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AAD Summer Meeting Highlights Latest Trends and Advances in Dermatology

AAD Summer Meeting Highlights Latest Trends and Advances in Dermatology


The 2018 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Summer Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL. More than 90 sessions on the latest advances and trends in dermatology will be presented at this year’s meeting, which will begin at 7:30 am on Thursday, July 26, and will end at noon on Sunday, July 29.

“The Scientific Assembly Committee (SAC) — with the dedicated work of Chair Sheila Fallon Friedlander, MD — has outdone itself once again to create a truly stellar program, one that is both diverse and comprehensive,” said Suzanne Olbricht, MD, president of the AAD. “I encourage [attendees] to delve into the program and find the sessions that will enlighten and stimulate [them], as well as sessions that will enhance [their] practice when [they] return home.”


This year’s plenary session will be held from 9 am to 11:30 am on Friday, July 27. Speakers include:

  • Bruce H. Thiers, MD, distinguished university professor at the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Charleston, SC, and editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, will present the Everett C. Fox, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship entitled “The Golden Age of Dermatology.” Dr Thiers will discuss the therapeutic history of dermatology and how new therapies, such as biologics, have changed the treatment of various diseases.

  • Veronica Kinsler, MD, PhD, consultant pediatric dermatologist and academic lead clinician in pediatric dermatology at Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Institute of Child Health in London, UK, will present “The Genetics of Birthmarks.” Her presentation will review how clinical phenotyping and genetic sequencing techniques have changed the understanding of birthmarks and offer the promise of more personalized medical therapy, as well as cover what dermatologists need to know about these latest advances in order to better treat patients. 

  • Eric L. Simpson, MD, MCR, professor of dermatology and director of clinical research at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, will present “New Developments in Atopic Dermatitis—From Barrier to Burden to Biologics.” His presentation will discuss the latest trends in AD research, starting with advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis of AD, and include strategies to prevent the disease and new approaches for assessment and treatment of patients with AD.

  • Chrysalyne D. Schmults, MD, MSCE, director of Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery Center and program director of Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and associate professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, will present “Squamous Cell Cancer: Management from in situ to Metastasis.” Her presentation will cover the management of field cancerization, prognostic stratification, and management of high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, as well as emerging therapies.

  • Christine Sinsky, MD, vice president of professional satisfaction at the American Medical Association and internist at the Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Dubuque, IA, is the guest speaker for this year’s event. Her presentation, “In Search of Joy in Medicine,” will explore physician well-being and how it affects patient outcomes, along with practice innovation, redesign, and physician satisfaction.

This year’s featured sessions include:

  • S007: Advanced Systemic Therapeutics; Friday, July 27

  • U020: MACRA, MIPS, and Advanced APMs; Saturday, July 28

  • S001: Hot Topics in Medical Dermatology; Thursday, July 26

  • F002: Lasers and Light Sources in Dermatology: How to Optimize your Results and Avoid Complications; Thursday, July 26

  • S005: EADV/AAD Joint Symposium; Thursday, July 26

  • F013: Trends in the Practice of Dermatology: Consolidation and the Role of Private Equity; Friday, July 27

New sessions at the 2018 AAD Summer meeting include:

  • U005: Malignancy in Patients with Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatitis: Understanding Risk and Appropriate Management; Thursday, July 26

  • C001: Comprehensive Approach to Neuromodulators and Fillers in 2018; Thursday, July 26

  • U010: Skin of Color: The International Perspective; Thursday, July 26

  • U013: From Practical to Cutting Edge: How to Best Care for our CTCL Patients; Friday, July 27

  • U014: Updates on Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Therapeutics; Friday, July 27

  • U015: Diet in Dermatology: Translating Evidence Into Practice; Friday, July 27

  • U021: Managing Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia; Saturday, July 28

  • U024: Get the Most Out of Your Skin Grafts; Saturday, July 28

  • F030: Caring for the Cancer Patient: Updates in Cutaneous Oncology and Oncodermatology; Saturday, July 28

  • S015: Atopic Dermatitis; Sunday, July 29

  • U032: Treating Alopecia Areata, Vitiligo and Atopic Dermatitis: JAK Inhibitors, Something New for Dermatology; Sunday, July 29

In addition, attendees can improve their communication skills by participating in one of the “The Hands-on: Patient Encounter” workshops on the following topics: breaking bad news, medication management, working with a difficult patient, giving feedback, and total body skin exams. Other hands-on workshops will be available and will cover nails, scar revision, wound repair, and fillers.

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