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Katherine Brown Puttgen, M.D.

Director, Pediatric Dermatology
Assistant Professor of Dermatology


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Johns Hopkins Pediatric Specialty Clinic

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

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Johns Hopkins Pediatric Specialty Clinic

Appointment Phone: 410-955-5933

200 N. Wolfe Street
David Rubenstein Child Health Building
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-5933
Fax: 410-614-9308

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 410-955-5933

Green Spring Station
10755 Falls Road
Pavilion I Suite 350
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Phone: 410-955-5933
Fax: 410-847-3766

Contact for Research Inquiries

Phone: 410-955-5933


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

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


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. more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • Emory University School of Medicine / MD (2003)


    • Rhode Island Hospital / Dermatology (2007)


    • American Board of Dermatology / Dermatology (2007)
    • American Board of Dermatology / Pediatric Dermatology (2008)
  • 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.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • Benedict Scholar, University of the South, 1995 - 1999
    • Phi Beta Kappa, 1998
    • Summa Cum Laude, University of the South, 1999
    • Deans’ Teaching Award, Brown Medical School, 2007
    • Haffenreffer House Staff Excellence Award Recipient, Rhode Island Hospital, 2007
    • Attending of the Year, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008 - 2009
    • Top 10 Doctors Under 40,  Baltimore Sun Magazine, 2010


    • American Academy of Dermatology, 2004
    • Maryland Dermatologic Society, 2008
    • Society for Pediatric Dermatology, 2007
    • Women's Dermatologic Society, 2005

    Professional Activities

    • Co-Coordinator, Johns Hopkins
      Vascular Anomalies Conference group
    • Co-Director, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
      Vascular Anomalies Center
    • Director, The Johns Hopkins University, 2011
      Hidradenitis Suppurativa Laser Treatment Program
    • Faculty Senate Representative, Johns Hopkins University, 2010
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