Leslie Castelo-Soccio, MD, PhD Leslie Castelo-Soccio, MD, PhD, is a pediatric dermatologist with the Dermatology Section at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with special expertise in alopecia and genetic skin disease. Areas of Expertise: Alopecia, Genetic skin disorders, General pediatric dermatology Locations: Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care; Specialty Care, Virtua Patient Ratings: ★★★★★ ★★★★★ | Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467) Background Pediatric dermatologist Leslie Castelo-Soccio, MD, PhD, believes in CHOP’s mission of providing a family-centered approach to care. Her areas of specialty are hair disorders and genetic diseases of the skin. It is important to Dr. Castelo-Soccio not only to create a positive experience for patients and families, but also to be honest about current options for therapy. “I love caring for children of all ages and watching them develop,” she explains. “Children with skin disorders have unique needs that are different from adults with the same conditions. I have always wanted to provide care and expertise in the context of each unique child.” Dr. Castelo-Soccio is an advocate for children with rare skin diseases, including diseases with limited therapies. She uses the latest research to inform patient care, especially for skin disorders that don’t have standard treatments. New research tools, clinical trials and genetics can improve the treatment and care of skin disorders. Dr. Castelo-Soccio’s personal research focuses on alopecia areata and rare genetic skin disease. Her research explores the causes of rare skin diseases. It has also focused on the impact of skin disease on quality of life for children and their families, and the creation of pediatric specific research and clinical tools. As Research Director for the section of pediatric dermatology, she has the opportunity to bring some clinical trials for rare skin disease to CHOP and to stay informed of the latest clinical trials for skin and hair disorders. “I am excited about the impact research and genetics have on understanding this group of diseases,” she explains. Dr. Castelo-Soccio loves the practice of medicine from the perspective of the skin. Her interest in research and personal care for patients and families is central to her work. Education and Training Medical SchoolMD - Cornell University, New York, NY InternshipInternal Medicine - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA ResidencyDermatology - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Board CertificationAmerican Board of Dermatology/Pediatric DermatologyGraduate DegreePhD - Cornell University, New York, NY Titles and Academic Titles Attending PhysicianDirector of Clinical Research, Dermatology SectionAssistant Professor of Pediatrics and Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Departments and Services General Pediatrics Dermatology Section Infantile Hemangioma ProgramVascular Anomalies ProgramEpidermolysis Bullosa Multidisciplinary Clinic Research Interests Alopecia areata and hair disorders Genodermatosis Clinical trials for rare skin diseases Patient Experience Ratings About the Patient Experience Rating System The Patient Experience Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown above from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. We are committed to true transparency. However, to ensure the comments are fair and correctly attributed, we review each one before posting to the website. We exclude entire comments that disclose patient's protected health information, are off-topic, or include other confidential or inappropriate content. Comments will appear on provider bios only if providers have a minimum number of comments. Comments are shared internally for education purposes to ensure that we are doing our very best for the patients and families for whom we are privileged to care. The comments are submitted by patients and families and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not reflect the views of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.