OTTAWA, June 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Julie Powell as its new President, effective June 24, 2017.

As President, Dr. Powell will support the CDA in its mission to be the sustainable leader in dermatology in Canada; including shaping how dermatological care will be delivered to patients in the future, addressing workforce shortages and quality of care and value.

“I’m excited to work with my peers and the CDA to address the issues facing dermatology today and in the future,” said Dr. Powell. “Dermatology is at a pivotal point in Canada. We need to maintain our leadership role and educate patients, government, regulatory bodies and fellow medical professionals about the benefits of the speciality.”

Dr. Powell brings an impressive background to the position. She is a pediatrician-dermatologist and Director of the Department of Dermatology at Sainte-Justine University Hospital (CHU) in Montreal and is a full-time professor, clinical, at the University of Montreal.

She received her medical degree from the University of Sherbrooke, followed by a residency in pediatrics at the same institution. Dr. Powell undertook her residency in dermatology at the University of Montreal and Iowa University Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Powell is a co-founder of the Vascular Anomalies Team at CHU. She is a member of the scientific committee of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA).

About the CDA

The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents Canadian dermatologists. The association provides easy access to the largest, most reliable source of medical knowledge on dermatology. CDA exists to advance the science and art of medicine and surgery related to the care of the skin, hair and nails; provide continuing professional development for its members; support and advance patient care; provide public education on sun protection and other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. By doing so, CDA informs and empowers both medical professionals and the Canadian public. To learn more about the work CDA does, visit or join the conversation on or

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