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We are an academic tertiary referral center whose dermatologists are all board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. We specialize in the medical treatment of dermatological conditions such as:
We perform or refer for surgical interventions and we perform photopatch testing when required
1 in 6 Canadians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime and each year 85,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with skin cancer. All Canadians with risk factors for skin cancer should be checked by their family doctor who will then refer to a dermatologist if there are any concerns. Practice sun and skin awareness. Perform regular self-checks so that you are familiar with your skin. That way you’ll notice changes. Then, report them to your doctor without delay.
Promptly show your doctor any:
The Dermatologists at the Toronto Western Hospital are specialized in diagnosing and treating all forms of skin cancer as well as the skin needs of patients with other forms of cancer and its treatment:
We also work closely with UHN oncologists to provide treatments for skin conditions resulting from any type of cancer:
At our clinic, we offer the following:
Phototesting and photopatch testing are done to investigate photosensitivity disorders. We are able to refer patients to phototherapy if it is required.
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what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.
Ontario Sun Safety Working Group.
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Division Director: Dr. Cheryl Rosen
Staff Physicians or Specialists
Dr. Renita AhluwalliaAlternate ContactPhone: 416 323 7546Fax: 416 323 6236
Dr. Kendall BillickPhone: 416 603 5952Fax: 416 603 2782
Dr. Philip DoironAlternate ContactPhone: 416 323 7546Fax: 416 323 6236
Dr. Nazli GhiasiAlternate ContactPhone: 905 274 9999Fax: 905 274 9991
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First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
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