13 April 2011

Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, elected president of the American Academy of Dermatology

SCHAUMBURG, ILL. (March 30, 2011) ― — Dermatologist Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, has been elected president 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. In addition, Dr. Elston will hold this same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association. He will be installed as president-elect in March 2012 and will hold the office of president for one year beginning in March 2013.

“The Academy must continue its focus on providing education for our members to ensure that dermatologists remain on the cutting edge of medical science, in order to provide the highest quality care to our patients,” said Dr. Elston. “In addition, advocacy and communication are key to keep members actively engaged and proactive in preserving our ability to treat our patients safely and effectively.”

Dr. Elston earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in dermatology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a past director of the department of dermatology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., and will be director of the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology in New York beginning this summer.

Dr. Elston is currently a member of the Academy’s board of directors and chair of the Academy’s organizational structure committee. He also has served on the Academy’s health care reform task force and health care finance committee. He is the deputy editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Dermatopathology. In addition, he serves on the American Medical Association’s CPT advisory committee and he is a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Dermatopathology and a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Dermatopathology. He also has authored more than 275 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and several textbooks, including Requisites in Dermatology: Dermatopathology. He is one of the three authors of Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin.

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 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. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or