Speakers


Program Chair

Dr. Purdy graduated with an honour’s degree in Neuroscience and a medical degree from Dalhousie University. Dr. Purdy completed training in internal medicine as well as dermatology. She holds certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in both. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University and is the dermatology residency program director. She has a medical dermatology practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dr. Purdy is a member of the Atlantic Provinces Dermatology Association, the American Academy of Dermatology, past co-chair of the DRIVE committee, the CDA Education Committee, the CDA Practice Management Symposium planning committee, the CDA Conference planning committee and a former member of the CDA Membership and Awards Committee. She is a member of the dermatology working group at the Royal college of physicians and surgeons and is on the specialty committee as the Dalhousie residency program director. Dr. Purdy is immediate Past President of the CDA. In 2017 she was elected as the CDA Vice President and served as CDA President from June 2019 to June 2020.

Presenters

Dr. David Adam is the Medical Director of Baywood Dermatology and has practiced in Ajax, Ontario for over 10 years.  He is also the Lead Investigator at CCA Medical Research, a center for advanced dermatologic therapeutics. Dr. Adam is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Adam is also the President of the Dermatology Association of Ontario, serves as a reviewer for several medical journals and publishes in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Barber obtained his MD from the University of Alberta and his Canadian Fellowship in Dermatology (FRCPC) after training in Internal Medicine at the University of Alberta and Dermatology at the University of Ottawa and Harvard Medical School. As the Chief Resident in Dermatology at Harvard Medical School he qualified as a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD).

Dr. Barber is in private clinical practice and is a Clinical Professor in both the Departments of Medicine (Dermatology) and Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Dr. Barber has been the Principal Investigator in over 150 national and international clinical research trials. Dr. Barber served as the Chair of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta Clinical Trials Committee (a committee that reviews all human medical research conducted outside Alberta’s major universities) for 15 years resigning in 2015.

Dr. Barber is the Editor-in-Chief of the indexed, peer reviewed journal of the  Canadian Dermatology Association – the “Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery” and the on-line journal the “Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery Case Reports”. Dr. Barber is an active podcaster hosting JCMS Author Interviews twice monthly.  Dr. Barber was President of the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) in 2003 and he has received the CDA’s Presidents Cup twice (1997, 2011) recognizing his outstanding and continuing contributions to the CDA.

Dr. Beecker is a Staff Dermatologist at The Ottawa Hospital, Assistant Professor at The University of Ottawa. She is a Royal College and American Board of Dermatology certified dermatologist, trained and certified in 3 medical specialties: Dermatology, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. Her interests include medical dermatology, pigmented lesions, in-patient hospital dermatology, and research. She is the Research Director for the Division of Dermatology at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Beecker founded the Pigmented lesion and Melanoma Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital, where she follows patients at high-risk for melanoma with digital dermoscopy and total body photography.

Dr. Beecker is the Vice President of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s Board of Directors. She trains medical residents and students and serves on the Executive Committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Dermatology Examination.

Dr. Carroll is a board-certified dermatologist and media personality in the area of cosmetic dermatology and skincare. Her philosophy is based on providing realistic, natural results while bridging the gap between cutting edge and more established treatments.

Dr. Carroll is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (FRCPC) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD). She also holds a faculty position within the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology.  Apart from her busy dermatology practice, she is the President of the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine, the Ontario Director on the board of the Canadian Dermatology Association and a board member of Melanoma Network Canada.

Dirk de Lint joined MBC Legal in 2010. He was called to the bar in 1996 and began his law career at a top-tier Bay Street law firm. He then joined a prominent government regulator, where he was highly regarded as a national authority for 13 years.

His exceptional legal experience are invaluable contributions in MBC’s relentless work to advance its employer-doctors’ legal interests to the maximum extent possible.

Dr. Dutz is Professor and Head of the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia. He is a Senior Scientist with the BC Children’s Hospital Reseach Institute, where his research focus is the skin immune system and the manipulation of this system to promote immune responses and induce tolerance. He is a rheumatologist and dermatologist with special clinical interest in the cutaneous manifestations of autoimmunity and rheumatic disease. He also works as a dermatological oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency, where his practice is restricted to malignant melanoma and skin lymphoma.

Dr. Gooderham is a Dermatologist and Medical Director at the SKiN Centre for Dermatology and an Investigator with Probity Medical Research. She is an Assistant Professor at Queens University and  a Consultant Physician at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.  She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She received her MD from the University of Western Ontario in 1999, and then completed her Dermatology residency at the University of Toronto in 2004.   Prior to training in medicine, Dr. Gooderham obtained a Bachelor of Science from Queens University in Kingston in 1992, and a Master of Science from the University of Guelph in 1995.

Dr. Gooderham is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, nurse practitioners and physicians with both didactic and clinical hands-on teaching. She practices with a focus on psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, skin cancer and clinical research. She also contributes to several peer-reviewed dermatology publications as an author and reviewer.

Dr. Gudjonsson, MD, PhD. Is the Arthur C. Curtis Professor of Skin Molecular Immunology and Associate Professor Dermatology, and Taubman Medical Research Institute Scholar, at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Gudjonsson, is a graduate of the University of Iceland Medical School. He completed his internship and dermatology residency training at the University of Michigan. In 2008, Dr. Gudjonsson joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Department of Dermatology. Dr. Gudjonsson clinical focus is on complex medical dermatology, particularly patients with severe inflammatory skin diseases including psoriasis.

Dr. Gudjonsson’s primary research focus is basic immunological and genetic research on psoriasis, with projects directed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis.  He received the Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Dermatology in 2007, and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). He has published over 180 peer reviewed papers in top tier journals including Nature Immunology, Nature Genetics, Immunity, JCI, and Science Translational medicine, and his work has earned several research awards, including awards from the American Skin Association, the Dermatology Foundation, Doris Duke Foundation, and he was selected as the Society for Investigative Dermatology Rising Star Lecture in 2018.  He has received several NIH R01 awards and is the director of an NIH sponsored P30 Research Core Center at University of Michigan.  Dr. Gudjonsson is on the Board of Directors of the International Psoriasis Council and a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee and Medical Board.

Dr. Guenther is a Professor of Dermatology at Western University in London Ontario Canada, fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Board-certified in the United States. She received her MD from The University of Western Ontario and completed her Dermatology residency training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan, U.S.A. She has been involved in more than 180 research projects since 1980 and is the president Guenther Research Inc. Dr. Guenther is a Past President of the Canadian Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She chaired the Canadian Expert panel for the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis in 2004 and was a member of the expert panel for the 2009 and 2016 Canadian Psoriasis Guidelines. She was also a member of the 2015 Canadian Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Guidelines Committee. Dr. Guenther has more than 200 publications, is a reviewer for a number of journals and has been the medical editor of Dermatology Times of Canada since 1998. She has acted as an advisor to Health Canada, the Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee for Ontario, the Canadian Medical Protective Association, the Canadian Cancer Society and many pharmaceutical companies. She enjoys teaching and lectures locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. She has won a certificate of appreciation for excellence in undergraduate medical education and since 2007 has been voted “Best Doctor” by peers.

Dr. Marissa Joseph graduated medical school at Dalhousie University. She is a board certified Pediatrician and Dermatologist after completing Pediatric training at the Hospital For Sick Children, followed by Dermatology residency at the University of Toronto. She completed a MSc in Community Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Dr. Joseph is full time academic faculty at the University of Toronto. She has received and been nominated for teaching awards in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Dr. Joseph is the Medical Director of the Ricky Kanee Schachter Dermatology Centre at Women’s College Hospital, with a special interest in inflammatory skin diseases. She also works at the Hospital For Sick Children where she manages children with complex dermatologic disease in outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as a pediatric laser treatment program. Dr. Joseph enjoys her diverse practice in general adult, pediatric, adolescent, ethnic and surgical dermatology.

Dr. Mark Kirchhof is the head of the Division of Dermatology at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from McMaster University before joining the MD/PhD program at Western University. His PhD research involved studies of the signalling pathways important to immune system regulation. He then went on to complete his dermatology residency at the University of British Columbia. Prior to moving to Ottawa, he was the education director at Queen’s University in Kingston for 3 years, coordinating and leading undergraduate, post-graduate and CME educational activities. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and maintains a keen interest in clinical and bench-to-bedside research. He has been invited to speak at local, national and international meetings.

Dr Richard Langley, CDA President

Richard Langley is Professor and Director of Research in the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Canada, and was President of the Canadian Dermatology Association in 2014. Dr Langley received his undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University, internship in internal medicine and fellowship in dermatologic surgery at the University of Toronto, and completed his fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Following his training, Dr Langley joined the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and was Director of Clinical Investigations Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School until June 2000.

Dr Langley has authored over 300 articles, book chapters, and other publications and he is a regular reviewer for several medical and dermatology journals, including The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine. He is a principal investigator and has conducted over 250 Phase 1–3 studies involving most of the biologic agents in psoriasis and new immunotherapies in atopic dermatitis. He also has an imaging laboratory that has helped pioneer the application of diagnostic in vivo confocal microscopy in benign and malignant melanocytic lesions.

Dr Langley has been the recipient of numerous awards for teaching (including Professor of the Year at Dalhousie 5 years, and awarded the Silver shovel award byb the graduating medical school class), volunteer activities (including Canadian Dermatology Association Young Dermatologist Volunteer Award), research, and clinical practice. He was also awarded the American Academy of Dermatology Presidential Citation Award for excellence in psoriasis research, and was elected to the American Dermatologic Association in 2020.

Dr. Murray is a graduate of McGill University, Dalhousie University, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. He is Dermatology board certified in Canada and the United States and completed an accredited fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgery. As a full-time Associate Professor of Medicine he is the program director for all dermatology fellowships across the University of Toronto. His key area of research and practice is skin cancer, with a particular focus on cost-effectiveness and quality of life.

Dr. Murray is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Mohs Surgeons (CAMS) and past president of the Canadian Society for Dermatologic Surgery (CSDS). Dr. Murray runs as director the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) accredited fellowship at the University of Toronto and has trained Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists who are now practising Mohs surgery in Canada and internationally.

Michele Ramien, MDCM, FRCPC, DABD Pediatric Dermatology is a hospital-based academic dermatologist at the University of Calgary. Since completing a fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology in 2014, Dr. Ramien has maintained both pediatric and general dermatology practices. She is active in teaching for residents, in particular in the DRIVE program, and in research, where she leads projects on severe cutaneous reactions and eczema education in children. She volunteers as a co-chair on the board of directors for Camp Liberté and an associate editor for the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery.

Dr Vincent Richer practices medical and cosmetic dermatology at Pacific Derm in Vancouver. He holds positions as Clinical Instructor and Director of Continuing Medical Education at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Dermatology and Skin Science. He trained at Université de Montréal in Medicine and Dermatology and completed a fellowship in Photobiology and Cutaneous Laser Surgery at UBC. He is involved as a subinvestigator in clinical trials and is active in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education.

Dr. Jason K. Rivers is a Clinical Professor of dermatology and a past program director of the dermatology residency training program at the University of British Columbia. Currently, he practices medical and cosmetic dermatology at Pacific Derm in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Rivers was one of the principal investigators of the first national study on sun protection habits of Canadians. He presented a report on the findings to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment (effects of ozone depletion on human skin) and was involved in a forum to create the UV Index. He is a lead investigator on a range of clinical research studies. The combination of his academic, clinical, and research endeavours have culminated in over 170 publications.

Dr. Rivers is a past National Director and current Regional Director of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s (CDA) Sun Awareness and Skin Cancer Prevention Program. For 10 years, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. He is the past president of the Canadian Society for Dermatologic Surgery, current President of the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada, and President of the CDA.

Dr. Salsberg graduated with honours from the University of Ottawa faculty of medicine, and completed her Dermatology residency at the University of Toronto, where she served as Chief Dermatology Resident during her final year. She is a board certified dermatologist in both Canada and the United States and completed a Fellowship in Dermatologic Laser Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Salsberg is renowned for her expertise in both medical and cosmetic dermatology and her patient-centered approach to care.

Dr. Salsberg is active in research and education, and completed a Masters of Science with a focus on medical education at the University of Toronto. She has authored numerous research articles published in peer-reviewed journals and her expertise has been quoted in a variety of magazines, newspapers and online publications. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and on staff at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto where she takes an active role in medical education.

Dr. Sandy Skotnicki is the Medical Director of Bay Dermatology Centre in Toronto, Ontario, a full-scale clinic that is involved in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. She is an active researcher and educator, teaching at the University of Toronto and continues to publish on Allergy and Disease in addition to responsibilities at the clinic.