Dr. Peter Vignjevic
Hamilton Dermatology Services

Hamilton dermatologist, Dr. Vignjevic was raised in the east end of Hamilton where he attended Glendale High School. From 1987 to 1989 he did his undergraduate studies in Biology at McMaster University. As both a high school and university student, he conducted medical research at the Intestinal Diseases Research Unit (IDRU – McMaster University) with scholarship funding from the Canadian Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis. In 1989 he started medical school at the University of Toronto. While in medical school he worked in the physiotherapy department at the Henderson General Hospital in Hamilton and conducted research in Skin Cancer (Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma) at the Hamilton Regional Cancer Clinic (Juravinski Cancer Centre).

Dr. Vignjevic and his family currently reside in the Hamilton area. He is an avid traveler and has been to Australia, Japan, South East Asia, South America and Europe. He enjoys photography – especially of plants and landscapes. The screensavers on the computers in his office are composed from his photographs. He enjoys studying Botany and visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens. He is a keen walker and an internet enthusiast, updating his website regularly.

He has supported the Canadian Cancer Society with the proceeds from his lectures at the McMaster Mini-Medical School course.  Also, his office has an annual “Dress Down Day for Breast Cancer” to raise funds for breast cancer research. He has also donated his time as a speaker at fundraising events for skin cancer and treatment of burn victims.

Academic Achievements

  • Cody Gold Medal – 1993 – Ranked first of 256 students – University of Toronto Medical School
  • Dr. Herbert Alexander Bruce Medal – 1993 – highest aggregate standing in anatomy, physiology, pathology and surgery
  • Dr. C. S. Wainwright Memorial Scholarship – University of Toronto – 1992
  • Dr. Kenneth Piafsky Memorial Medal and Prize – 1992 – highest standing in Year 2 and 3 Pharmacology
  • Saddington Medal in Pathology – 1991 – highest standing in pathology
  • Medical Alumni Association Scholarship – University of Toronto – 1991
  • MDS Prize in Laboratory Medicine – 1991 – highest cumulative standing in pathology, microbiology and clinical biochemistry
  • CC Medical Society (Ontario) Scholarship – 1990 – highest standing in anatomy
  • James W. Pearce Memorial Award in Physiology – 1990 – highest standing in physiology
  • Saul Rauxlen Scholarship – highest pre-admission average to the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto – 1989
  • University Scholarship – McMaster University – 1989
  • Shenstone Prize – McMaster University – 1988 – highest average in physics, chemistry and biology
  • Canadian Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis Summer Student Scholarship – 1987 – first Canadian high school student to be awarded this prize
  • George and Nora Elwin Scholar – McMaster University – 5 scholarships awarded in Canada – 1987

He continued his training in Dermatology at the University of Toronto. He carried out his residency training at:

  • Women’s College Hospital
  • Wellesley Hospital
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • McMaster University Medical Centre
  • Toronto General Hospital
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Hospital and Bayview Cancer Centre

Professional Licensing Certificates

  • Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, Parts I and II – 1994
  • FLEX Examination 1994
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Dermatology) 1997
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology 1997 – Successful Recertification 2005

Dr. Vignjevic continues to keep up to date by attending meetings and conferences both locally and internationally.

Current Practice, Appointments and Affiliations

Dr. Vignjevic has been in practice in the Hamilton area since July 1997. He is currently on staff at the Hamilton General Hospital where he sees inpatients. He also participates in the Hamilton city-wide dermatology rounds, and the dermatology journal and literature review club in Hamilton.

Dr. Vignjevic is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at McMaster University Medical School (DeGroote School of Medicine) and is involved in teaching medical students, residents and family physicians, both at the university and in his office. Recently, he has begun teaching dermatology residents at the University of Toronto. Furthermore he participates in the McMaster Mini-Medical school program open to the public each spring. He participates as a mentor in the OMA mentorship program for medical students.

He is an active member of the CDA (Canadian Dermatology Association), Toronto Dermatological Society and is now the Chair for the Section of Dermatology for the Hamilton Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Vignjevic is the official dermatologist for the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Dr. Vignjevic is also a dermatology consultant for the media.

He has been interviewed on:

  • CH News (Hamilton)
  • CTS Television
  • 900 CHML (Hamilton)
  • 1290 CJBK (London)
  • 650 CKOM (Saskatoon)
  • CTV News

In addition, he is used as a resource and has been quoted in:

  • Flare
  • Canadian Living Magazine
  • Fashion
  • Fashion 18
  • CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons Magazine)
  • Elle Canada
  • Glow Health
  • Hamilton Magazine
  • Glow Magazine
  • The Hamilton Spectator

Commonly Asked Questions:

How do you say the doctor’s name?

  • His last name is pronounced ‘VIG-NO-VICH’. You may call him “Doctor V” if you prefer.

What does a Dermatologist do?

  • Dermatologists are medical doctors who diagnose and manage diseases of the skin, hair and nails. This includes:
    • Psoriasis
    • Eczema
    • Acne
    • Skin Cancer
    • Nail Infections

What Cosmetic Procedures does he offer?

Please click on the highlighted words to learn more!

Which Services are Covered by OHIP?

  • Dermatology Consultation for Medical Concerns
  • Treatment of Medical Disorders – Acne, Psoriasis
  • Light Therapy for Psoriasis, Eczema – only if it is conducted in a hospital or doctor’s office
  • Removal of skin cancer or lesions that are suspicious for skin cancer
  • Treatment of warts on the soles of the feet, genitals or in patients with organ transplants
  • Treatment of warts on the face of children under 12

Which Services are NOT Covered by OHIP?

What Cosmetic Products does the doctor recommend?

  • Doctor V recommends a variety of moisturizers, sunscreens, cleansers and make-up.
  • Free Cosmetic Consultations about skin care or any of these procedures are available with knowledgeable medical asetheticians in the office.
  • If you are interested in any of these cosmetic procedures or products, please feel free to ask or Email Us.
  • Each of these procedures is discussed in detail on this website.

What is that little blue bottle that he is always carrying around with him?

  • It is not a water bottle or a coffee cup.
  • It is a Cryac which contains liquid nitrogen.
    • Liquid nitrogen is sometimes used to treat warts, precancerous sun spots (actinic keratoses) and other skin lesions.
    • The doctor uses the Cryac many times per day, so it’s easier for him to take it with him everywhere.
    • Do not worry, just because he brings the Cryac into the room doesn’t necessarily mean that he is going to use it on you!

Does the office use modern technology?

  • Dr. Vignjevic’s office is computerized and ‘paperless’ with the newest technology to optimize efficiency and the quality of our care.
  • Dr. Vignjevic has been using computerized medical records since May 2000, and was one of the first dermatologists in Ontario to do so.
  • The office also has the most up to date laser and therapeutic equipment for the treatment of medical and cosmetic skin conditions.

Is the office environmentally friendly?

  • By being paperless the office saves thousands of pages of paper yearly, thus saving hundreds of trees.
  • With over 80 thousands patients on file, this translates into savings of tons of paper over time.
  • Whenever possible, Dr. V. will use recycled paper to print prescriptions.
  • We are doing our part to help save our environment for ourselves and future generations.