Psoriasis and Phototherapy Clinic

about the clinic

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 44,000 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, skin lymphoma, and pruritis. 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 and Dr. Sunil Kalia plus registered 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, UVA and UVA-1 therapy (UVA-1 therapy is used for treatment of scleroderma). Two additional UVA units for localized treatment of hands and feet are also available.

The Psoriasis and Phototherapy Clinic is open from Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6:30 pm.

Please observe our clinic closures.

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

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