Keynote Speakers

René Gonzalez (Denver, United States of America)

Dr. Gonzalez is Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado. His clinical interests are malignant melanoma and other cutaneous malignancies; he has been in practice for over 25 years and his practice has been limited exclusively to melanoma and other cutaneous malignacies. He was the Director of the University of Colorado Melanoma Clinic from 1994-2016. His research interests focus on conventional and experimental treatment of melanoma. He has performed over 100 clinical trials in melanoma ranging from phase I to phase III trials from multiple funding sources including industry, cooperative groups, investigator initiated trials and federal sources. He was involved in all the major studies of recent years with targeted agents and immunotherapy that have revolutioned the treatment of melanoma.

Dr. Gonzalez is a member of several professional societies including the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has authored or coauthored several book chapters and more than 100 articles and abstracts that have been published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at national or international conferences or symposia. He has helped organise several international melanoma meetings and has been voted as one of the Best Doctors in America from 2003-present.




Lawrence Scerri (Floriana, Malta)

Lawrence Scerri is Chairman of the Department of Dermatology & Venereology at Sir Paul Boffa Hospital and Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. He has a broad interest in clinical dermatology but has a special interest in acne, photocarcinogenesis, and tropical and marine dermatology, having published and presented widely in these fields. He is a founding member of the Euro-Melanoma Task Force and has held various key posts on the international scene including EADV Board Director, Chairman Membership Committee, Chairman CME-CPD Committee and UEMS-EBDV Treasurer. On an extra-curricular level, he is also President of the Malta Medical Tennis Association.

After graduating from the Medical School of Malta and completing core medical training in the Maltese University Hospital, he underwent specialist training in Nottingham & Southampton University Hospitals in UK followed by a Consultant Position in Derby UK before returning to continue his clinical and academic career in Malta.

In recent years, he developed a particular fascination for tropical and marine dermatology due to the near-tropical position of Malta and its Mediterranean environs, his love for the sea and sailing and the recent influx of African migrants.




Sanja Schuller-Petrovic (Vienna, Austria)

Dr. Sanja Schuller-Petrovic completed her medical training in Vienna in 1976 and became a board-certified Dermato-venereologist in 1987. Her article “A shared antigenic determinant between natural killer cells and nervous tissue”, written together with W. Gebhart, H. Lassmann, H. Rumpold and D. Kraft was published in Nature in 1983, which subsequently won her the Hoechst Award in 1985. 1985 also saw her involvement in the establishment of liposuction in Austria and the first autologous fat tissue transplantantion in 1987. In 1990 she founded and became Head of the working group “Phlebology and Special Methods in Operative Dermatology” at the Department of Dermatology, University Clinic Vienna, Austria.

During 1993 she became Head of the dermatosurgery department, Head of the angiology outpatient department and involved in the establishment of a research laboratory for tissue cultures at the University Clinic of Dermatology, Graz, Austria.In 1997 she won the AESCA-Award for her habilitation thesis in the British Journal of Pharmacology. She then became Associate professor in dermatology and venereology in 1998 based on her thesis: “Imbalance between the endothelial cell-derived contracting factors prostacyclin and angiotensin II and nitric oxide/cyclic GMP in human primary varicosis”. 1998 saw the establishment of endovenous thermal ablation of varicose veins in Austria.

She received the ERICH LANDES-Award of the German Dermatosurgery Society for achievements in Dermatosurgery in 2003. In 2004 she founded and became director of the VENEX Skin and Vein Center, and VENEX Teaching Center in Vienna. Prof. Schuller-Petrovic is also past-president of the Austrian Phlebology Society, Austrian Dermatosurgery Society, Austrian Wound Association and the Austrian Federation for Interdisciplinary Aesthetic Surgery.



Mihael Skerlev (Zagreb, Croatia)

Prof. Mihael Skerlev was born in Zagreb, Croatia and graduated from the Medical School of Zagreb University in 1981. He finished his Postgraduate studies in both Medical Microbiology, and Dermatology and Venereology at the Medical School of Zagreb University.

His present position is Attending Dermatovenereologist and Full Professor of Dermatology and Venereology at the University Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Medical School, Zagreb University, working as Head of the the STD Out-patients Clinic and the Reference Laboratory of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Republic of Croatia for Dermatological Mycology and Parasitology.

After his residency in Dermatology and Venereology he spent 4 months at the Department of Dermatology at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Prof. Skerlev is a member of the Croatian Dermatovenereological Society, the American Academy of Dermatology, and he has been appointed as Founding member and President of the STD Society of the Croatian Medical Association,  President and Vice-President of the Croatian Dermatovenereological Society, IUSTI (International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections) Europe Chair of the Committee for International Development and Council member, IUSTI World Executive Committee member (2011) and the Board member of the Alpe- Danube-Adria- STD Society.

He is also the member of the EADV Board of Directors and the Editorial Board of the JEADV, and honorary member of the German and Hungarian STD Society and Hellenic, French, Jordanian, Macedonian and Serbian Dermatovenereological Societies. He speaks fluent English, French and Italian and is colloquial in Modern Greek.

Prof. Skerlev has been awarded the Dean’s prize for the best students’ scientific paper several times and has also received the IUSTI Silver medal and diploma for “outstanding contributions in promoting the international activities in the fight against sexually transmitted infections” in 2007.

To date, Prof. Skerlev has presented more than 400 papers at international Congresses and Symposia, mostly on HPV and Dermatomycology and has been member of the Organising Committees and President of various International Congresses – International Symposium on Dermatomycology (2000), 3rd Congress of the Croatian Dermatovenereologists (2006), 23rd IUSTI Europe Conference on STIs and HIV/AIDS (2007). He has been also appointed the Chair of the EADV HPV Task Force. Prof. Skerlev has published about 150 papers and has authored many different chapters in domestic textbooks and in Fitzpatrick’s Textbook: Dermatology in General Medicine.



Nikolay Tsankov (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Nikolay Tsankov is a Corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, a Consulting Professor in Acibadem-City clinic, Tokuda Hospital-Sofia, Dean of the Medical Faculty in Medical University – Sofia (1999-2008), President of the Bulgarian Dermatologic Society (1991-2014), Head of the Clinic of Dermatology in University Hospital ‘Aleksandrovska’ – Sofia (1996-2008), Chair of the Dermatological Department in the Medical University – Sofia (1996-2008), President of the EADV Spring Symposium in Sofia (2005), President of the EADV Honors and Awards Committee(2010-2013).

He works and publishes in many fields of dermato-venereology. His main interests include: drug induced dermatoses; the skin as a target organ in multisystem diseases; rifampicin in the treatment of psoriasis; climatotherapy of skin diseases; art in dermatology.

Nikolay Tsankov is a member of the Editorial boards of 5 international journals and Editor in Chief of the Bulgarian Journal of Dermatology. He is an honorary member of 18 Dermatological Societies in Europe and the USA. He was awarded by the International League of Dermatological Societies in 2012. In 2005 he was included in “Caring Physicians of the World” ed. of the World Medical Association among 65 other prominent medical doctors all over the world.

From 2011 he is a member of the Bulgarian Antarctic expedition as a medical doctor and a researcher for 6 consecutive years.



Ricardo Vieira (Coimbra, Portugal)

Ricardo Vieira was born in 1973 in Portugal. He is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology in the University of Coimbra and he works as a consultant Dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology of the Coimbra University Hospital in Coimbra (Portugal), being the Head of the Dermatologic Surgery Unit.

His field of interest includes Dermatologic Surgery and Dermato-Oncology, with particular expertise on tumor excision, micrographic surgery, reconstructive surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsy and lymph node dissection.

He is a member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV), a Board Member of the European Association of Dermato-Oncology (EADO), Secretary of the Portuguese Melanoma Intergroup and former Secretary-General of the Portuguese Dermoscopy Group.

His research is currently focused on dermatologic surgery, namely on the dynamics of skin flaps vascularization and skin grafts survival.

He presented more than 200 lectures in medical meetings and he is author of several articles in the field of Dermatologic Surgery and Dermato-Oncology.


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