Robin P Gehris MDChief, Pediatric Dermatology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Medical Director, Pediatric Teledermatology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Founding Member, Pediatric Melanoma Group, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Gehris is one of only several pediatric dermatologists in the country with triple board certification in dermatology, pediatrics and pediatric dermatology. She earned a B.S. in biology and psychology from Duke University and an M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed separate residencies in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh and then went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric dermatology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP). During her training she was a chief resident in both pediatrics in 2000 and dermatology in 2005. She is currently both the the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Dermatology at CHP and the Founder and Medical Director of their Pediatric Teledermatology Program.
In addition to operating a busy clinical academic pediatric dermatology practice Dr. Gehris founded what has become a thriving pediatric teledermatology consult service. She is currently the Medical Director of Pediatric Teledermatology at CHP. Dr. Gehris and CHP initially received a monetary grant through Highmark in 2010 to formalize this program; the program went on to win a “Best of Blues” award on Highmark’s national stage for its innovation and demonstration of how teledermatology can result in improved care and potential cost savings when utilized in an emergency room and inpatient setting. Since the initiation of this novel teleconsult service it has grown to care for a volume of several hundred hospital consults per year and has become instrumental in optimizing quality and efficiency in patient care; it has also grown to become an excellent academic teaching tool for residents in pediatrics, dermatology and emergency medicine. In addition to her work with inpatient pediatric teledermatology, Dr, Gehris has led several different outreach projects in outpatient teledermatology.
Dr. Gehris is also interested in innovations in therapy hemangiomas and vascular malformations as well as autoimmune and connective tissue disorders. She provides tele-consultation for the Vascular Anomalies Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She collaborates clinically with pediatric rheumatology to study pediatric localized scleroderma. She is one of the founding members of a multidisciplinary group at CHP specializing in the management of children and adolescents with atypical melanocytic lesions including pediatric melanoma. She has co-authored multiple book chapters and academic publications on topics related to pediatric dermatology and has presented extensively at both local and national meetings.
Dr. Gehris maintains an avid fascination with the intersection of dermatology and entrepreneurial ventures, specifically the co-development of new technology and medical knowledge to improve the quality, cost and efficiency of healthcare delivery by a small number of subspecialists to a large and ever-growing population of patients.