Psoriasis and Phototherapy Clinic

about the clinic

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The Skin Care Centre's Psoriasis & Phototherapy Clinic is the largest and busiest clinic of its kind in Canada. Since it opened its doors in February 1976 at the former Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver, the clinic has expanded to meet the increased demand for its services. In 1995 the clinic was relocated to the Vancouver General Hospital. Each year over 35,000 patient treatments are performed.

The clinic is affiliated with the UBC Department of Dermatology and Skin Science as well as the recently established VGH Photomedicine Institute. It offers programs to treat and educate patients with common skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and skin lymphoma. Ultraviolet light treatments are used to control skin inflammation and slow down the abnormal growth of skin cells. The clinic provides teaching to residents and medical students and conducts clinical research in psoriasis and photodermatology. Co-directors, Dr. Harvey Lui, Dr. Jerry Shapiro, and Dr. Youwen Zhou, plus nurses and receptionists staff the clinic. Patients who require treatment at the Psoriasis and Phototherapy Clinic must be referred by a dermatologist.

The clinic is equipped with whole body stand-up units for broad band UVB, narrow band UVB, and UVA therapy. Two additional UVA units for localized treatment of hands and feet are also available.

The Psoriasis and Phototherapy Clinic is usually open from Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm. Patients must arrive by 6:30 pm in order receive treatment before the closing time.

Please consult the Clinic Schedule for closure dates in 2008.

To contact the clinic, please call 604-875-5758.

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