By Ilona J. Frieden, MD, FAAD
Chair, Scientific Assembly Committee
It’s hard to imagine that Summer Academy Meeting is already upon us! It takes place July 31 through Aug. 4 in New York City. What I like most about Summer Meeting is that it provides a smaller, more intimate atmosphere in which to participate in many of the same great sessions held during Annual Meeting. Our Summer Academy Meeting has been a fixture since the first one in San Francisco in 1994. We visited New York for the first time in the summer of 1997 and five more times since then, making this current year our seventh Summer Academy Meeting in New York City.
After taking an active role in piecing together the scientific program for the 2013 Summer Academy Meeting, I am pleased to be able to share a sampling of it with you now. The Plenary session is always a highlight of Academy Meetings—and it’s because of the sheer caliber of scientific research presented. This year’s program proves no different, as some of the country’s top dermatologists gather to present on a diverse range of topics.
On Friday, Aug. 2, Mark Lebwohl, MD, is delivering the Everett C. Fox, MD, Memorial Lectureship titled “Dermatologic Therapy: Past, Present, and Future.” In his presentation, he will discuss how dermatology has been at the forefront of new drug development, and how those drugs have led the way to new treatments that impact not only skin disease, but also diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, sarcoidosis, and cancer. Dr. Lebwohl will also address the challenge of who will pay for the expensive new drugs.
In “Basepairs to Bedside: Genetics and Immunology of Alopecia Areata,” Angela Christiano, PhD, will update attendees on the genetics and immunology of alopecia areata. After all, it was Dr. Christiano’s laboratory that identified the first set of susceptibility genes for the disease, which then provided insight into its immunopathogenesis. She will also provide an overview of ongoing clinical trials using targeted immunomodulatory therapies.
Over the years, great strides have been made within the field of melanoma. Allan Halpern, MD, will review recent trends in cancer screening and the results of the screening program ongoing in Germany in “Recent Advances in Melanoma Screening and Therapy.” He will also address promising new approaches for the treatment of advanced melanoma.
And if you’re still trying to figure out accountable care organizations, you won’t want to miss the lecture by Marta Jane Van Beek, MD, MPH, which will cover the logistics of ACOs and how the specialty of dermatology might integrate this new model of health care delivery.
Terrence A. Cronin Jr., MD, will discuss how decorating skin has been part of the human condition since before the time of recorded history in “Tattoos and Piercings.” His presentation will explore the history of skin adornments and their relation to dermatology.
Lastly, this year’s guest speaker, physician, teacher, and award-winning writer Danielle Ofri, MD, will bring her power of story to the medical field, where she will speak about reaching the real humanity of her patients and how health care providers can learn to do the same, improving the practice of medicine.
In addition to the Plenary, you’ll also be able to attend other highly-anticipated Academy sessions, including live demonstrations, Update Platform sessions and Maintenance of Certification and guideline-based sessions.
I encourage you to stay abreast of of all the goings on at the meeting by reading the Summer Meeting News reports. Pre-conference coverage and onsite reporting of events is available via e-newsletter on the publication Web site. Also follow our meeting Twitter feed and participate in the conversation!
There’s still time to register for the meeting. Early registration for members and approved non-members ends at noon CT on Monday, July 8. After this date and time, late registration fees and rules will apply. Advance registration ends Wednesday, July 24 at noon CT. At this time all registration systems will close and incomplete registrations will have to be completed on site. On-site registration will open on Wednesday, July 31 at noon.
Dr. Frieden is a professor of pediatrics and dermatology, vice-chair of dermatology, and chief of the division of pediatric dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. She has been president of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and served in many other leadership positions within dermatology. Her involvement at the AAD includes currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors, and as a member of the Scientific Assembly Committee, the Leadership Development Steering Committee, and the Mentoring Task Force. She is the author of over 200 original articles, numerous book chapters and is co-editor of both the journal, Pediatric Dermatology and the textbook, Neonatal Dermatology, now in its 2nd edition.