Benjamin Barankin MD, FRCPC, FAAD

Dr. Benjamin Barankin is a Toronto dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, laser and cosmetic dermatology. He founded the Toronto Dermatology Centre and is its Medical Director.

Dr. Barankin is a widely published author with more than 600 articles related to dermatology and 7 books on dermatology. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous medical journals and newspapers, and has served as executive member of the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA). He was recently honoured with the 2014 CDA Young Volunteer Award.

Dr. Barankin regularly educates dermatologists, family physicians, medical trainees, and the public on matters related to the skin, hair and nails.

Conflict of Interest statement: Consultant, speaker, investigator or advisor for the following:  Galderma, Valeant.

I believe that there needs to be more awareness by both physicians and the public about the significance of acne and rosacea. These conditions are often dismissed as cosmetic and not of serious concern...
Acne and rosacea are common, for many people embarrassing, and for some people devastating.

Chantal Chiasson MD, FRCPC, FAAD

Dr. Chantal Chiasson, a dermatologist practicing at the Figurra Institute in New Brunswick, founded the Dermatology Department at the Southeast Health Care Corporation in Moncton in 1999. She is also a dermatology consultant at l’hôpital Dr. Georges L. Dumont.

Dr. Chiasson is a member of the Canadian, New Brunswick and Québec College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is also certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is a member of the American Laser Aesthetic Surgery Society and is a past president of the Canadian Laser Aesthetic Surgery Society.

Conflict of interest statement: Consultant, speaker or investigator for Allergan, Galderma, Leo, Medicis, Valeant.

Knowing how intimately self-esteem and personal well-being are interlinked to one's self image, individuals suffering from Acne and Rosacea are often times faced with added hardship.

Shannon Humphrey MD, FRCPC, FAAD

Dr. Shannon Humphrey is a Vancouver cosmetic and medical dermatologist practicing at Carruthers & Humphrey.

Dr. Humphrey is the Director of Continuing Medical Education and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia. She teaches in the undergraduate, post-graduate and CME dermatology programs.

Dr. Humphrey established the first acne and rosacea subspecialty clinic at the University of British Columbia. An active member of the Canadian Acne Guidelines workgroup, she is working to produce evidence based guidelines for successful treatment of acne in Canadian patients.

Conflict of Interest statement: Consultant, speaker or investigator for Abbvie, Actelion, Allergan, Amgen, Astellas, Galderma, GSK, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, Kythera, Leo, L’Oreal, Medicis, Merz, Proctor & Gamble, Valeant.

Many patients suffer needlessly because they are unaware of the treatment options available to them. In the hands of an experienced and expert physician, there are many highly effective and safe treatment options for acne and rosacea.
Successfully treating acne and rosacea can have a profound impact on patients’ quality of life and ability to function. This is why I find these conditions so gratifying to treat and led me to establish the University of British Columbia Acne and Rosacea Subspecialty Clinic.

Danielle Marcoux MD, FRCP, FAAD

Dr. Danielle Marcoux is a clinical associate professor at Université of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine, Department of Pediatrics, Dermatology division.

A national and international speaker, she has also authored numerous scientific publications. Dr. Marcoux was a director of the Quebec Dermatology Association and the Canadian Dermatology Association, and is past president of the Montreal Dermatology Society as well as past president of the Canadian Dermatology Association.

Dr. Marcoux is president of the Camp Liberté Society, a summer camp for Canadian children with skin diseases. She is a recipient of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s 2012 President’s cup.

Conflict of interest statement: Consultant, speaker or investigator for Abbott, Galderma Johnson & Johnson, Pierre Fabre.

Education is an integral part of my medical practice, not only for medical students, colleagues and other health professionals, but for patients and the general public.

Jerry K.L. Tan MD, FRCPC, FAAD

Dr. Jerry K. L. Tan is an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario and in private practice in Windsor, Ontario. He is the principal investigator at a clinical research site, Windsor Clinical Research Inc.

Currently, Dr. Tan is the principal lead investigator in the Canadian Acne Clinical Practice Guidelines project. Along with co-principal investigators Drs. A. Layton and D. Thiboutot, their group was awarded a 3 year grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop validated outcome measures in acne.

Dr. Tan has served on the organizing committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research workshop on skin disease research priorities and is a therapeutic advisor on evidence-based review panels in Canada and the United States. Dr. Tan serves on the editorial board of a variety of dermatology journals, has published more than 50 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and presented research findings at national and international meetings.

Conflict of Interest statement: Consultant, speaker, advisor, or investigator for Allergan, Bayer, Cipher, Dermira, Galderma, Stiefel/GSK, Obagi, Pierre Fabre, Photocure, Roche, Valeant.

Acne and rosacea both affect the most socially important part of human beings – the face. My interest in acne developed in high school during which the negative impact of this condition was clearly evident.
As acne affects so many people for so long, it is considered one of the most globally burdensome diseases. While knowledge about rosacea is less developed than acne, new information continues to develop.

Marcie Ulmer MD, FRCPC, FAAD

Dr. Marcie Ulmer is a Vancouver dermatologist with special interests in medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology.  She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Ulmer is a Clinical Instructor at the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science, University of British Columbia.  She enjoys teaching medical students, residents and family physicians.

Dr. Ulmer has participated in educational lecturing for the public and regularly participates in local skin cancer screening events.  She is actively involved in clinical research and serves as a reviewer for The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery.

Conflict of interest statement: Consultant, speaker or investigator for Abbott/Abbvie, Actelion, Allergan, Amgen, Astellas, Cipher, Galderma, Janssen, Leo, L’Oreal, Merz, Valeant.


Acne and rosacea are common yet incredibly impactful conditions. As signs and symptoms tend to involve the face, the potential for a negative influence on a patient’s self confidence is significant.

Acne, in particular, can surface during adolescence, a critical time for the building of one’s self esteem.
Scarring, both emotional and physical, can be painful and long lasting.

Catherine Zip MD, FRCPC, FAAD

Dr. Catherine Zip is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. She attended medical school at the University of Alberta and pursued residencies in internal medicine and dermatology at Dalhousie University.

She then moved back to Calgary and has been in private practice at the Dermatology Centre since. Dr. Zip is a fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is also board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. In addition to her busy practice, she is active in teaching residents.

Conflict of interest statement: Consultant, speaker or investigator for Galderma, Valeant.


I have a special interest in both acne and rosacea because of the impact both of these conditions have on the lives of those affected and because both are so common in our society.