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2021 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 23 (8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EDT)

Welcome Webinar

Join the Welcome Webinar to learn what to expect from the AADA Virtual Legislative Conference from Dr. Renée Mathur, AADA Grassroots Advocacy Taskforce Vice Chair, and Dr. Kenneth Tomecki, AAD President. Participants will also hear from keynote speaker Jim VandeHei, founder and CEO of Axios, who will give an overview of the political landscape and the first year of the Biden Administration.

View the recorded webinar

Read speaker bios

Renée J. Mathur, MD, FAAD
Dr. Renée Mathur is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Duke University. After over 20 years in private practice, she joined Geisinger Health System. She practices in Wilkes-Barre. PA. Her practice focus is complex medical dermatology.

Dr. Mathur has a strong commitment to organized medicine. She is immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology. She serves as a member of the State Policy Committee, Ex-Officio member of the Congressional Policy Committee, and Interim/Deputy Chair of the Grassroots Advocacy Task Force of the AAD/A. She has been a decades long advocate for our specialty at the local, state, and national level.

Dr. Renée Mathur also serves as Secretary /Treasurer of the Dermatology Foundation.

Jim VandeHei, Co-founder and CEO of Axios
Drawing on 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C. journalism, Jim VandeHei is a media entrepreneur and expert on pulling back the curtain on American politics.

He is the co-founder and CEO of Axios, a disruptive media company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media, and tech. He is also the co-creator and executive producer of Axios on HBO, a documentary-news series that interviews the world’s top leaders and covers the most consequential topics of the day. In addition to starting Axios, VandeHei was the co-founder and former CEO of POLITICO, the digital media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, D.C., New York, and Europe.

With a close-up view of what really happens in D.C., VandeHei brings to the table a frontline journalist’s insight and insider knowledge about the White House, Congress, politics, and the media.


Sunday, September 26 (4:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT)

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. 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 A. Brod, MD, MHCI, FAAD, Member
Dr. Brod received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency and Chief Residency in Dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh. He also recently completed a Master’s in Health Care Innovation at Penn which was a collaborative program with the Wharton School of Business and the Perelman School of Medicine. He was Board certified in Dermatology and Pediatric Dermatology in 1991 and recertified in 2009, and 2019. A Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Brod is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Penn and Lead Physician Peer Reviewer for the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Penn.

Dr. Brod is the Chair of the American Academy of Dermatology Association Government Affairs and Health Policy and Practice Council. He is also Chair of the Accreditation Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). He is a representative on the AMA Specialty and Service Society. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and Past President of the American Contact Dermatitis Society. He was the former Chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. Dr. Brod has lectured at state, national, and international meetings on health policy and advocacy and allergic contact dermatitis. He spoke recently on the topic of compounding and drug shortages at an FDA listening session in 2021 and previously testified before the US Congress on access to compounded medications. He is on active staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Kelley Pagliai Redbord, MD, FAAD
Kelley Pagliai Redbord, MD, FAAD, is a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, skin cancer, and dermatologic surgery.

Dr. Redbord, born and raised in Maryland, received her Bachelor of Science degree at Duke University where she graduated cum laude and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After finishing her dermatology residency as chief resident at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Redbord completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana under the mentorship of Dr. C. William Hanke.

Dr. Redbord is a leader in the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American College of Mohs Surgery, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and past president of the Washington, D.C. Dermatologic Society.

Dr. Redbord has presented original research at local and national conferences and written many articles. Dr. Redbord has testified before governmental bodies including the Food and Drug Administration and has met with members of Congress in support of numerous dermatological issues. Dr. Redbord serves on several committees within the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. In 2019, Dr. Redbord was chosen as the AADA Advocate of the Year.

Dr. Redbord is dedicated to her patients and is known for her passion for treating skin cancer and her extraordinary patient care.

When Dr. Redbord is not practicing dermatology, you can probably find her running. Dr. Redbord has completed over 42 marathons and counting.


Monday, September 27 (7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Local time)

State Coalition 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. If you have questions about your state prep call or how to contact your state leader, please email Christian Miller at CMiller@aad.org.


Tuesday, September 28 (Varying times between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT)

Calls with Members of Congress

Meet with your members of Congress and their staff to advocate on policy issues affecting the specialty. Calls will include a group of participants from the district/state and will cover issues discussed on the Ask Overview Webinar.

We ask participants to hold the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern for these calls, as congressional calendars can change at the last minute, causing meetings to shift.

For questions about meetings with Congress, please contact Christian Miller at CMiller@aad.org.


Wednesday, September 29 (8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EDT)

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SkinPAC Virtual Reception

The SkinPAC Board of Advisors is hosting its annual SkinPAC Event in conjunction with Legislative Conference, featuring two esteemed, bipartisan, members of Congress, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA, 2nd District). Both of these members were leaders in preventing Medicare cuts at the start of 2021 and have been true champions for the house of medicine. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear the inside scoop about the status of important health care legislation in Congress.

All 2021 SkinPAC members who have contributed $1,000 or more ($100 for residents) are invited to attend. For more information, email Meredith Allison at skinpac@aad.org.


SkinPAC’s political purpose is to solicit and receive contributions to be used to make political campaign expenditures to those candidates for federal elective office, and other federal political committees, who demonstrate understanding and interest in the views and goals of the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Contributions to SkinPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. SkinPAC cannot accept contributions from corporate accounts. All AADA members have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits us from accepting contributions from foreign nationals. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, physical address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.


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