Down Syndrome Dermatology Clinic

The Down syndrome dermatology clinic, the only clinic of its kind in the country, focuses on skin conditions associated with Down syndrome. As leaders in this field, our goal is to improve the lives of those with Down syndrome.

Our state-of-the-art care is offered at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester. The clinic includes longer appointments to give our staff more time with patients and their network (parents, health care aides, or support staff). Please ask your provider to send a referral before making an appointment.

Skin conditions we treat

There are many associated skin conditions with Down syndrome. These include:

  • Acne
  • Alopecia areata
  • Angular cheilitis and other rashes on or around the mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Eczema
  • Folliculitis
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa
  • Psoriasis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff)
  • Toenail fungus/foot fungus
  • Vitiligo

What to expect from your appointment

The clinic has longer appointments to provide more time with you and your support persons (for example parents, health care aides, or support staff). We may contact you before the appointment to discuss an adaptive care plan. Specialists from the Child Life Program will be available if needed.

We will examine your skin and review your health history and outside records. So that we can best look at the skin, you will likely have to change into a gown. We will work with you to make this a positive experience.

We will create a personalized treatment plan based on your history and physical examination. In addition, we will take time to discuss daily routines to determine how to make a treatment plan successful.

Although not common, we will sometimes need blood work or a biopsy of the skin. We will work with you and Child Life team members to make this a positive experience.

Appointments and referrals

We provide services in Manchester, New Hampshire. We typically schedule appointments on the third Tuesday of every month. Please ask your provider to send a referral

Patient resources

Down Syndrome Dermatology Clinic staff

  • Caitlin M. Yazel, Nurse manager, Dermatology

Down Syndrome Dermatology Clinic providers

Jillian F. Rork, MD


Areas of focus

  • Pediatric dermatology
  • Hemangiomas
  • Port wine stains and other vascular malformations
  • Genetic skin diseases
  • And 5 more areas of focus


  • Manchester

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