M.D., M.Sc, Ph.D (Rio de Janeiro)
Dr. Omar Lupi received his undergraduate and medical degree from Rio de Janeiro State University (1985-1990), in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, followed by residency training in Dermatology at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1991-1993), and Board Certification of Dermatology (1994). He received his MSc (1995) and PhD (1998) in Dermatology, specializing in viral infections. He completed one year of post-doctoral training at Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), in Galveston/Texas (2001), with a special training in molecular biology and immunology.
Between 1995 and 2008 he was the coordinator of the residency in Dermatology of Policlinica Geral do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro/Brazil), training four new dermatologists each year. After this period he became Chairman and Titular Professor of Dermatology of the same institution. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Dermatology at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro since 2009 . He served on the Medical Faculty of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, since 1998, as a physician and postgraduate professor of Dermatology (1998-2007) and as an immunologist (since 2008).
He is on the editorial board of many scientific journals such as the International Journal of Dermatology (2006 - 2014), the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (since 2008), Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia (since 2001), Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology (since 2009). He is also the recipient of the “Young Dermatologists Award” (1998) awarded by the CILAD (Ibero Latin-American College of Dermatology).
He has published more than 168 scientific papers and 45 book chapters, with special interest in dermatovirology, sexually transmitted diseases and skin cancer. He is also the editor of 7 textbooks in Dermatology published in many languages:
Herpes: clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. (Ed Medsi, 278 pages, 1999) – 2nd edition launched in 2010
Skin Cancer (Ed. Medsi, 702 pgs, 2000),
Tropical Dermatology (Elsevier. 590 pgs, 2005), - 2nd edition to be launched in June 2015
Mucocutaneos Manifestations of Viral Infections (Informa USA. 576 pgs, 2010),
Routines for Diagnostic and Treatment in Dermatology (Editora Gen. 810 pgs, 2010) – 2nd edition launched in 2012
Fundamental Dermatology (Ed. Gen, 450 pages, 2013)
Dermatology: Clinical Actualization Guide/CILAD (Ibero Latin-American College of Dermatology) - (Editora Gen 868 pages, 2015)
He is a member of several dermatological entities, including the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (since 1991), CILAD (since 1996), International Herpes Management Forum (1998), the American Academy of Dermatology (since 2001), and the European Academy of Dermatology (since 2004). Since 2011, he is a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Medicine.
He is conducting research on dermatovirology, viral hemorrhagic fevers, with special interest in dengue, Hantaviruses and in Arenaviruses, as well as investigating the role of prion infections in Dermatology and in other conformational disorders such as amyloidosis. He has published extensively in the Tropical Dermatology field including several cover papers in some of the most important international dermatological journals.
He presented more than 450 posters and 260 lectures in forums, courses and symposiums in many Brazilian and international meetings and congresses, including the Brazilian Annual Meeting of Dermatology (since 1991), World Congress of Dermatology (since 1997), CILAD Meetings (since 1995), Pan American Congress of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (since 1998), World Congress of Infectious Diseases (since 1999), Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (since 1996) and the Meeting of the European Academy of Dermatology (since 2004).
Serving the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD)
He served in many distinctive functions such as the President of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology in the State of Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (2005-2006), when he developed the social campaign “Dermatology Solidarity Campaign”, recognized by Solidarity Physicians, a former branch of the “Doctors Without Borders”, as a major breakthrough in Brazil. Thousands of people received free care from dermatologists in Rio de Janeiro, most of the patients lived in poor areas, known as “favelas”, with high drug traffic and no running water or health insurance. During many “action days” his team of volunteers developed a large educational campaign about scabies and lice prevention. This effort was recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) as a “Members Making a Difference” activity in October 2006.
He served as Vice-President of the Brazilian Society for Stem Cells Research (2006-2010) and also as Vice-President of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (2007-2008), organizing the first symposium on Regenerative Dermatology in Brazil and working hard for the effective integration of the SBD among the other dermatological societies in Latin America and with the CILAD (Ibero Latin-American College of Dermatology).
He was than elected as the President of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (2009-2010), a traditional society of 7.500 members and 103 years old history. During this period the “Brazilian Skin Cancer Prevention Campaign” was recognized by the Guinness Book as the largest medical campaign performed in a single day in the world, with about 40.000 patients screened for skin cancer. It was also launched an itinerant bus (Skin Cancer Tour) that has been traveling through small towns in Brazil, for the last 6 years, continuously searching for skin cancer patients. It is worth to mention the huge effort related to this project since Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and many areas of forests and swamps are very difficult to reach and demand a great logistic effort.
SBD also hosted a week television programme with 30 episodes where the most important dermatological diseases were discussed deeply with the participation of dermatologists from all over the country. It was organized a dermatological census (DermaBrazil Project) to better understand the real situation of our specialty in a huge and diverse country such as Brazil. And last but not least, SBD deeply increased its international connections, increasing partnerships with many universities in North America, Europe and Latin America, as well as receiving many international dermatology meetings. The Brazilian Society of Dermatology chose Rio de Janeiro as its bidding city to host the 24th World Congress of Dermatology in 2019 and he was nominated as the bid committee chairman since 2013.
And now the Ibero Latin-American College of Dermatology...
He is now serving as Vice-President of the CILAD (Ibero Latin-American College of Dermatology) between 2013/2016. Many of his experiences serving the SBD for many years have been adapted to the Ibero Latin American environment. Integration between the CILAD and SBD is a major task to be performed in the years to come. He has just organized the XX CILAD Congress in Rio de Janeiro (November 2014), which was a large meeting with almost 6.000 dermatologists from more than 40 countries, a very complete scientific program and social activities. The last CILAD Meeting taking place in Brazil was in 1981, also in Rio de Janeiro, a city with a long tradition and experience to host major events.
Why the ILDS now?
I really believe that my previous experience in Brazil and my current work in Latin America can help to stimulate the cooperation of societies of dermatology and societies interested in all fields of cutaneous medicine. I also believe that dermatological education and social care are key factors for the future of our specialty and that new possibilities are now available to promote skin education and prevention such as TV programmes, internet, and e-books.
Finally, I understand that science is an important tool to promote personal and professional relations among the dermatologists of the world and that strong dermatologic societies in Latin America have many important lesson to share with the whole community and can help to represent dermatology in commissions and international health organizations, encouraging the worldwide advancement of dermatology.