Be enlightened, inspired by leaders in the specialty at Masters in Dermatology

William D. James, MD

William D. James, MD

When AAD Past President William D. James, MD, was a resident he attended a meeting in San Francisco where he heard David Bloom speak. “Dr. Bloom was talking about seeing his first patients with pink cheeks and how he made the connections in his mind that led to the description of the condition that’s named after him,” said Dr. James. “I found it inspiring to see a man in his 90s who was fully engaged and enthusiastic, and who made a real seminal discovery,” Dr. James said.

Attendees can expect to be inspired 12 times over Saturday when Dr. James will direct the Academy’s first “Masters in Dermatology” symposium, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Room 2004 in Moscone West. Twelve master clinicians will highlight their contributions to the specialty in 12-minute presentations.

“The majority of the speakers are still seeing patients actively,” said Dr. James, vice chair of the department of dermatology and the Paul R. Gross professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia. “Certainly, these people have contributed mightily to the successes and history of our profession and our specialty, and in many cases have been leaders in the American Academy of Dermatology.”

Dr. James highlighted a few of the speakers and topics. Richard D. Sontheimer, MD, professor of dermatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, will discuss his work in describing a subset of lupus in “SCLE — The Co-evolution of Disease Concept and an Academic Career.” “He described this disease in the late ’70s and has seen that aspect of the lupus spectrum become a major part of the diagnostic choice of dermatologists as they see patients,” Dr. James said.

Irwin Braverman, MD, professor emeritus and senior research scientist in dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, and author of Skin Signs of Systemic Disease, first published in 1970, will present “My Adventures in Dermatology.” “Dr. Braverman’s book pointed out the conditions in the skin that are basically telling us to look inside the person for some other problem, whether it’s cancer or liver disease or kidney disease,” said Dr. James.

John Roger Stanley, MD, professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, will present “The Importance of ‘Physician’ in my Career as a Physician-Scientist.” Dr. Stanley’s discoveries significantly advanced our basic understanding of autoimmune blistering diseases, which has led to the proper diagnosis in many patients, said Dr. James. “He’s also been at the forefront of innovative therapies.”

Masters in Dermatology 

  • Wilma Fowler Bergfeld, MD
  • Irwin M. Braverman, MD
  • Jon M. Hanifin, MD
  • Ronald C. Hansen, MD
  • Antoinette Foote Hood, MD
  • Samuel Leonard Moschella, MD
  • Richard B. Odom, MD
  • Richard K. Scher, MD
  • Richard D. Sontheimer, MD
  • John Roger Stanley, MD
  • Frances J. Storrs, MD
  • Mary L. K. Williams, MD

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