10 + Speakers


4 + Sessions


4 + Workshops


8 + Sponsors

Chairperson of Conference

Dear Doctors,

It is with our pleasure to welcome you to the 2nd Kuwait Immunodermatology Symposium. As the Chairman of this scientific event, I am glad to see the gathering of dermatologists, immunologists, researchers, and healthcare professionals from around the world, who have come together to share their knowledge, expertise, and insights on the challenging field of immunodermatology.

Immunodermatology is a rapidly evolving field that explores the complex relationship between the immune system and the skin. It involves a wide range of dermatological conditions, including autoimmune skin diseases, immunodeficiencies, allergic skin reactions, and cutaneous manifestations of systemic diseases.

As dermatologists, it is crucial for to be updated with the latest advancements and breakthroughs in immunodermatology to provide the best possible care to our patients.

The 2nd Kuwait Immunodermatology Symposium is a platform for stimulating discussions, thought provoking debates, and cutting-edge presentations. We have curated a diverse and comprehensive scientific program that covers various aspects of immunodermatology, including clinical updates, novel therapies, diagnostic techniques, and emerging research. Our distinguished panel of speakers comprises renowned experts in the field who will share their invaluable insights and experiences.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our sponsors, exhibitors, and partners for their unwavering support in making this symposium a reality. Without their dedication and commitment, this event would not have been possible.

On behalf of the organizing committee, I extend my sincere thanks to all the participants for their presence and contribution to the 2nd Kuwait Immunodermatology Symposium. I am confident that this symposium will be a high yielding and enriching experience for all of us, and will uncover the way for further advancements in the field of immunodermatology.

Once again, welcome to the 2nd Kuwait Immunodermatology Symposium, and I look forward to engaging in meaningful discussions, forging new collaborations, and creating lasting memories during this esteemed event.


Dr. Abeer Albazali
Chairman, 2nd Kuwait Immunodermatology Symposium
Head of Dermatology Department, Farwaniya Hospital,
Ministry of Health, Kuwait.

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Dr. Carlo Semi

Dr. Selmi received his MD in 1998 and his PhD in Internal Medicine in 2002, both from the University of Milan. He was appointed Assistant Professor by the same University for Internal Medicine in 2006 and for Rheumatology between 2011 and 2019. As of 2019, he is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Humanitas University in Milan. In 2004 he was awarded the Young Researcher prize by the Italian Society of Internal Medicine and in 2005 the Young Investigator Award by the Aesku-Kipp Foundation. Dr. Selmi was a post-doctoral researcher between august 2001 and december 2004 at the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Clinical Immunology of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Between July 2005 and decemver 2014, he was appointed Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine by the same Division at UC Davis.

Carlo Selmi currently leads the Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology Unit at Humanitas research hospital. At Humanitas he leads a young group of physician scientists with wide research and clinical expertise, including periods working at foreign institutions. The team holds dedicated clinics for rheumatoid arthritis, spondiloarthritis, connective tissue disease with dedicated clinics for systemic sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus, and is active in articular ultrasound, videocapillaroscopy, arthrocenthesis and intra-articular injections.

He has coauthored over 300 peer-reviewed publications with a Scopus H index of 55 and a total impact factor exceeding 2000.

Prof. Dr. Arjen F. Nikkels

Prof. Dr. Arjen F. Nikkels obtained his MD degree in 1990 at the University of Liège, Belgium. He obtained his PhD degree on varicella zoster virus diagnostic methods in 1997. Since 2008, he is a full professor of dermatology and head of department of dermatology and venerology at the CHU (university hospital) of Liège, Belgium. He authored and co-authored more than 235 scientific articles (PUBMED hits), and co-authored many dermatology books.

His h-index in Google scholar is 30 with 3066 citations and 192 peer-reviewed articles, in Scopus: 27. Orcid number: orcid.org/0000-0001-5240-4806. Five PhD theses have been published He is board member of several online dermatology journals, including The Open Journal of Dermatology, Dermatology Online Journal, Revue Médicale de Liège, Medicinal Research Reviews, Dermatology Today and BioMed Research International.

He is a member of the Belgian and French Societies of Dermatology, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology and the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a regular invited speaker at these meetings.

His clinical trial team participated in the major psoriasis and atopic dermatitis trials, more than 70 in the last 10 years.

He heads the Skin Cancer Center in the Integrated Oncology Center of the CHU

Dr. Georgios Kokolakis


  • Head of Clinical Trials and Clinic for Psoriasis/HS April 2018 - Present
  • Head of Laser Medicine June 2021 - Present
  • Consultant of Dermatology June 2017 - Present
  • Dermatologist April 2008 - Prsent


  • University of Crete Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Investigative Dermatology and Molecular Biology (2006-2012)
  • University of Crete Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), School of Medicine (1998-2004)
Dr. Ahmad Alhashemi

Dr. Ahmad Alhashemi is an Assistant Professor at the Dept of Medicine, Kuwait University and Senior Specialist in Endocrine & Diabetes at Adan Hospital, and is the Program Director of the Kuwaiti Board of Internal Medicine

Prof. Ronald Vender

Dr. Ron Vender is a Dermatologist who currently practices in Hamilton as founder and director of Dermatrials Research Incorporated and Venderm Consulting. He is Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Medicine. He has participated in over 120 clinical trials with over 1000 participants, authored over 160 peer reviewed manuscripts, and has had posters, abstracts and lectures presented internationally on 5 continents and over 50 countries

Dr. Archana Singhal

Dr. Archana Singal (MD, FAMS) is the Director Professor and head of the Department of Dermatology & STI, University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. She is also the head of dermatology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi. She is the founding president of the Nail Society of India (NSI).

She has been a teaching faculty for over 25 years at University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Her chief areas of interest include tropical dermatology (cutaneous tuberculosis, leprosy and mycoses in particular), nail disorders and genodermatoses. She has published approximately 230 scientific journal articles, and has contributed more than 40 chapters related to skin, STI and leprosy in various textbooks. She has also been the chief editor of several books including, ‘Comprehensive Approach to Infections in Dermatology’, ‘Atlas of Infections in Dermatology’, ‘Superficial Dermatophytosis’ and ‘Comprehensive Approach to Nail Disorders’.

Dr. Singal is especially passionate about the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that affect the economically underprivileged strata worldwide. In the past, NTDs were largely limited to the global south, and have been neglected by clinicians/dermatologists, researchers, and funding agencies alike. However, with the world becoming more interconnected, NTDs are no longer confined to specific geographic zones. Therefore, she feels strongly about the uniform incorporation of clinical training and research on NTDs in all parts of the world.

Prof. Bengu Nisa Akay

I have been working as a professor of dermatology at Ankara University, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology since 2017. I have over 130 publications in the SCI, SCI-E index. My interests are dermatoscopy, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers, and management of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas. I am an executive board member of the Turkish Dermatology Society, Dermoscopy Working Group, and also an executive board member of the International Dermoscopy Society, as well as the social media, and website coordinator of the IDS. I am also the editor of the Dermoscopy Section of the Dermatology Practical and Conceptual. I have been invited to speak on Dermatoscopy in many countries.

Dr. Ameen AlAwadhi
  • Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist.
  • Holder of Arab Board and European Board of Dermatology and Venereology.
  • Fellowship in Advanced Medical Dermatology in Mount Sinai hospital, New York.
  • Fellowship in Dermatopathology in Mount Sinai Hospital,New York.
Dr. Yaser Ghadanfar

Dr. Yaser Ali is a Consultant in adult rheumatology and clinical immunology and allergy at Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, Kuwait city. He graduated from University of Toronto and hold Canadian board certificates in Internal Medicine, Adult Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology & Allergy. He also holds the American Board in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Ali is very active researcher and has a number of publications in both rheumatology and allergy fields. He is a member of several professional organisations including The Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Dr. Jasem Bastaki

Dr. Jassem Bastaki is a practicing Head and Neck and Endocrine Pathologist, in Kuwait.

He completed his training in OMF Pathology and then Head, Neck and Endocrine pathology fellowship in 2012, in Pittsburgh USA.

During his training, he spent time and trained in UPMC, Vesiculobullous Dz Clinic and general dermatology clinic, where he also met Dr. Suzan Obagi.

His research interests is in salivary gland tumors; HPV and H & N cancer; verrucous and hybrid carcinomas; and bone and soft tissue tumors in the head and neck.

Dr. Bastaki also sees patients in the clinic in adan dental center once a week and Jabir Hospital ENT department.

Dr. Sarah Abdullhadi Mubarak
  • Dermatology specialist at Adan Hospital
  • MD, B.M,B.Ch, Kuwait University
  • Kuwait board of dermatology- Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization (KIMS)
  • European board of dermatology and venereology (EBDV)
  • Speciality certificate in dermatology (MRCP-UK)
  • Has a special interest in blistering diseases, Urticaria and Atopic dermatitis
Dr. Ghadeer Alalawi
  • Consultant Dermatologist
  • Head of Dermatology Department At Adan Hospital
  • Board Certified Dermatologist Kuwait Board of Dermatology. A Member of Kuwait Medical Association and Kuwait Society of Dermatology.
  • European board of dermatology and venereology (EBDV)
  • Areas of Interest include Alopecia Areata, Psoriasis, H.S. and Lasers.
Dr. Anwar Alsumait
  • Senior Specialist Dermatologist and a Paedistric Dermatologist
  • Kuwaiti Board of Dermatology-Kuwait institute of Medical Specialization
  • Fellowship in Paediatric Dermatology - University of Torronto - Canada
  • Special interest in Psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, vascular anomalies and laser surgery
Dr. Hussein Abdel Dayem

Dr. Hussein Abdel Dayem is currently a consultant dermatologist at Mediclinic, Al Noor Hospital, Abu Dhabi. He has done more than 34 publications in local, regional, and international periodicals in the field of Dermatology. He is also a member in several associations, Egyptian Medical association, Egyptian Association for Dermatologists, Pan Arab League of Dermatology and Venereology, Asian Dermatology Association, European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Eman El-Masry
  • Consultant of dermatology from 2017 till present time, As’ad Al-Hamad Dermatology Center, Al-Sabah Hospital, Kuwait (Outpatient Department – Dermatosurgery Unit).
  • Senior Specialist 2014 -2017, As’ad Al-Hamad Dermatology Center, Al-Sabah Hospital, Kuwait (Outpatient Department
  • Specialist of Dermatology ,2011-2014, As’ad Al-Hamad Dermatology Center, Al-Sabah Hospital, Kuwait (Outpatient Department – Dermatosurgery Unit).
  • Senior Registrar of Dermatology ,2008 – 2011, As’ad Al-Hamad Dermatology Center, Al-Sabah Hospital, Kuwait (Outpatient Department – Dermato-surgery Unit).
  • Member in ABC (Autoimmune Bullous Clinic), As’ad Al-Hamad Dermatology Center, Al-Sabah Hospital, Kuwait (Outpatient Department – Dermatosurgery Unit).

Our Speakers

Our Committee

Scientific Committee

Dr. Abeer Albazali
Dr. Atlal Al-Lafi
Dr. Manar Al-Enezi
Dr. Ghadeer Al Alawi
Dr. Ashok Kumar Sharma
Dr. Abdelhamid Elgamal

Organizing Committee

Dr. Mai Abdulnabi
Dr. Fatima Aljuadi
Dr. Sarah Abdullhadi Mubarak
Dr. Mohammed AlAdwani
Dr. Fatmah Altaweel

Scientific Program

08:00AM - 09:00AM
09:00AM - 10:00AM
Dermatoscopy of Pink Lesions
Prof. Bengu Nisa Akay, MD
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chaos and Clues Algorithm and Modified Pattern Analysis
Prof. Bengu Nisa Akay, MD
11:00AM - 11:30AM
Coffee Break
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Dermatoscopy of Acral and Nail Lesions
Prof. Bengu Nisa Akay, MD
12:30PM - 01:30PM
Pigmented Facial Lesions and Inflammoscopy
Prof. Bengu Nisa Akay, MD
01:30PM - 03:00PM
03:00PM - 03:30PM
Opening Ceremony
Session 1
Bullous diseases and comorbidities

Moderators: Dr. Atlal Al-lafi and Dr. Arti Nanda

03:30PM - 03:50PM
Autoimmune Bullous Diseases: Current Guidelines and Emerging Therapies
Dr. Sarah Abdullhadi Mubarak
03:50PM - 04:10PM
Manifestations of Vesiculobullous Diseases in the Oral Cavity, and BEYOND!
Dr. Jasem Bastaki
04:10PM - 04:30PM
Starting, Maintaining, and Stopping Steroids
Dr. Ahmed Al Hashmi
04:30PM - 04:40PM
Panel Discussion & QA
Session 2
Update on Other Immunodermatologic Disorders

Moderators: Dr. Ashok Kumar Sharma and Dr. Reem Al Nebari

04:40PM - 05:00PM
An Eye on Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Dr. Georgios Kokolakis
05:00PM - 05:20PM
CSU Optimized Management
Dr. Georgios Kokolakis
05:20PM - 05:40PM
AD. Don’t settle elevate (Rinvoq Benefit- Risk Profile) - (Abbvie Symposium)
Dr. Arjen F. Nikkels
05:40PM - 06:00PM
What's new in Connective tissue diseases
Dr. Ameen AlAwadhi
06:00PM - 06:10PM
Panel Discussion & QA
06:10PM - 06:25PM
Coffee Break
Session 3
Nail and Hair Immunodermatologic Disorders

Moderators: Dr. Fatima Aljuadi and Dr. Abdelhamid Elgamal

06:25PM - 06:45PM
Achieving the impossible - New Era in the treatment of Alopecia areata with Olumiant
Dr. Ghadeer Alalawi
06:45PM - 07:05PM
Nail in Immunodermatologic Disorders
Dr. Archana Singhal
Session 4
Update on Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Moderators: Dr. Munira Aljutaili and Dr. Shaikha Al-Abdulrazzaq

07:05PM - 07:25PM
Start Strong Go Long
Prof. Ronald Vender
07:25PM - 07:45PM
Psoriatic Arthritis: What do need to know?
Dr. Yaser Ghadanfar
07:45PM - 08:05PM
Update in the Management of Paediatric Psoriasis
Dr. Anwar Alsumait
08:05PM - 08:25PM
Role of JAK-Inhibition and Abrocitinib in Atopic Dermatitis
Dr. Eman El Masry
08:25PM - 08:35PM
Panel Discussion & QA

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