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Katherine Brown Puttgen, MD

Director, Pediatric Dermatology
Assistant Professor of Dermatology

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  • Director, Pediatric Dermatology
  • Fellowship Director, Pediatric Dermatology
  • Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Vascular Anomalies Center
  • Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Centers & Institutes

  • Children's Center
  • Vascular Anomalies Center, Johns Hopkins


Acne, Atopic Dermatitis, Autoimmune Skin Diseases, Birthmarks, Botulinum Toxin Injections, Children's Skin Diseases, Cutaneous Laser Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, Dermatology, Infantile Hemangiomas, Pediatric Dermatology, Psoriasis, Vascular Malformations

Research Interests

Infantile hemangiomas; Hemangiomas and vascular malformations; Atopic dermatitis; Acne; Dermatologic surgery; Laser surgery


Dr. Katherine Brown Püttgen is an assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the interim director of pediatric dermatology at Johns Hopkins and is the fellowship director of the pediatric dermatology program. Dr. Püttgen is board certified in dermatology and sub-specialty boarded in pediatric dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Püttgen graduated summa cum laude from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and earned her medical doctorate at Emory University School of Medicine. She completed her dermatology residency training at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she served as chief resident. She then completed her fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Johns Hopkins, serving as the inaugural fellow of the program. She joined the faculty after completing her fellowship in 2008.

She is the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Vascular Anomalies Center, which manages patients with complex vascular malformations and tumors. Her interests and expertise include neonatal dermatology; inflammatory skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, pigmented lesions (moles); lichen sclerosus; acne; and hyperhidrosis (increased sweating). She is an expert in laser and surgical treatments for pediatric dermatology patients.

Dr. Püttgen is a member of the editorial board of the DermAtlas website, conceived and developed by her mentor, Bernard A. Cohen, M.D. She and Dr. Cohen are currently developing an internet-based teledermatology tool so that pediatricians and primary care providers can obtain consultations for patients with dermatologic conditions that require specialist care.

Dr. Püttgen is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, an active member of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the Women’s Dermatologic Society. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and written several book chapters on topics in pediatric and general dermatology. She has been an invited lecturer nationally and internationally to pediatricians, dermatologists and the lay community, and enjoys community outreach efforts.


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Maryland Dermatologic Society, 2008 - present

Society for Pediatric Dermatology, 2007 - present

Women's Dermatologic Society, 2005 - present

American Academy of Dermatology, 2004 - present

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  • Education +


    • Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta GA ) (2003)


    • Rhode Island Hospital / Dermatology (Providence RI ) (2007)


    • Pediatric Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology (2008)
    • Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology (2007)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Puttgen’s research focuses on the treatment of all types of vascular birthmarks, especially infantile hemangiomas and port wine stains.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Püttgen KB. “Diagnosis and management of infantile hemangiomas.” Pediatr Clin North Am. 2014 Apr;61(2):383-402. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2013.11.010. Epub 2014 Feb 18. Review.
    2. Bauman NM, McCarter RJ, Guzzetta PC, Shin JJ, Oh AK, Preciado DA, He J, Greene EA, Puttgen KB. “Propranolol vs prednisolone for symptomatic proliferating infantile hemangiomas: a randomized clinical trial.” JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Apr;140(4):323-30. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2013.6723.
    3. Puttgen KB, Summerer B, Schneider J, Cohen BA, Boss EF, Bauman NM. “Cardiovascular and blood glucose parameters in infants during propranolol initiation for treatment of symptomatic infantile hemangiomas.” Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2013 Sep;122(9):550-4.
    4. Marqueling AL, Oza V, Frieden IJ, Puttgen KB. “Propranolol and infantile hemangiomas four years later: a systematic review.” Pediatr Dermatol. 2013 Mar-Apr;30(2):182-91. doi: 10.1111/pde.12089. Epub 2013 Feb 14. Review.
    5. Drolet BA, Frommelt PC, Chamlin SL, Haggstrom A, Bauman NM, Chiu YE, Chun RH, Garzon MC, Holland KE, Liberman L, MacLellan-Tobert S, Mancini AJ, Metry D, Puttgen KB, Seefeldt M, Sidbury R, Ward KM, Blei F, Baselga E, Cassidy L, Darrow DH, Joachim S, Kwon EK, Martin K, Perkins J, Siegel DH, Boucek RJ, Frieden IJ. “Initiation and use of propranolol for infantile hemangioma: report of a consensus conference.” Pediatrics. 2013 Jan;131(1):128-40. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-1691. Epub 2012 Dec 24. Review.
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  • Activities & Honors +


    Top 10 Doctors Under 40, Baltimore Sun Magazine, 2010

    Attending of the Year, Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008 - 2009

    Haffenreffer House Staff Excellence Award Recipient, Rhode Island Hospital, 2007

    Deans’ Teaching Award, Brown Medical School, 2007

    Summa Cum Laude, University of the South, 1999

    Phi Beta Kappa, 1998

    Benedict Scholar (full tuition, room, and board for four years), University of the South, 1995 - 1999

    Professional Activities

    Director, Hidradenitis Suppurativa Laser Treatment Program, The Johns Hopkins University, 2011 - present

    Nominations Committee Member, Society for Pediatric Dermatology, 2011 - present

    Faculty Senate Representative, Johns Hopkins University, 2010 - present

    Co-director, Vascular Anomalies Center, Johns Hopkins University, 2008 - present

    Member, Sturge-Weber Syndrome Group, 2007 - present

    Editorial Board Member,, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2007 - present

    Co-coordinator of Vascular Anomalies Conference group at Johns Hopkins

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