Dermatology (Skin)

Our Division of Dermatology provides coverage for urgent inpatient and outpatient dermatology issues and emergencies at St. Paul's Hospital, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and cross-coverage of Vancouver Acute weekdays and evenings.

Contact Information
Division of Dermatology
547 - 1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 1Y6

Dr. Marisa Ponzo, Division Head, Clinical Instructor 


Core Staff:
Dr. Sheila Au, Active Staff, Clinical Associate Professor 
Dr. Gillian de Gannes, Active Staff, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Gurbir Dhadwal, Active Staff, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Diana Diao, Provisional Staff, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Chih-ho Hong, Active Staff, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Marisa Ponzo, Active Staff, Clinical Instructor and Head
Dr. Aaron Wong, Active Staff, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Simon Wong, Active Staff, Clinical Assistant Professor

Consulting Staff:
Dr. Jan Dutz, Consulting Staff, Professor
Dr. Vincent Ho, Consulting Staff, Professor
Dr. Sunil Kalia, Consulting Staff, Associate Professor
Dr. C. Neil Kitson, Consulting Staff, Associate Professor
Dr. Harvey Lui, Consulting Staff, Professor
Dr. Vincent Richer, Consulting Staff, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Youwen Zhou, Consulting Staff, Professor


General and subspecialty clinics within the Division of Dermatology:

Rapid Access Dermatology Clinic 
This biweekly clinic is housed in the Rapid Access Medical Clinic. Priority is given to urgent consultations within Providence (ie. from emergency rooms or from subspecialty services). It is our goal to facilitate rapid access to dermatologic care for our patients. The Rapid Access Clinics provide teaching to medical students and dermatology residents. Additionally, these clinics provide the core dermatologic training for internal medicine residents across the Province of British Columbia.
Phone: 604-806-8735
Fax: 604-806-9057

HIV Dermatology Clinic
This once-weekly clinic is housed in the Immunodeficiency Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital and is the only HIV Dermatology clinic in the Province of British Columbia. The specialized clinic caters to the unique and specific dermatologic needs of the HIV population. The clinic provides HIV dermatology teaching to dermatology residents and family practice residents.

Phone: 604-806-8060

Psychodermatology Clinic
The psychodermatology clinic (SKIL Clinic – Skin Health Liaison Clinic) takes place in the Mount Saint Joseph Ambulatory Clinic. It is the only clinic of its kind in British Columbia and is a joint clinic run by Dermatology and Psychiatry. This clinic serves a highly specialized and marginalized mental health population suffering from inter-related skin and psychiatric diseases. Patients referred to this clinic are assessed by both a psychiatrist and dermatologist.

Phone: 604-877-8366

Mount Saint Joseph Urgent Dermatology Clinic
This once-weekly clinic serves the MSJ community, the inpatient services, and takes referrals from all emergency departments and hospital facilities within Providence. Education of medical students and dermatology residents is also a major focus of this clinic.

Phone: 604-877-8366

Dermatology and Rheumatology Clinic (DART Clinic)
This combined sub-specialty clinic runs once a week and specifically addresses the needs of patients with rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. Patients referred to this clinic are seen jointly by a dermatologist and rheumatologist. Urgent referrals are expedited in order to serve patients as quickly as possible. This multi-disciplinary clinic is the first of its kind in the Province of BC. The clinic provides teaching to medical students, dermatology residents, internal medicine residents, rheumatology fellows and connective tissue disease/immunology fellows.

Phone: 604-806-9400

Skin Cancer in Renal Transplant Clinic (SCREEN Clinic)
This Clinic is integrated with the 6A Renal Transplantation Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital. The clinic provides the only integrated, hospital-based, skin cancer screening clinic in the province for renal transplant patients.  All patients followed within the clinic are offered regular skin cancer screening and treatment.

Phone: 604-806-9078

St. Paul’s Hospital Contact Dermatitis Clinic
The St. Paul’s Hospital Contact Dermatitis Clinic was made possible by a generous patient donation to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in 2016. This unique clinic provides clinical assessments and extensive, comprehensive cutaneous patch testing for the evaluation of allergic contact dermatitis of the skin, including occupational dermatitis. This clinic provides essential education in the area of contact dermatitis to UBC residents, medical students and elective students.

Phone: 604-806-8735


The clinical services at St. Paul's Hospital provide a venue for teaching medical students, residents and postgraduate Fellows. Providence dermatologists provide continuous training to dermatology residents, as well as residents in internal medicine and oral medicine. Dermatologists participate as faculty in UBC-sponsored continuing medical education events in dermatology and dermatopathology for family physicians, internists, emergency physicians, pediatricians and pathologists.


Dermatologists with a primary appointment at Providence undertake clinically based independent and collaborative research. Our consulting staff also supervise basic research programs in immunology, photobiology and the molecular biology of neoplastic and inflammatory skin diseases.

For more information on Dermatology, please explore these useful websites: 

University of British Columbia Department of Dermatology
The Canadian Dermatology Association