Title: Health Sciences Professor of Dermatology

Philosophy of Care

I believe everyone should have good health with intact skin. I value good communication between physicians and patients about their condition but also its management. A well informed patient is the first step toward healing.
In an ideal world, every citizen should have easy access to excellent care. On a daily basis, I provide that access and care.  Here at UCDavis Dermatology, I teach residents and students to surpass themselves in treating patients with the best knowledge but also excellent professionalism.

Clinical Interest

Dr Brassard is a Medical Dermatologist interested in complex dermatological conditions such as Auto-immune Connective Tissue diseases, wound healing and skin manifestations of immunodeficiency. Surprisingly, patients can get very sick with skin diseases and get hospitalized. I have the honor of being the director of the Dermatology in-patient service to help those suffering individuals.

Dr Brassard was the Chair of the Dermatology Examination Committee, Chair of the Specialty Committee and also an external reviewer for the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada. He has a strong interest in medical education, program evaluation and assessment.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr Brassard has conducted many Clinical trials in Wound Healing and Medical Dermatology.  His main focus now is Medical dermatology and Medical education in its delivery but also in its structure and assessment.  


M.D., Laval University, Quebec City, Canada 1984

FRCPC, Dermatology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada 1989

Internship: Internal Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada 1984-1986

Residency: Dermatology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada 1986-1989

Board Certification: American Board of Dermatology, 1989
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dermatology, 1989


Professional Memberships
American Academy of Dermatology
Canadian Dermatology Association
European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology


Selected Recent Peer-reviewed Publications:

Mehdizadeh A, Alavi A, Alhusayen R, Bauer B, Bechara FG, Bourcier M, Brassard  A, Djamei V, Dutz J, George R, Ghias M, Gooderham M, Hamzavi I, Hoffman LK, Hou A, Hu H, Kimball AB, Kirchhof M, Kryzskaya D, Liy Wong MDC, Lowes MA, Lynde CW, McLellen C, Prens E, Prens L, Rogalska T, Sibbald RG, Sisic M, Tan MG, Wong DD. Proceeding report of the Symposium on Hidradenitis Suppurativa Advances (SHSA). Exp Dermatol. 2018 Jan;27(1):104-112. Epub 2017 Nov 15.

Giberson M, Brassard A. Salt-and-Pepper Skin Changes. N Engl J Med. 2017 Jul 13;377(2):173. 

Alavi A, French LE, Davis MD, Brassard A, Kirsner RS. Pyoderma Gangrenosum: An Update on Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2017 Jun;18(3):355-372. 

Alavi A, Adam DN, Alhusayen R, Boucier M, Brassard A, Coutts P, Gooderham M, Gulliver W, Hong CH, Lynde C, Marcoux D, Papp K, Poulin Y, Sibbald RG, Shear NH. Definition of Moderate to Severe Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Position Paper by the Canadian Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation (CHSF). J Cutan Med Surg. 2016 Nov;20(6):613-615.

Smylie A, Malhotra N, Brassard A. Relapsing Polychondritis: A Review and Guide for the Dermatologist. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2017 Feb;18(1):77-86.

Sotoodian B, Abbas M, Brassard A. Hidradenitis Suppurativa and the Association With Hematological Malignancies. J Cutan Med Surg. 2017 Mar/Apr;21(2):158-161.

Al-Ghazawi FM, Ramien ML, Brassard A, Shear NH, Beecker J. Management of Pain Associated with Selected Conditions in Dermatology. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2016 Oct;17(5):463-474.

Levy JM, Richler D, Mahmood MN, Brassard A. Pyoderma gangrenosum associated with alitretinoin therapy. JAAD Case Rep. 2016 Mar 10;2(2):135-7. 

Alavi A, Cohen AD, Gulliver W, Brassard A, Danby WB, Zouboulis CC. CHSF / HSF / EHSF joint pre-WCD Hidradenitis Suppurativa Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, June 6, 2015. Exp Dermatol. 2016 Feb;25 Suppl 1:1-9.

Leung J, Kuzel P, Kurian A, Brassard A. A Case of Dominant Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Responding Well to an Old Medication. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Nov;151(11):1264-5.

Rourke L, Oberholtzer S, Chatterley T, Brassard A. Learning to detect, categorize, and identify skin lesions: a meta-analysis. JAMA Dermatol. 2015 Mar;151(3):293-301.