UC Davis Children’s Hospital provides diagnosis, treatment and management of skin conditions and disorders in children of all ages. Tapping into the latest research and the most up-to-date treatments available, our dermatologists work in collaboration with primary care and specialty care providers.

Pediatric dermatologists specialize in treating infants, children, and teens suffering from diseases and viruses that affect the skin, hair and nails. Those can include common childhood skin concerns, such as eczema, diaper rashes, warts, molluscum, acne, moles and birthmarks. Or they can include the more complex diseases, such as congenital skin disorders, hemangiomas and other vascular anomalies, genetic skin disorders such as ichthyosis or epidermolysis bullosa, or infections like impetigo.

Because they have been trained in two specialties — the care of children and the care of skin — pediatric dermatologists can match medical treatments to an infant or growing child’s special physical, developmental and psychological needs.  

The UC Davis Department of Dermatology is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our patients. A major referral center for Northern California and Nevada, we take a comprehensive and thorough approach to patient care. Our program conducts cutting-edge basic and translational dermatology research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the pharmaceutical industry and other funding agencies.

Our team

Smita Awasthi, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Departments of Dermatology and Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Dermatology

Dr. Awasthi is triple board certified (Dermatology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Dermatology) and is the director of Pediatric Dermatology at UC Davis. Although she has a wide range of clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of skin disorders, her particular areas of interest include atopic dermatitis (eczema), acne, and genetic disorders (including ichthyosis and blistering disorders).

Dr. Awasthi’s current research areas include atopic dermatitis, neonatal skin disease and the microbiome of the skin. She is an active member of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) and has published in several journals.