Four new members join board of directors of the American Academy of Dermatology

DENVER, Colo. (March 25, 2014) —

Kevin D. Cooper, MD, FAAD; Jane M. Grant-Kels, MD, FAAD; Neal D. Bhatia, MD, FAAD; and Sheila Fallon Friedlander, MD, FAAD; begin four-year terms as members of the board of directors of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 17,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions. 

Elected to the board of directors in April 2013, Drs. Cooper, Grant-Kels, Bhatia, and Fallon Friedlander assumed office at the conclusion of the Academy’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Denver. They will all hold the same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association.  

Kevin D. Cooper, MD, FAAD, is a professor and chair of the dermatology department at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. He currently serves as the Academy’s chair of the Council on Science and Research. In addition, he is a past president of the Association of Professors of Dermatology and the Society for Investigative Dermatology.

Jane M. Grant-Kels, MD, FAAD, is a professor of dermatology, pathology, and pediatrics and founding chair of the department of dermatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn. She is also director of the university’s dermatopathology laboratory, cutaneous oncology center, melanoma program, and its dermatology residency, as well as assistant dean of clinical affairs. In addition, she is on the board of directors of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and is a past president of the Connecticut Dermatology Society.

Neal D. Bhatia, MD, FAAD, is associate professor of dermatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and works in private practice in San Diego. He serves on several Academy committees, as well as on editorial boards, advisory boards, and at other dermatology societies. 

Sheila Fallon Friedlander, MD, FAAD, is a professor of clinical pediatrics and dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. She is director of the fellowship training program in pediatric dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital/UCSD. In addition, she is immediate past president of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology. 

Editor’s note: Photos of the Academy’s newly elected officers and board members can be obtained by contacting the Academy’s Communications Department at (847) 330-0230.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or  www.aad.org. Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin). 

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