Dermatology: Welcome to our Division

Welcome to the largest Division of Dermatology in Canada.  It is a part of one of the oldest Departments of Medicine in North America, dating back to the founding of the School of Medicine in 1843.  Today, the Department of Medicine has 800 full-time faculty members, 1,000 postgraduate trainees, and 20 sub-specialty divisions located across six fully-affiliated hospitals, four community-affiliated hospitals and more than a dozen additional clinical practice sites.  

Our Division consists of approximately 15 full time and 50 part time dermatologists and 40 residents and fellows in dermatology training, providing a wide range of dermatology services to Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.  It is a vibrant division providing excellent clinical care, research and teaching in the field of skin diseases and skin biology.

Our Division of Dermatology is housed in four main teaching hospitals (Women’s College Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network and the Hospital for Sick Children “SickKids”).  Of note, 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.

Our high-impact research encompasses the clinical and basic sciences, ranging from immunology to epidemiology, health services research, and clinical trials.  We offer comprehensive services including general dermatology and specialized clinics in inflammatory skin disorders (e.g. psoriasis, eczema), autoimmune bullous disorders, cutaneous lymphomas, epidermolysis bullosa, morphea, genodermatoses, vascular malformations and tumours, HIV dermatology, alopecias, wound care and transplant dermatology. We offer patch testing and photopatch testing, phototherapy, Mohs micrographic surgery, cosmetic and procedural dermatology and treatments and management for complex skin diseases to improve patient quality of life and function.

The goal of the Dermatology Residency Program at the University of Toronto is to provide an outstanding, broad-based education in dermatology. Established in 1964 to enable medical school graduate physicians to receive specialty training in dermatology, it is the largest such facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America.  Fellowship opportunities include pediatric dermatology, Mohs micrographic surgery, wound care, complex medical dermatology and cosmetic and procedural dermatology.

It is a pleasure to welcome you to our webpage at University of Toronto and we hope that you will enjoy visiting our dedicated research, teaching and clinical care pages.

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