CHOC Children’s wants its medical staff and patients to get to know its growing team of physicians, including primary and specialty care providers. Today, meet one of our specialists, Dr. Shireen Guide, a pediatric dermatologist.
Q: What is your education and training?
A: I trained at Stanford University Medical Center for both medical school and my internship. Subsequently, I completed my dermatology residency at University of Texas, Southwestern. I then went on to complete a pediatric dermatology fellowship at UC San Diego – Rady Children’s Hospital. I am board certified in both dermatology and pediatric dermatology and have been practicing in Orange County for the last 11 years.
Q: What are your special clinical interests?
A: I have a special interest in birthmarks and genetic conditions that are associated with specific skin manifestations. I also enjoy helping families better control chronic skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and acne.
Q: What are some new developments within your specialty?
A: Developments in pediatric dermatology developments, such as safer biologics and better lasers for psoriasis, have led to improved treatment outcomes. Using dermatoscopic imaging modalities has provided the ability to better control margins and minimize scaring when we remove abnormal moles.
Q: What would you most like community providers to know about your division at CHOC?
A: Our pediatric dermatology clinic encompasses the evaluation of patient concerns regarding all hair, skin and nail conditions. We perform a variety of minor surgical excisions such as cyst, lipoma and birthmark removals. We also use minimal incision techniques which results in smaller scars while removing larger subcutaneous nodules or lesions.
Q: What inspires you most about the care being delivered at CHOC?
A: Our CHOC clinic allows us to help families with complicated medical conditions, minimal resources and limited access to specialty care.
Q: Why did you decide to get into the medical field?
A: My father immigrated to America with minimal resources, and through his hard work and dedication, this country allowed him the opportunity to become a highly decorated military officer and a successful doctor. The value of education was instilled in me since childhood and I am very proud to have followed in my father’s medical footsteps.
Q: What have you learned from patients and families?
A: I have learned that patients want their doctors to listen to them and know their names, and involve families as active partners in their care team.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
A: I enjoy playing the piano and spending time with my husband and three amazing children. We love to visit local zoos, museums and parks.