Annual Meeting highlights advances for clinicians and by researchers

Enjoy San Francisco and its many fine restaurants. See the recommendations from dermatology resident and foodie Jennifer Sbicca, MD.

Enjoy San Francisco and its many fine restaurants. See the recommendations from dermatology resident and foodie Jennifer Sbicca, MD.

Welcome to the AAD’s 73rd Annual Meeting, where cutting-edge dermatology research will be presented, relevant practice issues examined, renowned speakers featured, and leaders in the specialty honored.

This year’s meeting, which takes place through next Tuesday, offers more than 350 education sessions that will cover topics from the basics to the latest scientific research. Featured speakers will include the deputy surgeon general, the president-elect of the American Medical Association, and baseball great and melanoma patient Johnny Bench.

“As the premier dermatology meeting in the world, we have attempted to present the latest information and the most relevant materials to fulfill your educational expectations so that you will be able to deliver the highest quality medical care to your patients,” said AAD President Brett Coldiron, MD.

As in years past, the focal point of the meeting is the Sunday Plenary, where fascinating research in psoriasis, melanoma, and androgenetic alopecia will be presented in named lectures. The Plenary also will feature three Guest Speakers — Deputy Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, AMA President-Elect Steven J. Stack, MD, and Johnny Bench. Dr. Coldiron and President-Elect Mark Lebwohl, MD, will deliver addresses.

The latest research in the specialty will be presented in five late-breaking abstract sessions.Also, the Hot Topics symposium, featuring topics chosen by meeting registrants, will be presented from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday in Room 103, in Moscone South.

Four of the always popular Live Demonstration sessions are scheduled. “Soft Tissue Augmentation and Neuromodulators — Simultaneous Cadaver Prosection and Live Patient Injections” (C001) will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon Friday and “Head and Neck Anatomy — Cadaver Prosection” (C006) will be presented from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday. “Advanced Botulinum Toxin” (C009) will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and “The State of The Art of Aesthetic Dermatology” (C015) will be presented from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. All sessions will be in Room 304, Moscone South.

A new feature of the meeting is the Masters Series, a tribute to leaders in the specialty and an opportunity to revisit their lessons. “Pearls from the Masters of Dermatological Surgery” (S004), directed by Christopher Zachary, MD, will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in Room 3005, and “Masters of Dermatology” (S020), directed by William James, MD, will be presented from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Room 2004. Both rooms are in Moscone West. 

Two sessions that address the impact of changes in health care are set for Saturday. “Where Are We Now: Impact of Affordable Care Act on Dermatology” (F062), directed by Clifford Warren Lober, MD, JD, will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in Room 2005 and “The Future of Dermatology: What Changes Are Coming and How Can We Prepare?” (F078), directed by Jack Resneck Jr, MD, will be presented from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 2018. Both rooms are in Moscone West. 

Also new to the meeting are hands-on workshops in three areas: nail surgery, suture techniques, and dermal filler injections. Expert faculty will demonstrate a variety of procedures in each of these topic areas, and attendees will have the opportunity to practice techniques using cadaveric specimens or simulation models. The workshops have limited space for attendees, so each topic will be offered three times a day.

For those interested in earning Maintenance of Certification credits, “RAPID: A QI Program Targeting Risk Factor Reduction in Psoriasis” (W014), will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in Room 3003, Moscone West. The session will provide an overview on the quality improvement process as well as discussion regarding appropriately recording the lifestyle histories of patients with psoriasis.

Another new session is “Role of Dermatologist in Management of Skin Disease in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients” (S016) presented from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Room 2004, Moscone West. It will provide an update of scientific advances in transplant dermatology, including the emerging role of viruses in transplant dermatology, management of skin disease secondary to transplant medication, and the role of revision of immunosuppression.

A popular session with new topics is “Chronic Pruritus: Bedside to Bench Perspectives” (S019) presented from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Room 2014, Moscone West. It will cover advances in the understanding of the pathophysiology of itch and the clinical diagnosis and management of pruritus. The session will be structured with alternating clinical and research presentations to highlight a bedside-to-bench emphasis on treatment.

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