01 March 2013

Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, assumes presidency of the American Academy of Dermatology

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (March 5, 2013) —Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, a New York-based dermatologist and dermatopathologist, took office today as 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. 

Dr. Elston assumed office at the conclusion of the Academy’s 71st Annual Meeting in Miami Beach. He will hold office for one year and also will hold the same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association. 

“There are several opportunities and challenges confronting the Academy and dermatology, including changes that are coming as a result of health care reform,” said Dr. Elston. “We have to work to ensure that these changes do not limit patients’ ability to see a dermatologist to receive optimal care for their skin diseases. It’s an honor to lead the organization as we navigate this changing health care landscape.

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 dermatopathology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a past director of the department of dermatology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. Dr. Elston is currently the director of the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology in New York.

Dr. Elston served as 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 has served on the American Medical Association’s CPT advisory committee, the board of directors of the American Society of Dermatopathology, and the executive committee of the International Society of Dermatopathology. He also has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and several textbooks.  He is one of the authors of Requisites in Dermatology: Dermatopathology and Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin

Editor’s note: Photos of the Academy’s newly elected officers and board members can be obtained by calling the Academy’s Communications Department at (847) 330-0230.

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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 visit Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).&