AAD delivers one of its strongest Annual Meetings in Orlando

Attendance for the 2017 AAD Annual Meeting exceeded 18,800 people.

Orlando is a city that is invariably associated with “magic.” Add to that magic some stellar scientific sessions, speakers, and events, and you create a special event that is truly spellbinding. It was an experience not soon to be forgotten by attendees who assembled in Florida for the 2017 AAD Annual Meeting, March 3-7, at the Orange County Convention Center.

Overall, attendance for this year’s Annual Meeting surpassed each of the last three Annual Meetings. Although the final numbers are still being audited, attendance for the 2017 AAD Annual Meeting exceeded 18,800, with 9,876 medical personnel, 43 percent of whom were international registrants. In addition, 2,934 U.S , Canadian, and international residents and medical fellows attended, as well as more than 300 medical students and more than 1,500 non-member physicians — all higher attendance figures than the previous three Annual Meetings.

Plenary session takes center stage
Another diverse and instructive Plenary session occurred on March 5 in the packed Chapin Theater of the convention center. Carrie Kovarik, MD, presented the Clarence S. Livingood, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship, “Telemedicine and the Future of Medicine.” Christine Léauté-Labrèze, MD, gave the Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture, “Propranolol in Infantile Hemangiomas: A Successful Drug Repurposing.” Boris C. Bastian, MD, PhD, followed up with his lecture, “How Moles Become Cancer,” when he presented the Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award and Lectureship. Joel M. Gelfand, MD, MSCE, gave the Marion B. Sulzberger, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship, “Getting to the Heart (and other Co-morbidities) of Psoriasis.” Additionally, guest speaker Jordan W. Tappero, MD, MPH, gave an insightful lecture, “The West African Ebola Epidemic and the Global Health Security Agenda.”

Leadership speaks out
Outgoing AAD President, Abel Torres, MD, JD, MBA, used his President’s Address during the Plenary to reflect on the many accomplishments he had during his term. He also incorporated some magic into his talk by having his chief resident, Angela Funovits, MD, perform an illusion depicting a bowling ball falling to the floor from a mere sketch of a ball on a pad of paper. Dr. Torres stated the illusion was the perfect metaphor for perception.

“My challenge to you — to us — is to re-assess how our perceptions often misdirect our actions and our judgment in treating our patients,” Dr. Torres said. “The point is how easily we can be led by our perceptions to go along with certain ideas that we naturally accept as being true.”

Incoming AAD President, Henry W. Lim, MD, used the Plenary to discuss the goals of his presidency, which include defining the scope of dermatology practices and drawing attention to the need for diversity within the specialty.

“I am confident that the future of our specialty is in good hands,” Dr. Lim said. “We can rely on you — on all of us — to recruit, to educate, and to nurture the generations to follow, and to continue to carry out the mission of making our Academy and our specialty the best that it can be in service to our members and to our patients. I look forward to working with all of you as we embark on this wonderful and exciting journey together.”

You can view photos from the Plenary and other meeting images posted at the Dermatology World Meeting News website.

Upcoming meetings
Join us for the 2017 AAD Summer Meeting in New York City, July 27-30, as well as next year’s Annual Meeting in beautiful San Diego, Feb. 16-20, 2018.

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