SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Oct. 27, 2009) — The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently welcomed Samantha Sheridan as the director of science and quality. In her new role, Sheridan will oversee the activities under the purview of the Council on Science and Research, as well as the Patient Safety and Quality Committee, including guidelines and performance measure development, informatics, survey research, and data collection.
“Samantha is a wonderful addition to the Academy staff as director of science and quality,” said Executive Director and CEO Ronald A. Henrichs, CAE. “Her knowledge and experience will be invaluable in helping dermatologists develop and disseminate practice guidelines and other tools to facilitate the delivery of quality dermatologic care.”
Sheridan comes to the Academy after 19 years with Westat, a large contract research organization that has done extensive work with government agencies, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. During her time at Westat, Sheridan oversaw AHRQ’s suite of patient experience surveys for facility and ambulatory care, known as the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or CAHPS, as well as projects for the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Medical Specialties. Sheridan also has experience with convening expert panels and conferences, helping her to establish a wide range of contacts with various stakeholders in the health care quality community.
Sheridan earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in political science from Villanova University and is a certified Project Management Professional.
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 16,000 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.