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Moles and Melanoma

This presentation focuses on congenital and acquired melanocytic nevi as they relate to melanoma, and provides an update on the management of this malignancy.

Jason Rivers, MD
Jason K. Rivers MD, FRCPC, is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of British Columbia. He qualified as a dermatologist in Ottawa in 1986. Subsequently, Dr. Rivers spent one year at the Skin and Cancer Unit at New York University where he undertook research into pigmented lesions of the skin. He also worked for two years in Australia where he was involved in research into melanoma skin cancer, the most lethal form of the disease. Based at the Sydney Melanoma Unit, Dr, Rivers became involved in the Australian skin cancer prevention campaigns, which included beach skin cancer screenings.

Dr. Rivers served for seven years as national director of the Canadian Dermatology Association's Sun Awareness Program. During this time, he presented a paper on ozone depletion, UV and the skin to the House of Commons Hearing on Ozone Depletion. Dr. Rivers also participated in Environment Canada's forum to develop the UV index. His current practice includes cutaneous oncology, general dermatology, laser, and cosmetic dermatology. He has participated in clinical research for more than 15 years and has published more than 130 articles.