Jerry K. L. Tan MD FRCPC (Internal Medicine and Dermatology) is an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario and in private practice in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
He obtained his undergraduate medical degree from Queen’s University (Canada) and trained in internal medicine at the University of Toronto. He completed his residency in dermatology at the University of British Columbia and the University of Michigan. He teaches dermatology at the Schulich School of Medicine, University of Western Ontario.
In addition to his practice in general dermatology, his research focus is on the following disorders: acne, rosacea, psoriasis; and the following processes: clinical assessment methodology, patient-reported outcomes and medical decision-making. He was the lead investigator of the Canadian Acne Epidemiology Survey which completed three years of patient recruitment at 7 sites across Canada. Research based on this project has been presented at annual meetings of the American and Canadian dermatology association annual meetings, World Congresses of Dermatology, and the Society of Investigative Dermatology meetings. He was awarded a Canadian Dermatology Foundation grant in 2009 for research on the needs of psoriasis patients and dermatologists in decision-making on therapy; and on development of decision aids.
He has served on the organizing committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research workshop on skin disease research priorities and is a therapeutic advisor on evidence-based review panels in Canada (Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health) and the United States (Drug Effectiveness Review Project, Center for Evidence-Based Policy). He has published more than 50 scientific articles in the following: Clinical Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Journal of the European American Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, British Journal of Dermatology, Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Journal of Dermatological Treatment, Expert Reviews in Dermatology, Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, Quality of Life Research and Journal of Investigative Dermatology. In 2009, he was awarded the Canadian Dermatology Foundation Lectureship Award for excellence in dermatology research. He has presented his research at national and international meetings including the annual meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology, Society of Investigative Dermatology, Canadian Dermatology Association, Australasian College of Dermatology, and at the World Congresses of Dermatology in Seoul, Korea and in Buenos Aires, Argentina.