Course: The Approach to Vitiligo in Those with Skin of Color
The Approach to Vitiligo in Those with Skin of Color
Susan Taylor, MD

This session will review how the presentation of vitiligo may be altered in skin of color, including physical and psychosocial impacts. The need to adjust therapeutic approaches when assessing those with darker skin afflicted with vitiligo will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how the physical and psychological co-morbidities of vitiligo may differ in those with darker skin types.
  2. Identify when more aggressive topical and systemic therapy may be necessary when assessing those with skin of color.


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Susan Taylor

Susan C. Taylor is the Bernett Johnson Endowed Professor of Dermatology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, she is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Dermatology.


Dr. Taylor’s clinical and research focus includes pigmentary disorders, acne, and alopecia. Her work has focused on advancing clinical knowledge and addressing gaps in central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. She also serves as Principal Investigator for Phase II through Phase IV clinical research trials. Dr. Taylor has over 100 original publications as well as five books, including Taylor and Kelly’s Dermatology for Skin of Color. She has given more than 80 lectures both nationally and internationally. Before joining Penn, Dr. Taylor was in private practice at Society Hill Dermatology from 1989 until 2016.


Dr. Taylor was elected President-elect of the American Academy of Dermatology and will take office in March 2024. Dr. Taylor was the recipient of the AAD’s 2022 Inaugural John Kenney Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award and Lectureship. She served as AAD Vice President 2020-2021. Dr. Taylor is the 2022 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Perelman School of Medicine.


Professor Taylor is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a member of the American Dermatological Association, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, the Skin of Color Society, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Philadelphia Dermatology Society. She serves on the editorial boards of Archives in Dermatologic Research, Cutis, and Practical Dermatology and is a peer reviewer for several other journals, including Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, British Journal of Dermatology, JAMA Dermatology, and Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.

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User: Iltefat Hamzavi
Iltefat Hamzavi

Dr. Iltefat Hamzavi is a dermatologist who works at Henry Ford Hospital and Hamzavi/Dermatology Specialists. His work has a focus on vitiligo, photomedicine, and hidradenitis suppurativa. Within vitiligo his work has focused on improving phototherapy options for vitiligo patients. His group has also led North American efforts in developing surgical treatments for vitiligo. He has participated in developing the VASI score and updated scores as a way to measure treatment response for vitiligo patients. He is also one of the founders and Co-chair of the Global Vitiligo Foundation. This is a group which aims to improve the lives of vitiligo patients by supporting initiatives like the World Vitiligo Day and vitiligo research updates. He is a passionate metro Detroiter, husband, and father of 3.

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