Smita Awasthi, M.D.

Smita Awasthi, M.D.


Pediatric Dermatology


  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Pediatric Dermatology


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3301 C St., Suite 1300
Sacramento, CA 95816
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UC Davis Medical Group - Davis (West Covell Boulevard)

2660 W. Covell Blvd., Suite A
Davis, CA 95616
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Clinic Phone: 800-770-9282
Clinic Fax: 916-451-7245
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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.


General Pediatrics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital
UC Davis Medical Group


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

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

Internship: 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

Board Certifications

American Board of Dermatology,

American Board of Dermatology - Pediatric Dermatology,

American Board of Pediatrics,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Dermatology

American Academy of Pediatrics

Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance

Society for Pediatric Dermatology

Honors and Awards

Sacramento Magazine�s Top Doctors, 2018

Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Dermatology, 2017

Select Recent Publications

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.

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.

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 A, Ali I, Sharon VR, Al Mubarak L, Lopez A, Alikhan A, Al-Dabagh B, Firooz A, Awasthi S, Liu Y, Li C, Sivamani R.  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.

Ornelas JN, Sivamani R, Awasthi S. A report of two patients with Darier Disease and Hidradentitis Suppurativa. Pediatr Dermatol. 2016 Jul;33(4)e265-6.

Iyengar S, Awasthi S, Fazel N, Okman J, Kamangar F, Sharon VR. Arcal bullae in an infant. Arch Dis Child. 2016 Jul;101(7):603.

Awasthi S, Rothe MJ, Eichenfield LF. Atopic Dermatitis: Kids are not just little people. Clin Dermatol. 2015 Nov-Dec;33(6):594-604.

Feldstein S, Awasthi S, Krakowski AC. Drug-induced Telogen Effluvium in a Pediatric Patient due to Error of Transcription. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2015 Aug;8(8):52-4.

Zhuang A, Awasthi S, Naheedy J, Krakowski A. Intraoperative ultrasound to accurately gauge scar thickness and identify altered intrascar anatomy during multimodal revision of a hypertrophic chest wall burn scar. Dermatol Surg. 2015 Dec;41(12):1444-7.

Awasthi S, Eichenfield LF.  (Commentary) High-Dose Isotretinoin Treatment and the Rate of Retrial, Relapse, and Adverse Effects in Patients with Acne Vulgaris. In: Year Book of Pediatrics 2015. (Cabana MD, ed.) Elsevier, Inc. Jan/Feb 2015.