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Gold Medal Award

The Gold Medal award is the Academy’s highest honor. It is presented on a highly selective basis in recognition of outstanding and exceptional service to the specialty of dermatology in the science, teaching and practice of cutaneous medicine and surgery. It is also considered for those who have made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the administrative aspects of this specialty, nationally or internationally.

Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD
Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD

Master Dermatologist Award

This award recognizes an Academy member who, throughout the span of his or her career, has made significant contributions to the specialty of dermatology, as well as to the leadership and/or educational programs of the AAD.

Timothy G. Berger, MD, FAAD
Timothy G. Berger, MD, FAAD

Honorary Membership

This award recognizes a member of the Academy who has advanced the profession through leadership and service that affirms an uncommon and sustained dedication to dermatology.

Marcus A. Conant, MD, FAAD
Marcus A. Conant, MD, FAAD

Howard I. Maibach, MD, FAAD
Howard I. Maibach, MD, FAAD

Suzanne Olbricht, MD, FAAD
Suzanne Olbricht, MD, FAAD

Elise Olsen, MD, FAAD
Elise Olsen, MD, FAAD

Amy S. Paller, MD, FAAD
Amy S. Paller, MD, FAAD

Charles W. Stiefel
Charles W. Stiefel

Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD
Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD

Thomas G. Pearson, Ed. D. Memorial Education Award

This award recognizes a member of the Academy who has advanced the organization’s education mission through significant contribution of time, development of educational programs, coordination of educational activities, and more.

Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, FAAD
Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, FAAD

Advocate of the Year Award

Each year the AADA recognizes outstanding grassroots advocacy efforts.

Amy J. Derick, MD, FAAD
Amy J. Derick, MD, FAAD

Young Investigators Award

Each year the Academy recognizes outstanding basic, translational, and clinical research by young dermatology investigators in the United States and Canada.

Allison Billi, MD, PhD, FAAD
Allison Billi, MD, PhD, FAAD

Joy Wan, MD, MSCE, FAAD
Joy Wan, MD, MSCE, FAAD

William D. James, MD Mentor of the Year Award

This award recognizes and celebrates Academy members who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to mentoring

Sylvia Hsu, MD, FAAD
Sylvia Hsu, MD, FAAD

Cochrane Scholarship Award

This award program is founded on the goal of expanding the training in — and reach of — evidence-based medicine in dermatology.  

Brandon Adler, MD
Brandon Adler, MD

Alex Ortega-Loayza, MD
Alex Ortega-Loayza, MD

Excellence in Patient Care Awards
Resident Quality Improvement Award

The AAD offers financial support to residents engaged in quality improvement projects that help meet requirements for ACGME accreditation.

Kevin Chao, MD
Kevin Chao, MD

Marie Donaldson, MD
Marie Donaldson, MD

Sungat Grewal, MD
Sungat Grewal, MD

Priscilla Kojder, MD
Priscilla Kojder, MD

Connie Shi, MD
Connie Shi, MD

Paul Wirth, MD
Paul Wirth, MD

Professionalism Award

This award recognizes a medical professional or organization that has exemplified the highest standards of professionalism and medical ethics over their career or a considerable period of time.

Stephen B. Webster, MD, FAAD
Stephen B. Webster, MD, FAAD


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