The Three Lichens: A Generalist Approach to Vulvar Skin Conditions


  • Emily Delpero, MD University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON Ottawa Health Research Institute, Ottawa, ON



Vulvar skin complaints represent a significant proportion of visits to family physician, dermatology and gynecology offices. Healthcare training programs place little emphasis on exposure to these conditions, which limits providers’ ability to assess and manage them. Increasing the visibility, recognition, and treatment of these conditions serves to improve patient care in Canada. 

Author Biography

Emily Delpero, MD, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON Ottawa Health Research Institute, Ottawa, ON

Dr. Delpero completed her medical training at the University of Toronto including medical school, residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and fellowship in vulvovaginal health. During her training she also completed a certificate in health journalism through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Munk School of Global Affairs, and obtained master’s in systems leadership and innovation through the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, where she maintains a general obstetrics practice and a focussed gynecologic practice in vulvar skin disorders, colposcopy and menopause management.


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How to Cite

Delpero, E. (2024). The Three Lichens: A Generalist Approach to Vulvar Skin Conditions. Canadian Women’s Health Today, 1(2), 18–22.