The Dermatology Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital diagnoses and treats common and complex skin conditions, caring for more than 3,000 children each year.
In addition, we are a centre for both teaching and research – trainee medical staff enhance the quality of care, and research conducted here helps improve patient health outcomes.
Working for a world in which ALL kids are comfortable in their own skin.
The division of dermatology strives to provide: Excellence in Clinical Care, Effective Education, Proactive Community Engagement, Creative Innovation, and Radical Kindness.
We provide care for children with common and complex dermatologic conditions. Over 3000 children with skin diseases are treated in the outpatient clinics at BCCH as well as throughout the province through outreach clinics/services. In addition, we are a centre for both teaching and research – trainee medical staff enhance the quality of care, and research conducted here helps improve patient health outcomes.
UPDATED June 19 2023
Our most frequently seen conditions are eczema (atopic dermatitis), acne, birthmarks, psoriasis, hair loss, vitiligo, molluscum and warts. As a tertiary care centre we also experts at treating rare and complex conditions including epidermolysis bullosa, dermatomyositis, cutaneous lupus erythematosus, morphea, ichthyosis, and rare genetic skin diseases.
The clinic consists primarily of outpatient consultations. We also provide inpatient consultations for hospitalized children, and province-wide teleconsultations.
We provide the following services:
- Diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for all skin, hair and nail disorders in children.
- Cryotherapy for warts.
- Inpatient consultations for hospitalized children.
- Laser treatment for port wine stains and other birthmarks.
- Minor surgical procedures to remove skin lesions.
- Narrow band UVB phototherapy.
- Skin biopsies.
- Teleconsultation for physicians seeing patients outside of the Lower Mainland.
- Wound care.
Specialized Pediatric Outreach Consultation for Kids (SPOCK)
A component of the RICHER pediatrics program seeking to address disparities in health equity, SPOCK is particularly concerned with health care access for marginalized children in inner city communities.
The BC Children’s Hospital dermatology department supports the RICHER program by providing monthly pediatric outreach clinics in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, as well as telehealth support between clinics.
Monthly multidisciplinary clinics for children with vascular malformations and tumours. The health care team includes dermatologists, plastic surgeons, occupational and physical therapists, pediatricians, radiologists and ENT physicians.
Monthly joint clinics with rheumatology and dermatology provide care for children with autoimmune diseases for which the skin is a primary system of involvement, such as subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, and morphea.
Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions (SCAR)
In collaboration with the Clinical Pharmacology research group, we provide support and investigation for children who have experienced a severe skin cutaneous adverse reaction to one of their medications.
Dr. Wingfield Rehmus, MD, MPH, FAAD
Dr. Sunil Kalia, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Dr. Joseph Lam, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Harvey Lui, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Sarah Felton, MD, MRCP, FACMS
Dr. Allie Gregory, MD, MS, FRCPC
Dr. Julie Prendiville, MD (on-call physician)
With special thanks and appreciation to Dr. Julie Prendiville for her excellent mentorship, leadership, and clinical care as division head from 1990-2018.