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Terms of use

By accessing or using any of the American Academy of Dermatology’s (the Academy’s) website, you agree to comply with and be bound by these Terms and Conditions of Use (Terms of Use). Please read these Terms of Use carefully as well as the Academy’s Privacy Policy, which is incorporated herein by reference. If you do not agree with these Terms of Use, you must immediately terminate use of the Academy website. These Terms of Use will take effect at the time you begin using the Academy website. The Academy reserves the right, with or without notice, at any time and for any reason to deny you access to the Academy website or any portion thereof, and to terminate these Terms of Use. If you violate any of these Terms of Use, your permission to use the website automatically terminates.

Copyright and trademarks

All Academy content including the name and logo and all related product and service names (“Academy Content”) on this site is owned by the Academy its licensors, sponsors, partners, content providers, or other third parties and is protected by law including, but not limited to, United States copyright, trade secret, patent, and trademark law. Reproduction, retransmission, distribution, sale, publication, broadcast, circulation, reprinting, or dissemination of any Academy Content is prohibited without prior written permission from the Academy or the other copyright owner if the Academy is not the owner. You may not alter, delete, obscure, or conceal any copyright or other notices appearing on the Academy Content, including any such notices appearing on any Academy Content you are permitted to download, transmit, display, print, or reproduce from Academy websites. Any use of the Academy Content not expressly permitted by these Terms of Use is a breach of these Terms of Use and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws. Academy Content and features are subject to change or termination without notice in the editorial discretion of the Academy. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to Academy and its licensors.

Use of content

The Academy authorizes you to view or download a single copy of the material on the website solely for your personal, noncommercial use if you include the following copyright notice: "Copyright © 2011, The American Academy of Dermatology. All rights reserved" and other copyright and proprietary rights notices that are contained in the Academy Content.

All other reproduction, retransmission, or reprinting of all or part of any Academy Content found on this site is expressly prohibited, unless the Academy has expressly granted its prior consent to so reproduce, retransmit, or reprint the material. All other rights are reserved.

If you violate any of these Terms of Use, your permission to use the Academy Content automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any copies you have made of any portion of the Academy Content.

No medical advice

The Academy is providing information and services on this website as a benefit and service in furtherance of the Academy’s nonprofit and tax-exempt status. The information posted here by the Academy or any third party should not be considered medical advice, and is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified dermatology professional. Please consult an appropriate health care provider with any medical issues you may have. The Academy does not answer specific medical questions or refer people to a particular dermatology professional. The Academy is not responsible for any treatment decisions made by any health care provider.

Warranty disclaimed

The use of the website and the Academy Content is at your own risk. When using the website, information will be transmitted over a medium that may be beyond the control and jurisdiction of the Academy and its suppliers. Accordingly, the Academy assumes no liability for or relating to the delay, failure, interruption, or corruption of any data or other information transmitted in connection with use of the website.

This website and the Academy Content are provided on an "as is," "as available" basis. THE ACADEMY, ITS LICENSORS, AND ITS SUPPLIERS, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE or NON-INFRINGEMENT or any warranty arising from a course of dealing, usage, or trade practice. Without limiting the foregoing, the Academy, its licensors, and its suppliers make no representations or warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, currentness, or timeliness of the Academy Content, software, text, graphics, links, or communications provided on or through the use of the website.

Disclaimer of liability

You assume all responsibility for the use of this website. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall the Academy or anyone else involved in creating or maintaining this website be liable for any claim, loss, or damage (including, without limitation, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL or CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, or LOST PROFITS of any kind whatsoever) in connection with, as a result of, or arising from the use or inability to use the website and/or any other websites that are linked to this site, including, but not limited to: (i) reliance by a member or visitor on any information obtained via the website; (ii) mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, viruses, errors, defects, or any failure of performance, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access; ) any interruption in the availability of the website or Academy Content; (iv) statements or conduct of any third party on the website; (iv) any other matter relating to the website.

Any claims arising in connection with your use of the website or any of the Academy Content must be brought within one (1) year of the date of the event giving rise to such action occurred. Remedies under these Terms of Use are exclusive and are limited to those expressly provided for in these Terms of Use.

In states which do not allow some or all of the above limitations of liability, liability shall be limited to the greatest extent allowed by law.

Disclaimer of endorsement

Reference to any product, service, hypertext link to a third party or other information by trade name, trademark, supplier or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation by the Academy. The Academy shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the presence of such third party content. You shall be solely responsible for any correspondence or transactions with third parties.

Online conduct

You warrant that you will abide by all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations with respect to your use of the Academy website and not interfere with the use and enjoyment of the Academy website by other users or with the Academy’s operation and management of the website. You agree to use the website only for lawful purposes and are prohibited from posting on the website any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, obscene or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law.

You agree to only post or upload media (like photos, videos or audio) that you have taken yourself or that you have all rights to transmit and license and that do not violate trademark, copyright, privacy or any other rights of any other person. Photos or videos of celebrities and cartoon or comic images are usually copyrighted by the owner.

To protect your privacy and/or the privacy of others, you agree that you will not submit any media that contains personally identifiable information, including protected health information as defined by the regulations issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (including but not limited name, phone number, address, email address or web site URL.) of you or of anyone else. Uploading media like images or video of other people without their permission is strictly prohibited.

Third-party content

The Academy is a distributor of the content supplied by third parties. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information or content made available by third parties are those of the respective author(s), and the Academy is not responsible for any material posted by third parties. The Academy cannot and does not endorse in any way, nor does it vouch for, the accuracy or usefulness of such material. Furthermore, the Academy expressly disclaims any liability associated with material posted by third parties.


You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold the Academy, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, and suppliers, harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of these Terms of Use.

Privacy policy

See The Academy’s privacy policy below.

Governing law/forum

You expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute with the Academy, or in any way relating to your use of the website, resides in the courts of the State of Illinois and you further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction in the courts of the State of Illinois in connection with any such dispute including any claim involving the website or the Academy or its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, contractors, officers, directors, telecommunication providers, and content providers.

These Terms of Use are governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of Illinois, without respect to its conflict of laws principles.


If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition.

Entire agreement

Except as expressly provided in a particular "legal notice" on the website, these Terms of Use and the Academy Privacy Policy constitute the entire agreement between you and the Academy with respect to the use of the website and Academy content.


Special proprietary notice and disclaimer

The "Find a Dermatologist" and "Dermatologist Profile" databases are produced by the Academy as references of professional information on individual dermatologists. They are intended to provide the public with quick access to information on dermatologists who are members of the Academy. Neither database, nor any of their data, listings, or other constituent elements may be downloaded, republished, or duplicated, in whole or in part, for commercial purposes, for purposes of compiling mailing lists or any other lists of dermatologists, or for any other purposes without the prior express written permission of the Academy.

Although the Academy warrants that it undertakes reasonable efforts to keep the information contained in its "Find a Dermatologist" and "Dermatologist Profile" databases accurate, the Academy does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or fitness for a particular purpose of the information contained in those databases, or in any way endorse the individuals described therein. The above warranty is the only warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose, made by the Academy with respect to the "Find a Dermatologist" and "Dermatologist Profile" databases. In no event shall the Academy be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the information contained therein.

Privacy policy

The American Academy of Dermatology (the Academy) is committed to maintaining the privacy of the personal information of visitors to its sites. Our policies are designed to disclose the information collected and how it will be used. This policy applies solely to the information provided while visiting this website. The terms of the privacy policy do not govern personal information furnished through any means other than this website (such as by telephone or mail).

Email addresses and other personal information

Personal information such as postal and email address may be used internally for maintaining member records, marketing purposes, and alerting customers or members of additional services available. Phone numbers may also be used by the Academy when questions about products or services ordered arise. The Academy will not reveal any information about an individual user to third parties except to comply with applicable laws or valid legal processes.


A cookie is a small file stored on the site user's computer or Web server and is used to aid Web navigation. Session cookies are temporary files created when a user signs in on the website or uses the personalized features (such as keeping track of items in the shopping cart). Session cookies are removed when a user logs off or when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are permanent files and must be deleted manually. Tracking or other information collected from persistent cookies or any session cookie is used strictly for the user's efficient navigation of the site.

Information provided on a form (such as registering for the Annual Scientific Meeting) is maintained at the Academy solely for that intended use.

Credit cards

All credit card transactions are conducted over a secure socket layer connection. Credit card information is not stored on the server and is not reused in any manner. Only authorized personnel with specific identification and passwords can access credit card information solely for the purpose of performing adjustments or refunds at the customer's request.


This site may contain links to other sites. The Academy is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. The user will know when he is leaving because a different browser window will open.


This website is not designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13, except for the section titled "Kids' Connection." The Academy does not collect personal information from anyone it knows is under the age of 13.

Information security

The Academy implements security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of information. We restrict access to personal information to the Academy’s business partners who may need to know that information in order to operate, develop, or improve our services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline if they fail to meet these obligations.

No guarantee

Unfortunately, no information transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure. Accordingly, despite our efforts, the Academy cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.

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