AAD 76th Annual Meeting Must See Events


Melissa Weiss, Associate Editor

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The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) will host its 76th Annual Meeting this year at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Over 375 sessions will be presented at the meeting between 7:30 am Friday, February 16, and 12:30 pm Tuesday, February 20, ranging from the latest trends and advances in dermatology to hands-on and simulated patient encounters.

“It is an exciting environment that creates a collective energy that reinforces our commitment to our profession. By gathering together, we are reminded that we are not alone, that we are all in this together, and supporting each other,” wrote Henry Lim, MD, FAAD, president of AAD, in his message to members.

Here are some of the top sessions to attend at this year’s meeting.

The Plenary Session

The Plenary Session will be held on Sunday, February 18, from 8 am to 11:30 am in Ballroom 20B.

Jan T. Vilcek, MD, PhD, will present the Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and the Philip Frost Leadership Lecture titled, “Infliximab: How a TNF Inhibitor Advanced from Modest Beginnings to Unforeseen Therapeutic Successes.” The Clarence S. Livingood, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship will be presented by Mary Margaret Chren, MD, an expert in quality of life measurement in dermatology, who will discuss “The State of (Measuring) the Art of Dermatology.” In addition, Alan Irvine, MD, will present the Marion B. Sulzberger, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship on Atopic Dermatitis and Jennifer Doudna, PhD, will present the “CRISPR Systems: Nature’s Toolkit for Genome Editing” for the Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award and Lectureship.



This year’s keynote speaker is Abraham Verghese, MD, the 2016 Humanities medalist. He is the author of best-selling books, including Cutting for Stone and The Tennis Partner. He will present “The Pathology Within: Burnout, Wellness, and the Search for Meaning in a Professional Life.” 

Hot Topics

On Monday, February 19, the “Hot Topics” Symposium will be held in Room 6D from 9 am to 12 pm and will be moderated by Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD. The presentations will cover topics voted on by members as the “hot topics” in dermatology and will include:

  • 9 am: Welcome and Introduction; Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD
  • 9:05 am: Cosmeceuticals: Naturally Absurd; Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, FAAD
  • 9:30 am: Acne: What’s New; Hilary E. Baldwin, MD, FAAD
  • 9:55 am: Hairy Matters: What’s New in Alopecia; Wilma Fowler Bergfeld, MD, FAAD
  • 10:20 am: Atopic Dermatitis: New Developments; Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD, FAAD
  • 10:45 am: Biologics and Psoriasis: the Beat Goes on; Mark Lebwohl, MD, FAAD
  • 11:10 am: Melanoma Update 2018; Allan C. Halpern, MD, FAAD
  • 11:35 am: What’s New in Cosmetic Surgery; Anthony V. Benedetto, DO, FAAD

In addition, other hot topic presentations will cover Translational Dermatology (presented by Rachael Clark, MD, PhD), AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (moderated by Kieron S. Leslie, MBBS), Acute and Inpatient Pediatric Dermatology (moderated by Elena B. Hawryluk, MD, PhD, FAAD), and Global Dermatology (moderated by Toby A. Maurer, MD, FAAD).

More information about these sessions can be found in the online AAD meeting program: https://www.aad.org/scientificsessions/am2018/default.aspx.

Late breaking sessions

This year’s late-breaking sessions include:  

  • F055: Procedural Dermatology; February 17 from 9 am to 11 am; Room 6D
  • F057: Basic Science/Cutaneous Oncology/Pathology; February 17 from 9 am to 11 am; Room 4
  • F061: Clinical Trials; February 17 from 1 pm to 2 pm; Room 20A
  • F076: Clinical Studies/Pediatrics; February 17 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm; Room 5B

For more information about presenters and late-breaking sessions, visit https://www.aad.org/scientificsessions/am2018/default.aspx.

Photos courtesy of American Academy of Dermatology

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