Through the Dermatology Consultation Service at the NIH Clinical Center, patients with a variety of rare diseases with cutaneous manifestations are evaluated. In addition, patients who experience adverse reactions to experimental therapeutic agents or manifest unrelated skin conditions while at the NIH are evaluated and treated. Dermatology Branch clinical fellows, fellows from other NIH Institutes, and visiting dermatology residents from around the country receive training on the Dermatology consult service. 'Grand Rounds at the NIH', an ongoing feature published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, highlights interesting cases evaluated by the Dermatology consultation service. Dr. Cowen's primary research interest involves chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) and autoinflammatory diseases. He is Co-Study Chair of a multi-disciplinary NIH initiative aimed at the study and treatment of cGVHD (NCI #04-C-0281) and Principal Investigator of a therapeutic study of anakinra for pustular skin disease(NCI #13-C-0071).
Ongoing Clinical Trials