Overview At Stony Brook Children’s, the Pediatric Dermatology Department provides diagnosis, treatment and management of skin conditions and disorders in infants, children and adolescents. Tapping into the latest research and the most up-to-date treatments available, the dermatologists at Stony Brook Children’s work in collaboration with primary care and specialty care providers.
For an appointment, call (631) 444-KIDS
Our Team The pediatric dermatology team is led by Leonard Kristal, MD, a board-certified pediatric dermatologist who is a widely published and nationally recognized expert. Team members, including registered nurses, all have specialized training and experience in working with children. Meet Our Physicians Leonard Kristal, MD, Department Chief
Education and Research As part of an academic medical institution, all of the pediatric departments at Stony Brook Children’s participates in the teaching of tomorrow's professionals and creating a pipeline of specialty physicians for the community. In addition, they are engaged in the search for new and better ways of diagnosing and treating disease, as well as a greater understanding of disease causes and mechanisms.
Awards and Recognition
Definitions Acne Acne is a skin condition characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red pimples. It occurs when the pores notha surface of the skin become clogged. Acne is most common in teenagers, but it can happen at any age, even as an infant. Three out of four teenagers have acne to some extent, probably caused by hormonal changes that stimulate oil production that can clog the pores.
Atopic dermatitis A type of eczema, atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory, chronically relapsing, non-contagious skin disorder that most often begins in childhood before age 5. The skin of a patient with atopic dermatitis reacts abnormally and easily to irritants, food, and environmental allergens and becomes red, flaky and very itchy. It also becomes vulnerable to surface infections caused by bacteria.
Hemangiomas These are benign self-involuting tumor swelling of endothelial cells, the cells that line blood vessels. They usually appears during the first weeks of life and the most common tumor in infancy.