Scientific sessions take center stage at Summer Academy Meeting


Allison VIdimos, MD, is the Chair of the Summer Academy Scientific Committee.

Allison Vidimos, MD, chair of the Scientific Assembly Committee

The Plenary represents not only the best of dermatologic research, but also demonstrates the specialty’s prominence in the house of medicine. During the Plenary, renowned experts in the field of dermatology present the latest scientific research. Timothy Berger, MD, will deliver the Everett C. Fox, MD, Memorial Lectureship, “Immunology for the Clinical Dermatologist.” According to Dr. Berger, the immune system determines the appearance and natural history of every inflammatory and infectious condition dermatologists see. He will discuss how clinical observations allow dermatologists to understand common clinical problems, such as refractory warts, pruritus in the elderly, and crusted scabies.

Major breakthroughs in the field of hemangiomas and vascular malformations have developed in recent years. “Updates on Hemangiomas and Vascular Anomalies” will be presented by Esteban Fernandez, MD. Melanoma research continues to proliferate and Jane Grant-Kels, MD, will present her research during “Melanoma and Pigmented Lesions: Update on Diagnosis.” Melissa Piliang, MD, will speak about hair loss in her presentation, “Hair Raising Ideas: What’s New in Hair Disorders.” She will review clinical and basic science advancements in scarring and non-scarring alopecias, including light-based therapies, genetic studies, and new treatment modalities.

The guest speaker will be Jeffrey Bauer, PhD, an internationally recognized health futurist and medical economist. His talk, “A Realistic Update on Health Reform: Responding to Challenges and Opportunities,” will explore the current health care delivery system, including its underlying problems and the likely evolution of reform over the coming year. He then will evaluate the range of competing approaches to reform and provide an independent perspective on strategies that organizations can take to succeed in a turbulent marketplace.

In addition to the Plenary, the Summer Academy Meeting will offer leadership sessions, a live demonstration session on neurotoxins and soft tissue augmentation as well as a variety of guideline-based sessions addressing psoriasis, acne, and primary cutaneous melanoma. Numerous scientific sessions also will debut at the Summer Meeting on topics such as dermoscopy, dermatopathology, inpatient consultative dermatology, melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers, men’s medical and cosmetic dermatology, and improving practice efficiency. Browse the Advance Program to view all Summer Academy Meeting sessions.

If the wind doesn’t blow you away this summer in Chicago, the quality and quantity of scientific sessions certainly will!