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Advancing excellence in dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology is a non-profit medical specialty association that was founded in 1938. All the work we undertake on behalf of our members, their patients, and the public is guided by a clear vision of being recognized as the leading authority for the highest quality and compassionate dermatologic care, and our mission of advancing excellence in dermatology. 

With over 200 employees, we support the largest, most influential dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 20,500, the AAD represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists. The AAD 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.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association is the sister organization to the AAD and is the resource for government affairs as well as health policy and practice information for dermatologists. It plays a major role in formulating policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care.

All of the work undertaken by the American Academy of Dermatology on behalf of its members, their patients, and the public are guided by a clear vision, core values, and strategic goals. These elements are reflected in all the Academy’s programs, projects, and initiatives.

Core values

The Academy seeks to reflect the following values in all its programs and initiatives:

  • Patient-first

  • Member-centric

  • Lifelong learning

  • Visionary leadership

  • Professionalism

  • Unity

  • Scientifically-founded

Strategic goals

The achievement of each strategic goal will move the Academy towards the realization of our vision: Recognized as the leading authority for the highest quality and compassionate dermatologic care.

Excellence in dermatologic care through education and advocacy: Dermatologists are leaders in providing superior and compassionate patient care

Access to dermatologic care: Patients have access to excellent dermatologic care at the right time and place.

Data driven transformation of care: Patient care is continuously improved through the collection and transfer of data.

Unity of the specialty: The specialty is working together as champions, influencers, and ambassadors on issues impacting all of Dermatology.

Support for board-certified dermatologists leading care teams: Recognizing the trend in medicine towards care teams, support the board-certified dermatologists who lead dermatology care teams in achieving effective integration of team members to provide high quality patient care.