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Board-certified dermatologist, an FAAD, cheerfully talking with patient

When you see the letters “FAAD” after your dermatologist’s name, it stands for:

Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD)

The letters FAAD tell you that you’re seeing a doctor who is board certified in dermatology and specializes in diagnosing and treating the skin, hair, and nails. An FAAD:

  • Has completed medical school, a year-long internship, and three years of residency training in dermatology.

  • Has passed the rigorous board exams given by the American Board of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

  • Keeps up with medical advances by continuing to study and learn. Board-certified dermatologists are tested on what they learn and must either:

    • Pass the board exam every 10 years or

    • Participate in ongoing self-assessment, which is monitored by their certifying board

  • Is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Most dermatologists in the United States are members of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Why partner with an FAAD dermatologist?

No one understands your skin better than a board-certified dermatologist.

When you see an FAAD dermatologist, you:

  • Receive care from a doctor who has the most rigorous medical education and training to diagnose and treat more than 3,000 skin, hair, and nail conditions.

  • Benefit from their in-depth medical knowledge of the skin and its relationship to overall health.

  • Know your dermatologist continues to train and keeps up on the latest medical advances.

How can I find an FAAD dermatologist?

The best place to find an FAAD dermatologist is on this website. Go to Find a Dermatologist, and look for an FAAD after the dermatologist’s name.

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Last updated: 10/5/22