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Session Information

SYM S003 - Melanoma Update

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Friday, March 01

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room B210/211

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Director: Robert J. Friedman, MD


  • Clay J. Cockerell, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Allan C. Halpern, MD, FAAD
  • Seth J. Orlow, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout
  • Harold S. Rabinovitz, MD, FAAD
  • Darrell S. Rigel, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Alon Scope, MD
  • Richard L. Shapiro, MD
  • H. Peter Soyer, MD
  • Jennifer A. Stein, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of early detection of melanoma in saving lives; discuss the current epidemiologic thinking related to the increased worldwide incidence of melanoma.
  • Identify the tools used and the thinking involved in the diagnosis and management of melanoma and other difficult pigmented lesions in both adults and children; examine the role of the interaction between the clinician and the dermatopathologist in better serving the needs of the patient with melanoma.
  • Examine the important role of the surgeon in the management of the melanoma patient; evaluate the availability and efficacy of new and exciting treatment regimens in the high risk and advanced stage melanoma patient.

While the incidence of melanoma continues to rise throughout the world, we are beginning to impact the death rate through our early detection efforts. Dermatologists and other physicians are faced each day with the challenge of identifying melanomas and other difficult to diagnose pigmented lesions. We are challenged by the need to make accurate diagnoses and to develop appropriate treatment protocols which will impact survival in a positive way. Further, new and exciting information abounds related to pathways which are in play and treatment modalities that are becoming available to deal with more advanced stages of melanoma. Those attending this symposium will be exposed to the teachings of a world-renowned faculty who will present circa 2013 cutting edge information related to epidemiology, early detection, diagnostic challenges and management tools, surgical management and new therapeutic modalities related to the diagnosis and treatment of the patient with melanoma.


  • Rigel, DS, Robinson, JK, Ross, M, Friedman, RJ, Cockerell, CJ, Lim, HW, Stockfleth, E, Kirkwood, JM, eds. Cancer of the Skin, Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2011.


Friday, March 01
9:00 AMMelanoma - Circa 2013 / Dr. Friedman
9:15 AMThe Epidemic of Melanoma - 2013: Real or Contrived? / Dr. Rigel
9:30 AMThe Diagnosis of Melanoma and its Management in the Adult Patient / Dr. Stein
9:45 AMThe Diagnosis and Management of Difficult to Diagnose Pigmented Lesions in the Pediatric Population / Dr. Orlow
10:00 AMThe Interaction of the Clinician and Dermatopathologist in Reaching an Accurate Diagnosis of Pigmented Lesions / Dr. Soyer
10:15 AMClinical and Dermatoscopic Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of Melanoma and How to Avoid them. / Scope
10:30 AMQuestions & Answers / All faculty
10:45 AMThe Surgical Management of the Melanoma Patient - 2013 / Dr. Shapiro
11:00 AMNew Diagnostic Tools in the Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Melanoma - 2013 / Dr. Rabinovitz
11:15 AMNew Diagnostic Techniques in the Pathologic Diagnosis of Patients with Melanoma - 2013 / Dr. Cockerell
11:30 AMA New Era in Treatment of Advanced Melanoma - 2013 Update / Dr. Halpern
11:45 AMQuestions & Answers / All faculty