Plenary to examine the effects of recent advances in dermatology

The Sunday Plenary will feature a wealth of scientific and clinical lectures addressing telemedicine, propranolol, cancer development, psoriasis, and the threat of Ebola. The Plenary will also feature addresses by AAD President Abel Torres, MD, JD, MBA, and President-Elect Henry Lim, MD, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Chapin Theater.


Carrie L. Kovarik, MD

Clarence S. Livingood, MD, Award and Lectureship
Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, will present “Telemedicine and the Future of Medicine,” in which she will discuss the potential to improve access to health care through improved technology. She is an assistant professor of dermatology, dermatopathology, and infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kovarik will discuss how teledermatology can be used to improve outcomes, recommendations for standard practices to ensure quality, and the role of the specialty in telemedicine.


Christine Léauté-Labrèze, MD

Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture
Christine Léauté-Labrèze, MD, will present “Propranolol in Infantile Hemangiomas: A Successful Drug Repurposing.” She is a pediatric dermatologist at Universitaire de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France.

Dr. Léauté-Labréze will review how physicians discovered the effect of propranolol on hemangiomas while treating an infant for corticosteroid-induced myocardiopathy.


Boris C. Bastian, MD, PhD

Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award and Lectureship
Boris C. Bastian, MD, PhD, will present “How Moles Become Cancer.” He is a professor of dermatology and pathology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Bastian will discuss research on the evolution of precursor lesions to melanoma and the molecular makeup of melanocytic neoplasms.


Joel M. Gelfand, MD, MSCE

Marion B. Sulzberger, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship
Joel M. Gelfand, MD, MSCE, will discuss the relationship between psoriasis and other serious conditions in “Getting to the Heart (and Other Comorbidities) of Psoriasis.” He is a professor of dermatology and epidemiology and director of the Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gelfand will discuss new research that associates psoriasis in patients with major cardiovascular events, metabolism disorders, diabetes, end-stage renal disease, and mortality.


Rear Admiral Jordan W. Tappero, MD, MPH

Guest Speaker
Rear Admiral Jordan W. Tappero, MD, MPH, will present “The West African Ebola Epidemic and the Global Health Security Agenda.” He is a senior advisor for Global Health, Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Tappero will discuss how Ebola moved into West Africa, how the epidemic was tracked by its spread to health care workers, and how it was eventually controlled. He also will review efforts to prevent future epidemics by improving the health infrastructures of countries around the world.

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