dr. Amy Theos sees pediatric patients several times per week in a dedicated Pediatric Dermatology clinic. For additional information on appointment times, referrals, and clinic location, please call (205) 939-9141.

What types of patients are seen in the Pediatric Dermatology clinic? How do I make an appointment?
The clinic sees approximately 4500 patients per year with disorders of the hair, skin, and nails. Patients range in age from birth to eighteen. Appointments can be made through the Children's Hospital access center at 205-939-9141. Referrals are accepted but not required. Common problems include eczema, acne, warts, molluscum, congenital moles, and birthmarks.

What are the advantages of a specialized pediatric dermatology clinic?
The dermatology clinic at Children's Hospital South offers a large child-friendly waiting room, television in the examination rooms, easy parking, nurses specialized in pediatrics, and extended time for parent education. Pediatric dermatologists also offer specialized services that are unlikely to be available elsewhere. These include pulsed dye laser for the treatment of port wine stains and hemangiomas (birthmarks) as well as privileges at the Outpatient Surgical centers affiliated with Children's Hospital. The latter is important for younger children who may require anesthesia for surgical procedures.

What else should I know?
Patients at UAB's pediatric dermatology clinic may have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. These often involve testing a new treatment or medication that may not be available otherwise. Although current trials are not enrolling new patients, opportunities to participate arise frequently.

In addition to general pediatric dermatology, Dr. Theos has a research and clinical interest in genetic disorders of the skin. Dr. Theos, in collaboration with Dr. Bruce Korf in the Department of Genetics, has started a genetic skin disorders clinic that meets monthly. The clinic is staffed by Dr. Theos, along with both a geneticist and a genetic counselor, and serves families afflicted with genetic skin disorders