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IPC appoints board officers for 2022

It is our pleasure to introduce our newly appointed board officers as they take on their new roles beginning January 1, 2022. IPC’s board officers lead our Board of Directors in providing leadership in the direction and operation of the IPC and develop strategies to implement our mission of improving psoriasis patient care around the globe.

Meet our 2022 officers    

Craig Leonardi, MD
Central Dermatology
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
IPC President

Dr. Leonardi is clinical professor of dermatology at St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., where he also has a private practice. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida, and completed an internship in pediatrics and residency in dermatology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Leonardi is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the Noah Worcester Dermatological Society. He is a past member of the medical board of the National Psoriasis Foundation. Dr. Leonardi has extensive experience using new biologics in the treatment of psoriasis. He has been a speaker at national, regional and state venues, and serves on the advisory boards of several pharmaceutical companies. He has been involved in more than 150 clinical trials and has published more than 150 original articles and abstracts.

Last Updated: May 08, 2012


Hervé Bachelez, MD, PhD
Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Saint-Louis, Imagine Institute for Human Genetic Diseases, University of Paris
Paris, France
IPC Vice President/President Elect

Professor Bachelez is professor at the Department of Dermatology of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris Saint-Louis University Hospital in Paris, France. Since 2004, Professor Bachelez has been full professor of clinical dermatology at the Université Paris-Diderot/Université de Paris, where he received his Ph.D. in Immunology in 1999. Professor Bachelez’s clinical and research activities focus on inflammatory skin diseases, mainly psoriasis and psoriasis-related diseases, but also hidradenitis suppurativa, lichen planus among others. He is conducting his basic and translational research at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM U1163), in the Laboratory of Genetics of Skin Diseases at the Imagine Institute for Human Genetic Diseases in Necker Hospital, Paris. His areas of scientific research include immunogenetics and molecular mechanisms of the aforementioned immune-mediated and inflammatory skin diseases. Professor Bachelez has received several scientific awards, including the Robert Degos award. He is a member of several national and international scientific societies, including the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and the European Dermatology Forum (EDF). He is the past president of the French society for Dermatological Research and of the Group for Research on Psoriasis of the French Society for Dermatology. Internationally, he is a board member of the International Psoriasis Council, and is currently serving as General Secretary-Treasurer and President-Elect of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR). Professor Bachelez has published more than 255 manuscripts in peer-reviews journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Lancet, and Arthritis and Rheumatism as leading author.

Last Updated: May 04, 2021


Claudia de la Cruz, MD
Clinica Dermacross
Santiago, Chile
IPC Secretary

Claudia De la Cruz, MD, is a dermatologist in Santiago, Chile. She earned her degree at Universidad De Chile and was an Assistant Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile between 2005 and 2013. Dr. de la Cruz is the Founder and Director of Clínica Dermacross since 2010 in Santiago. She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Psoriasis Council since 2017 and is a regional coordinator for Latin America for the Global Psoriasis Atlas project. Her focus has been in working for psoriasis in her country through the Chilean Society of Dermatology, at the beginning of her career, and then for Latin America, where she has lead the IPC Latin American working group together with Ricardo Romiti from Brazil.She is International Scientific Advisory Board member for Pso Protect. In her role as regional coordinator for Latin America for the Global Psoriasis Atlas, she has focused on collecting information on the incidence of psoriasis in Latin America, helping to build a net of experts through the region. She has helped raise awareness and improve access to treatment in the region, evaluating the different barriers to access in Latin America and other underserved areas in the world. She has also worked in education at the IPC, first on the International Fellowship program, that helps train new leaders in the psoriasis field, and currently as chair of the Masterclass Steering Committee.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2021


Bruce Strober, MD, PhD
Central Connecticut Dermatology, Cromwell, CT and Yale University, Department of Dermatology
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
IPC Treasurer

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, is a Clinical Professor at Yale University, Department of Dermatology. He received his medical and graduate degrees from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY, and completed his postgraduate training in dermatology at New York University in New York, NY. Dr. Strober is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a past member of the medical board of the National Psoriasis Foundation.  He is the Co-Scientific Director of the Corrona Psoriasis Registry and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. Dr. Strober has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters. He has also spoken extensively to both physician and patient audiences in the field of dermatology.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2020

A complete list of our Board of Directors with their full biographies can be found here.

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