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Division of Dermatology

Department of Medicine
Women's College Hospital

In 1943, Dr. Ricky Kanee Schachter was appointed Head of Dermatology at Women's College Hospital, making her Canada's first woman leader of an academic division of dermatology. During her 40 years at Women's College, Dr. Schachter worked tirelessly to build the hospital's dermatology program into one of the country's finest clinical and teaching units.

No doubt she's succeeded.

Mohs micrographic surgery has the highest cure rate of any treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer. And Women's College has the only specially trained physicians in the GTA who perform this groundbreaking procedure.

What's more, our academic dermatology program today is the largest and most diverse in the GTA, and provides care that, in many areas, is unique.

For instance, we help patients manage chronic and life-threatening skin conditions through our PhotoTherapy Education and Research Centre, the first and largest of its kind in Ontario. Our Wound Care Centre is known internationally. And most recently, our Ricky Kanee Schachter Dermatology Centre has opened Ontario's first Multicultural Dermatology Clinic for those with non-Caucasian skin. Other specialty clinics include hair loss, skin problems in transplant patients, transitional clinic for pediatric patient shifting to adult care, pigmented lesions and melanoma.

Clinic WebsiteRicky Kanee Schachter Dermatology Centre

The Ricky Kanee Schachter Dermatology Centre offers a General Dermatology Clinic as well as seven specialty clinics including the Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Clinic, Transplant Clinic, Transitional Clinic, Hair Loss Clinic and The Ethnic Skin and Research Unit.

  • General Dermatology Clinic

    This clinic offers a wide variety of services and treatments. We assess and manage a spectrum of skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, benign lesions, skin cancer, as well as other less common skin diseases. A referral from a physician is required. Please note that some elective services are not covered by OHIP and may be subject to a fee.

    Staff Physicians:

    • Adam Natsheh, MD
    • Renita Ahluwalia, MD
    • Marissa Joseph, MD
    • Yvette Miller-Monthrope, MD
    • James C. Shaw, MD
    • Vince Bertucci, MD
    • Perla Lansang, MD
    • Sophie Hofstader, MD
    • Fara Redlick, MD
  • Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Clinic

    This is an interdisciplinary clinic that manages patients with melanoma or those who have a high risk for developing melanoma. This includes patients with a strong family history of melanoma and those with more than 50 irregular moles. The team includes dermatologists, one of whom specializes in dermatologic surgery, and registered nurses.

    Patients must be referred to the clinic by a dermatologist, oncologist or surgeon. This clinic runs on Thursdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Patient education with our registered nurses is available upon request.

    Staff Physicians:
    Dr. Jay Jambrosic
    Dr. Michael Jiaravuthisan

  • Transplant Clinic

    Patients with solid organ transplants (including heart, kidney and lung) have special health problems because of the drugs they use to suppress the immune system. Skin cancer, other malignancies, and infections are more common in these patients. The transplant clinic offers expertise and extra time for diagnosis and management, as well as rapid referral, when necessary, to our in-house skin cancer surgeons. Referral from a physician is required.

    Staff Physician:
    James C. Shaw, MD

  • Transitional Clinic

    For patients with dermatologic problems who are transitioning from paediatric care to adult dermatology. Also for adolescents and young adults who have skin diseases and want to discuss other issues related to their skin disorders. Referral from a physician is required.

    Staff Physicians:
    Marissa Joseph, MD
    Perla Lansang, MD

  • Hair Loss Clinic

    Tertiary centre for the diagnosis, medical treatment and research of hair loss. Written referral is required from a dermatologist required.

  • Ethnic Skin and Research Clinic

    The Ethnic Skin Research Unit is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that cause pigment alterations in persons of colour.

    Staff Physicians:
    Yvette Miller-Monthrope MD
    Sanjay Siddha, MD

Clinic WebsiteMohs Centre

About Mohs Centre
Mohs micrographic surgery is a detailed surgical procedure to treat aggressive non-melanoma skin cancers, mainly on the face and neck. Mohs surgery is not done as a routine procedure. For most routine skin cancers, simple cutting out (excision) or scraping is done. Patients who come for a Mohs procedure have been selected as having unusual or more difficult tumours because of their type, size, location, or failure of other techniques to produce a cure.

Referral Information
Patients are referred to the centre after the diagnosis has been confirmed with a biopsy, and the cancer is considered complex. Patients must be referred to the centre by a dermatologist, otolaryngologist or plastic surgeon.

Find out more about Mohs micrographic surgery and other special surgical procedures of the skin offered at Women's College Hospital.

Staff Physicians:
An-Wen Chan, MD
Christian Murray, MD
Nowell Solish, MD

Clinic WebsiteWound Care Centre

About The Wound Care Centre
Our Wound Care Centre is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in wound care. We have developed the treatment model and the standard of care for wound healing, wound-related education, and innovative patient care. The Wound Care Centre takes an interdisciplinary approach, involving health professionals from a variety of fields. All types of chronic wounds are treated.

Referral Information
Patients must be referred to the centre by a physician or a Community Care Access (CCAC) nurse.

Staff Physicians:
Robyn Evans, MD (Medical Director)
Afsaneh Alavi, MD
Gary Sibbald, MD
Catherine Cheung, MD
Stephan Landis, MD
Carol Ott, MD

Clinic WebsitePhototherapy Education and Research Centre (PERC)

About PERC
The Phototherapy Education and Research Centre (PERC) is a treatment centre for diseases of the skin that improve with light and systemic therapies. Our team consists of nurses, dermatologists and an administrative co-ordinator.

Psoriasis comprises 85 per cent of all of PERC’s cases; the remaining 15 per cent of patients are treated for Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL). Other photo-response diseases are also treated on a smaller scale.

Patient education is a major focus. We are the only centre of its kind in Ontario offering both treatment and education. About 33,000 patients visit per year and benefit from our clinic's expertise.

Services Provided
We offer specialized patient education about photoresponsive diseases and helping patients manage such conditions. These include:

  • Psoriasis
    Developed in 1976, our program was the first in Canada to provide comprehensive psoriasis care in an ambulatory setting. We offer an extensive range of treatments including broadband UVB, narrowband UVB and PUVA therapies. In addition, we prescribe oral and injectible therapies, including the most recent biologics. For patients with moderate to severe psoriasis requiring systemic treatment. If necessary, patients receive a timely assessment by the Psoriatic Arthritis Clinic, led by a group of rheumatologists at Women’s College Hospital.

  • Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL)
    We are the only regional centre for CTCL in Canada, following patients through treatment and remission. The centre co-ordinates referral to other CTCL specialists within our inter-hospital team (including nurses, dermatologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists). Together with the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, we host national CTCL patient forums.

  • Other Photo-Responsive Diseases
    We treat a variety of other photo-responsive diseases such as atopic dermatitis, pityriasis lichenoides chronicus, lichen planus, granuloma annulare, morphea and pruritus.

Referral Information
Patients must be referred to the clinic by a dermatologist or oncologist. If you require a dermatologist, have your family physician make a referral to the Dermatology Centre.

Staff Physicians:

Jensen Yeung, MD

Daniel Schachter, MD

Scott Walsh, MD

Perla Lansang, MD

Neil Shear, MD


Research & Clinical Trials

Our faculty members are engaged in many areas of research including biological therapies for psoriasis, guidelines for clinical trials, and enhancements in cosmetic dermatology. Members have publications in peer review journals such as BMJ, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, and Lancet.

Professional Education

Our members are actively involved in the clinical teaching of undergraduate medical students, post graduate residents, and fellows. Members of the division are involved in undergraduate teaching at U of T such as Portfolio, Transition to Residents, MMMD and Clerkship Year 3.

Program specific lectures are presented by our faculty to PGY1 -5 dermatology residents during a full academic teaching day on Fridays.

Slide and patient viewing rounds are held on Wednesday mornings.

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Location & Contact Information

Division of Dermatology
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
5th floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6400 ext. 7546

Fax: 416-323-6499

The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.

Division Head: Dr. Vincent Piguet

Manager: Catharine Fox

Clinic Coordinator: Tania Hibbs

Academic Coordinator: Laura Barwell

Making an Appointment
Women’s College dermatologists see patients only by referral from another physician. Please see each clinic-specific referral requirements.

Our Publications

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)