NEA Ecz-perts

Would you like to speak to an ecz-pert?

National Eczema Association’s panel of ecz-perts stand ready to speak to members of the media about eczema.

NEA ecz-perts includes leading medical professionals who specialize in the treatment of eczema as well as patients and patient advocates. To connect with one of the ecz-perts, contact:

Medical professionals

Andrew Alexis, M.D. , MPH

Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, and Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As Director of the Skin of Color Center, he is actively involved in advancing patient care, research and education pertaining to dermatologic disorders that are prevalent in ethnic skin.

“Eczema awareness is essential to ensure early diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of this impactful skin disorder that affects millions of children and adults worldwide.”

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Samantha Casselman, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and program director for the Severe Eczema Clinic and Eczema school at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Has presented nationally on the topic of atopic dermatitis management at the Dermatology Nurses Association and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Began her career in dermatology as a nurse where she discovered her interest in managing eczema with patients and families, and hopes to positively impact research and education for eczema patients to improve management of this devastating skin condition.

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Jennifer Moyer Darr, LCSW

Licensed clinical social worker in the Division of Pediatric Behavioral Health at National Jewish Health in Denver. Specializes in mental health counseling for individuals and families of all ages, psychological factors related to illness, management of chronic illness, parenting difficulties, impact of trauma, behavioral and cognitive behavioral intervention and biofeedback. Certified in EMDR.

“Know that you are not alone, that others have navigated the path before you and will support and guide you, and that you will be there to guide and support those who come after.”

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Lawrence Eichenfield, M.D.

Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Dermatology), at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Member of NEA’s Scientific & Medical Advisory Council.

“We are excited at the revolution in understanding eczemas impact on affected individuals and families and in our new therapies recently approved and in development.   We are working to minimize eczema in each and every patient—minimizing the rashes, the itch, the sleep disturbance and its secondary effects!”

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Peter Lio, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology & Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology (board-certified in Dermatology).

“Eczema is not ‘just’ a rash: it has powerful effects on the patient and their family and friends. Eczema may not just go away on its own: sometimes it may require treatments and lifestyle changes to get the skin back into balance. Having eczema does not mean you suffer alone: there are lots of dedicated people who will go to the ends of the Earth to support those with eczema, such as the National Eczema Association!”

Video – Ask the Ecz-perts: How do you treat eyelid eczema?

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Jonathan Spergel, M.D. 

Chief of the Allergy Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He holds the Stuart E Starr Chair of Pediatrics.

“Atopic dermatitis or eczema is the start of allergic march.   In order to prevent future allergies, it is important to control eczema.  Newer therapies are now available that can make a difference.”

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Vivian Shi, M.D.

Board-certified dermatologist and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Dermatology at the University of Arizona where she directs the Eczema and Skin Barrier Specialty Clinic. She has extensive clinical and research experience in eczema and repair of the skin’s natural protective barrier. Her principal focus is atopic dermatitis (AD) and she’s a longtime AD sufferer herself.

“Eczema is a pervasive condition thats affects not just the patient, but also the family and community as whole. There is so much more to proper eczema management beside applying moisturizers and topical steroids. We are fortunate to enter an era where there is an unprecedented surge of knowledge and treatment for eczema. Let’s learn more about eczema and the best and newest way to fight it!”

Video – Ask the Ecz-perts: Is food causing my eczema to flare?

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JiaDe (Jeff) Yu

Board-certified dermatologist and fellowship trained pediatric dermatologist specializing in allergic contact dermatitis and occupational dermatitis in adults and children. Practices at Mass General Hospital for Children.

“Eczema affects 20% of the general population and to date, there is no cure. Patients with eczema have trouble finding appropriate clothing, environment, and jobs in which they do not itch. There is a general lack of awareness in the general public about the negative impact on the quality of life eczema has on its sufferers. It’s not ‘just’ a skin condition.”

Video – Ask the Ecz-perts: Why do most eczema treatments only address the symptoms?

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Patients and caretakers

Lisa Choy

Northern California-based eczema warrior who continues to battle eczema as an adult after being diagnosed as a young child.
“Even when I look flare-free, that does not mean I am itch-free nor eczema-free.  I think about my eczema, how I will treat every itch, and all the steps I need to take to manage it every waking moment.  This disease is a big part of my life.”

Lynell Doyle

Michigan-based eczema and allergy parent.

“I think that eczema awareness is important because it is so much more than just an “itch!”  My family is on a mission to stop the itch.”

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Stephen Gawron

New York-based eczema warrior who’s had eczema since infancy.

“People often dismiss Eczema as just being a “rash” and that is the furthest thing from the truth. It is all encompassing as it affects you physically, mentally, emotionally and even financially.  Eczema is more than just skin deep.”

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Alexis Smith

Eczema warrior and Instagram #skininfluencer, known as EczemaLove, who’s helping to change the way people see their skin.

“Eczema is so much more than just a rash.”

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Media inquiries

Direct all inquiries to For journalists under deadline, contact 415-499-3474 ext. 1009.