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Legislative Conference: Live events

Live events in the form of webinars and conference calls have been scheduled to primarily take place outside of office hours. Although participants are encouraged to participate in these events in real time, many of these events will also be recorded and available for on-demand viewing.

Thursday, September 10 (8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST)

Welcome Webinar

Join the Welcome Webinar to learn what to expect from the AADA Virtual Legislative Conference from Dr. Carrie Davis, AADA Grassroots Advocacy Task Force Chair, and Dr. Bruce Thiers, AAD President. Participants will also hear from keynote speaker Amy Walter, political analyst and national editor of the Cook Political Report, who will give an overview of the upcoming election and the current political landscape.

View the recorded webinar

Read speaker bios

Carrie Davis, MD, FAAD
Dr. Carrie Davis is chair of the AADA Grassroots Advocacy Task Force and deputy chair of the AADA Congressional Policy Committee. Dr. Davis received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2004 and completed a residency in dermatology there in 2008. She is a past president of the Indiana Academy of Dermatology and the current chair of the IAD Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee. In recent years, she has helped Indiana pass legislation regarding tanning restrictions, step therapy exemptions, and sunscreen in schools access. She has also been heavily involved in scope of practice and truth in advertising issues in her state.

Bruce H. Thiers, MD, FAAD
Dr. Bruce Thiers is the president of the American Academy of Dermatology/Association. Dr. Thiers earned his medical degree from the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine in Buffalo, New York, where he also completed his dermatology residency. He is currently a distinguished university professor in the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Thiers served as editor and associate editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology for a combined 20 years. He previously served the Academy as vice president and a member the board of directors. He is also a past president of the South Carolina Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. He has authored 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and 41 book chapters and edited 25 books.

Amy Walter
For more than 20 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is national editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report and a frequent on-air analyst. In addition to her weekly appearance on the popular “Politics Monday” segment on the PBS NewsHour, Amy also hosts WNYC’s nationally-syndicated public radio news program, “Politics with Amy Walter” on The Takeaway. She is also a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and CBS’s Face The Nation, and appears frequently on Special Report with Bret Baier on FOX. She is the former political director of ABC News.

Sunday, September 13 (4:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST)

Ask Overview Webinar

Learn about the legislative “asks” participants will share with members of Congress from Dr. Bruce Brod, AADA Government Affairs and Health Policy Chair, Dr. Kelley Pagliai Redbord, AADA Congressional Policy Chair, and AADA staff. A representative from Soapbox will also review tips for virtual meetings with legislators and schedules for meetings with Congress.

View the recorded webinar

Read speaker bios

Bruce Brod, MD, MHCI, FAAD
Dr. Brod is the chair of the AADA Government Affairs and Health Policy Council and former chair of the AADA Congressional Policy Committee. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in Dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh. He recently completed a Masters Degree in Health Innovation at Penn. Dr. Brod is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he teaches and is the Director of the Contact Dermatitis Clinic. Dr. Brod is currently on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and is a representative on the AMA's Specialty and Service Society.

Kelley Pagliai Redbord, MD, FAAD
Dr. Redbord is a leader in the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American College of Mohs Surgery, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and is past president of the Washington, D.C. Dermatologic Society. Dr. Redbord is chair of the AADA Congressional Policy Committee and former chair of the AADA Grassroots Advocacy Task Force. Dr. Redbord practices in Virginia and Maryland where she specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, skin cancer, and dermatologic surgery. Dr. Redbord also serves as an Associate Professor of Dermatology at The George Washington University.

Monday, September 14 (7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Local time)

State Prep Calls

Meet with participants from your state to prepare for your group calls with Congress. Calls will be held at 7:00 p.m. local time for each state and led by designated state leaders. This prep call is an important opportunity to meet other participants from your state, plan how you will present information to Congress, and ask questions. Calendar invites with call information for each state will be sent via email. If you have questions about your state prep call or how to contact your state leader, please email Christian Miller at

Tuesday, September 15 (Varying times between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST)

Calls with Congress

Participants will join group meetings with their members of Congress and staff to discuss the year’s legislative priorities. Meetings will be held via phone and video conference at the discretion of each Congressional office.

These meetings are scheduled in advanced by an outside consultant, Soapbox, who will contact participants with schedules and meeting details by Friday, September 11. Due to the unpredictability of the Congressional calendar, schedules will not be available more than a week in advance and are subject to change up through the day of the calls. For this reason, we ask that participants avoid scheduling patients between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on September 15.

For questions about meetings with Congress, please contact Christian Miller at

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