Smita Awasthi, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Smita Awasthi, M.D.

Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Director, Division of Pediatric Dermatology

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Pediatric Dermatology




Locations and Contact

Cannery Building

Dermatology/Cannery Building
3301 C St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Phone: 916-734-6111

Glassrock Building

Pediatric Specialty Clinics
2521 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 800-282-3284

Additional Numbers

Clinic Phone


Clinic Fax


Physician Referrals

800-UCD-4-KIDS (800-823-4543)

Philosophy of Care

I aim to provide the best care to my patients and their families, in a safe and compassionate environment. Having grown up in central California and completed a large part of my medical training at UC Davis, I am committed to improving the health and well-being of our diverse community through patient care, research, and education.  

Clinical Interests

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, vascular birthmarks, and genetic disorders (including ichthyosis and blistering disorders).  

Research/Academic Interests

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.


Pediatric Dermatology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.S., Harvey Mudd College, Claremont CA 2003

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2007


Pediatrics, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY 2007-2008


Pediatrics, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY 2008-2010


Dermatology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2010-2013


Pediatric Dermatology, UC San Diego Medical Center, San Diego CA 2013-2014

Sacramento Magazine’s Top Doctors, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Dermatology, 2017

Awasthi S, Ornelas J, Armstrong A, Johnson JA, Eisen DB. Anogenital warts and relationship to child sexual abuse: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Pediatr Dermatol. 2021 Jul;38(4):842-850. doi:10.1111/pde.14650. Epub 2021 Jun 1. PMID:34060139.

Asselin E, Bowditch S, Kaye S, Awasthi S, Malogolowkin M. Recurrent hyperkeratotic lesion on the plantar foot in a 13-year-old girl. Pediatr Dermatol. 2021 May;38(3):680-682. doi:10.1111/pde.14534. PMID:34224617.

Barton VR, Toussi A, Awasthi S, Kiuru M. Treatment of pediatric alopecia areata: A systematic review. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021 Apr 30:S0190-9622(21)00922-1. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2021.04.077. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33940103.

Awasthi S, Rork J. Keratosis Pilaris. Pediatr Dermatol. 2019 Nov;36(6):937-938. doi:10.1111/pde.14062. PMID:31778553.

Han AM, Lin EJ, Huang V, Fung MA, Awasthi S. Diffuse scaling and crusting on a 15-year-old boy. Pediatr Dermatol. 2019 Nov;36(6):e117-e119. doi:10.1111/pde.13970. PMID:31778562.

Nakra NA, Awasthi S, Lakshminrusimha S, Kalra V. Visual Diagnosis: An Extremely Preterm Neonate with Gray Plaques on the Back. Neoreviews. 2019 May;20(5):e302-e305. doi:10.1542/neo.20-5-e302. PMID:31261084.

Notay M, Fazel N, Awasthi S. Cushing Syndrome Induced by Topical Corticosteroids for the Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2019 Feb;32(1):83-85. doi:10.1016/j.jpag.2018.09.004. Epub 2018 Sep 20. PMID:30244192.

Awasthi S, Prindaville B. Patient Perspectives: What is a pyogenic granuloma? Pediatr Dermatol. 2018 Mar;35(2):237-238. PMID:29575073.

Foolad N, Ornelas JN, Clark AK, Ali I, Sharon VR, Al Mubarak L, Lopez A, Alikhan A, Al Dabagh B, Firooz A, Awasthi S, Liu Y, Li CS, Sivamani RK. International inter-rater agreement in scoring acne severity utilizing cloud-based image sharing of mobile phone photographs. Int J Dermatol. 2017 Sep;56(9):920-925. doi:10.1111/ijd.13621. Epub 2017 Apr 24. PMID:28436531.

Notay M, Kamangar F, Awasthi S, Fazel N. Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome and Hairy Skin Patches. Pediatr Dermatol. 2017 Mar;34(2):e97-e98. doi:10.1111/pde.13067. Epub 2017 Jan 25. PMID:28120347.