Apra Sood

Dr. Sood, Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology is a board-certified medical dermatologist. She sees patients at the Sacramento VA medical center where she is the on-site director of the dermatology residency program and is strongly committed to resident education. Her interests include complex medical dermatology with a special focus on contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis and other eczematous dermatoses. Dr. Sood did her dermatology residency and contact dermatitis fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, and was the director of the contact dermatitis section in the Cleveland Clinic department of dermatology prior to moving to California. She has co-authored chapters in dermatology textbooks and has published in several journals.

Health Sciences Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology

Undergraduate Education: Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, India, MB, BS. 1989

Graduate Education: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India MD, Dermatology residency 1997

Medical Education: Harvard Medical School, M.D.

Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, Fellowship, Contact Dermatitis and Environmental Skin Disease, 2003

Residency: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, Dermatology Residency 2007

Board Certification: American Academy of Dermatology 2007,2017

Professional memberships
American Contact Dermatitis Society
American Academy of Dermatology
Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (Life Member)

Other Professional activities
2019-2020 Reviewer Dermatitis, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
2019-2020 Chair membership committee, American Contact Dermatitis Society
2018-current Education committee, American Contact Dermatitis Society
2017-2019 Diversity Task Force, American Academy of Dermatology
2016-2017 Nominating committee, American Contact Dermatitis Society
2010-2015 Lead preceptor for Dermatology, Lerner College of medicine education program
2012-2013 Faculty Advisor Dermatology Interest Group Lerner School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
2010-2012 Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
2009-2010 Self-Assessment Task Force, American Academy of Dermatology

Academic Awards and Honors
2018-2019: Outstanding volunteer clinical faculty award for resident education, Department of Dermatology, UC Davis
2017-2018: Outstanding volunteer clinical faculty award for resident education, Department of Dermatology, UC Davis
2010: Willard D. Steck Endowed Chair of Clinical Dermatology
2009: Teacher of the year award, Department of Dermatology, Cleveland Clinic
2002: Young Investigator Award, American Contact Dermatitis Society meeting. Cleveland, Ohio
1995: Dr. K.C. Kandhari award for the Best Resident in Dermatology & Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
1989: University Gold Medal for securing first rank in the final professional M.B., B.S. examination
1989: DC Memorial Gold Medal for securing first rank in Medicine in the final professional M.B., B.S. examination
1989: KMS Memorial Prize for securing first rank in the University in the final professional M.B., B.S. examination

Selected publications
Radiation Induced Lichen Planus - An Uncommon Side Effect Yasmin Hadian, Yi-Chun Chen, David V. Eastham, Joshua M. Schulman, Apra Sood. Dermatol Online J. 2019 Nov 11;25(11)

Hadian Y, Bagood M, Dahle SE, Sood A, Isseroff RR. Interleukin-17: Potential target for chronic wounds. Mediators Inflamm. 2019 Nov 18; 2019:1297675

Le ST, Wang JZ, Alexanian C, Ellis S, Martinez-Alvarado YC, Johng S, Sood A, Maverakis E. Peristomal pyoderma gangrenosum: An exceedingly rare and overdiagnosed entity? J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019 Jul;81(1): e15.

Sherry Yu, Khanna U, Taylor JS, Sood A. Patch testing in the African American population: A 10-year experience. Dermatitis. 2019 Jul/Aug;30(4):277-278

Aneja A, Taylor JS, Sood A, Honari G, DiFiore JD. Concepts in allergy to pectus metal implants. Chapter 25 in Chest Wall Deformities:  Saxena, Amulya K (Ed) Springer Berlin, Heidelberg pp 307-313, 2017

Yu S, Taylor JS, Sood A. Shoes. Quick Guide to Contact Dermatitis eds. Johansen JD, Lepoittevin JP, Thyssen JP. Springer Verlag. 2016 p205-212

Lim G, Irfan M, Bergfeld WF, Sood A. Abdominal pannus with verrucous nodules, ecchymosis, and ulcerations in the setting of lymphedema. Int J Dermatol. 2017 Feb; 56(2): e16-e18

Ascha M, Irfan M, Bena J, Taylor JS, Sood A. Pediatric Patch Testing: A Ten-Year Retrospective Study. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2016 Dec; 117(6): 661-667

Stallings A, Sood A. Hair care practices in black women and potential for allergic contact dermatitis. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2016 Dec; 35(4): 207-210

Gabriela Rosa, Anthony P. Fernandez, Alok Vij, Apra Sood, Thomas Plesec, Steven D. Billings Langerhans cell microabscesses, but not eosinophils, are clues to a diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis in appropriate skin biopsies. Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. J Cutan Pathol. 2016 Jun; 43(6): 498-504

Shilpi Khetarpal; Apra Sood; Steven D. Billings, Nilontinib Induced Keratosis Pilaris Atrophicans. Dermatol Online J. 2016 Aug 15;22(8)

Galimberti F, Guren L, Fernandez AP, Sood A. Dermatology consultations significantly contribute quality to care of hospitalized patients: A prospective study of dermatology inpatient consults at a tertiary care center. Int J Dermatol. 2016 Oct; 55(10): e547-51

Sharma T, Vij A, Sood A. Pityrosporum folliculitis masquerading as acute localized exanthematous pustulosis. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. March 2016, 83; 179-183

Yu SH, Sood A, Taylor JS. Patch testing to methylisothiazolinone-methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone contact allergy. JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Jan 1; 152(1):67-72

Vij A, Sood A, Piliang M, Mesinkovska NA. Methylisothiazolinone, polymicrobial infections, and an SDRIFE-like eruption. JAAD 2015 May, 72, Issue 5, Supplement 1, pAB79