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PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS

Claudia de la Cruz, MD
Clinica Dermacross
Santiago, Chile
IPC Board Member

Claudia de la Cruz received her medical degree from Universidad de Chile, Sede Oriente, Hospital de Salvador, Hospital, U. Chile, Chile. She received her dermatology training at Universidad de Chile, Hospital Jose Joaquinaguirre . She maintains academic affiliations with Universidad Católica de Chile as an Assistant Professor in Dermatology. She is also very active in the Chilean Society of Dermatology and is the coordinator of the psoriasis group and is a member of the National Ministry of Health Committee for Psoriasis Disease. Dr. de la Cruz has also published several papers on psoriasis and has presented at both national and international congresses on psoriasis and related issues. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Last Updated: May 07, 2019

Cristina Echeverría, MD
Instituto de Rehabiitacion Psicofísica (IREP)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Echeverría is a medical doctor at the Hospital General de Agudos Eva Perón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She earned a degree as an Internal Medicine Specialist, as well as, a degree in Dermatology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) where she currently serves as an assistant professor in dermatology. She has been a long time supporter of the Sociedad Latinoamericana de Psoriasis (SOLAPSO) and is currently the Vice President. She is a member of the Scientific Board of Dermatológica Argentina, Coordinator of the ECHO Psoriasis Project Argentina, and medical doctor of IREP (Instituto de Rehabilitación Psicofísica) in Buenos Aires.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2020

PROGRAM FACULTY

Peter van de Kerkhof, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer
International Psoriasis Council
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Professor Peter van de Kerkhof served as head of the department Dermatology at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands, since 1992 and is currently a Professor Emeritus there. He graduated in medicine from the Catholic University of Nijmegen in 1978 and trained in Dermatology at the St. Radboud Hospital, Nijmegen. In 1983 and in 1990 he completed his theses in the faculty of medicine and faculty of sciences resp. Between 1980 and 1984 he completed his training as a dermatologist. Research interests of Professor van de Kerkhof are psoriasis, disorders of keratinization, inflammation and clinical pharmacology of the skin. He has been president of major European Dermatological societies such as European Society of Dermatological Research and European Dermatology Forum. He is member of the editorial board of several international dermatological journals. He is an author or coauthor of more than 600 peer reviewed dermatological journals. He joined the IPC Staff as Chief Medical Officer in July 2018.

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2019

Jonathan Barker, MD, FRCP, FRCPath
St John’s Institute of Dermatology
London, England, United Kingdom
IPC President

Jonathan Barker, MD, is Professor of Medical Dermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College London and honorary consultant dermatologist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospitals specializing in complex hospital based medical dermatology. He is senior consultant in the severe psoriasis service and co-director of the Skin Therapy Research Unit which conducts academic and commercially sponsored clinical studies and trials.
Professor Barker is the current President of International Psoriasis Council having previously been a board member and chair of the scientific committee. He is a principal investigator in national and international consortia using genetic and multi-omic approaches to discover causal disease mechanisms, new drug targets and biomarkers of disease subtypes and outcomes to therapeutic interventions. These are being applied to important chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. Professor Barker has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers, authored and edited several books including the latest (9th) edition of Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Highly cited publications include those in the Lancet, Nature Genetics and New England Journal of Medicine. Professor Barker was head of department at the Institute of Dermatology 2002-2018 and course director of the Institute’s MSc Clinical Dermatology for overseas graduates. He is a past President of the European Dermatology Forum and the European Society for Dermatological Research. He is an honorary overseas member of several national dermatological associations including Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, and the USA.

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2018

Fernando Valenzuela , MD
University of Chile
Santiago, Chile

Dr. Valenzuela is currently Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Chile in Santiago. He has received multiple awards from his medical school days to the present in addition to working closely with Dr. Kim Papp. He is highly regarded by all his colleagues in Latin America and attends all SOLAPSO and RADLA meetings in Latin America where he is frequently featured as a main speaker. He has been working and publishing about tofacitinib clinical efficacy, its association with viral infections and the improvement on quality of life.

Last Updated: Nov 06, 2017

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