Program Chair

Afsaneh Alavi, MD, MSc, FRCPC is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Toronto. She completed her residency in dermatology in 1998 in Iran, and in 2011 in Toronto, Canada. She also completed a 2-year fellowship in Wound Healing and a Master of Science in Community Health at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of the Wound Healing Fellowship and is running a sub-specialty HS and PG clinic at Women’s College Hospital. Her research interests include wound healing, hidradenitis suppurativa, and medical dermatology. She has received multiple awards including the Practitioner of the Year Award from the Canadian Dermatology Association in 2017, and recently the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Award in recognition of her work in HS (2019).

Keynote Speakers

Jean D. A. Carruthers MD, FRCSC, F.R.C. (Ophthalmology) is Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she specializes in facial cosmetic injectable, energy based devices and surgery.  Dr. Carruthers received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 1971 and completed her Ophthalmology residency at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK, in 1977. She completed her post-residency studies in Ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia and the University of California in San Francisco in 1982. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  She has been invited to give many presentations worldwide on topics in cosmetic surgery and has so far authored 369 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and authored and edited 9 textbooks with her dermatologist husband Dr Alastair Carruthers.

With A. Carruthers she pioneered the cosmetic use of botulinum A exotoxin and has remained at the forefront of research and teaching about this procedure and the use of cosmetic soft tissue fillers. Together they have participated in numerous international research trials studying these new agents. She has been President of the British Columbia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the Canadian Laser Aesthetic Surgery Society and the Foundation of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.   Dr. Carruthers has been honored by being invited to join the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Dermatological Association and  Women in Dermatology, Women in Ophthalmology and to be an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic  Surgery, and the American Dermatologic Society. She has received many awards, including the Eugene Van Scott Award and Philip Frost Lecture by the American Academy of Dermatology (2012, with A. Carruthers); Henry Baylis Cosmetic Surgery Lecture and Award from the American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2013; the Leadership and Innovation Award from The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) (2014, with A. Carruthers); the ASDS Presidential Awards (2012, 2014 and 2015); the highly prestigious Samuel J Stegman Award by the ASDS (2016), the first nondermatologist to be so honored. She has been profiled in numerous publications including Best Doctors in Canada, New York Times, Allure, Time, Newsweek and Vogue.  She has also been featured on the television program 20/20 as well as many others. She is past Chair of the Industry Advisory Council and current Chair of the Member Giving Committee of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Dr. Kanade Shinkai is a faculty member of the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Dermatology, and is a full professor of dermatology.  She specializes in medical dermatology and inpatient dermatology consults.  She is passionate about medical education and has recently served as residency program director at UCSF; she now serves as vice-chair for education for the department. She has served as the current editor-in-chief of JAMA Dermatology since July 2018.


Dr. Yuka Asai is a prairie native who trained in dermatology at McGill University, where she also completed her MSc in Epidemiology and a PhD in Experimental Medicine. She was the first dermatologist recruited to Queen’s University in the reboot of the Division of Dermatology. Her research interests are transdisciplinary and include atopic diseases, genetics, skin cancer and epidemiology.

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 (www.trc.ca). She is currently in her second semester of her Master’s degree in clinical and translational research, and with this background hopes to continue to advocate for underserviced populations in Canadian Dermatology.

As one of Canada’s premiere style and image consultants, Suzanne Colmer works with her clients to bring clarity and cohesiveness into their wardrobe. She specializes in closet cleanses, personalized shopping and capsule wardrobes. Often sought out by the media as a style expert, Suzanne has been featured locally on Global TV, and CBC and in the National Post and globally as Toronto’s style consultant with Tourism Toronto.

Beatriz is Pfizer’s Regional President for Inflammation and Immunology in North America. In this role, she manages a multibillion P&L and oversees the I&I business in the US and Canada. In her previous position she was Regional President for Internal Medicines (IM) in the International Developed Markets, where she managed a multibillion P&L and provided oversight to Country Managers in 57 markets across Europe and Developed Asia.

Beatriz joined Pfizer in 2003 as an Oncology Product Manager and has since taken on numerous commercial leadership roles across various therapeutic areas and geographies including Oncology Cluster Lead (Spain, Belux, Ireland, and Portugal), and President and General Manager, Spain. Throughout her career, she has been a pioneer for change. She has led teams through several major restructurings, demonstrating her leadership and understanding of where the company is going. Beatriz is an incredibly ardent supporter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and work/life balance. She served as the President of the Spanish Diversity Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain, launched the Diversity committee in Pfizer Spain, Executive Sponsor of the European Diversity Committee in Pfizer (DICE), and has been on the board of the most important non-governmental business think tank (Círculo de empresarios) and Pfizer Foundation Spain. In May 2019 she received a Luminary Award from the Healthcare Business Association.

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. Molly Hinshaw is proud to serve as President of Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) the mission of which is to be the premier organization cultivating personal and professional development of women dermatologists dedicated to excellence in patient care, mentorship, volunteerism, and leadership.  Dr. Hinshaw is Associate Professor of Dermatology & Chief of Dermatopathology at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI.  She is dual board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology and directs the dermatology Nail Clinic.  Through her work with numerous organizations, she lives her belief that mentorship and sponsorship are critical drivers of advancement & professional success.  In addition to her clinical work and teaching, Dr. Hinshaw is current Chair of the ASDP Finance Committee, Chair of the AAD Dermatopathology Rapid Response Committee as well as a member of the UWHC Medical Board, the UWMF Finance Committee, & has held numerous appointments within the WDS, AAD, ASDP, and Wisconsin Dermatological Society including serving as President of the latter.  She is the proud wife to Louis and proud mom to Audrey and Louis. When she is not working she enjoys working out, making memories with family & friends, and experiencing anything new!

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.

A keynote speaker, communication coach, and eternal entrepreneur, Nick is passionate about innovation and communication. A former actor, teacher, and comedian, for more than a decade Nick was the founding partner, creative director, and speaker coach at engine communication + events. In 2013, Nick opened his own coaching practice Kindler & Company, focusing on developing the communication and speaking skills of leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and academics. He then joined TEDxToronto as a coach, eventually taking on the role of Director of Programming. In 2015, Nick co-founded Talk Boutique, a speaker development, speaker representation, and event curation company, spending much of his time helping leaders communicate their innovation so it’s understood, shared, and embraced by the world. Nick is also the Head of Programming for SingularityU Canada, a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. Having played a key role in development and delivery of the past SingularityU Canada Summits, Nick continues to play an active role in developing and delivering innovation programs to Canadian organizations.

Dr. Lansang is a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in pediatric dermatology from the Hospital for Sick Children.

She holds appointments at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Women’s College Hospital, and the Hospital for Sick Children and is Assistant Professor in the Division of Dermatology at University of Toronto.

Dr. Lansang has special interests in pediatric atopic dermatitis and psoriasis and in skin conditions during pregnancy.

Dr. Lara-Corrales completed her medical training and pediatric residency in San Jose, Costa Rica, followed by fellowship training in Pediatric Dermatology from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

She is a staff physician and Director of the Fellowship Program in Pediatric Dermatology at the Hospital for Sick Children and is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatrics at University of Toronto.

Dr. Maloney is a graduate of University of Vermont College of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at Hartford Hospital, in Hartford, Connecticut and in dermatology at Hitchcock Clinic in Hanover, New Hampshire. She completed two fellowships at the University of California at San Francisco, one in research and one in dermatologic surgery.

Dr. Maloney was on the faculty of the University of Vermont and then the Milton Hershey Medical School before coming to the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in 1999 and has been Chief, Division of Dermatology, and with the creation of the Department of Dermatology in 2016, became the initial Chair at UMass Memorial Healthcare. She is a passionate volunteer and has been involved in a broad range of activities including serving on many (please see her CV) Committees and Task Forces for a variety of organizations, serving as a reviewer and editor for publications such as Archives in Dermatology, the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, and the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology.

Dr. Maloney played a key role in the development of the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Leadership Institute which offers leadership development programs and sessions for physicians at all stages of their careers. Recently, she was appointed as Chair of the AAD’s State Society Relationships Committee (SSRC). In this position, Dr. Maloney lead the Academy’s initiative to enhance relationships with state societies, enhancing current Academy programs and the developing of new programs and resources designed to strengthen all state societies. Dr. Maloney is a cutaneous oncologist and Mohs surgeon, treating all forms of skin cancer.  She believes the best treatment is prevention and works towards the goal of eliminating skin cancer.

Dr. Maloney is married, has three grown children, three granddaughters, enjoys the outdoors and is an avid water skier.

Boluwaji Ogunyemi, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FAAD is a Medical Dermatologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Memorial University.  Dr. Ogunyemi been published in several scientific and mainstream outlets including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, CBC, and Huffington Post. He is a Canadian Medical Association Ambassador, a Director of the Skin Research Group of Canada, on the Steering Committee of Dermatology for Non-Dermatologists, a TEDx Speaker and 2108 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Convocation Speaker. Last year, Dr. Ogunyemi was awarded the Memorial University Horizon Award and the Western University’s Young Alumni Award for exceptional achievement for Alumni under age 35.

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.

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 Hearing 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.

Dr. Rivers’ experience in aesthetic medicine spans almost 30 years and he continues to enjoy participating in major medical conferences as an invited speaker on a spectrum of medical and cosmetic dermatology topics. 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.

Cheryl Rosen received her M.D. from the University of Toronto. She did her residency in internal medicine and dermatology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rosen then did a Clinical and Research Fellowship in photobiology at the Wellman Laboratories, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University.

Dr. Rosen is Head of the Division of Dermatology at Toronto Western Hospital, and University Health Network Hospitals. Dr. Rosen has a clinical practice at Toronto Western Hospital and is a Clinician Investigator with the Krembil Research Institute at TWH. She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rosen continues to work with, teach and learn from the UofT dermatology residents, and residents and medical students from across Canada.

Dr. Rosen was the National Director of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s Sun Awareness Program for many years and remains actively involved in the Advisory Group. Dr. Rosen continues to be a member of the Ontario Sun Safety Working Group, after serving as the Chair for many years. She is also a member of GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis) and IPART (International Psoriatic Arthritis Research Team) and IDEOM (International Dermatology Outcome Measures) Group.

Dr. Sally Safa is a board-certified Periodontist, alumnus of the University of Toronto and a clinical instructor at University of Toronto. She maintains a private practice in North York where she enjoys all aspects of Periodontal care. Sally is also a passionate advocate of wellness for dentists and healthcare providers. Healthcare providers are engaged in a profession that is stressful and often it is challenging to find a balance that allows for personal contentment and professional gratification. Dr. Safa’s passion is to connect with healthcare providers to help them identify signs of stress and burnout and to share her knowledge of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as a tool to balance their personal and professional lives, to stay in their profession and enjoy it.

Dr. Sibbald is a board-certified Dermatologist with fellowship training in Pediatric Dermatology from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.​

She holds as MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a BScPhm from University of Toronto.

She is a staff physician with research and clinical activities at the Hospital for Sick Children.

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.