William D. James, MD, FAAD, assumes presidency of the American Academy of Dermatology
MIAMI (Mar 9, 2010) — William D. James, MD, FAAD, a Philadelphia-based dermatologist, took office today as president of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 16,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions.
Dr. James assumed office at the conclusion of the Academy’s 68th Annual Meeting. He will hold office for one year and also will hold the same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
“I look forward to serving the Academy and further advancing the growth of dermatology,” stated Dr. James. “The specialty of dermatology is stronger than ever, and I plan on building on the success of the Academy’s previous leaders in the areas of patient safety, leadership development and mentoring, legislative advocacy and scientific research.”
After beginning his academic career at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, West Point, N.Y., Dr. James earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed a medical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., and his residency in dermatology at the former Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. He is the Paul R. Gross professor and vice chair of the department of dermatology at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also serves as the residency and fellowship program director.
An active member of the Academy, Dr. James has served as a member of the board of directors, the council on member services, and numerous task forces and committees. He is the past chief of dermatology service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has authored more than 310 publications, including co-authorship of the last three editions of Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin. Additionally he served as founding editor-in-chief of the dermatology section of Emedicine.com, a clinical reference developed by WebMD.
The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. A sister organization to the Academy, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is the resource for government affairs, health policy and practice information for dermatologists, and plays a major role in formulating policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care. 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. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org.
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