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ROSEMONT, Ill (March 24, 2020) — Today, the American Academy of Dermatology installed two new officers and five new directors to its Board of Directors. The AAD’s new officers and board members will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions. They will also hold the same positions for the American Academy of Dermatology Association, a sister organization to the AAD that focuses on government affairs, health policy, and practice information.
Bruce H. Thiers, MD, FAAD, will begin a one-year term as president. Dr. Thiers is a distinguished university professor in the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Charleston, S.C. He served as editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology for 10 years after serving 10 years as JAAD’s associate editor. He previously served the Academy as vice president and as a member of the board of directors. He is also a past president of the South Carolina Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.
Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD, will begin a one-year term as vice president. Dr. Taylor is an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She previously served on the Academy’s board of directors and as chair of the SKINovations Committee. She is also a past president of the Skin of Color Society (SOCS), and a former board member of the AAD/A, SOCS, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society.
Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA, FAAD; Cheryl M. Burgess, MD, FAAD; Naomi Lawrence, MD, FAAD; Amy McMichael, MD, FAAD; and Andrew H. Weinstein, MD, MPH, FAAD, incoming AAD Advisory Board chair, will enter four-year terms as members of the AAD Board of Directors.
Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA, FAAD, is professor, vice chair, and chief of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery in the department of dermatology at Northwestern University in Chicago. He currently serves the AAD as an associate editor for JAAD and is the chair of the AADA’s Congressional Policy Committee. He is also past president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and a past treasurer for the Women’s Dermatologic Society.
Cheryl M. Burgess, MD, FAAD, is in private practice in Washington. She is also an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center and The George Washington University. In addition, Dr. Burgess serves on the board of directors for the Dermatologic Aesthetic Surgical International League and the Skin of Color Society, and she is an associate editor for the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
Naomi Lawrence, MD, FAAD, is a professor of clinical medicine and director of the Procedural Dermatology Fellowship Program at Cooper University in Camden, New Jersey. She is also an assistant editor for the Dermatologic Surgery Journal and is a past president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She currently serves the AAD as a member of the Council on Education.
Amy McMichael, MD, FAAD, is a professor and chair of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a past president of the Skin of Color Society, a past vice president of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and a past secretary-treasurer of the North American Hair Research Society. She currently serves the AAD as the chair of the Skin Cancer and Skin of Color Work Group and is a member of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Sunscreens.
Andrew H. Weinstein, MD, MPH, FAAD, is in private practice and on faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. An active reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, he has served on the boards and as President of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, the Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society for Mohs Surgery. He has served the AAD for four years on the Advisory Board and will assume the chair position at the close of the annual meeting.
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About the AAD
Headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 20,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin), Instagram (@AADskin1), or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).