Meet the Board: María Ivonne Arellano Mendoza

8 March 2021

The latest instalment of our "Meet the Board" series is from María Ivonne Arellano Mendoza. Ivonne joined the ILDS Board in 2019 as a Regional Director for Latin America inc Caribbean and serves as the Vice-Chair of the ILDS Awards Committee and Co-Chair of the 3rd World Skin Summit Programme Committee.

I was born in Mexico, a wonderful country, famous for its historic legacy, geographical richness, traditions, and cultural and gastronomic heritage; known worldwide for the hospitality and friendliness of our people.

I studied medicine in La Salle University, in Mexico City, and graduated as a Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon in 1991, completed my Master of Science in Education & Evaluation of Competences in 2016. I have been a board certificated, staff member of the Dermatology Department at Hospital General de México for 29 years, leading health institution in Latin America, participating in health care, research and training of human resources in dermatology, in the residency program for physicians, nursing professionals and social workers in the field. I had the opportunity to contribute in the elaboration of medical school and postgraduate academic programs, as well as assistential and educational activities for the general population. Now, as Head of the Dermatology Department I am involved in planning, development, evaluation and generation of information for compliance with international certification of dermatologic care in Hospital General de Mexico.

I have served in different positions in dermatological societies and participated in organising committees of national and international congresses; as coordinator of the Transplant Dermatology Chapter for Colegio Iberolatinoamericano de Dermatología (CILAD) where I serve as Secretary-General.

My main areas of interest are Pigmentary Disorders, Photobiology and Cutaneous Oncology. I have been very honored to receive invitations as guest professor to national and international meetings, written scientific papers, book chapters as well as been involved in research protocols.
One of the most important activities of my professional activity has been the engagement in technical opinions in our Senate, for the elaboration of different health initiatives that culminated in current appropriate specialist certification process in Mexico.

It is a great challenge and satisfaction to collaborate with the ILDS, representing the Latin America and Caribbean Region; and participate in the ILDS 3rd World Skin Summit Program Committee, the Awards Committee, WHO Committee and the World Skin Health Working Group. Be sure I will serve with my best professional standards, ethical leadership, values and principles.

María Ivonne Arellano Mendoza