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Advocate of the Year Award

Each year the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) recognizes outstanding grassroots advocacy efforts through the Advocate of the Year Award program. The goal of the award is to promote year-around advocacy and acknowledge the positive effects of a single advocate.

Please note that current members of a council, committee, task force, or workgroup directly involved with the selection or approval of the awardee are not eligible to be considered for said award. Therefore, members of the Grassroots Advocacy Task Force, the Congressional Policy Committee, the GAHP Council, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee are not eligible for the award.

  • Award criteria
  • Past recipients
    • Active in state society legislative efforts

    • Took action from the AADA Grassroots Action Center

    • Attended AADA’s Legislative Conference or other policy conferences

    • Visited with state and/or federal legislators regarding issues affecting the specialty

    • Participated in legislative review and legislator outreach on behalf of a state dermatology society

    • Active in state medical society’s legislative committee

    • Authored or co-authored bill language regarding indoor tanning, scope of practice, other issues affecting the specialty

    • Called state and/or federal legislators to weigh in on key issues

    • Worked with media to highlight work with legislators and state dermatology or medical societies.

    • Contacted the governor’s office regarding a skin cancer awareness proclamation or other issues related to dermatology.

    2011: Robert C. Terrill, MD, FAAD
    2012: Jordan Slutsky, MD, FAAD
    2013: David J. Watts, MD, FAAD
    2014: Alexander S. Gross, MD, FAAD
    2016: Sabra Sullivan, MD, PhD, FAAD
    2017: Bruce A. Brod, MD, FAAD
    2018: Lawrence J. Green, MD, FAAD
    2019: Kelley Pagliai Redbord, MD, FAAD
    2020: Mary E. Maloney, MD, FAAD
    2021: Amy J. Derick, MD, FAAD
    2022: George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, FAAD
    2023: Carrie L. Davis, MD, FAAD
    2024: Curtis Asbury, MD, FAAD

    * Note: The Advocate of the Year is chosen in the fourth quarter of the year and presented at the Annual Meeting of the next year. In 2014 and years prior, the Award was designated as being for the year when it was chosen. Since 2016, the Award has been designated as being for the year when the Award is presented.

    If you would like to learn more about the award, or have questions about the AADA grassroots program, please contact us at grassroots@aad.org.