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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 was department head from 2017 to 2018. She has numerous responsibilities including directorship of the dermatology training program. Prof. El-Sayed is the Head of the Egyptian Board of Dermatology and involved in the ministry of health combined committee for Biologic therapy for psoriasis patients together with her fellow rheumatologist. 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: Feb 01, 2022

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


Nejib Doss, MD

Tunis, Tunisia

After completing medical school at the Faculté de Médecine de Tunis, he began his training in dermatology in Paris at the Hôpital Bégin. He returned home in 1985 and started rising through the academic positions and becoming full professor in 2002.

He is vice president of the International Society of Dermatology, and one of the founders of the African Association of Dermatology and Venereology. His fields of interest include nails, psoriasis, and scabies. Dr. Doss has served as a member of the Directory Board of The International Society of Dermatology since 2009, a member of the International Board of Psoriasis groups network since 2004 and a member of the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections Africa Core Team since 2009. He also served as President of the HIV & STI Tunisian Military Prevention Programme since 2007. He was awarded the EADV Clinical Care Award in 2019 and the ILDS Certificate of Appreciation for Humanitarian Dermatology in 2020.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2021

Lars Iversen, MD, DMSc
Aarhus University Hospital
Aarhus, Denmark
IPC Board Member

Professor Iversen, an IPC councilor since 2009, and since 2017 board member of the IPC. He is professor in dermatology at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he also teaches dermato-venereology. He received his clinical education and obtained a doctoral degree from the same university. Professor Iversen's main research interests are psoriasis and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Most of his research activities are related to signal transduction and immunology. Professor Iversen has served as a guest researcher and has been a speaker at international conferences in Asia, Europe and the United States. He is the author or co-author of 240 articles and book chapters and the holder of two patents. He has served as a section editor for Acta Dermato-Venereologica and on the editorial board of Experimental Dermatology. His writings have appeared in several scientific journals including Nature Immunology, Nature Communications, PNAS, EMBO Journal and Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. In 2019 professor Iversen was the founder of the National Center for Autoimmune Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. He served as president of the Danish Dermatological Society and a is previous board member of the Nordic Dermatological Association. Furthermore, he a member of ESDR, EADV and AAD.

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2022


Marc Bourcier, MD, FRCPC
Clinique de Dermatologie
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Dr. Bourcier completed his medical school at the University of Montreal. He obtained his MD in 1978. He did his postgraduate training in Montreal and obtained his fellowship in Dermatology in 1983. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology (1983). He is Assistant Prof. in clinical teaching faculty of Medicine, Sherbrooke University. He was on the Board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New-Brunswick for 9 years, and President of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New-Brunswick in 2006. He works as a community Dermatologist in Moncton, N.B. since 1984. He is author or co-author of several publications. He has been involved in clinical research in Dermatology for the past 22 years, and has great interest in CME.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2021

André Vicente Esteves de Carvalho, MD, PhD
Hospital Moinhos de Vento
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Dr. André Vicente Esteves de Carvalho is responsible for the Psoriasis Ambulatory at the Complexo Hospitalar Santa Casa de Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul State) and is 2013-14 coordinator of the Psoriasis Department of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD). Dr. Carvalho is a specialist in dermatology certified by the Brazilian Society of Dermatology. He completed specialization courses in Dermatologic Surgery and Mohs micrographic at the Dermatology School at Yale School of Medicine (2001) and has a master's degree in pathology from the Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre. In 2016 he received his PhD in pathology from the Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre. The title of his thesis is “Eficácia das medicações imunobiológicas e inibidores de pequenas moléculas na psoriase: uma revisão sistemática e metanálise de ensaios clínicos randomizados” (“Efficacy of immunobiologic and small molecule inhibitors drugs for psoriasis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials”). He is the scientific reviewer for the Brazilian 2nd Edition of Dermatology, by Bolognia, Jorizzo and Rappini, and the Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia.

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018

Siew Eng Choon, MBBS, FRCP
Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
IPC Board Member

Dr. Choon Siew Eng is a senior consultant dermatologist at Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru, Malaysia and Associate Professor, Clinical School Johor Bahru, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia. She received her medical degree from the University of Malaya. She subsequently undertook postgraduate training in general medicine and obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians (London, UK)and was elected a fellow in 2003. She was awarded a public service scholarship to pursue dermatology training and subsequently a fellowship to train in dermatopathology in St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, London, UK. Dr. Choon is a foundation member of Asian Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and an active member of the Malaysian Society of Dermatology as well as a member of the Malaysian Medical Association. Her research interests include chronic inflammatory skin diseases namely atopic dermatitis, psoriasis particularly pustular psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and cutaneous adverse drug reactions. She is a member of International Psoriasis Council and an advisor of the Psoriasis Association of Johor.

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2022

George-Sorin Tiplica, MD, PhD
"Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Bucharest, Romania

Prof. Dr. George-Sorin Tiplica is Head of the 2nd Department of Dermatology at the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest / Romania. He is actively involved in medical, research and administrative activities. He served as Research and Development Director of the Colentina Clinical Hospital and as Executive Director of the Romanian Society of Dermatology. His position of Secretary General of the Romanian Medical Association linked him with the World Medical Association and UEMS. He was elected as representative for Romania in the Board of Directors of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) and also in the EADV Executive Committee. He represents his country in the Board of IUSTI-Europe. He joined the International Psoriasis Council in 2019. He is interested in inflammatory skin diseases, wound healing and in sexual transmitted infections.

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2019

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