East Meets West meeting in Penang

Dear Registrants and Faculty,

It was a great pleasure to meet all of you and to be involved with the East Meets West meeting. The whole thing was born when we stumbled on the idea of VGRD in 2000 -- and one thing led to another. The result: three days of collegiality and bonhomie at an extraordinarily friendly and relaxing destination.We feel that the educational programme met and even exceeded our expectations. Thank you, Faculty, for your hard work and expertise. And, thank you, Registrants, for joining us. You all were a knowledgeable and fun loving group. It was great to meet all of you.

What fine memories we will have! Please feel free to share your favorite pictures with us and we'll post them on a Picasa Web Album for all to view.

We invite you join VGRD if you are not a member already. It will be a pleasure to have you as a participant, and also please consider submitting an occasional case presentation.

Hopefully, we will continue this meeting in future. If you haven't already done so, let us know where you would like the East Meets West conference to be held in future. Malaysia? Thailand, India, Iran, Australia, Brooklyn, NY, elsewhere?

Also, think about joining us on Kauai for the next Hot Spots in Dermatology August 15 - 18, 2007. Any Penang attendee can come for a 50% tuition reduction.

Best wishes, Till we meet again, Selamat Tinggal, Ma-salaam, Chai Chian and Aloha nui loa,

David Elpern MD
Henry Foong FRCP


East meets West:
The Art and Science of Dermatology
November 9 – 11, 2007
Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia

Venue: Holiday Inn Resort Penang, Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia

Sponsored by: The Kauai Foundation for Continuing Education, Virtual Grand Rounds in Dermatology, and Online journal Dermanities.


We are planning an international conference to be held at Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia. This programme is sponsored by The Kauai Foundation for Continuing Education, Virtual Grand Rounds in Dermatology, and online journal Dermanities.

We will assemble a group of talented speakers to consider topics that are important to dermatologists the world over. The conference will address science, clinical dermatology, the role of informatics and the art of practice. The Penang meeting will not be yet another “been there, heard that, done that” event; but will break new ground in education and collegiality.

In order to foster collegiality, the Penang programme will be relatively small. Our speakers will be individuals who will come to learn as well as lecture. Chaucer’s great quote “And gladlye wolde he lerne and gladlye teche” will describe our faculty. As with the American Academy of Dermatology we do not pay our speakers.

Please consider joining us in this quiet and historic corner of Malaysia to spend a relaxing and stimulating three-day weekend with colleagues from all parts of the world. We have speakers confirmed from the Malaysia, Singapore, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, India, New Zealand and the U.S. at this time.

Some of the topics we can address will be:
• Cutting Edge Science in Dermatology
• The Art of Practice
• Frontiers of Dermatologic Surgery
• Innovative Therapy
• Virtual Grand Rounds Colloquium
• Teledermatology

The programme will develop around what our teaching staff will address. It will be invaluable to have that next generation of dermatologists as faculty and registrants. To this end, we will invite registrars and trainee dermatologists to come at greatly reduced rates.

Should you elect to join us, your time at the Penang conference will be a memorable experience from the educational and personal standpoints.

Program Directors
David Elpern MD
Williamstown, MA, USA

Henry Foong FRCP
Ipoh, Malaysia


Jag Bhawan MD

Professor of Dermatology and Pathology
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA, USA

Sunil Dogra MD,

Associate Professor of Dermatology,
Department of Dermatology,
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research,
Chandigarh, India

Wei-Li Lee PhD,

Director of Research,
Department of Dermatology State University,
New York, USA

Ian McColl FRACP

Consultant Dermatologist
John Flynn Medical Centre
Tugun, Gold Coast,

Amanda Oakley FRACP,

Clinical Director and Consultant Dermatologist
Department of Dermatology Health Waikato
Hamilton, New Zealand

Jinda Rojanamatin MD

Chief, Department of Dermatosurgery and Laser
Institute of Dermatology
Bangkok, Thailand

Tay Yong Kwang FRCP,

Head of Department and Senior Consultant Dermatologist,
Changi General Hospital, Singapore

Jayakar Thomas MD, PhD,

Professor of Dermatology, Senior Consultant Dermatologist,
Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital,
Chennai, India

Omid Zargari MD,

Consultant Dermatologist,
Booali Medical Group,
Rasht, Iran


Final Syllabus as of October 31, 2007

Thursday, Nov 8, 2007
7:30 pm Welcome Reception at Holiday Inn Resort

Friday, Nov 9, 2007
7:30am Registration and Breakfast
8.15am Opening Remarks: Henry Foong MD & David Elpern MD
8.30 Amanda Oakley MD "Website design and usability"
9:15 Tay Yong Kwang MD "Topical Immunomodulators in Atopic Dermatitis"
10:00 Henry Foong MD " The Making of VGRD"
10:30 Refreshment Break
10:45 Jayakar Thomas MD "New Advances in Atopic Dermatitis"
11.15 Sunil Dogra MD "Different Faces of Cutaneous Tuberculosis""
11.45 David Elpern MD "Sherezadian Dermatology I"

Visit Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si temple followed by dinner at a Eden Seafood Restaurant.

Saturday, Nov 10, 2007
8:30 Jag Bhawan MD "Uncommon histopathologic presentation of common inflammatory diseases of skin"
9:15 Lee Wei Li MD "An Update: Combination Regimen for the Treatment of Acne and Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation."
10:00 Ian McColl MD "Online Dermatology Education in Australia"
10:30 Refreshment Break
10:45 Sunil Dogra MD "Narrow Band UVB phototherapy in the treatment of vitiligo in Asian skin type"
11:15 Omid Zargari MD " What's next after 5 years"
11.45 Ian McColl MD "Blogs"
12.15 David Elpern "Sherezadian Dermatology II"

Sunday, Nov 11, 2007
8:30 Jinda Rojanamatin MD "Update in Nonablative laser skin rejuvenation. "
9:15 Jayakar Thomas MD "Novel Therapy in Psoriasis"
10:00 Lee Wei Li MD "Photodynamic Therapy: an alternative treatment for acne vulgaris. "
10:30 Refreshment Break
10:45 Jag Bhawan MD "Ethical issues in Dermatology"
11.15 Amanda Oakley MD "Mole mapping in New Zealand"
11.45 Jinda Rojanamatin MD "Managing pigmentary disorders"
12.15 Omid Zargari MD "Granulomatous disease of the nose"


Holiday Inn Resort Penang is situated on the charming island of Penang, Malaysia which is steeped in rich cultural heritage and is the perfect place for a well-deserved holiday.

Penang International Conference Convention Rate is as follows.
Ferringhi Tower Hillview @ RM230.00nett per room per night
Ferringhi Tower Seaview @ RM260.00nett per room per night
Beach Wing Hillview @ RM270.00nett per room per night
Beach Wing Seaview @ RM300.00nett per room per night

Inclusive of:
- 01 night accommodation inclusive of breakfast for 02 persons in either room category
- In room safe
- In room Coffee & Tea making facilities

Please contact the Hotel Reservation directly and mention " Dermatology Meeting on November 2007" to enjoy the special rate offer during the meeting.
Please call Toll-free (1800) 801-881 and tell them you are part of the "Dermatology meeting on November 2007". Rates Guaranteed until October 9, 2007. For more information on the Holiday Inn, please click here

Holiday Inn Resort Penang
72 Batu Ferringhi
Georgetown 11100 Malaysia
Tel: +60 4 881 1601
Fax: +60 4 881 1389
Toll free: +1 800 8 01 881



East meets West: The Penang Conference on the Art and Science of Dermatology
Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia
November 9-11, 2007

Please note that registration is closed.

To contact us:

For US and International Delegates
Dave Elpern MD
Phone: 413-458-2800

For Malaysian and Asian Delegates
Henry Foong FRCP
Phone: 60-5-5487416