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Impact of Dermatology in Minority Communities

Capitol Hill briefing speakers

Capitol Hill briefing

The briefing was led by (from left)Timothy Schmidt, MD, FAAD, Amit Pandya, MD, FAAD, Susan Taylor, MD, FAAD, and AADA President George Hruza, MD, MBA, FAAD

On October 30, 2019, the AADA and three Academy members hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill, where 52 Congressional staff members gathered to learn more about the impact of dermatology in minority communities. The briefing was part of the Academy’s SkinSerious Campaign, which is designed to educate stakeholders on the impact of skin disease on patients and the value of dermatologic care provided by board-certified dermatologists.

Rep. John Joyce, MD, FAAD, provided opening remarks and welcomed attendees to the briefing. AADA President George Hruza, MD, MBA, FAAD, served as emcee and moderator for the panel. Each member delivered a presentation highlighting access barriers along with policy needs to better serve their patient populations. The AADA staff will follow-up with attendees to promote the AADA’s congressional priorities and build relationships with those offices.

Susan Taylor, MD, FAAD

Susan Taylor, MD, FAAD

Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and incoming Vice President of the Academy. Dr. Taylor is the author of “Brown Skin” and shared her work with the African American community.

Amit Pandya, MD

Amit Pandya, MD, FAAD

Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, shared his work with the Agape Clinic, which primarily serves Latinx population at no charge and treats nearly 1,000 dermatology patients a year.

Timothy Schmidt, MD

Timothy Schmidt, MD, FAAD

Timothy Schmidt, MD, FAAD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at University of California San Francisco, shared his efforts to improve access to dermatologic care for the Native American community.


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