Center of Excellence for Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (CEPPA)

A patient with psoriasis is seen by a doctor.

Collaboration for comprehensive psoriasis care

Psoriasis is a complex disease, thus it requires complex and individualized care. OHSU Dermatology works in collaboration with the OHSU Division of Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease to provide a multidisciplinary and coordinated approach to the treatment and management of psoriasis. Dermatologists, rheumatologists and other specialties (hepatologists, endocrinologists, cardiologists) will work together on your care as necessary.

What to expect

Unless you've been referred by a doctor for a one-time consultation, your care provider will work with you to identify a long-term care plan for your psoriasis. Factors of determining this plan include your medical history, severity of diagnosis, your co-mobidities, and your needs to determine your individualized treatment plan.

  • At your initial appointment, your provider will work with you to collect the necessary information they need to provide the best overall care. You can expect an extensive questionnaire (between 15 to 30 minutes) and a review of your health history with the provider.
  • An individualized care plan will be chosen.
  • Follow-up appointments are scheduled as needed, including referrals to rheumatology and/or other specialists.

There is no cure for psoriasis, but proper treatment can help minimize symptoms and reduce the impact it has on your normal lifestyle. That is the goal for every patient that is seen in the CEPPA.

Additional treatment options through research

As part of advancing knowledge and treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, our department is active in clinical research. Clinical trials are an organized activity to learn more about a problem, a treatment option or a disease. They can provide patients with alternate care options, while helping researchers study new and improved ways to combat disease.

For more information, including any currently enrolling trials in psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, please visit our Skin Condition Clinical Trials page.