My overall area of interest is pediatric dermatology. In the course of
providing patient care, my aim is to advance scientific knowledge in this
field. This goal is achieved through clinical observation, clinical trials,
and collaboration with laboratories exploring the molecular basis of
I am also interested in providing care for skin disease in developing
countries. In the course of a number of projects in Latin America and
Africa, I have developed protocols and teaching manuals for this purpose.
Finally, I am actively involved in developing new models for teaching
doctor-patient communication to medical students, residents, and practicing
physicians in all fields of medicine. My work on this includes some new
methods for teaching empathic communication in the course of traditional
morbidity and mortality conferences.