By Ilona Frieden, MD
Chair of the Scientific Assembly Committee
As chair of the Scientific Assembly Committee, I look forward to the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. We have an exciting meeting planned for you. Washington, D.C., is replete with historical landmarks and monuments, wonderful museums, and superb restaurants, and we are confident that the educational sessions at the meeting will live up to the setting.
The Plenary Session will again be a highlight of the meeting with a star-studded cast of speakers.
- Amy Paller, MD, is presenting “Bedside to Bench and Back to the Bedside,” which will highlight the tremendous revolution in our understanding of genomics and other “omics,” which has begun to shape our practice and will continue to do so at a rapid pace.
- Jeffrey A. Klein, MD, who pioneered tumescent anesthesia, will present “Tumescent Drug Delivery: Lidocaine & Beyond” in which he will discuss our emerging appreciation of the pharmacokinetics of subcutaneous tumescent infiltration, not just for anesthesia, but also for other therapeutic indications with potential applications for novel drug delivery.
- Paul A. Khavari, MD, PhD, will discuss new insights into the pathogenesis of common skin cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma.
- Itch is a symptom that plagues a substantial number of our patients. The Marion B. Sulzberger, MD Lectureship will be given by one of the emerging world leaders in itch research, Gil Yosipovitch, MD. Most types of itch result from interactions among nerves connecting the skin to the brain. He will explore the complex and intricate link between these two organs and new insights into this complex interplay.
- Last, but certainly not least, Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the NIH, will address us. Dr. Fauci is one of the most famous physician-scientists in the world and has served as a key advisor to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on numerous issues, including the global pandemic of HIV infection and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as influenza and Ebola. You won’t want to miss his talk!
As you have come to expect, there will be courses, symposia, forums, and focus sessions on myriad topics, including dermatopathology, medical, pediatric, and surgical dermatology, late-breaking advances, and hot topics. There will also be several new sessions, including two more procedural hands-on sessions that will address wound closures and leg vein treatments; one-on-one sessions that will mimic a true patient encounter to practice your communication skills; and procedural hands-on workshops on suture techniques, dermal fillers, and nail surgery. There will also be new video demonstration sessions on basic and advanced botulinum toxin injection techniques.
I invite you to take time to absorb the entire program, as it is filled with the finest education you will see all year.