Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Center

  • Meet the Team

    The Epidermolysis Bullosa Center at Cincinnati Children's is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs.

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    Medical Directors

    A photo of Richard Azizkhan.

    Richard G. Azizkhan, MD
    Surgeon-in-Chief; Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery



    Richard G. Azizkhan, MD

    Surgeon-in-Chief; Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery

    Surgical Director Emeritus, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Program

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4576

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: richard.azizkhan@cchmc.org

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    Clinical Interests

    Complex mediastinal airway disorders; surgical oncology; neonatal anomalies; chest wall deformities; vascular malformations; esophageal disorders; pediatric trauma; epidermolysis bullosa 

    Research Interests

    Trauma systems; injury prevention; fetal lung development; vascular malformations; solid tumors in childhood 


    Dr. Richard Azizkhan is the founding director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center and established the Vascular Anomalies Training Fellowship. Due to his vision for an interdisciplinary and coordinated effort to treat children with vascular anomalies, he recruited outstanding professionals from multiple disciplines to be part of HVMC team. He has over 30 years of surgical experience in treating children with complex vascular anomalies. He is the Surgeon-in-Chief at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is the first occupant of the Lester W. Martin Chair of pediatric surgery, and is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine.

    Dr. Azizkhan obtained his medical degree from the Milton S. Hershey Center of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, completed his pediatric surgery residency at Johns Hopkins and his research fellowship at Harvard with Dr. Judah Folkman. He has published extensively and is author of more than 200 papers and chapters, and five books.

    As an international advocate for children’s rights and health, Dr. Azizkhan has made significant clinical and basic research contributions in angiogenesis and vascular malformations, lung development, airway reconstruction, solid tumors, trauma and injury prevention. Dr. Azizkhan has served in leadership roles in numerous national and international surgical organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section, American Pediatric Surgical Association, and the American College of Surgeons. He is the President of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) and has been active in establishing international medical education exchange programs and medical humanitarian activities in Central Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa. He was awarded an Honorary PhD from Tuzla University in 2001 and honorary citizenship of Tuzla in 2006 for his continuing contributions to improving the health system in Bosnia and all of the former Yugoslavian republics. Dr. Azizkhan also received the Ghandi Gold medal in 2005 from the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons for his global impact.

    Education and Training

    MD: Doctor of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Center of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Hershey, PA, 1972 to 1975.

    Residency: Pediatric Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA.

    Fellowship: Department of Surgery, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

    Certification: General Surgery, 1984, recertified 1992; Pediatric Surgery, 1986, recertified 1993; Surgical Critical Care, 1989.

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    Anne W. Lucky, MD


    Anne W. Lucky, MD

    Volunteer Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2009

    Fax: 513-803-4438

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    All aspects of pediatric dermatology, especially acne


    Dr. Anne Lucky is a pediatric dermatologist who is currently working at both Cincinnati Children’s and in private practice. She obtained her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. She has a long academic career in laboratory and clinical practice with over 200 peer reviewed publications, as well as many reviews, book chapters, and national and international invited lectures.

    She is the director of the Epidermolysis Bullosa Center and a founding member of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Center. She holds board certification in pediatric dermatology, pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology and dermatology and has served as the president of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the American Board of Dermatology. She is active in the Hemangioma Investigator Group (HIG) which a multi-institutional research consortium to provide quality data on the safety and effectiveness of the novel application of therapeutics in infantile hemangiomas. Dr. Lucky’s specialties include all aspects of pediatric dermatology.

    Education and Training

    BA: Pembroke College in Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1966.

    MD: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1970. 

    Residency: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, MA, 1973; Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1981. 

    Fellowship: Human Genetics and Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1974; Clinical Associate (Endocrinology), Reproduction Research Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., 1976. 

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1975; Pediatric Endocrinology, 1978; Dermatology, 1981.


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