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Murad Alam, MD, FAAD, elected American Academy of Dermatology president for 2026

Rosemont, Ill. (April 1, 2024) – Chicago-based board-certified dermatologist Murad Alam, MD, FAAD, has been elected to lead the American Academy of Dermatology. He will be installed as president-elect in March 2025 and hold the office of president for one year beginning in March 2026.

As president, Dr. Alam will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,800 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions. He will also hold the same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association, a sister organization to the AAD that focuses on government affairs, health policy, and practice information.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected by my peers to lead the American Academy of Dermatology,” said Dr. Alam. “Dermatologists and our physician colleagues face many challenges in continuing to provide quality patient care. I look forward to partnering with my fellow dermatologists, the public, other medical associations, and Congress to effectively address these challenges.”

Dr. Alam is vice chair of the Department of Dermatology and a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He obtained his medical degree at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Conn., and completed his dermatology residency at Columbia University in New York City. He also completed a laser fellowship in Houston and a Mohs fellowship in Boston. Dr. Alam is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, served on the AAD Board of Directors from 2020 – 2024, and served as the chair of several Academy committees, most recently the Congressional Policy Committee. He has also served as president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the Illinois Dermatological Society.

About the AAD

Headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois, the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. A sister organization to the Academy, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is the resource for government affairs, health policy and practice information for dermatologists, and plays a major role in formulating policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care. With a membership of more than 20,800 physicians worldwide, the Academy 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 because skin, hair, and nail conditions can have a serious impact on your health and well-being. For more information, contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow @AADskin on  Facebook, TikTok,  Pinterest, and YouTube and @AADskin1 on  Instagram.


Matt Walsh, mwalsh@aad.org