Plenary speakers to discuss latest discoveries and their influence on specialty


The Friday Plenary will feature seven speakers addressing a variety of Academy, clinical, and research topics.

Catch the latest clinical and research updates related to immune deficiency in the elderly, lasers, hemangiomas, melanoma detection, and hair regrowth Friday during the Summer Academy Plenary. Also during the session, hear the President’s Address and the thoughts of a leading medical economist on health system reform.

The Plenary will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon in Grand Ballroom EF, where seven speakers will deliver their addresses after a welcome by Allison Vidimos, MD, RPh, chair of the Scientific Assembly Committee. After Dr. Vidimos speaks, AAD President Brett Coldiron, MD, will deliver the President’s Address.

Five speakers will present updates on clinical and research topics before the Guest Speaker concludes the sessions.

  • Timothy G. Berger, MD, AAD vice president, will deliver the Everett C. Fox, MD, Memorial Lectureship, “Immunology for the Clinical Dermatologist.” He will discuss his work with HIV/AIDS patients at the height of the AIDS epidemic at San Francisco General Hospital and how that experience has provided insights into the treatment of aging patients. “I saw lot of geriatric patients with bad skin disease and realized that the skin disease of geriatric patients looked like the skin disease HIV patients had,” he said. “The elderly had rashes that had to be related to aging and same immune deficiency.”
  • M. Christine Lee, MD, MP, will present “Laser Update: Practical Applications for Dermatology.” She will discuss the use of new laser technology in removing tattoos and treating pigmented lesions, facial rejuvenation, skin tightening, the removal of cellulite and fat, and body contouring. “There are a lot of advances in laser technology that will help the physician incorporate treatment to enhance their patients’ health and well being, to augment all of their cosmetic procedures, and to offer things other specialties do not offer,” she said.
  • Esteban Fernandez Faith, MD, will present “Update on Hemangiomas and Vascular Anomalies.” He will discuss new research findings and the use of propranolol to stop the growth of lesions on infants. “Hemangiomas have a distinct lifecycle that makes them unique. There have been some significant and outstanding advances in the research and basic science, and the way we manage the approach. Right now is a pretty exciting time in the study of vascular anomalies.”
  • Jane M. Grant-Kels, MD, will present “Melanoma and Pigmented Lesions, Update on Diagnosis.” She will focus on using new technology, dermoscopy, confocal microscopy, and computer-assisted diagnosis to find and track the changes in lesions, Dr. Grant-Kels said. “To get one melanoma, we do many biopsies of benign lesions. Our biopsy ratio is not great, so the question is, ‘What do we have available to us now or in the near future that is going to enhance our diagnostic abilities so when we do biopsy, the ratio of melanoma to numbers of biopsies will be closer to one-to-one?’”
  • Melissa Piliang, MD, will present “Hair Raising Ideas: What’s New in Hair Disorders.” She will discuss the effect of vitamin D on hair growth and cycling, and potential treatments linked to hair regrowth, including light devices, a newer biologic agent, a PPAR gamma receptor blocker, and stem cells. “There has been a lot of new innovation in the treatment of hair disorders, which has not been a high focus in research for many years. The things I want touch on are basic science and newer research,” she said.
  • Jeffrey C. Bauer, PhD, will present “A Realistic Update on Health Reform: Responding to Challenges and Opportunities.” A health futurist, medical economist and author, Dr. Bauer will look at the future of health care. “By end of this decade, the way we deliver health care and the way we pay for health care, and indeed what health care is itself, is going to be so different from what it was in the 20th century that we will recognize this dramatic transformation,” he said.

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