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American Academy of Dermatology installs new officers and board members


ROSEMONT, Ill (March 24, 2021) — Today, the American Academy of Dermatology installed two new officers and four 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.

Officers

Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD, will begin his one-year term as president of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a staff physician in the department of dermatology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Dr. Tomecki currently serves the AAD as an editorial board member for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Before that, he served as an assistant editor of JAAD and, most recently, as AAD vice president and a member of the board of directors. Dr. Tomecki is former vice president of the International Society of Dermatology and former vice president of the American Dermatological Association.

Neal Bhatia, MD, FAAD, will begin his one-year term as vice president of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is the director of clinical dermatology at Therapeutics Clinical Research in San Diego, and serves as chief medical editor of Practical Dermatology. He previously served the AAD as a member of the board of directors. Dr. Bhatia is the current secretary-treasurer of the Noah Worcester Dermatological Society and current president of the Pacific Dermatologic Association.

Board of Directors

April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH, FAAD; Lindy P. Fox, MD, FAAD; Maria K. Hordinsky, MD, FAAD; and Jennifer Lucas, MD, FAAD, will each begin their four-year terms on the AAD Board of Directors.

April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH, FAAD, is the associate dean for clinical research and the vice chair and professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She serves as the Chair of the medical board for the National Psoriasis Foundation and associate editor of JAMA Dermatology. She previously served the Academy as editorial board member of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is the former president of the Sacramento Valley Dermatology Society.

Lindy P. Fox, MD, FAAD, is a professor of clinical dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is also director of hospital consultation service and complex medical dermatology fellowship. She is currently president of the Society of Dermatology Hospitalists, president-elect of the Pacific Dermatologic Association, and immediate past president of the Medical Dermatology Society.

Maria K. Hordinsky, MD, FAAD, is a professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. She is a current member of the AAD Curriculum Task Force and previously served the Academy as chair of the AAD Professionalism and Ethics Committee. She is immediate past of president of the American Hair Research Society and the Association of Professors of Dermatology. In addition, she is currently a member of the Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation’s board of directors and vice president of the American Dermatological Association.

Jennifer Lucas, MD, FAAD, is a staff physician and quality improvement officer at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is also a clinical assistant professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Case Western Reserve University. She currently serves on the Academy’s Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Editorial Board, previously chaired the AAD’s Member Communications Committee and Residents and Fellows Committee, and served as the Resident Observer to the AAD/A Board of Directors. She is currently vice president of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, where she previously held positions as board member and parliamentarian.

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Contact
Stacia Johnston, (847) 240-1744, sjohnston@aad.org
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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).