Speakers


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Jean Bolognia, MD


Jean Bolognia is Professor of Dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine.  She has served as President of the Medical Dermatology Society, the Women’s Dermatologic Society and the American Dermatological Association, in addition to serving as Vice-President of the Society of Investigative Dermatology, the American Board of Dermatology, and the International Society of Dermatology. She has also been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology and the International League of Dermatological Societies where she was Secretary-General. Jean is the senior editor of the textbook Dermatology, which is now in its fourth edition, and Dermatology Essentials.

Ruth Vleugels, MD


Ruth Ann Vleugels is Vice Chair for Academic Affairs of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Dermatology. She serves as the Director of the Autoimmune Skin Disease Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Co-Director of the Rheumatology-Dermatology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Vleugels developed and serves as the Program Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Dermatology-Rheumatology Fellowship, which is the only formal training opportunity of its kind nationwide. She is Director of the Immunity in Defense and Disease Course at Harvard Medical School and has won multiple teaching and mentoring awards. An international expert in autoimmune connective tissue diseases, Dr. Vleugels’ clinical research focuses on rare autoimmune skin diseases and emerging medical therapies.

DISTINGUISHED LECTURERS

Lars French, MD


Prof. Dr. med. Lars E French MD is a clinician-scientist and the current Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology and Allergology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich). He graduated from the University of Geneva and trained in internal medicine, basic research, and dermatology at the University of Geneva. He rapidly established his own research group in investigative dermatology alongside clinical activities at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Geneva under the direction of Professor Saurat with the support of a career development award from the Swiss National Science Foundation, before spending a year as visiting professor at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and then being nominated as Louis-Jeantet Professor of Medicine at the University of Geneva (2002-2006).

Since November 2019 Professor French chairs the Department of Dermatology and Allergology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, one of the largest in Europe with over 80’000 yearly specialized outpatient consultations, 3000 dermatology inpatient hospitalizations (110 Dermatology inpatient service beds).  Professor French and his team are engaged in competitive research and development in the field of inflammatory skin disease and tumor immunology. He is author of over 250 original publications with an h-index of 49, and over 10000 citations. His research is or has been actively funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Cancer League and the European Union amongst others. In 2012 Professor French was awarded the Otto Naegeli Prize for the promotion of medical research, one of Switzerland’s most prestigious scientific awards. Professor French is recognized at an international level through his activities as board-member, secretary-treasurer and past-president of the European Society of Dermatological Research (ESDR), Past-Treasurer and current President of the European Dermatology Forum, Member of the German Academy of Science Leopoldina, and vice-president of the Swiss Society for Dermatology and Venereology, and current president of the International league of Dermatological Societies (ILDS).

David Zloty, MD, FRCPC


Upon receiving his MD (Honours) from the University of Alberta, Dr. Zloty completed specialty training in dermatology at the University of British Columbia in 1994 followed by a fellowship in Mohs Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland in 1995. As a Mohs surgeon, his practice for 24 years has been focused on dermatologic oncology and cutaneous reconstruction. A respected expert in his discipline, Dr. Zloty lectures frequently at both national and international meetings. Holding 34 publications, Dr. Zloty is committed to improving and expanding current skin cancer and reconstructive surgical techniques. He is Clinical Professor and Director of Surgical Education in the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia in addition to Medical Director of the Dermatologic Surgery Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Zloty has also served as President of the Canadian Dermatology Association and on the Board of Directors for the American College of Mohs Surgery.

PRESENTERS

Rachel Asiniwasis, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Rachel Netahe Asiniwasis is a double-board certified Dermatologist currently practicing in her original hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan since graduating Dermatology residency at the University of Toronto in 2014. She currently operates her own practice within Regina seeing a wide base of patients in southern Saskatchewan. Since 2015, she and her small team have expanded to service several remote and northern First Nations communities around Saskatchewan in a grassroots initiative. She does this through a mixture of in-person and teledermatology clinics. Rachel is of Plains Cree and Saulteaux background on her father’s side, and English on her mother’s side. Her last name, “Asiniwasis”, translates into “Stonechild” in oral Cree, and it has been passed down to her that her middle name, “Netahe”, means “my heart”. Her father is a residential school survivor of nine years, and one of her most recent passions is learning more about health care challenges in remote and First Nations populations and developing proactive approaches to these challenges through a Truth and Reconciliation framework. She recently has applied for her Master’s degree in clinical and translational research, and with this background hopes to continue to advocate for underserviced populations in Canadian Dermatology.

Joël Claveau, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Joël Claveau is a dermatologist, specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of Melanoma and Skin Cancers, and an Associate Professor with the Department of Medicine at Laval University where he completed his Medical Study and Internal Medicine training. He did his residency in Dermatology at McGill University and subsequently worked at the Melanoma Clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and is a member of a number of Medical Societies including the American Academy of Dermatology and the International Dermoscopy Society. He has received awards including Honorary Member of La Société Française de Dermatologie, the Young Dermatologist’s Volunteer Award of the Canadian Dermatology Association for his work on the prevention of skin cancers.

Since 1996, he has been the Director of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Clinic at Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, and worked in Public Health for the province of Québec especially on the new Tanning Bed Legislation. He participated to the publication of papers in peer-review journals including work on melanoma, skin cancers and sunscreens. He is actively involved in a various Continuing Medical Education events and investigator in many clinical trials on advanced and metastatic melanoma.

Peter Green, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Green is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School and completed Royal College fellowships in Internal Medicine and Dermatology from Dalhousie University. He holds a full time position in the Department of Medicine as a Professor of Dermatology and a cross appointment in the Department of Pathology. He is former chair of SunSafe Nova Scotia and worked with government to develop and enact legislation restricting tanning bed use for minors. He was awarded the Doctors Nova Scotia Physicians Health Promotion Award in 2015 for his work in skin cancer prevention.

He works full time at the QE 2 Health science center and IWK hospital with areas of clinical interest that include: medical dermatology, dermatologic manifestations of cutaneous disease and pediatric dermatology. He has been active in undergraduate and postgraduate education and was Program Director for dermatology from 2003 until 2017 and director for Undergraduate medical education for Dalhousie University since 2003. He has been recognized at the departmental and faculty level with awards for teaching including professor of the year and the Silver Shovel for outstanding undergraduate education. In 2017 he was recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association Residents and Fellows society for excellence in clinical teaching.

Melanie Pratt, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Melanie Pratt is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Ottawa and Director of Contact Dermatitis Clinic, The Ottawa Hospital. She is an invited member of the North American Contact Dermatitis Research Group (NACDG). She is also an invited member International Contact Dermatitis Research Group (ICDRG). Dr. Pratt is past president American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS).

Jason Rivers, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Jason Rivers is a Clinical Professor of dermatology and past director of the dermatology residency program at the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science, University of British Columbia. He has lectured and published extensively on skin cancer and devoted significant efforts to research and collaboration on various government and industry-sponsored initiatives in skin cancer prevention and treatment. His dedication to excellence in patient care and clinical skills has earned him recognition by being elected to the American Dermatology Association in 2015.

Dr. Rivers’ fervent pursuits of writing and research have culminated in literary contributions of more than 170 articles and book chapters. From 2005-2015 he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, the official publication of the Canadian Dermatology Association. He is the president-elect of the Canadian Dermatology Association, past president of the Canadian Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the current president of the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada. Dr. Rivers has been an expert peer-reviewer or editorial board member for several major dermatology journals, including the British Journal of Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and JAMA Dermatology. He has been a primary investigator for a wide spectrum of clinical studies in both medical and aesthetic dermatology, including acne, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, skin cancer, atopic dermatitis, neuromuscular blocking agents, injectable fillers, and non-invasive body contouring.

Maxwell Sauder

Maxwell Sauder, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Maxwell Sauder is a board-certified dermatologist in Canada (FRCPC) and the United States (DABD) with additional fellowship training in cutaneous oncology at Harvard Medical School. He is a former faculty member of Harvard Medical School where he focused on skin toxicities of anti-cancer treatments (STATs). He is currently an onco-dermatologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where he assists in the management of complex cutaneous malignancies and STATs. He also practices at Toronto Dermatology Centre where he is the director of the Pigmented Lesion Clinic that uses cutting edge artificial intelligence technology to identify and manage skin cancers or precancerous lesions at the earliest possible stage.

He continues to advance the understanding of dermatology and management of various dermatologic conditions as the Research Director at Toronto Research Centre and an associate investigator at Probity Medical Research. Well published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Sauder has also authored several book chapters, been referenced on www.uptodate.com, and has won numerous awards including the Partner’s President Prize at Harvard and The Royal College’s Detweiler Fellowship Award. His publications have covered topics such as eczema, patient education, aesthetic dermatology, sun safety, psoriasis, biologics, adverse drug reactions, hemangiomas, contact dermatitis, cutaneous oncology, and a host of complex medical dermatology conditions.

Dr. Sauder earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at McMaster University and completed a five-year residency in dermatology at The University of Ottawa where he was the chief resident and received The D.C. Montgomery Resident Award for excellence in research. He completed fellowship training in Cutaneous Oncology at Harvard Medical School. He is an active member of the Canadian Dermatology Association where he is a member of the Sun Awareness Working Group. He is the Treasurer of the Section of Dermatology within the Ontario Medical Association where he advocates for dermatologists, doctors and most importantly patients.