Dr. Dusan Sajic M.D. Ph.D.
M-F: 9:00 – 4:30
Sat: By Appointment
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Dr Sajic is a board certified (Canada and USA) medical and cosmetic dermatologist at derma Skin Institute. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicne, Adjunct at McMaster University, as well as an Associate Investigatory with Probity Medical Research.
Dr Sajic completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario and his 5 year residency in dermatology at the University of Toronto
During his residency he won the prestigious Women’s Dermatologic Society Mentorship award to study at the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minesota. He also was awarded the young investigator award by the Canadian Dermatology Foundation.
He is the author of several clinical and research papers and continues to be active in research and clinical trials. He is also involved in teaching Medicne and Dermatology Resident Physicians at both McMaster Univeristy and University of Toronto.
In his spare time he loves to Row, Kayak and play Basketball, as well as take his young family of five on wild goose chases.
As an avid photographer, he will often try and capture these adventures with his trusty Canon camera. After all, it’s a delicate balance of capturing the moment and living in it.
QUESTION AND ANSWER with Dr Sajic
Q: What do you like about Dermatology?
A: I like that there are many aspects to Dermatology. From Surgical treatment of Cancers to Treatment of Rashes like Psoriasis with Medications and everything in between. Skin is an organ that everyone sees and as such both the patient and I can see the work that is being done. I also enjoy that it is one of the few specialties where we can actively try to fight the aging process through scientifically proven methods.
Q: Why should patients ask to see a Dermatologist for their skin?
A: Dermatology is a medical specialty that takes 5 years after Medical School to master. Indeed at the end of the residency one needs to pass an exam to be officially certified to call themselves a Dermatologist. Think of it like Martial Arts. Becoming a specialist is like getting a black belt. I’m sure blue and brown belts know a lot, but I don’t think I would take my kids to a place where a black belt wasn’t the teacher. I think you should ask for no less for your skin.
Q: I see a lot of places offering Skin services – mostly cosmetic procedures like Botox, Fillers, Lasers without a Dermatologist. What are your thoughts on this?
A: Great question. First of all, I prefer to call it Aesthetic Medicine, because that is exactly what it is. There are many intricacies and nuances in assessing a patient’s needs and understanding how their unique anatomy plays into designing and executing a proper treatment. Furthermore, like any branch of medicine, there are numerous side-effects that can happen – particularly in the hands of a sub-optimally trained person! Most of the currently available aesthetic treatments were developed and advanced by Dermatologists for a reason. While there are weekend courses for non-specialists, I don’t think you can properly learn this stuff over a weekend. Moreover, due to their short nature, they are almost always cookie cutter type solutions designed to fit the average face. Unless your face is a cookie, I would suggest that you stick to a board certified Dermatologist.
Q: What is special about Derma Skin Institute?
A: I feel it is the first place in our region where everything related to the skin is found under one roof. If you have issues with your skin, we will work with you to find the proper solution. What’s more, as a research centre, we are looking to further the field of Dermatology with novel breakthroughs. We truly pride ourselves on being a Centre of Excellence in everything skin-related, and being the first such institution in our area to offer the highest standards of skin care to our fellow residents and neighbours. Indeed, we put that pledge to you in our very name – deRMA Skin Institute – Research, Medicine, Aesthetic. The full spectrum of skin care excellence.