Apra Sood

Dr. Apra Sood, Professor of Clinical Dermatology, is a board-certified medical dermatologist who provides patient care at the Sacramento VA medical center. 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 published in several peer reviewed journals and co-authored chapters in dermatology textbooks. She is the VA site director of the dermatology residency program and is strongly committed to resident education. She has received several awards for her contributions to resident teaching.

Health Sciences Professor of Clinical Dermatology

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

Graduate Education: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India M.D., Dermatology residency 1997

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

2023: Dermatology Site Director, VA Medical Center
2022: Teledermatology committee, American Academy of Dermatology
2019: Chair membership committee, American Contact Dermatitis Society
2018: Education committee, American Contact Dermatitis Society
2017: Diversity Task Force, American Academy of Dermatology
2016: Nominating committee, American Contact Dermatitis Society
2010: Lead preceptor for Dermatology, Lerner College of medicine education program
2012: Faculty Advisor Dermatology Interest Group Lerner School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
2010: Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
2009: Self-Assessment Task Force, American Academy of Dermatology

Academic Awards and Honors

2019-2020: Clinical faculty award for resident education, Department of Dermatology, UC Davis
2018-2019: Clinical faculty award for resident education, Department of Dermatology, UC Davis
2017-2018: 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

Shawa H, Wu PA, Dahle S, Isseroff RR, Sood A. Potential Allergens in Wound Care Products. Dermatitis. 2023 Jan-Feb;34(1):51-55

Shawa H, Schulman J, Opene C, Sood A. Post-zoster fibroelastolytic papulosis: An example of Wolf’s isotopic response. Derm online J. 2023,15; 29(2)

Hower M, Shawa H, Sood A, Schulman J et al. Acanthosis nigricans at the site of repeated insulin injections and other localized reactions. Fed Pract. 2022;39(4)

Bullock T, Sood A, Taylor JS. Other reactions from gloves. In: Protective Gloves for Occupational Use. 3rd ed. Phalen RN et al (eds). CRC Press. Nov 2022. 261

Liakos W, Toussi A, Le ST, Ma C, Merleev A, Marusina A, Luxardi G,1 Konia T, Sood A, Wu PA, Maverakis E. Anti-Interleukin 23-Based Therapies May Shift Cutaneous Immune Responses: A Case of New-Onset Contact Dermatitis to Carbamates After Guselkumab for Psoriasis. Dermatitis. 2021,32

Hai J, Shaw H, Sood A et al. Systemic drug-related intertriginous and flexural exanthema (SDRIFE) induced by the Comirnaty Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: A report of 2 cases. JAAD. 2021, 18:57-60

Barton VR, Le S, M.D., Wang JZ, Toussi A, Sood A, Maverakis E. Peristomal ulcers misdiagnosed as pyoderma gangrenosum: a common error. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2020, 34, 34(2): e108-e110

Hadian Y, Chen Y, Eastham DA, Schulman JM, Sood A. 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

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

Rosa G, Fernandez AP, Vij A, Sood A, Plesec T, Billings SD. 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

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

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