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Mercy E. Alexis, MD, FAAD

Mercy E. Alexis, MD, FAAD, native of Ghana and thought to be the first Black dermatologist in Toronto, in recognition of more than 40 years of patient care to a diverse population, coupled with teaching/mentoring generations of Canadian dermatologists at the University of Toronto and Women’s College Hospital.

Stephen Ansah-Addo, MD

Stephen Ansah-Addo, MD, UMichigan dermatology resident, in recognition of his medical wherewithal when he helped to deliver a baby during a trans-Atlantic flight from Ghana to the US in January. Well done, and mother and baby doing fine.

Timothy R. Bentley

Timothy R. Bentley, pharma/industry ambassador for 24 years, in recognition of your ongoing resolve as key liaison for several Academy industry partners, especially your driving support for education and research with state, regional, and local affiliates, and dermatology training programs nationwide.

Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, FAAD

Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, FAAD, hair maven par excellence, in recognition of your unbridled commitment to hair research and ongoing dedication to women’s health within the specialty, on-going activities for decades that continue to define you in the medical/dermatology arena.

Neal D. Bhatia, MD, FAAD

Neal Bhatia, MD, FAAD, Academy Vice President extraordinaire, in recognition of your efforts to maximize the impact and efficiency of the Academy Advisory Board, especially re: state leadership, and your continued advocacy for patient access to medications.

Bruce A. Brod, MD, FAAD

Bruce A. Brod, MD, FAAD, Penn dermatologist and tireless Academy advocate, in recognition of your leadership for the 2021 Health Policy Retreat and the Council on Government Affairs and Health Policy, where you amplified the AADA’s ‘voice on the Hill’ regarding Academy key policy priorities.

Robert T. Brodell, MD, FAAD

Robert T. Brodell, MD, FAAD, Buckeye dermatologist in Jackson, MS, in recognition of your continued efforts to expand dermatologic care in rural areas, driven in part by your book, ‘Dermatology in Rural Mississippi,’ a reference manual on the topic.

Marc D. Brown, MD, FAAD

Marc D. Brown, MD, FAAD, dermatologic surgeon in western New York, in recognition of your continued commitment to the prevention and treatment of skin cancer, especially in the transplant population, over the last three decades.

Mary R. Buchness, MD, FAAD

Mary Ruth (Mimi) Buchness, MD, FAAD, NYC dermatologist and former President of NYSSDDS and NY County Medical Society, in recognition of your long-standing advocacy work for the specialty in NY state and for your volunteer work with Common Sense for Animals, a ‘no-kill’ animal shelter in NJ, and as a ‘river watcher’ for Musconetcong Watershed.

Clay J. Cockerell, MD, FAAD

Clay J. Cockerell, MD, FAAD, former Academy President, in recognition of your commitment to maintaining high standards in dermatology/dermatopathology education and your persistent ‘stay the course’ dictum with colleagues and politicos in Texas during the pandemic, encouraging the dermatology community to adjust and adapt without compromising patient care.

Kevin D. Cooper, MD, FAAD

Kevin D. Cooper, MD, FAAD, fellow Clevelander, in recognition of your time and efforts spearheading the initiative to create, accelerate, and update the Academy’s Clinical Guidelines, your long-term commitment to the work group on Innovations and Payment Delivery, and your pioneering introduction of DataDerm into an academic medical center.

Francis J. Dann, MD, FAAD

Francis J. Dann, MD, FAAD, NCAA swimmer and Columbia graduate, in recognition of your 13-year stint as primary care physician for 85 families with leprosy in Hawaii, and your nine-yearly treks to the Philippines with a USA medical group to provide medical/dermatological care to indigent Filipino patients.

Mark D.P. Davis, MD, FAAD

Mark D.P. Davis, MD, FAAD, Mayo dermatology chair, in recognition of your work and voice regarding climate change, spreading the word nationally and internationally to members and others about its current impact and future implications.

Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD

Seemal Desai MD, FAAD, in recognition of your work as chair of the Academy Specialty Positioning and the Skin Serious campaign, both of which yielded good press/media coverage for the specialty and member dermatologists during the pandemic.

G. Scott Drew, DO, FAAD

G. Scott Drew, DO, FAAD, Buckeye dermatologist for three decades, in recognition of your long-standing volunteer commitment to Dermatology Services and your 20 plus outreach trips to developing countries abroad where you oversee medical/dermatology teams and provide care for populations in need. Your group, Power of a Nickel, partners with eight medical schools and a variety of physicians across the country.

Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD

Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD

Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, JAAD editor and former Academy President, in recognition of ‘going to bat’ for the specialty with the Office of Inspector General auditors, educating them and clarifying the appropriate use of modifier 25 in the patient arena.

Scott Fayne, MD, FAAD

Scott Fayne, MD, FAAD, an adopted Floridian, in recognition of your active, ongoing commitment to Palm Beach County (PBC), specifically PBC Dermatology Society which you directed as President or Vice President for the last 15 years, and your long-standing mentorship of local high school students, pre-med college students, and medical students.

Adam J. Friedman, MD, FAAD

Adam J. Friedman, MD, FAAD, GWU chair, in recognition of your long-standing commitment to innovative and accessible dermatology education via the Academy and beyond and its far-reaching impact on trainees and colleagues alike.

Brad P. Glick, DO, MPH, FAAD, image for AAD awards section

Brad P. Glick, DO, MPH, FAAD

Brad P. Glick, DO, MPH, FAAD, Brooklyn-bred Floridian about town, in recognition of your recent stint as the FSDDS president where you led the Florida legislative team in defeating Advance Practice Registered Nurse specialty and Physician Assistant independent practice, and as the Academy’s Individual Giving chair where you established the first philanthropic work group for legacy, long-term giving, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Ernesto Gonzalez-Martinez, MD, FAAD

Ernesto Gonzalez-Martinez, MD, FAAD, Harvard advocate for the homeless, in recognition of your medical/dermatology care and in-kind service at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program for more than 30 years, community service which has become a training facility for house staff and medical students.

Kenneth E. Greer, MD, FAAD

Kenneth E. Greer, MD, FAAD, Cavalier (UVA) dermatologist and biker par excellence, in recognition of a four-decade plus career dedicated to patient care and teaching — 45 years plus as speaker/director at the Academy annual meetings; a personal 50k plus slide collection as ‘teaching tool;’ and a 13-year stint with the ABD Residency Review committee (a record).

Thomas N. Helm, MD, FAAD

Thomas N. Helm, MD, FAAD, native Buffalonian, in recognition of your volunteer dermatopathology teaching at U of Buffalo (20 years), pro bono dermatopathology service for LightHouse Clinic for the underserved bi-monthly for last 10 years, and several medical/dermatology mission trips to the Dominican Republic with SCORE International.

Stephen E. Helms, MD, FAAD

Stephen E. Helms, MD, FAAD, Buckeye dermatologist now in MS, in recognition of your decade-long Academy commitment to EMR implementation as the task force chair, practice management and operations as the committee chair, and needs assessment and outcome, coupled with AAD PEER program and educational sessions devoted to patient safety and medical errors.

Richard H. Huggins, MD, FAAD

Richard H. Huggins, MD, FAAD, Henry Ford dermatologist, in recognition of your work with Global Vitiligo Foundation (GVF), GFV Medical Student Allies, and V Strong Detroit, the largest vitiligo support group in the country.

Marc Inglese, MD, FAAD

Marc Inglese, MD, FAAD, Florida dermatologist, in recognition of your willingness to be the ‘go-to’ physician for interviews and testimony at the state capitol for dermatology related issues when politicos need dermatology input, a frequent request that you accept readily.

Jonathan Kantor, MD, FAAD

Jonathan Kantor, MD, FAAD, peripatetic Penn dermatologist, in recognition of your commitment to global health and your ongoing service to the Academy as founding editor of the JAAD International, exceeding metrics and expectations.

Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH

Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Harvard dermatologist and public health advocate, in recognition of your initiative on Health and Homelessness, designed to address knowledge gaps regarding health and homelessness.

Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, FAAD

Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, FAAD, ID dermatologist at Penn Medicine, in recognition of your leadership as chair, Council on Communications, notably the Skin Serious campaign and @AADSkin social media program, both of which grew exponentially under your direction.

Lincoln Krochmal, MD, FAAD

Lincoln Krochmal, MD, FAAD, clinical/pharma dermatologist for four decades, in recognition for nurturing 15 New Drug Applications to FDA approval; your creation of Dermatologists in Industry 15 years ago, now recognized as an expert resource group by the Academy; and for your work as the creator and chair of a stroke survivor group and as a volunteer at Camp Wonder, both for the last 10 years.

Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD

Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD

Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, former Academy President, in recognition of your continued commitment to diversity and inclusion, a focus for several years, most recently as co-chair of Diversity Champion Retreat/Workshop.

Jun Lu, MD, FAAD

Jun Lu, MD, FAAD, UConn Health dermatologist, in recognition of your time and efforts providing telemedicine/dermatology evaluations at York Correctional facility for imprisoned women.

Seth L. Matarasso, MD, FAAD

Seth L. Matarasso, MD, FAAD, ‘nice guy’ dermatologic surgeon, in recognition for your long-term commitment to the UCSF medical school admission committee and your medical/dermatology outreach to local high school students in depressed neighborhoods locally, both as extra-curricular volunteer activities.

Barbara M. Mathes, MD, FAAD

Barbara M. Mathes, MD, FAAD, former Academy Secretary Treasurer and now resident Michigander, in recognition of your energies as chair of the Ad Hoc Task Force on DataDerm Sustainability which established a partnership with OM1 to secure long-term funding and research-ready data expertise for the Academy and its members.

Elizabeth I. McBurney, MD, FAAD

Elizabeth I. McBurney, MD, FAAD, Louisiana grande-dame of dermatology, in recognition of your continued commitment to the advancement of women within the specialty, your ongoing care of lymphoma patients, and most recently the creation of the professionalism CME video via Professionalism/Ethics committee.

Jorge Ocampo Candiani, MD, IFAAD

Jorge Ocampo Candiani, MD, IFAAD

Jorge Ocampo Candiani, MD, IFAAD, Monterrey, Mexico, dermatological surgeon, in recognition of your continuing leadership and promotion of social responsibility in Mexico and Latin America via PRAMED, a CILAD medical/social/educational program where you and your colleagues extend themselves to general practitioners and nurses for quick access and free dermatologic care in underserved areas.

Thomas G. Olsen, MD, FAAD

Thomas G. Olsen, MD, FAAD

Thomas G. Olsen, MD, FAAD, Buckeye dermatologist/pathologist for decades, in recognition of your persistence of dermatopathology innovation, trying to replace the microscope with a digital platform utilizing artificial (augmented) intelligence to triage and evaluate inflammatory skin disease and growths, which may revolutionize the dermatopathology arena.

Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD, FAAD

Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD, FAAD

Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD, FAAD, Filipino-born Ohio dermatologic surgeon, in recognition of your efforts to provide medical dermatology care at the Cleveland Free Clinic for the last 10 years and your efforts establishing a surgical curriculum for dermatologists in underserved areas in the Philippines.

Kelley P. Redbord, MD, FAAD

Kelley P. Redbord, MD, FAAD

Kelley Pagliai Redbord, MD, FAAD, DC area dermatologist, in recognition of your continued, relentless advocacy work for health care reform on behalf of the specialty for more than ten years, especially at the state and federal level, primarily via the Council on Government Affairs and Health Policy and the Congressional Policy Committee.

Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH, FAAD

Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH, FAAD

Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH, FAAD, notable Rutgers dermatologist, in recognition of your commitment to global health, your work in the HIV/AIDS arena for four decades, notably with Kaposi sarcoma, and most recently as a member of US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD

Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD

Kathryn Schwarzenberger, MD, FAAD, medical dermatologist and troubadour who invariably ‘tells it like it is,’ in recognition of your concerted efforts as physician editor of Derm World, where you and your team strive to keep the Academy’s health policy and practice management ‘front and center’ for members.

Linda F. Stein Gold, MD, FAAD

Linda F. Stein Gold, MD, FAAD, Academy Vice President-Elect and clinician/educator at Henry Ford, in recognition of your strides and in-roads in clinical research during the last two decades, accenting cutting-edge therapies for a variety of inflammatory conditions via 100 plus clinical trials.

Sabra Sullivan, MD, PhD, FAAD

Sabra Sullivan, MD, PhD, FAAD

Sabra Sullivan, MD, PhD, FAAD, MS’s grand dame of dermatology, in recognition of your many years of leadership and dermatology advocacy at the state and federal levels, especially via the AMA and the AAD Steering Committee on Scope of Practice.

Robert Swerlick, MD, FAAD

Robert Swerlick, MD, FAAD

Robert Swerlick, MD, FAAD, Dermatology chair at Emory, in recognition of your long-term commitment to DataDerm, most recently as a member of the Ad Hoc Task Force on DataDerm Sustainability which fostered the recent partnership with OM1 to enhance the registry even more so for the Academy and its members.

James S. Taylor, MD, FAAD

James S. Taylor, MD, FAAD

James S. Taylor, MD, FAAD, former Academy Vice President and unofficial point person for quality and patient safety, in recognition of your decade of resolute service and dedication on the Ad Hoc Task Force on Data Collection and Registries, aka DataDerm.

Marta J. Van Beek, MD, MPH, FAAD

Marta J. Van Beek, MD, MPH, FAAD

Marta J. Van Beek, MD, MPH, FAAD, Academy Secretary-Treasurer and lady Hawkeye of renown, in recognition of your relentless efforts through the years shepherding DataDerm through viable partners to ensure sustainability and enhance member benefits.

Allison T. Vidimos, MD, RPh, FAAD

Allison T. Vidimos, MD, RPh, FAAD, Cleveland Clinic chair and registered pharmacist, in recognition of your input as an Academy expert consultant to USP Compounding Committee, and your leadership as chair of Ad Hoc Task Force Reimagining the Summer meeting which yielded the new Academy Innovation meeting.

Andrew H. Weinstein, MD, MPH, FAAD

Andrew H. Weinstein, MD, MPH, FAAD

Andrew H. Weinstein, MD, MPH, FAAD, Advisory Board chair, in recognition of your tireless advocacy for patients’ access to sunscreens in Florida and beyond. You recruited colleagues and organized opposition to local ordinances that had blocked access. Touché.

Robert A. Weiss, MD, FAAD, image for AAD Stars of the Academy section

Jonathan S. Weiss, MD, FAAD

Jonathan S. Weiss, MD, FAAD, Atlanta-based dermatologist, in recognition of your time and efforts with Young Investigator Awards (YIA) and the Patient Access and Payer Relations Committee, likewise with the Derm Foundation where you continue to ‘beat the bushes’ for corporate funds to support research within the specialty.

Robert A. Weiss, MD, FAAD

Robert A. Weiss, MD, FAAD

Robert A. Weiss, MD, FAAD, dermatology laser aficionado, in recognition of your ground-breaking work in laser medicine over the last two decades — endogenous ablation to offset the need for vein stripping, and intense pulsed light (IPL), now a common device in most dermatology offices and clinics.

Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD

Cyndi J. Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD

Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD, Floridian of renown, in recognition of your leadership as chair, AMA Dermatology Section Council, where you and your team of 40 dermatologists and residents orchestrate advocacy efforts for the specialty.

Kim B. Yancey, MD, FAAD

Kim B. Yancey, MD, FAAD

Kim B. Yancey, MD, FAAD, Georgia native and NIH researcher for 25 years (blisters and keratinocyte adhesion), in recognition of your long-established commitment to the Academy’s educational programs and your ‘hands on’ mentoring of many young dermatology researchers, prompting the Academy Young Investigator and Stelwagon awards for several. Touché.


The RUC Team

In recognition as a member of the dermatology resource-based relative value scale update team, of its exemplary service and tireless, unrelenting dedication protecting the specialty.

Alina G. Bridges, MD, FAAD

The RUC Team (Drs. Scott A.B. Collins, Mollie A. MacCormack, Alina G. Bridges, Ryan W. Hick, Brent R. Moody, Howard W. Rogers, Mark D. Kaufmann, Alexandra Flamm, Daniel M. Siegel) in recognition as a member of the dermatology resource-based relative value scale update team, of its exemplary service and tireless, unrelenting dedication protecting the specialty.

Scott A.B. Collins, MD, FAAD

The RUC Team (Drs. Scott A.B. Collins, Mollie A. MacCormack, Alina G. Bridges, Ryan W. Hick, Brent R. Moody, Howard W. Rogers, Mark D. Kaufmann, Alexandra Flamm, Daniel M. Siegel) in recognition as a member of the dermatology resource-based relative value scale update team, of its exemplary service and tireless, unrelenting dedication protecting the specialty.

Mollie A. MacCormack, MD, FAAD

Mollie A. MacCormack, MD, FAAD

The RUC Team (Drs. Scott A.B. Collins, Mollie A. MacCormack, Alina G. Bridges, Ryan W. Hick, Brent R. Moody, Howard W. Rogers, Mark D. Kaufmann, Alexandra Flamm, Daniel M. Siegel) in recognition as a member of the dermatology resource-based relative value scale update team, of its exemplary service and tireless, unrelenting dedication protecting the specialty.

Howard W. Rogers, MD, PhD, FAAD

Howard W. Rogers, MD, FAAD

The RUC Team (Drs. Scott A.B. Collins, Mollie A. MacCormack, Alina G. Bridges, Ryan W. Hick, Brent R. Moody, Howard W. Rogers, Mark D. Kaufmann, Alexandra Flamm, Daniel M. Siegel) in recognition as a member of the dermatology resource-based relative value scale update team, of its exemplary service and tireless, unrelenting dedication protecting the specialty.

Mark D. Kaufmann, MD, FAAD

The RUC Team (Drs. Scott A.B. Collins, Mollie A. MacCormack, Alina G. Bridges, Ryan W. Hick, Brent R. Moody, Howard W. Rogers, Mark D. Kaufmann, Alexandra Flamm, Daniel M. Siegel) in recognition as a member of the dermatology resource-based relative value scale update team, of its exemplary service and tireless, unrelenting dedication protecting the specialty.

Alexandra Flamm MD, FAAD

Alexandra Flamm, MD, FAAD

The RUC Team (Drs. Scott A.B. Collins, Mollie A. MacCormack, Alina G. Bridges, Ryan W. Hick, Brent R. Moody, Howard W. Rogers, Mark D. Kaufmann, Alexandra Flamm, Daniel M. Siegel) in recognition as a member of the dermatology resource-based relative value scale update team, of its exemplary service and tireless, unrelenting dedication protecting the specialty.

Daniel M. Siegel, MD, FAAD

The RUC Team (Drs. Scott A.B. Collins, Mollie A. MacCormack, Alina G. Bridges, Ryan W. Hick, Brent R. Moody, Howard W. Rogers, Mark D. Kaufmann, Alexandra Flamm, Daniel M. Siegel) in recognition as a member of the dermatology resource-based relative value scale update team, of its exemplary service and tireless, unrelenting dedication protecting the specialty.


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