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SYM S055 - Comorbidities in Dermatology

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Tuesday, March 05

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room D235/236

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Director: Joel M. Gelfand, MD, MSCE, FAAD


  • Christopher James Miller, MD, FAAD
  • Misha Rosenbach, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • David B. Sarwer, PhD - Handout
  • Eric Lawrence Simpson, MD, FAAD
  • Victoria P. Werth, MD, FAAD

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

  • Identify patient factors that increase the risk of bad clinical outcomes
  • Recognize how dermatologic disorders influence the future risk of systemic disease
  • Optimize treatment outcomes through identification and management of co-morbid disorders

Nearly one in two Americans (133 million) has one or more chronic health conditions. Comorbidity is defined as the coexistence of two or more medical diseases. Comorbidity is a major public health burden with substantial implications for clinical practice. In this symposium we will examine the impact of comorbidity on the medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology patient. The impact of comorbidity on treatment selection and patient outcome, ways to minimize the risk of treatment-related comorbid conditions, and the impact of chronic skin conditions on the development of new comorbid diseases over time will be emphasized.


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  • Gelfand JM, Neimann AL, Shin DB et al. Risk of myocardial infarction in patients with psoriasis. Jama 2006; 296: 1735-41.


Tuesday, March 05
9:00 AMComorbidity of pediatric atopic dermatitis / Dr. Simpson
9:30 AMOral steroids: Maximizing benefit, minimizing risk / Dr. Werth
10:00 AMDermatologic surgery in the medically complex patient / Dr. Miller
10:30 AMPsychiatric disorders in the cosmetic dermatology patient / Sarwer
11:00 AMDrug reactions: risk factors and complications / Dr. Rosenbach
11:30 AMPsoriasis comorbidity –getting to the heart of the matter / Dr. Gelfand