Afsaneh Alavi

York Dermatology Center
250 Harding Blvd. West, Suite 312 and 401
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
L4C 9M7
905-883-4472


Specialty: Dermatology

 Dr. Afsaneh Alavi, Dermatologist

Research Interests: Acne, Alopecia, Atopic Dermatitis, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Psoriasis, Venous Leg Ulcers

Dr. Afsaneh Alavi is a board certified Dermatologist in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

 

Dr. Alavi completed her Dermatology residency at the University of Toronto and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is a staff Dermatologist at Women’s College Hospital, and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Division of Dermatology) at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the faculty, she completed a Wound Healing Fellowship from 2005-2007 and earned a Masters of Science in Community Health, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, in 2012.

 

Dr. Alavi is actively involved in both medical dermatology and clinical research, as well as teaching at her private practice in Richmond Hill. She has multiple publications featured in peer-reviewed journals and several published book chapters. She is currently the President of the Canadian Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation and Regional Director (Ontario) of the Canadian Dermatology Association.

 

 

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Shavit E, Alavi A, Sibbald RG. Pyoderma Gangrenosum: A Critical Appraisal. Adv Skin Wound Care 2017 Dec; 30(12): 534-42. PMID: 29140836 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000526605.34372.9e

Mistry BD, Alavi A, Ali S, Mistry N. A systematic review of the relationship between glycemic control and necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum in patients with diabetes mellitus. Int J Dermatol 2017 Dec; 56(12): 1319-27. Epub 2017 Jun 26. PMID: 28650076 / doi: 10.1111/ijd.13610

Micieli R, Alavi A. Treatment for Livedoid Vasculopathy: A Systematic Review. JAMA Dermatol 2017 Nov 15 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 29141075 / doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.4374

Alavi A, Lynde C, Alhusayen R, Bourcier M, Delorme I, George R, Gooderham M, Gulliver W, Kalia S, Marcoux D, Poulin Y. Approach to the Management of Patients With Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Consensus Document. J Cutan Med Surg 2017 Nov/Dec; 21(6): 513-24. Epub 2017 Jun 22. PMID: 28639459 / doi: 10.1177/1203475417716117

Alavi A, Sibbald RG, Kirsner RS. Optimal hidradenitis suppurativa topical treatment and wound care management: a revised algorithm. J Dermatolog Treat 2017 Oct 16: 1-2 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28952407 / doi: 10.1080/09546634.2017.1385719

McDonald K, Alavi A. Adult acne: Does it ever end? Canadian Skin 2017 Fall; 8(3): 8-9.

Mehdizadeh A, Alavi A, Alhusayen R, Bauer B, Bechara FG, Bourcier M, Brassard A, Djamei V, Dutz J, George R, Ghias M, Gooderham M, Hamzavi I, Hoffman LK, Hou A, Hu H, Kimball AB, Kirchhof M, Kryzskaya D, Liy Wong MDC, Lowes MA, Lynde CW, McLellen C, Prens E, Prens L, Rogalska T, Sibbald RG, Sisic M, Tan MG, Wong DD. Proceeding report of the Symposium on Hidradenitis Suppurativa Advances (SHSA). Exp Dermatol 2017 Sep 12 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28898476 / doi: 10.1111/exd.13445

Almutairi D, LeBlanc K, Alavi A. Peristomal skin complications: what dermatologists need to know. Int J Dermatol 2017 Aug 22 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28833037 / doi: 10.1111/ijd.13710

McDonald KA, Shelley AJ, Alavi A. A systematic review on oral isotretinoin therapy and clinically observable wound healing in acne patients. J Cutan Med Surg 2017 Jul/Aug; 21(4): 325-33. Epub 2017 Mar 1. PMID: 28362520 / doi: 10.1177/1203475417701419

Wang JY, French LE, Shear NH, Amiri A, Alavi A. Drug-Induced Pyoderma Gangrenosum: A Review. Am J Clin Dermatol 2017 Jun 17 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28624960 / doi: 10.1007/s40257-017-0308-7

Alavi A, French LE, Davis MD, Brassard A, Kirsner RS. Pyoderma gangrenosum: An update on pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment. Am J Clin Dermatol 2017 Jun; 18(3): 355-72. Epub 2017 Feb 21. PMID: 28224502 / doi: 10.1007/s40257-017-0251-7

Hoffman LK, Ghias MH, Garg A, Hamzavi IH, Alavi A, Lowes MA. Major gaps in understanding and treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa. Semin Cutan Med Surg 2017 Jun; 36(2): 86-92. PMID: 28538750 / doi: 10.12788/j.sder.2017.024

Antia C, Alavi A, Alikhan A. Topical management and wound care approaches for hidradenitis suppurativa. Semin Cutan Med Surg 2017 Jun; 36(2): 58-61. PMID: 28538745 / doi: 10.12788/j.sder.2017.020

Simpson EL, Bieber T, Guttman-Yassky E, Beck LA, Blauvelt A, Cork MJ, Silverberg JI, Deleuran M, Kataoka Y, Lacour JP, Kingo K, Worm M, Poulin Y, Wollenberg A, Soo Y, Graham NM, Pirozzi G, Akinlade B, Staudinger H, Mastey V, Eckert L, Gadkari A, Stahl N, Yancopoulos GD, Ardeleanu M; SOLO 1 and SOLO 2 Investigators. Two Phase N Engl J Med 2016 Dec 15; 375(24): 2335-48. Epub 2016 Sep 30. PMID: 27690741

Alavi A, Adam DN, Alhusayan R, Boucier M, Brassard A, Coutts P, Gooderham M, Gulliver W, Hong CH, Lynde C, Marcoux D, Papp K, Poulin Y, Sibbald RG, Shear NH. Definition of Moderate to Severe Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Position Paper by the Canadian Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation (CHSF). J Cutan Med Surg 2016 Nov; 20(6): 613-15. PMID: 27821541

Yang GK, Cao S, Kayssi A, Dueck AD, Alavi A. Critical Evaluation of Delayed Healing of Venous Leg Ulcers: A Retrospective Analysis in Canadian Patients. Am J Clin Dermatol 2016 Oct; 17(5): 539-44. PMID: 27480417

Alavi A. Discussion: What Heals Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Surgery, Immunosuppression, or Both? Plast Reconstr Surg 2016 Sep; 138(3 Suppl): 230S-1S. PMID: 27556766 / doi: 10.1097/PRS. 0000000000002711

Alavi A, Sibbald RG, Ladizinski B, Saraiya A, Lee KC, Skotnicki-Grant S, Maibach H. Wound-related allergic/irritant contact dermatitis. Adv Skin Wound Care 2016 Jun; 29(6): 278-86. PMID: 27171256 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000482834.94375.1e

Singh M, Alavi A, Wong R, Akita S. Radiodermatitis: a review of our current understanding. Am J Clin Dermatol 2016 Jun; 17(3): 277-92. PMID: 27021652 / doi: 10.1007/s40257-016-0186-4

Alavi A, Sibbald RG, Phillips TJ, Miller OF, Margolis DJ, Marston W, Woo K, Romanelli M, Kirsner RS. What's new: management of venous leg ulcers: treating venous leg ulcers. J Am Acad Dermatol 2016 Apr; 74(4): 643-64. PMID: 26979355 / doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.03.059

Alavi A, Sibbald RG, Phillips TJ, Miller OF, Margolis DJ, Marston W, Woo K, Romanelli M, Kirsner RS. What's new: management of venous leg ulcers: approach to venous leg ulcers. J Am Acad Dermatol 2016 Apr; 74(4): 627-40. PMID: 26979354 / doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2014.10.048

Ghasemi F, Anooshirvani N, Sibbald RG, Alavi A. The point prevalence of malignancy in a wound clinic. Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2016 Mar; 15(1): 58-62. PMID: 26933114 / doi: 10.1177/1534734615627721

Criado PR, Alavi A, Valente NY, Sotto MN. Amantadine-induced livedo racemosa. Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2016 Mar; 15(1): 78-81. Epub 2015 Sep 3. PMID: 26338517 / doi: 10.1177/1534734615603566

Alavi A, Cohen AD, Gulliver W, Brassard A, Danby WB, Zouboulis CC. CHSF / HSF / EHSF joint pre-WCD Hidradenitis Suppurativa Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, June 6, 2015. Exp Dermatol 2016 Feb; 25 Suppl 1: 1-9. PMID: 26791935 / doi: 10.1111/exd.12903

Kim WB, Sibbald RG, Hu H, Bashash M, Anooshirvani N, Coutts P, Alavi A. Clinical features and patient outcomes of hidradenitis suppurativa: A cross-sectional retrospective study. J Cutan Med Surg 2016 Jan; 20(1): 52-7. Epub 2015 Aug 28. PMID: 26318545 / doi: 10.1177/1203475415602840

Mufti A, Al-Mohammedi F, Alavi A. An unusual presentation of Vilanova disease (erythema nodosum migrans) with superficial histologic changes. JAAD Case Rep 2016 Jan 29; 2(1): 41-3. PMID: 27051824 / doi: 10.1016/j.jdcr.2015.11.005

Alavi A, Sibbald RG, Nabavizadeh R, Valaie F, Coutts P, Mayer D.  Audible handheld Doppler ultrasound determines reliable and inexpensive exclusion of significant peripheral arterial disease. Vascular 2015 Dec; 23(6): 622-9. Epub 2015 Jan 27. PMID: 25628222 / doi: 10.1177/1708538114568703

Mehdizadeh A, Hazen PG, Bechara FG, Zwingerman N, Moazenzadeh M, Bashash M, Sibbald RG, Alavi A. Recurrence of hidradenitis suppurativa after surgical management: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015 Nov; 73(5 Suppl 1): S70-7. PMID: 26470621 / doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.07.044

Alavi A, Kirsner RS. Local wound care and topical management of hidradenitis suppurativa. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015 Nov; 73(5 Suppl 1): S55-61. PMID: 26470618 / doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.07.048

Alavi A. Hidradenitis suppurativa: Demystifying a chronic and debilitating disease. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015 Nov; 73(5 Suppl 1): S1-2. PMID: 26470607 / doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.08.061

Okhovat JP, Alavi A. Lipedema: A Review of the Literature. Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2015 Sep; 14(3): 262-7. Epub 2014 Oct 17. PMID: 25326446 / doi: 10.1177/1534734614554284

Alavi A, Kirsner RS. Hemoglobinopathies and leg ulcers. Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2015 Sep; 14(3): 213-6. Epub 2015 Aug 20. PMID: 26293989 / doi: 10.1177/1534734615600069

Kim WB, Alavi A, Walsh S, Pope E. Reply to Frane: epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa: a systematic review exploring genotype-phenotype correlation. Am J Clin Dermatol 2015 Aug; 16(4): 339. PMID: 26187372 / doi: 10.1007/s40257-015-0140-x

Wang SC, Wang SC, Alavi A, Alhusayen R, Bashash M, Sibbald RG. Hidradenitis suppurativa: a frequently missed diagnosis, part 2: treatment options. Adv Skin Wound Care 2015 Aug; 28(8): 372-80. PMID: 26181861 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000466712.21948.8a

Alavi A, Sibbald RG, Mayer D. Reply to letter to editor: audible handheld Doppler ultrasound determines reliable and inexpensive exclusion of significant peripheral arterial disease. Vascular 2015 Aug; 23(4): 445-6. Epub 2015 May 8. PMID: 25957342 / doi: 10.1177/1708538115584727

Criado PR, de Souza EspinelI DP, Valentef NS, Alavi A, Kirsner RS. Livedoid vasculopathy and high levels of lipoprotein (a): response to danazol. Dermatol Ther 2015 Jul-Aug; 28(4): 248-53. Epub 2015 Mar 30. PMID: 25824252 / doi: 10.1111/dth.12225

Sibbald C, Reid S, Alavi A. Necrobiosis lipoidica. Dermatol Clin 2015 Jul; 33(3): 343-60. PMID: 26143418 / doi: 10.1016/j.det.2015.03.003

Wang SC, Wang SC, Sibbald RG, Alhusayen R, Bashash M, Alavi A. Hidradenitis suppurativa: A frequently missed diagnosis, part 1: a review of pathogenesis, associations, and clinical features. Adv Skin Wound Care 2015 Jul; 28(7): 325-32. PMID: 26080019 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000465674.34810.e9

Criado PR, Grizzo Peres Martins AC, Gaviolli CF, Alavi A.  Propylthiouracil-induced vasculitis with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody.  Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2015 Jun; 14(2): 187-91. Epub 2014 Sep 25.  PMID: 25256279 / doi: 10.1177/1534734614549418

Kim W, Alavi A, Kim S, Pope E, Walsh S. Epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa: case series and review of the literature. Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2015 Jun; 14(2): 196-9. Epub 2015 Feb 17. PMID: 25694436 / doi: 10.1177/1534734615572469

Mistry N, Gupta A, Alavi A, Sibbald RG. A review of the diagnosis and management of erythroderma (generalized red skin). Adv Skin Wound Care 2015 May; 28(5): 228-36. PMID: 25882661 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000463573.40637.73

Kim W, Alavi A, Walsh S, Kim S, Pope E.  Epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa: a systematic review exploring genotype-phenotype correlation.  J Am Acad Dermatol 2015 Apr; 16(2): 81-7. PMID: 25690953 / doi: 10.1007/s40257-015-0119-7

Alavi A, Anooshirvani N, Kim WB, Coutts P, Sibbald RG. Quality-of-Life Impairment in Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Canadian Study. Am J Clin Dermatol 2015 Feb; 16(1): 61-5. PMID: 25432664 / doi: 10.1007/s40257-014-0105-5

Polo Gascón MR, de Carvalho JF, de Souza Espinel DP, Barros AM, Alavi A, Criado PR.  Quality-of-life impairment in patients with livedoid vasculopathy.  J Am Acad Dermatol 2014 Nov; 71(5): 1024-6.  Epub 2014 Oct 15. PMID: 25437971 / doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2014.06.030

Alavi A, Hafner J, Dutz J, Meyer D, Sibbald RG, Criado P, Senet P, Callen J, Philips T, Romanelli P, Kirsner RS. Atrophie Blanche: Is it associated with venous disease or livedoid vasculopathy? Adv Skin Wound Care 2014 Nov; 27(11): 518-524. PMID: 25325229 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000455098.98684.95

Bader MS, Alavi A. Management of hospitalized patients with diabetic foot infections. Hosp Pract (1995) 2014 Oct; 42(4): 111-25. PMID: 25502135 / doi: 10.3810/hp.2014.10.1148

Alavi A, Sajic D, Cerci FB, Ghazarian D, Rosebach M, Jorizzo J.  Neutrophilic dermatoses: an update.  Am J Clin Dermatol 2014 Oct; 15(5): 413-23.  PMID: 25154386 / doi:  10.1007/s40257-014-0092-6

Ladizynski, B, Alavi A, Mistry N, Jambrosic J, Sibbald RG. Cancers mimicking fungal infections. Adv Skin Wound Care 2014 2014 Jul; 27(7): 301-9. PMID: 24932950 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000446864.26807.43

Criado PR, Alavi A, Kirsner RS.  Elevated levels of coagulation factor VIII in patients with venous leg ulcers.  In J Low Extrem Wounds 2014 Jun; 13(2): 130-4.  Epub 2014 May 25.  PMID: 24861090 / doi: 10.1177/1534734614535407

Kim WB, Mistry N, Alavi A, Sibbald C, Sibbald RG.  Pretibial myxedema: case presentation and review of treatment options.  Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2014 Jun; 13(2): 152-4.  Epub 2014 May 7.  PMID: 24807996 / doi: 10.1177/1534734614531485

Alavi A, Sibbald RG, Mayer D, Goodman L, Botros M, Armstrong DG, Boeni M, Woo KY, Ayello EA, Kirsner RS.  Diabetic foot ulcers: Part II. Management.  J Am Acad Dermatol 2014 Jan; 70(1): 21.e1-21.e24.  PMID: 24355276 / doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.07.048

Alavi A, Sibbald RG, Mayer D, Goodman L, Botros M, Armstrong DG, Boeni M, Woo KY, Ayello EA, Kirsner RS.  Diabetic foot ulcers: Part I. Pathophysiology and prevention.  J Am Acad Dermatol 2014 Jan; 70(1): 1.e1-1.e18.  PMID: 24355275 / doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.06.055

Criado PR, Halpern I, Sotto NM, Alavi A, Kirsner RS.  Unilateral Livedoid vasculopathy associated with involutional phase of cutaneous infantile hemangioma: the connection to coagulation disorders.  Int J Low Entrem Wounds 2013 Dec; 12(4): 306-9.  Epub 2013 Sep 16.  PMID: 24043683 / doi: 10.1177/1534734613502049

Alavi A, Hafner J, Dutz J, Meyer D, Sibbald RG, Criado P, Senet P, Callen J, Philips T, Romanelli P, Kirsner RS.  Livedoid Vasculopathy: An in depth analysis using a modified Delphi approach.  J Am Acad Dermatol 2013 Dec; 69(6): 1033-42.  Epub 2013 Sep 11.  PMID: 24028907 / doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.07.019

Woo KY, Botros M, Kuhnke J, Evans R, Alavi A.  Best practices for the management of foot ulcers in people with diabetes.  Adv Skin Wound Care 2013 Nov; 26(11): 512-24; quiz 225-6. PMID: 24149666 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000436385.24508.d5

Woo KY, Alavi A, Evans R, Despatis M, Allen J.  New Advances in Compression Therapy for Venous Leg Ulcers.  Surg Technol Int 2013 Sep; 23: 61-8.  PMID: 24081848

Reid SD, Ladizinski B, Baibergenova A, Alavi A.  Update on necrobiosis lipoidica: a review of etiology, diagnosis, and treatment options.  J Am Acad Dermatol 2013 Nov; 69(5): 783-91.  Epub 2013 Aug 21.  PMID: 23969033 / doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.05.034

Ladizinski B, Lee K, Wilmer E, Alavi A, Mistry N, Sibbald RG.  A review of the clinical variants and the management of psoriasis.  Adv Skin Wound Care 2013 Jun; 26(6): 271-84, quiz 285-6.  PMID: 23669329 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000429778.10020.67

Ghiasi N, Alavi A, Coutts PM, Ghazarian D, Sibbald RG.  Necrobiotic xanthogranuloma as an unusual case of refractive chronic bilateral leg ulceration.  Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2012 Dec; 11(4): 293-5.  Epub 2012 Dec 5.  PMID: 23222162 / doi: 10.1177/1534734612465434

Alavi A, Mayer D, Hafner J, Sibbald RG.  Martorell hypertensive ischemic leg ulcers: an under diagnosed entity.  Adv Skin Wound Care 2012 Dec; 25(12): 563-72; quiz 573-4.  PMID: 23151767 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000423442.08531.fb

Sibbald RG, Ayello EA, Alavi A, Ostrow B, Lowe J, Botros M, Goodman L, Woo K, Smart H.  Screening for the high-risk diabetic foot: a 60-second tool (2012).  Adv Skin Wound Care 2012 Oct; 25(10): 465-76, quiz 477-8.  PMID: 22990344

Alavi A, Lowe J, Walsh S, Juurlink D, Mortaz-Hedjri S, Shear NH.  Corticosteroid-induced hyperglycemia is increased 10-fold in patients with pemphigus.  Int J Dermatol 2012 Oct; 51(10): 1248-52.  Epub 2012 Sep 20.  PMID: 22994671 / doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05470.x

Ladizinski B, Bazakas A, Mistry N, Alavi A, Sibbald RG, Salcido R.  Sickle cell disease and leg ulcers.  Adv Skin Wound Care 2012 Sep; 25(9): 420-8.  PMID: 22914039

Alavi A, Scotnicki S, Sussman G, Sibbald RG.  Diagnosis and treatment of hand dermatitis.  Adv Skin Wound Care 2012 Aug; 25(8): 371-80, quiz 381-2.  PMID: 22820963

Sanjari M, Safari S, Shokoohi M, Safizadeh H, Rashidinezhad H, Mashrouteh M, Alavi A.  A cross-sectional study in Kerman, Iran on the effect of diabetic foot ulcer on health related quality of life.  Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2011 Dec; 10(4): 200-6.  PMID: 22184751 / doi: 10.1177/1534734611428728

Alavi A, Niakosari F, Sibbald RG.  When and how to perform a biopsy on chronic wounds.  Adv Skin Wound Care 2010 Mar; 23(3): 132-40.  PMID: 20177166 / doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000363515.09394.66

Alavi A, Sanjari M, Haghdoost A, Sibbald RG.  Common foot examination features of 247 Iranian patients with diabetes.  Int Wound J 2009 Apr; 6(2): 117-22.  PMID: 19432661 / doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2009.00583.x.

Smart V, Alavi A, Holness, Sibbald RG.  Contact allergens in persons with leg ulcers: a Canadian study in contact sensitization.  Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2008 Sep; 7(3): 120-8.  PMID: 18757387 / doi: 10.1177/153473460832260

Alavi A, Woo K, Sibbald RG.  Common nail disorders and fungal infections.  Adv Skin Wound Care 2007 Jun; 20(6): 346-57, quiz 357-9.  PMID: 17538260

Alavi A.  Wound care challenges faced in Iran.  Adv Skin Wound Care 2007 Jan; 20(1): 27-8.  PMID: 17195782

Esfandiarpour I, Alavi A.  Evaluating the efficacy of allopurinol and meglumine antimonite (Glucantime) in treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis.  Int J Dermatol 2002 Aug; 41(8): 521.  Epub 2002 Sep 6.  PMID: 12207774

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