Don’t Keep Quiet
If you have a question for your doctor, Ask.
If you have doubts, Clarify.
If you have a why, a when, a what or a how, Tell. ACT.
I often wonder why eczema patients have to spend so much effort to search for information, even when they have seen a doctor. If you are here, I suppose you may be experiencing difficulty getting the answers you need. ACT. If your doctor isn’t listening, it may be time to get a new one. There are doctors who are willing to Share, Explain and Examine, as exemplified by the doctors interviewed on this blog.
For doctors who SEE, I would love to collaborate. Over here, there are no clinic time constraints. Eczema patients deserve answers that can help them manage their skin condition without unnecessary anxiety. That’s why I’ve created this eczema sanctuary.
The process is simple – we start with your topic of interest that can help eczema patients, I read your published work, I draft the Q&A, and you take the time to answer the questions. There is no money involved, just a shared purpose to help eczema patients.
Collaboration with American Academy of Dermatology (Videos)
Experts & Friends of EczemaBlues
Interviews with Corporations
These interviews are conducted with companies whose products you may be interested to purchase, with the intention to get answers to in-depth questions.
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Dermatologists based in USA
American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) – AAD is the largest and most influential dermatology group in the US and active in skin education and awareness through social media. I’m privileged and grateful to collaborate with AAD and the respective dermatologists on AAD’s videos:
Dr Lawrence F. Eichenfield, M.D., who is the Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology of Rady’s Pediatric Eczema Center, and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Dermatology), at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Dr. Eichenfield’s clinical interests include atopic dermatitis, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals and periodicals, and is Co-Editor in Chief of Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Eichenfield is past president of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, has served on the board of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr Eichenfield helps to answer questions on AAD Video: Eczema: Bleach Bath Therapy, How to Help your Eczema Child feel Better and How to Treat Diaper Rash.
Dr. Daniela Kroshinsky M.D., MPH, who is an Associate Professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School in Boston and the director of pediatric dermatology and director of inpatient dermatology, education, and research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr Kroshinsky helps to answer questions on AAD video: How to Treat Shingles and Cold Sores.
Dr Thomas Rohrer M.D., dermatologic surgeon at SkinCare Physicians, and previously served as the Chief of Dermatologic Surgery at Boston University Medical Center and Boston Veterans Administration Hospital for eight years and as the Director of the Boston University Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. He is the president-elect of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and the past president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). Dr Rohrer is passionate about education and is the editor of six cosmetic and laser surgery textbooks and guest editor of numerous journals. Dr Rohrer helps to answer questions on AAD video: How to Shave and How to Treat Sunburn.
Dr Joshua Zeichner, M.D., Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research, Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan and board-certified in Dermatology. Dr Zeichner helps to answer questions on AAD Video on Skincare for Eczema.
Dr. Sonia Badreshia-Bansal M.D., who is the CEO, co-founder, and medical director of Elite MD and board-certified in Dermatology. Dr Badreshia-Bansal helps to answer questions on AAD Video on Sunscreen.
Dr Jessica Krant M.D., MPH, of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon, who was the Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate in New York City. Dr Krant helps to answer questions on AAD Video on Face Washing.
Dr Verallo-Rowell is a board-certified clinical and research dermatologist, dermatologic surgeon, dermatopathologist and clinical researcher, who founded VMV Hypoallergenics and VMV Skin Research Centre + Clinics.
Her research has made her a frequent lecturer in the fields of dermatology, dermatopathology, psoriasis, hyperpigmentation, laser therapies, and applied cosmetic dermatology (such as skin care products, hypoallergenicity, sunscreens, and cosmeceuticals) at professional meetings around the world. She helps with the Skin Health series, and together with her daughter Laura Verallo Rowell Bertotto (CEO of VMVGroup) help with Sensitive Skin Product series.
Dr Clay Cockerell is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, who founded Cockerell Dermatopathology.
He was the clinical professor of dermatology and pathology and the director of the Division of Dermatopatholgy at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He was also the president of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2005 and co-founded TopMD Skin Care, the company behind CLn® BodyWash. Read about Staph Bacteria series with Dr Cockerell here.
Dr Steve Xu MD MSc is the Medical Director and Instructor of the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
He earned his MD from Harvard as a Soros Fellow, and a Masters in Health Policy and Finance from The London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar. He completed a BS in bioengineering at Rice University. For his academic interests, Steve is focused on consumer education and the intersection between health policy and clinical medicine. His publications have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, and PLOS Medicine garnering broad press attention from sources such as CNN, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. See also Dr Steve’s publications at the end of the 1st part interview with him on Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Children.
Dr Cheryl Lee Eberting M.D. is a board certified dermatologist, founder of CherylLeeMD Sensitive Skin Care and a past clinical research fellow of the National Institutes of Health.
She is a member of the American Contact Dermatitis Society and and has a deep interest in chemical allergies, toxicities, and the role of the skin barrier in atopic dermatitis. She has published papers on skin barrier repair in atopic dermatitis, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis. Dr. Eberting invented the TrueLipids skin barrier optimization and repair technology; a technology that helps the skin to repair itself by recreating its own natural environment. She helps out with the Skin pH and Eczema.
Dr Susan Huang MD is a board certified dermatologist who practices at Sutter Health.
She was the chief resident of Harvard Dermatology Residency Program, and worked at many hospitals including the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Childrens’ Hospital of Boston, Boston VA Medical Centers, and the Lahey Clinic. She is also the author of DermBytes.com and has written book chapters, published peer-reviewed articles and presented at multiple national dermatology conferences. She helps out with Parent (Patient) Eczema Consultation series.
Dr Robin Schaffran M.D. is a board certified dermatologist, caring mom and pediatric dermatologist.
She was the staff physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and had attended the University of Toronto Medical School where she graduated as a member of the Alpha-Omega-Alpha Honors Medical Society. She helps with Common Summer Skin Rashes in Kids series.
Dr Jeff Benabio is board certified in dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.
He is affiliated with Kaiser Permanenta, also author of numerous scientific articles, a book and quoted in notable publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Dermatology News, Dermatology World, CNN, Fox News and WebMD. He helps answer questions on moisturizing and childhood eczema.
Doctors in Singapore with Specialty in Pediatric Dermatology, Immunology & Allergy
Prof Hugo Van Bever is a Professor in Paediatrics (MD, PhD) at the National University Singapore, and also the Senior Consultant in its Division of Paediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology. He is also my co-author for Living with Eczema: Mom Asks, Doc Answers
He is an Editorial Board member of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology, and reviewer for The European Journal of Paediatrics, Paediatric Allergy and Immunology, Allergy, Paediatric Pulmonology, The European Respiratory Journal, Paediatric Research, Paediatrics and Archives Diseases of Childhood. He helps to answer questions on Topical Corticosteroids Withdrawal and on Care for Eczema Kids.
Dr Lynn Chiam is founder of Children & Adult Skin Hair Laser Clinic, dermatologist who subspecializes in pediatric skin conditions in Singapore.
She was formerly the head of pediatric dermatology at National Skin Centre, Singapore before leaving for private practice. Apart from paediatric dermatology, her other subspecialty interests include adult pigmentary conditions and laser dermatology. Read her Friday Doctor Q&A on Teen Eczema, Facial Eczema and Hand Eczema series, Children Skin Function and Care and Eczema Treatment for Children series.
Dr Liew Woei Kang is a pediatrician with special interest in Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, practices at the SBCC Baby & Child Clinic and is also a visiting consultant to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital Singapore.
He is also the past-president of Singapore’s Asthma & Allergy Association which had administered the very first eczema fund (initiated by MarcieMom’s donation) for low income patients in Singapore. Dr Liew helps to answer questions on Allergy Testing and Managing Allergy for Eczema Kids.
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Pediatricians based in the US
Dr. Bill Sears is one of America’s most renowned pediatricians, author of over 40 books on childcare and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.
Dr Jennifer Shu is a board certified pediatrician and mom, and also the co-author of the award-winning parenting books “Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality” and “Food Fights”.
She is also the editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ book “Baby and Child Health” and the AAP’s parenting site HealthyChildren. Dr. Shu is also CNNHealth’s Living Well expert doctor and doctor on WebMD. She helps with Bathing for Eczema Kids.
He had traveled to Singapore for talks and his workshop was covered in Parenting Style and Parent series.
Pediatricians & Doctors in Singapore
Dr Chu Hui Ping MBBS (S’pore), MRCPCH (UK) is a pediatrician at Raffles Children’s Centre, awarded the MOH HMDP award in 2010 and did her subspecialty training in paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition in Great Ormond Street Hospital and paediatric hepatology in Kings’ College Hospital in London. She also completed her Diploma in Dermatology with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in 2011.
Dr Chu had also practiced at KKH as a Consultant in Paediatric Medicine as well as a Specialist in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition service. She is also experienced in performing oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (OGD), colonoscopy as well as 24 hour pH and impedance studies in children. She helps out with Abbott’s sponsored Feeding Kids Healthy series.
TCM Physician Lau Kiew Teck is a TCM physician, who graduated from Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1977 and has been practising TCM since.
He used to work at Raffles Chinese Medicine Clinic and his special interests include treating skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. In pediatrics, he specializes in treating asthmatic conditions. He helps with Understanding Eczema from TCM’s perspective series.
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Dr Claudia Aguirre is a neuro-scientist, a skin industry expert and TedX speaker and Ted Ed lesson creator.
She used to work at The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica. She is passionate about skincare, frequently lectures worldwide, and is an editorial contributor to global trade and consumer media. She helps with explaining her eczema and skin aging and stressed skin here.
Dr Donald J Davidson MBChB PhD is the MRC Senior Research Fellow and University of Edinburgh Senior Lecturer. The Davidson Group within the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research focuses on understanding the physiological importance of cationic host defence peptides (CHDP) to host defences against bacterial and viral infections.
Dr Davidson completed a PhD at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, studying the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis lung disease, then was awarded a Wellcome Trust Travelling Research Fellowship to undertake post-doctoral training in innate immunity research at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Dr Davidson helped to explain more about his latest published study on skin natural defences against staphylococcus aureus bacteria here.
Elisabeth Briand is a R&D manager at Skintifique, holds an Engineering Master’s degree in food industry and a PhD in chemistry.
She had 10 years experience in academic research as a physico-chemist, in France at Paris VI and Paris XI faculty of Pharmacy and in Sweden, at Chalmers University of Technology. She helps out with Science of Skincare Products here.
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Dr Christopher Bridgett is a psychiatrist with a special interest of using behavioural interventions to help people with atopic eczema, co-author of The Combined Approach.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a honorary Member of the British Association of Dermatologists. Now retired from clinical practice, he is an honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Imperial College at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London. Dr Bridgett helps with Habitual Scratching & Eczema series and answer questions relating to behavioral interventions for eczema children.
Dr Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, and an award-winning author and speaker. He has authored 15 books that have been translated to 26 languages, including In Their Own Way and Neurodiversity in the Classroom.
Dr Armstrong has lectured in over 20 countries and featured in many prominent newspapers, magazine and TV and radio programs. He offers an insight into multiple intelligences.
Anna Jacob is the Director of Nutrition from Abbott. She oversees medical affairs in Singapore, Cambodia and Myanmar. She is a co-author of FirstFoods, SmartFoods for Tweens, Fit Not Fat and The Essential Guide for First-time Asian Mums and Dads.
She has also served as the Associate Director, Scientific Programs for the International Life Sciences Institute Southeast Asia Region (ILSI SEAR). She is alsona member of the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association (SNDA) since 1985. She has served as President (2 terms) as well as Editor of the Journal of the SNDA. She helps out with Feeding Kids Healthy series.
Dr Rosina McAlpine has a masters and PhD in education. She is the CEO of Win Win Parenting Program and won numerous national and international awards for her teaching and research work.
She is a mother and has served as Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, and shares with us on Inspiring Eczema Kids through Building Life Skills.