The Eczema Center
Meet Our Faculty and Staff

The Eczema Center draws its strength from the people that have unselfishly dedicated their professional (and, sometimes, personal!) time to the goal of improving the lives of people with chronic inflammatory skin conditions like atopic dermatitis.

These are a few of the people without whom The Eczema Center could not exist...

Faculty/Staff (in alphabetical order)

Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD
Dr. Eichenfield is Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Dermatology), at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine.  He earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, was a pediatric resident and chief resident at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and completed dermatology training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  He has been board certified in pediatrics, dermatology and pediatric dermatology.

Dr. Eichenfield's clinical interests include atopic dermatitis, vascular lesions (port wine stains, hemangiomas), acne, neonatal dermatology, laser surgery, procedural pain control, nevi (moles), and skin signs of systemic disease.  He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and periodicals, and is Co-Editor in Chief of Pediatric Dermatology.  Dr. Eichenfield has published more than 150 journal articles, chapters and abstracts, and books including serving as editor of Textbook of Neonatal Dermatology, published by W.B. Saunders, and The Eczemas, published by Summit Communications.

Dr. Eichenfield was honored as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society during medical school, as a recipient of the Benjamin Ritter Award at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and has received excellence in teaching awards from UCSD Pediatrics, UCSD Dermatology, and Children's Hospital, San Diego.  He has been named one of the "Best Doctors in America" since 1994.  Dr. Eichenfield is past president of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and serves on the Board of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Magdalene A. Dohil, MD
Dr. Magdalene A. Dohil is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Dermatology, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego.  She earned her medical degree from the prestigious Wilhelms University Muenster, Germany and concluded her postgraduate residency training at the Medical School and Dermatology Hospital of the University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany.

Dr. Dohil completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Dermatology at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada and Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego and UCSD.

Dr. Dohil is an accomplished pediatric dermatologist, whose expertise includes pediatric dermatologic surgery and laser surgery.  Her special interests focus on advances in the atopy syndrome, viral skin disease such as warts and molluscum and phototherapy of skin disease in children. She regularly publishes, teaches and presents her research both nationally and internationally and is an active reviewer for the leading medical journals in Dermatology.  She is the author of invited reviews on top issues in Pediatric Dermatology such as “Skin tumors in Children” and  “Epidemiology of Molluscum contagiosum in Childhood." She continues to lead and co-lead many ongoing research trials.

Dr. Dohil enjoys taking care of children and their families.  She is multilingual and welcomes our Spanish only speaking patients. When not working she stays busy with her family, which includes her husband and three children.

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Therese M. Cosan, RN
Therese is the Care Coordinator for the Department of Dermatology.  She is accountable for the supervision and coordination of the multidisciplinary care of the dermatology patient.  She is a clinical resource who provides direct patient care as well as staff education and development.

Therese has over 25 years of nursing experience.  She has functioned in varied capacities of direct patient care, staff development, education, and homecare in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  Here expertise in dealing with families and children with very special needs has been the cornerstone of her career.

Therese is a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association.

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Ann E. Funk, RN, CCRC
Ann is a registered nurse and certified clinical research coordinator. She started her nursing career as a nurse generalist in rural northern California but followed her interest in pediatric nursing to Rady Children’s Hospital, in 1986.

Her experience at Children’s includes pediatric critical care, urgent care, and phone triage. She is a past recipient of the Children’s Hospital Employee of Excellence Award and the Children’s Nurse of Excellence Award. She is currently Research Nurse Coordinator for clinical trials in the Division of Dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital. Her research experience includes a variety of pediatric skin conditions including atopic dermatitis and skin and nail infections.

Ann enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an active community volunteer and troop leader with Girl Scouts, San Diego Imperial Council.

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Wynnis Tom , MD
Wynnis Tom, MD was born and grew up in San Francisco.  After completing her undergraduate education at Stanford University, she attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Tom completed her training in dermatology at Saint Louis University.  She returned to the San Diego area to pursue a Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship.  We are pleased that Dr. Tom decided to join our group upon completion of her fellowship.

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Andrew C. Krakowski, MD
Dr. Krakowski is currently the chief resident in the Division of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He completed a two-year Clinical Research Fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology at the Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a full pediatrics residency at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, in Baltimore, Maryland.

He has a special interest in inflammatory skin conditions, laser surgery, medical ethics, and wilderness medicine. Dr. Krakowski enjoys speaking to families about pediatric skin diseases and seeks to develop treatments that are effective, safe, and affordable for children everywhere. Make sure to ask him which spiders to watch out for in San Diego, and check out his wilderness and travel medicine shows on and ReachMD Channel 160!

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Sharon E. Jacob , MD
Dr. Sharon E. Jacob is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Dermatology) at the University of California, School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital.  She earned her medical degree from the Temple University, and completed dermatology training at the University of Miami and advanced contact dermatitis training at New York University (NYU).  She has been board certified in dermatology.

Dr. Jacob's clinical interests include atopic and contact dermatitis and education.  She is considered a national expert on chemical sensitivities in the skin and has published more than 45 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on this topic.  In 2005, Dr Jacob was the first to present contact dermatitis data on U.S. pediatric patients to the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS).

She has received an excellence in teaching award from the University of Miami Dermatology and the Clinical Research Award from the ACDS.  She is an active reviewer for the following medical publications including Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatitis, and the Archives of Dermatology.  Dr. Jacob also serves on the medical board of the Inflammatory Skin Disease Institute and the Skin and Aging Journal.

Dr. Jacob enjoys taking care of children and their families and is an advocate for children’s dermatologic health. 

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