Electronic voting for the elections will take place from June 1, 2022 to June 14, 2022, if multiple nominations are received for any one position. Results will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on June 22, 2022.

Below is the list of nominees and the position for which they have been nominated.

Dr. Irèn Kossintseva

Vice President


Candidate Information

Present Affiliations
Academic:

Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Dermatology and Skin Sciences, University of British Columbia

Clinical:
  • Dermatologic Surgery Centre
  • Vancouver General Hospital
Medical School

University of Alberta, MD with STIR (Special Training in Research), 2008

Other University Degrees
  • University of Alberta, BSc Hons Human Physiology, 2004
  • Oregon Health and Science University, Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology, 2014
Residency Training

University of British Columbia, Dermatology, 2013

Professional Activities
Canadian Dermatology Association
  • CDA Board Secretary, 2020-present
  • Chair, Membership and Awards Committee, 2020- present
  • Chair, Annual CDA Conference, 2020
  • Education Committee, 2017-2020
  • Finance & Audit Committee, 2017-2020
  • Regional Director, BC, 2017-2020
  • Future of Dermatology Working Group, 2018-2021
  • Ethics Committee, 2016-2019
  • RFS Representative, 2010-2011
  • Sun Safe Awareness Program Volunteer and Assessment Clinician, 2009
Other National, Provincial and Local Dermatology Societies
  • American College of Mohs Surgery: Tromovich Award Committee, 2019 – present
  • American College of Mohs Surgery: National Registry of Outcomes, Tumor Recurrence subcommittee, 2016-2019
  • Canadian Society for Dermatologic Surgery: President, 2019-2021
  • Canadian Society for Dermatologic Surgery: Vice President, 2017-2019
Medical Society, Governmental and/or Professional Appointments, Awards and Honours
Memberships:

Canadian Dermatology Association
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Academy of Dermatology
American College of Mohs Surgery
Canadian Society for Dermatologic Surgery
International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery

Appointments/Service

University of British Columbia – Dermatology residency Professional Development Councilor (2015 to present)
• University of British Columbia – Dermatology CaRMS file reviewer and interviewer (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2021)
• University of British Columbia – Dermatology CaRMS interview-day guide and greeter (2008-2012)
• University of British Columbia – MSAC careers night dermatology representative (2010)
• University of Alberta – Medical School Graduation Committee- member (2007-2008)
• University of Alberta – Medical Class Social Committee representative (2004-2008)
• University of Alberta – Medical Artists Society club leader and coordinator (2004-2006)
• University of Alberta – Medical School Admissions: Mock Interviews- interviewer (2006)
• University of Alberta – Leader of Student Support Groups for medical students (2005-2006)
• University of Alberta – Student representative, MD ambassadors (2004)
• University of Alberta – Safewalk- campus volunteer, promoter, representative (2000-2006)
• University of Alberta – Week Of Welcome activities volunteer, promoter (2003)
• University of Alberta – Orientation Leader for mature/transfer/special disabilities/science/arts students (2001-2003)
• Skin Cancer Awareness Initiative, University of Alberta – Grade 10 and 11 educator (2006)
• Sexual Health, University of Alberta – Grade 7 and 8 educator (2005-2006)
• Shinerama (Cystic Fibrosis campaign), University of Alberta- fundraising executor and designer (2005)
• Healthy Lifestyles (Diabetes and Heart Disease prevention) , University of Alberta – High school educator (2005)
• “Butt Out” anti-smoking education, University of Alberta – Grade 4 and 5 instructor (2004-2005)
• Diabetes Education, University of Alberta – Grade 7 and 8 educator (2004)

Awards:

American Academy of Dermatology 1st place winning oral abstracts presentation, 2017
• American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Gold medal winner of the Iron Surgeon Competition, 2015
• American Society for Dermatologic Surgery 1st Place winning poster presentation, 2014
• American Society for Dermatologic Surgery preceptorship award, 2012
• American Society for Dermatologic Surgery resident scholarship award 2011, 2012
• Society of Gynecological Investigation (SGI) President’s Presenter Award 2005
• Alberta Heritage Foundation Medical Research Award 2005
• Dean’s Silver Medal in Science 2004
• Faculty of Science Dean’s Honour Roll 2000-2004
• Galadiuk UNA top Science Scholarship 2004
• UNA (Ukrainian National Association) Academic Scholarship 2000-2004
• Jason Lang Academic Achievement Scholarship 2000-2004
• University of Alberta Undergraduate Scholarship 2000-2004
• Alexander Rutherford scholarship 2001
• Faculty of Science Academic Excellence Scholarship 2000
• University of Alberta Academic Excellence Scholarship 2000

Research Grants:

SEED funding, Cross Cancer Institute and the University of Alberta – Melanoma Inflammatory Response Genotyping, $30,000 in 2008
Pharma – Melanoma Inflammatory Response Genotyping, $400,000 in 2015

Publications

Number of Publications Authored: 16

For List of publications Authored and Invited Presentations at National and International Meetings, click here.

Other Professional/Academic Activities

Since graduating from Mohs Micrographic Surgery fellowship and joining on faculty at UBC, in addition to my national and international lectures, I have given more than 60 lectures to UBC Dermatology, Plastics and ENT residents at their respective academic half-days. The range of topics spans from Cutaneous Oncology to Surgical Techniques, to a full curriculum covering Dermatologic Drugs (as per Wolverton), to a 10-lecture curriculum/series on Biomedical Ethics that I have developed due to the ever-evolving CaNMEds/Competency by Design needs. 

I have co-trained 8 Mohs surgery fellows:

  1. Dr. Louis Pantalena (from USA) – July 2014-June 2015
  2. Dr. Daram Singh (from Australia) – July 2015 – June 2016
  3. Dr. Julie Jefferson (from USA) – July 2016 – June 2017
  4. Dr. Victoria Godinez-Puig (from USA) – July 2017- June 2018
  5. Dr. Joy Makdisi (from USA) – July 2018 – June 2019
  6. Dr. Alex Laroche (from Canada) – July 2019 – June 2020
  7. Dr. Noelle Wong (from Canada) – July 2020 – June 2021
  8. Dr. Angela Burleigh (from Canada) – July 2021- June 2022
Other Teaching Activities:
  • Young BC Dermatologists Journal Club – “Safe eyelid biopsy techniques” Vancouver, BC, 25 Feb 2019
  • Young BC Dermatologists Journal Club – “Surgical plume hazards and management, protection against HPV and blood borne infection risks” Vancouver, BC, 7 November 2018
  • Divas in Dermatology and Ophthalmology – “Periocular tumors, defects and biopsy techniques” lecture, Vancouver, BC, 25 January 2018
  • Divas in Dermatology — “Mohs referral patterns, wait times and importance of facial topography” lecture; Vancouver, BC, 13 May 2015.
  • World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Argentina knowledge exchange oral presenter: “Challenging Mohs Cases”
  • Canadian Dermatology Association: National webinars: “Procedural Dermatology Lecture Series” February – June 2021

Personal Statement

Having served on the Canadian Dermatology Association board of directors for almost a decade, witnessing the complete overhaul of the office, pruning and restructuring of our priorities and bearing the strifes of COVID, I see both the reality of change, as well as the pace that it takes both without, and under pressure.

Realistically, meaningful accomplishments of the association are slow, unless a dire call to action is due when an acute external or internal stress arises. That said, our association has not been in a better position than now: hugely due to our very efficacious CEO, the diverse and balanced support staff (from accounting, to legal, to technology and marketing), and truly remarkable board-member volunteers that are giving of their time and expertise.

The needs of the CDA members have not dramatically changed: across all generations of practice there is still a persistent dismay over the mis-representation and patient mis-service by “GP-derms”. The dialogue of how to best address it can be re-opened again, hopefully with vigor, as we are coming out of the COVID trauma. 

At the same time, COVID has been a great teacher of true values that we each hold close to our hearts. The need for community, genuine friendships and family. Be it our genetic, or professionally-chosen family members, the beauty of academic and personal reunion, plus a sense of belonging cannot be overlooked. This is our opportunity to give weight to how we want to move forward with our current and future CDA members, what supports to deliver to our community throughout the year, and during our in-person annual meeting. All I can realistically offer, is to hear with an open heart and sharpened senses what you need, and along with the team of the board of directors, try to deliver something meaningful.

Dr. Gabriele Weichert

Vice President


Candidate Information

Present Affiliations
Academic:

Clinical Instructor UBC

Clinical:

SkinCareWest: Medical and Surgical Dermatology, Medical Director

Medical School

McMaster, 1998

Other University Degrees
  • PhD, 1995
  • BSc, 1991
Residency Training
  • UBC Dermatology, 1998-2003
Professional Activities
Canadian Dermatology Association
  • Canadian Dermatology Association, Member 2003–present
Other National, Provincial and Local Dermatology Societies
  • BC Dermatology Society, Member 2003-present
  • American Academy of Dermatology, Member 2003-2013
  • American Society of Dermatology Surgery, Member 2018-2020
Medical Society, Governmental and/or Professional Appointments, Awards and Honours
  • Consultant, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
  • Consultant, Tofino Hospital
Publications

Number of Publications Authored: 9

Personal Statement

I have spent my career working in Nanaimo, a relatively poorly serviced catchment on Vancouver Island.  Working in community practice and caring for patients with a broad range of diagnoses, I have experience with the challenges of complex patient care with minimal “back-up”.    As my team has grown, my role as Medical Director (SkinCareWest) has provided insight into the intricacies of owning and running a large medical practice.  Mid-career, I have also partnered a private aesthetic practice (Synergy Medical Aesthetics) and thus have familiarity with the integration of medical and aesthetic Dermatology.  

Outside an academic or urban setting, caring for patients can be difficult but rich in both responsibility and reward.  Dermatology care across Canada is challenged by geographic access, the politics of renumeration, population demographics and economic change.  

The future of dermatology in Canada will include increasingly complex older patients, the ongoing integration of technology and virtual care, the hybridization of aesthetic and medical practices, exciting therapeutics, and economic challenges within our health authorities.  

My personal goals in dermatology have always included thoughtful and genuine care of patients.  In my role as CDA executive I offer my experience in community medical and aesthetic dermatology with a view to holding patient care and support of our dermatology colleagues in equal balance.  As an organization, CDA has strong potential to remain an expanding central resource for member and patient education, practice support, as well as an ongoing voice of Dermatology representation in Canada. 

Letter of Support

Dr. Max Sauder

Treasurer Elect – Acclaimed


Candidate Information

Present Affiliations
Academic:

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Clinical:
  • Onco-dermatologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • Research Director, Toronto Research Centre
  • Director, Pigmented Lesion Clinic, Toronto Dermatology Centre
  • Associate Investigator, Probity Medical Research
Medical School

McMaster University, 2011

Other University Degrees
  • Harvard University, Onco-dermatology Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • Richard Ivey School of Business, Honours Business Administration (HBA), 2005
Residency Training

University of Ottawa, 2011-2016

Professional Activities
Canadian Dermatology Association
  • Member, Sun Awareness Working Group, 2017-Present
  • RFS Representative, 2012-2015
  • Annual Conference Committee, 2012-2015
  • General member, CDA 2011-Present
Other National, Provincial and Local Dermatology Societies
  • Treasurer, Ontario Medical Association Section of Dermatology Executive, 2020-Present
  • Secretary, Dermatology Association of Ontario, 2021-Present
Medical Society, Governmental and/or Professional Appointments, Awards and Honours
  • Medical Advisor, Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients, 2021-Present
  • Medical Advisor, Look Good Feel Better, 2019-Present
Publications

Number of Publications Authored: 25

For List of Publications Authored, click here.

Personal Statement

As we have seen over the last several years, dermatology in Canada is facing unprecedented challenges that have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Increased referrals from telemedicine. Increased wait times. Increased need for medical dermatology. Increased demand from an aging population. Underserviced rural Canadians. Limited supply of dermatologists. New technologies.  Encroachment by non-dermatologists. Dated and inconsistent fee-structures. The CDA has made, and continues to make, significant progress on addressing these challenges, especially with the Future of  Dermatology Working Group and Action Plan. 

The CDA is a valuable resource that can continue to aid dermatologists in weathering both short- and long-term challenges. The CDA has been in business for 97 years and in order to continue to operate for another 100 years, the CDA must have a solid financial foundation. Each of us pay dues, thereby investing in the CDA and our fellow dermatologists. Like any other important asset, it is incumbent upon members to be stewards by continuing to manage the organization in a sustainable, prudent and accountable manner. 

I believe I have the skills and experience to be such a steward as the treasurer-elect of the CDA. I earned a business degree at The Richard Ivey School of Business. Prior to medical school, I worked at a health care consulting firm where I consulted for 2 provincial governments. Using my budgeting, accounting,  collaboration, organization, mediation, and communication skills secured millions of dollars for initiatives to improve medical, surgical, diagnostic imaging and cancer services. For the past 2 years I have been the treasurer of the Ontario Medical Association Section of Dermatology where I am responsible for managing the pool of funds from annual dues and section disbursements. I would be grateful for your support of my candidacy.

Letter of Support

Dr. Sonya Abdulla

Secretary


Candidate Information

Present Affiliations
Academic:

University of Toronto, Clinical Preceptor

Clinical:

Dermatology on Bloor, Toronto

DLK on Avenue, Toronto

Skin Laser Clinic, Peterborough – Victoria Park Medispa

Medical School

Université d’Ottawa, Doctorat de médecine (volet francophone)

Other University Degrees
  • University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Science (Hon.) 1999-2003
  • University of Saskatchewan, Master of Science 2003-2005
Residency Training
  • University of Toronto, Postgraduate Medicine (Dermatology) 2008-2013
  • University of Toronto, Postgraduate Medicine (Laser Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine) 2013-2014
Professional Activities
Canadian Dermatology Association
  • Education Committee, 2010-2012, 2016-2020
  • Annual Meeting of the Canadian Dermatology Association, Abstract Reviewer, 2017-2020
Other National, Provincial and Local Dermatology Societies
  • Journal of Cutaneous Medicine & Surgery, Peer Reviewer, 2019-present  
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Education Committee, 2017-2020
Medical Society, Governmental and/or Professional Appointments, Awards and Honours
  • Future Leaders Network – American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.  Mentor – Dr Alastair Carruthers, 2017-2018
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Preceptorship Program – Dr. Jeffrey Dover, SkinCare Physicians, Chestnut Hill MA, 2012-2013
  • Canadian Dermatology Foundation Dr Frederic Kalz Bursary – Clinical elective in oncodermatology and acne with Dr Brigitte Dréno at the Clinical Trials Centre, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Hôtel Dieu, Nantes (France), 2012
  • Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO), Representative, 2009-2012
  • Canadian Dermatology Foundation Resident Research Grant S. Abdulla & A-W Chan. Quality of reporting of randomized controlled trials: Systematic review of top dermatology journals, 2011
  • Canadian Dermatology Association Camp Liberté 2011 (Joliette, QC) – Physician/Resident Volunteer, 2011
  • Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) – Vice President (Education), 2006-2007
  • Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) – Board of Directors, 2006-2007
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Committee on Education, 2006-2007
  • Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Core Council on Education & Workforce, 2006-2007
  • Ontario Medical Students’ Association (OMSA) – Executive Member, 2005-2007
Publications

Number of publications authored: 20

Other Professional/Academic Activities
  • Toronto Young Dermatologists’ Journal Club, Coordinator & Lead, 2018-present  
  • Dermatology Residents Innovation & Vision in Education (DRIVE), Examiner, 2019-2020

Personal Statement

Much thought and foresight have gone into the strategic planning of our organization.   There is an ongoing need to advance the profile of dermatologists at a national level, one that should be driven by our members.  My previous involvement as a physician leader with provincial and national medical organizations as well as my experience working in communications on Parliament Hill, continue to support my role as a passionate advocate in dermatology – I am committed to ensuring that we remain the experts in all aspects of dermatology.  

Value propositions to our membership are key to foster engagement.  I am keen to learn from our member perspectives and will continue to find ways to engage our membership at various stages of our careers.  Our organization is led by the BoD but is driven by the interests and engagement of our membership.  The kinship I have developed with members from across the country will be important to support open dialogue – one of the pillars in maintaining the relevance of our member organization at the grassroots level, regardless of career stage.

Diversity is at the forefront of dermatology – I am excited to be part of the CDA’s Skin Diversity initiatives and support the continued awareness and sensitivity among our colleagues and patients.  Our workforce continues to evolve in terms of age and gender.  Acknowledgment and support of the different needs and interests of our membership will help us build a strong vision for the future of our specialty and the needs of our patients.

I look forward to bringing my unique skill set to the Board of Directors as we work toward the mandate of our membership.  It would be an honour and privilege to serve as Secretary on our Board of Directors.  

Thank you for your support.

Letter of Support

Dr. Kyle Cullingham

Secretary


Candidate Information

Present Affiliations
Academic:

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Clinical:

Dermatologist, Owner, and Medical Director of Saskatoon Dermatology Centre

Medical School

Northern Ontario School of Medicine, 2011

Other University Degrees
  • University of Manitoba, Masters of Science Degree major in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 2005
  • Lakehead University, Bachelor of Arts Degree major in Geography, 2006
  • University of Western Ontario, Honours Bachelor of Science Degree major in Microbiology and Immunology, 2002
Residency Training
  • University of Saskatchewan, 2011-2013
  • University of Alberta, 2013-2015
  • University of Calgary, 2015-2016
Professional Activities
Canadian Dermatology Association
  • CDA Ethics committee, June 2017-2020
  • CDA Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, Sept 2018-2021
Other National, Provincial and Local Dermatology Societies

Founder and President, Saskatchewan Dermatology Association, 2019-present

Medical Society, Governmental and/or Professional Appointments, Awards and Honours
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Regional Advisory Committee 2 (Prairie Provinces), 2019-present
  • University of Saskatchewan FRCPC Emergency Medicine Teaching Award, May 2017
  • Professional Association of Residents of Alberta (PARA), 2013-2014
  • Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Saskatchewan (PAIRS), 2011-2013
  • Co-President, Ontario Medical Students Association, 2008-2011 
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine Student Society, 2008-2010
  • Canadian Federation of Medical Students, 2007-2008
Publications

Number of Publications Authored: 14

Personal Statement

I would be honoured to join the Board of Directors in the position of Secretary.  

I would like to become even more involved with the CDA beyond my previous roles on CDA subcommittees and I feel strongly that we need to continue to advocate for dermatologists as skin experts.  I’m also excited to bring my perspective as a Dermatologist in an underserviced province and the challenges faced in Saskatchewan with Dermatologist shortages, recruitment and retention difficulties, long waitlists, physician burnout, and ensuring appropriate and timely access for our patients and how the CDA can help us fill the gaps in these underserviced areas.

Dr. Sophia Colantonio

Regional Director, Ontario – Acclaimed


Candidate Information

Present Affiliations
Academic:

University of Ottawa, Division of Dermatology – Lecturer

Clinical:
  • Working part-time at the Patch testing and Pigmented Lesion Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa.
  • Work part-time at Vital Medical Centre (community dermatology).
Medical School

University of Ottawa, 2014

Other University Degrees
  • Yale University, Masters of Public Health, 2012
  • University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Science, 2008
Residency Training

University of Ottawa, Dermatology, 2019

Professional Activities
Canadian Dermatology Association

Volunteer, Outreach to teens attending lifeguard summer camps about sun safety, 2015-2016

Memberships and Affiliations
  • 2019-Present DABD: Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology
  • 2019-Present FRCPC: Fellow of the Royal College Physicians of Canada
  • 2018-Present EADV: European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
  • 2014-Present AAD: American Academy of Dermatology
  • 2014-Present CDA: Canadian Dermatology Association
  • 2009-Present OMA: Ontario Medical Association membership
  • 2009-Present CMA: Canadian Medical Association membership
Publications

Number of publications authored: 16

For List of Publications Authored, click here.

Other Professional/Academic Activities
  • 2014- Present University Ottawa, Division of Dermatology Residency Program
  • Lectures on Alopecia, Nail disorders, NCCN Melanoma guidelines, HPV, HSV, Oral dermatology, Infestations, Bedside diagnostics, Dermatologic emergencies, Transition to practice, Merkel cell carcinoma and Angiosarcoma, Vasculitis Part 1 (small vessel vasculitis), Vasculitis Part II (mixed, medium, and large vessel vasculitis), Urticaria, Antihistamine & Omalizumab, Medicated shampoos and Agents for Hyperkeratosis, 
  • Azathioprine, Vitiligo and Hypopigmentation, Vulvar and Anogenital dermatology, Oral mucosal therapies
  • Created the unmanned stations for the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 for the derm OSCEs
  • Teaching dermatitis and the total body skin exam in French to 2nd year medical students
  • Evaluating 2nd, 3rd, and 4th medical students OSCEs in French and English
  • Supervised 4th year medical students, Dermatology and Family medicine residents from the University of Ottawa in my community Dermatology office
  • 2021 University Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine
  • Creation, development and writing of “Skin of colour dermatoses” self-learning module (SLM) for University of Ottawa medical students, published online in French and English in Spring of 2021. I supervised a team of six medical students with Dr. Amin Bahubeshi and Dr. Isabel Arroyo.
  • 2020 – Present Canadian Dermatology Association
  • RASH (Resident Academic Study Hour) lecture series
  • Presentation on high-yield topics of hair & nails (2020) and allergic contact dermatitis (2022)
  • National Dermatology Resident lecture series
  • Presentation on Bedside diagnostics.

Personal Statement

Thank you for taking the time read this. I am very interested in getting further involved with the Canadian Dermatology Association as a Regional Director for Ontario. A little about me, I split my time, doing part-time community dermatology and part-time academic dermatology at the Ottawa Hospital doing Patch testing and Pigmented lesion clinics. I completed my residency in Dermatology at the University of Ottawa in 2019. I graduated from medical school in 2014 from the University of Ottawa and completed a Master’s of Public Health at Yale University in 2012. I am very active in teaching of residents and medical students, lecturing at least 10 hours per year. 

I am very passionate about dermatology and would like to further my contributions with the Canada Dermatology Association (CDA). In particular, I feel it is very important to educate the public about what a dermatologist is and the value we bring to public and their health. The CDA is already involved in this sphere and I would like to continue work on this area. I feel it is crucial as there is a tremendous amount of scope creep from others who are not board-certified dermatologists.

I feel the future of Dermatology in Canada is very bright with the significant advances in therapeutics for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and melanoma to name a few in the past decade. The Canadian Dermatology Association is at the forefront of all these changes with helping dermatologists stay current and connected through annual conferences, podcasts, journal publications, and other continuing medical education activities.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Dr. Robin Wiviott

Regional Director, Quebec – Acclaimed


Candidate Information

Present Affiliations
Clinical:

Brunswick Medical Centre @Glen, Victoria Park de la Montagne

Medical School

McGill University, 2012

Other University Degrees
  • Dalhousie University, BsC with First Class Honours, 2007
Residency Training
  • McGill University, 2012-2017

Personal Statement

I am interested in the role of regional director for Quebec because I am motivated to promote the importance of our specialty. We frequently hear from our American colleagues that more and more patients are being managed by mid level practitioners who have minimal training, and I  think that we will see more of this in Canada in the years to come. While I see an important role for nurse practitioners and potentially physician assistants in our health care system, I think that it is paramount that we retain our position as medical specialists who diagnose and manage skin disorders. One thing that initially drew me to dermatology as a specialty is the nuance and subtlety in the difference between benign and malignant, infectious and inflammatory, and cutaneous and systemic disease. Our rigorous training allows us to recognize these differences in order to properly manage patient care. We have already seen the cosmetic industry explode with providers with minimal training, and I fear that the medical side of dermatology will be next if we do not advocate for our territory.

Dr. Irina Oroz

Regional Director, Prairie Provinces – Acclaimed


Candidate Information

Present Affiliations
Academic:

Assistant Professor – University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine

Clinical:

Saskatoon Dermatology Centre

Medical School

University of Saskatchewan, 2012

Residency Training
  • University of Saskatchewan, 2012-2014
  • University of Alberta, 2014-2017
Professional Activities
Canadian Dermatology Association

Basics of Skin Science Program (BoSS) Co-Chair, 2021-Present

Other national, Provincial and Local Dermatology Societies
  • Saskatchewan Dermatology Association, Vice President, 2021-Present
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Region 2 Representative, on the Specialty Committee in Dermatology, May 2021-Present
  • Saskatchewan Medical Association, Intersectional Council, 2020- Present
  • Saskatchewan Dermatology Association, Co-Founder and Treasurer, 2019-2021
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dermatology, June 2017 to present
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, September 2017 to present
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, September 2017 to present
Medical Society, Governmental and/or Professional Appointments, Awards and Honours
  • Chief Resident – Dermatology, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, 2013- 2014
  • Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Saskatchewan, Treasurer, 2013-2014
  • PGME Representative and Board of Directors Member, Professional Association of Interns and Residents, 2012-2013
  • Budget Planning Committee, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, 2013-2014
Publications

Number of publications authored: 13

Personal Statement

As we emerge from the challenges of the past several years, we enter into the next exciting chapter of Dermatology in Canada. With the evolution of patient care and education delivery as well as growing technologies like telehealth changing the landscape of Dermatology in Canada, the Canadian Dermatology Association must rise to meet the changing needs of Canadian patients and the Dermatologists who care for them. 

In the role of the Prairie Regional Representative, my aim would be to represent the needs and support the unique challenges of Dermatologists across our prairie provinces and ensure their voices are heard at the national level. From representation to renumeration, to resources and patient care, I am to support the needs of all prairie dermatologists as we move into a new era.