AAD matching member donations to Hurricane Harvey relief

Texas dermatologist Ted Rosen, MD, describes impact of the disaster

Ted_rosen.jpegBy Ted Rosen, MD
AAD Vice-President-Elect
Professor of Dermatology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

It is with extraordinary sadness that I write to you from the great state of Texas regarding Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. During a five-day period, this epic, catastrophic and often life-threatening storm inflicted unimaginable damage to Houston and surrounding municipalities, as well as to coastal cities in Southwest Texas and towns on and near the Texas-Louisiana border.

GettyImages-841445032.jpgHarvey was initially a category 4 hurricane, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Along with dozens of associated tornadoes, Harvey tore apart homes and even whole coastal communities. As it moved eastward, Harvey dumped as much as 50 inches of rain on many affected areas, which corresponds to about 27 trillion gallons of water. It left nearly a third of Harris County, including Houston, completely submerged. To put that in perspective, that’s over 500 square miles or twice the size of the entire city of Chicago.

As of this writing, the storm caused at least 50 deaths, left tens of thousands of residents in shelters, forced multiple large-scale evacuations, and left many people with their lives shattered and possessions scattered. As I write this, streams and rivers have not even crested yet, and even more citizens are destined to be displaced and dispossessed. Harvey will most certainly turn out to be one of the worst and one of the costliest natural disasters in American history.

To its credit, our American Academy of Dermatology has created a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The AAD will match your contributions, up to a total of $100,000.

This philanthropic spirit should make us all proud. But, more importantly, your matched contribution will help relieve the unfathomable suffering which has afflicted my colleagues, neighbors, friends, and fellow Texans.

The AAD will use these contributions to support efforts by reputable charities who are, at this very moment, actively trying to bring shelter, sustenance, medical care, disaster counseling, and comfort to those in dire need. Be generous! Every dollar counts! Make me proud to be an AAD member! Thanks for proving that we care.


If you have already contributed to a qualified organization for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort, you may upload proof of your contribution to the Academy and it will be included in the amount to be matched. Qualified organizations include:

  • Gulf Coast United Way
  • American Red Cross
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Greater Houston Community Foundation

Member loan assistance

If you’ve been impacted, help is available through the Academy in the form of low interest loans. AAD member licensed dermatologists and dermatology residents who sustained physical damage not covered by insurance may apply for a loan. Dermatologists can apply for up to $25,000 and residents may apply for up to $5,000 each. The Academy has set aside up to $300,000 for this effort.