Symposium to present priceless, practical pearls of dermatological surgery

Attendees of “Pearls From the Masters of Dermatological Surgery,” from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in Room 3005 in Moscone West, will be dazzled by gems on cosmetic fillers, botulinum toxin, laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, tumescent anesthesia, Mohs surgery, and the latest devices and greatest techniques, according to Christopher B. Zachary, MD, director of the session.

“I’ve got a great group of experienced people who are all very good communicators and who love their work, love the specialty, love to teach, and love to share,” said Dr. Zachary, professor and chair of dermatology at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

The symposium will highlight 16 pearls in presentations of six to eight minutes apiece — which is plenty of time, said Dr. Zachary. “You can give a one-hour lecture in five minutes with all the salient points, and people can walk away without having lost their concentration,” he said.

Dr. Zachary promises pearls that attendees can immediately take away and use in their practices, as well as a lively session with lots of audience interaction.

“As soon as one person stands up in the audience and gets to the microphone, suddenly everyone feels empowered, and that’s what I want in this session,” he said, adding that it could get rowdy. “Some people will be inspired, others annoyed, and yet others might be a tad skeptical — which is all fine by me. It’s the essence of interactive education.”

Here’s what Dr. Zachary has to say about some of the session presenters.

  • Alastair Carruthers, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, and Jean D.A., Carruthers, MD, clinical professor of ophthalmology at UBC, are a husband-and-wife team who introduced botulinum toxin for clinical use in dermatology. “They described the dosing strategies for toxins and the optimal characteristics of fillers that made them successful. Their history is just fascinating.”
  • Merete Haedersdal, MD, professor of dermatology at the University of Copenhagen: “Dr. Haedersdal defined for the world the concept of daylight photodynamic therapy.”
  • Jeffrey A. Klein, MD, private practice, San Juan Capistrano and Newport Beach, California, who designed tumescent anesthesia for liposuction and other conditions: “Without Jeff Klein there would have been no really safe outpatient liposuction.”
  • Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD, associate clinical professor at the University of California, Davis: “Dr. Kimer is a true laser scientist, has all the latest devices, and tells you the straight scoop.”
  • Stephen Howard Mandy, MD, private practice, Miami Beach, Florida: “Dr. Mandy has a broad range of experience in both the older and newer techniques. He’s seen the transition of devices and techniques that used to work well three decades ago to things that work even better now three decades later.”
  • Gary D. Monheit, MD, clinical associate professor, dermatology and ophthalmology, University of Alabama at Birmingham: “He’s a guru, a phenomenal teacher, recognized around the world; every word is worth savoring.”
  • Emil A. Tanghetti, MD, private practice, Sacramento, California: “Dr. Tanghetti has done very interesting work with some of the new lasers — the new picosecond laser for tattoo removal and for facial rejuvenation.”

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