Dr. Sandy Skotnicki
Dr. Skotnicki received her undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Toronto. She completed medical school at the same institution, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha. She went on to complete her dermatology training at the University of Ottawa, and was awarded her fellowship in Dermatology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in June 1997. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine in the Divisions of Dermatology and Occupational Health. Her memberships include the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Dermatology Association, American Dermatology Association and American Contact Dermatitis Society. She is a past Board member of the Canadian Dermatology Association and a past examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in the specialty Dermatology.
Dr. Skotnicki has been practicing in the Toronto area since 1997. She is currently on staff at St. Michael’s Hospital as a Consultant Dermatologist. At St. Michael’s she is a member of the Occupational Disease Specialty Program ODSP, and is responsible for seeing complex Allergic and Occupational skin diseases. A leading expert in Allergic Skin Disease, she is one of a handful of dermatologists in Canada with a sub-specialty interest in Allergic Contact Dermatitis and Patch or Allergy Skin Testing. She is an also a consultant for the Workplace Safety Insurance Board and the WSIAT Workers Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.
Active in research and education, Dr. Skotnicki has been teaching University of Toronto Dermatology, Allergy and Family Medicine residents at her St. Michael’s Hospital clinic since 1999. She is also a member of CREOD, the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease, and has published articles on different aspects of Allergic Skin Disease.
Dr. Skotnicki published her first popular science book “Beyond Soap” with Penguin Random House in Canada and the US. It is a bestseller in Canada and was written to help the public navigate the increase in skin reactions to cosmetics and skincare. It also explains in detail the rise in eczema and sensitive skin in developed society and offers science-based explanations. It has been translated into Russian, Czech and Vietnamese.
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