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Session Information

SYM S052 - Photodynamic Therapy

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Tuesday, March 25

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room 301/302

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Director: Rolf-Markus Szeimies, MD, PhD - Handout

  • Robert Bissonnette, MD, MSc, FAAD - Handout
  • Merete Haedersdal, MD, PhD - Handout
  • Sigrid Karrer, MD, PhD
  • Edward V. Maytin, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Colin A. Morton, MD - Handout
  • David Michael Pariser, MD, FAAD
  • Stefano Piaserico, MD, PhD
  • Luis A. Torezan, MD, PhD - Handout
  • Maria M. Tsoukas, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout

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

  • Evaluate the use, limitations and potential of topical PDT for premalignant, malignant, and inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Recognize practical aspects of the therapy and select appropriate patients.
  • Select treatment conditions for particular situations and handle specific therapy-related side effects and complications.

This session is directed at both potential and experienced users of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Using evidence-based approaches, current applications of topical PDT for non-melanoma skin cancer and selected cases of inflammatory skin conditions as well as aesthetic indications will be examined. The speakers will present treatment details and expected outcomes, and discuss the newest trends in enhancing PDT efficacy.


  • Lui H, Szeimies RM: Chapter 135 Photodynamic Therapy. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV. Dermatology 3rd ed., Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2012.
  • A Pilot Split-Face Study Comparing Conventional Methyl Aminolevulinate-Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) With Microneedling-Assisted PDT on Actinically Damaged Skin. Dermatol Surg 2013 Aug;39(8):1197-201.
  • European guidelines for topical photodynamic therapy part 1: treatment delivery and current indications - actinic keratoses, Bowen's disease, basal cell carcinoma. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2013 May;27(5):536-44.


Tuesday, March 25
9:00 AMFundamentals of PDT / Dr. Tsoukas
9:15 AMTopical PDT for Actinic Keratosis: US Perspective / Dr. Pariser
9:30 AMTopical PDT for Actinic Keratosis: European Perspective / Dr. Szeimies
9:45 AMNatural Daylight PDT / Dr. Torezan
10:00 AMTopical PDT for Bowen's Disease and Basal Cell Carcinoma / Dr. Morton
10:15 AMQuestions and Answers / All faculty
10:30 AMEnhancing PDT Efficacy - Physical Methods / Dr. Haedersdal
10:45 AMEnhancing PDT Efficacy - Pharmacological Methods / Dr. Maytin
11:00 AMPDT for Inflammatory Skin Conditions / Dr. Piaserico
11:15 AMPDT for Acne Vulgaris / Dr. Bissonnette
11:30 AMPDT for Aesthetic Indications / Dr. Karrer
11:45 AMAudience Questions for all Panelists / All faculty