SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (June 25, 2012) —
Elise A. Olsen, MD, FAAD, has been elected vice president of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 17,000 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. In addition, Dr. Olsen will hold this same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association. She will be installed as vice president-elect in March 2013 and will hold the office of vice president for one year beginning in March 2014.
“A lot of areas are in flux right now that will affect patients and practicing dermatologists — reimbursement issues are coming up, constraints on physicians are increasing, and there is less funding for research,” said Dr. Olsen. “My goal is to preserve and enhance high-quality dermatologic care for our patients. We need to focus on unity as a small specialty, but think beyond ourselves and collaborate with other specialties, patient advocacy groups, and patients themselves. They’re at the root of everything for us.”
Dr. Olsen received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She did internal medicine residency training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a dermatology residency at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., where she now serves as a professor of dermatology.
Dr. Olsen is a past member of the Academy’s board of directors and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
editorial board and is the current chair of the Academy’s patient advocacy task force. In addition, Dr. Olsen is president and founder of the United States Cutaneous Lymphoma Consortium. She is a past president and board member of the North American Hair Research Society, past president and founder of the North Carolina Dermatology Association, and past president and board member of the International Society for Cutaneous Lymphomas. She is associate editor of Dermatologic Therapy
, and is the author of 23 book chapters and 109 scientific articles, as well as editor of two textbooks about hair disorders.
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., 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, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1 (888) 462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org
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