The Well & JN’s 36 Under 36: DR. MARLA JAHNKE
Dr. Marla Jahnke is a pediatric dermatologist at Henry Ford Health System and Children’s Hospital of Michigan and an assistant professor in dermatology at Wayne State University. Becoming only the second pediatric dermatologist in the state of Michigan at the time, she was drawn to the field by the huge unmet need. She cares for children with rare genetic skin conditions, birthmarks, rashes and skin cancers, among other illnesses.
After earning a BA in Spanish at the University of Michigan, she completed medical school and dermatology residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine, trained in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo., and ultimately completed a fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Henry Ford. She voluntarily teaches medical trainees of various levels, sits on several hospital committees, is an international lecturer and publishes regularly in her field of expertise.
Marla has a long history of helping those who need help caring for themselves. She travels extensively doing medical missions in Latin America, volunteers in local clinics for uninsured or poorly insured patients, helps with free skin cancer screenings in the Detroit area, collects donations for the homeless and organizes hair donation events for children with hair loss. Her work with JARC is particularly important to her, having most recently co-chaired the Pre-Glow at the Fall Fundraiser.
She is grateful for her wonderful husband, Adam, incredible (and objectively handsome) baby boy, Asher, and extended family who all actively participate in the local Detroit Jewish community.