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Program Chairs

Mahira Hamdy El Sayed, MSc, MD
Ain Shams University
Cairo, Egypt
IPC Board Member

Prof. El-Sayed is Professor of Dermatology and Venereology at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. She qualified in medicine in Cairo with honors and subsequently obtained two post-graduate degrees: MSc and MD. Her training has mostly been at her home University but does include a period of research in Glasgow, Scotland for two years. She has served as the administrative director of the department since 2000 and has numerous responsibilities including directorship of the dermatology training program. She has lectured widely at international meetings. She is a member of multiple national and international dermatology societies and has organized many congresses. She is very committed to improving the outcomes for patients with psoriasis in Egypt and has on numerous occasions lobbied the government to improve access to healthcare and medicine.

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018

Mohamed El-Komy, MD
Cairo University
Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Mohamed EL-Komy was born October 1972 in Cairo, Egypt where he obtained his medical degree at the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. He completed his residency and MD degree at the same place where he now works as a professor of Dermatology and faculty at the Kasr AL-Ainy hospitals of Cairo University. Besides general dermatology, Dr. EL-Komy has worked with special interest in psoriasis and nail disorders for the past 23 years. He is the team director managing the psoriasis clinic at Kasr AL-Ainy hospitals serving more than 2,500 registered psoriasis patients. He is involved in several psoriasis research and educational projects for both doctors and patients. Dr. El-Komy was appointed as an IPC Councilor in 2018.

Last Updated: Oct 09, 2018

International Faculty

Christopher EM Griffiths, OBE, MD, FRCP, FMedSci
University of Manchester
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Honorary Founder

Chris Griffiths qualified in Medicine from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London and trained in Dermatology at St Mary’s Hospital, London and the University of Michigan, USA. He was appointed to the Foundation Chair in Dermatology at the University of Manchester in 1994. Chris founded the Manchester Dermatopharmacology Unit and the Manchester Psoriasis Service in 1994. In 2015 he received the Sir Archibald Gray Medal, for outstanding service to British Dermatology, and in 2019 the British Society for Investigative Dermatology Medal for contributions to research. In 2018 Chris was awarded Pro Meritis of the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) and was appointed OBE, for services to dermatology, in the Queen’s New Year Honours. He is an NIHR Emeritus Senior Investigator and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Griffiths is a previous President of the European Society for Dermatological Research, British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), and the International Psoriasis Council which he co-founded in 2004. Chris is: Director of the MRC stratified medicine consortium on psoriasis (Psoriasis Stratification to Optimise Relevant Therapy; PSORT); Director of the Global Psoriasis Atlas; and Chief Investigator of the BAD Biologics and Immunomodulators Register. He has 722 Pubmed cited articles (h-index 131), and is Editor-in-Chief of Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Chris has a career-long interest in all aspects of psoriasis and is credited with helping to develop the concept that psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease.
He runs international courses on art appreciation for clinicians and is active in global health initiatives including co-founding the Burma Skincare Initiative charity and advisor to the ILDS on global health research and policy.

Last Updated: Sep 05, 2019

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

 

 

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