National Psoriasis Foundation names four psoriasis experts to its medical board

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 12, 2013)—To recognize their dedication in caring for people with psoriasis—a chronic, genetic disease of the immune system that appears on the skin that affects as many as 7.5 million Americans—the Portland-based National Psoriasis Foundation named Drs. April Armstrong, Ronald Prussick and Jashin Wu to its medical board. It also reappointed Dr. John Koo to the medical board.

These dermatologists join the board's 20 other psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis experts who provide leadership and guidance to the Psoriasis Foundation on medical issues. Learn about the medical board »

April Armstrong, M.D., M.P.H., is vice chair of clinical research and chair of the dermatology clinical research unit at the University of California Davis Health System in Sacramento. Armstrong also serves as director of the health system’s Teledermatology Unit. She earned a bachelor's degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., her master's in public health from Harvard University School of Public Health and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School.

Ronald Prussick, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)., is the assistant clinical professor of dermatology at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and the director of the Washington Dermatology Center in North Bethesda, Md. Prussick earned his bachelor of science in biology and genetics from McGill University in Montreal and his medical degree from McGill's School of Medicine.

John Y.M. Koo, M.D., is vice-chairman of the dermatology department and professor of clinical dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) Medical Center. Koo is also director of UCSF's Psoriasis, Phototherapy and Skin Treatment Clinic. Board certified in both dermatology and psychiatry, Koo has expertise in the psychological aspects of psoriasis and eczema. He earned a bachelor of arts in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from Harvard University School of Medicine.

Jashin Wu, M.D., is the associate residency program director and director of dermatology research at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Wu, who received his bachelor's degree and medical degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., has a background in psoriasis, clinical research and academic dermatology.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

Over the last 50 years, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) has become the world’s leading nonprofit patient advocacy organization fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. NPF leads this fight by driving efforts for a cure and improving the lives of the more than 8 million Americans affected by this chronic disease. To date, NPF has funded more than $15 million in research grants and fellowships, and to commemorate 50 years, NPF plans to raise an additional $2 million for early scientific career research programs in 2017 alone. Each year, NPF strives to support, educate and advocate on behalf of more individuals living with or caring for someone with the disease than ever before. As part of that effort, NPF established the Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Join our community today and help drive discovery and create community for all living with psoriatic disease.