Welcome to the 2018 AAD Annual Meeting in San Diego!

By Henry W. Lim, MD, President, American Academy of Dermatology 

Henry Lim, MD

This is our 76th Annual Meeting, and I am proud and delighted to be president of the Academy at a time when advances in our specialty are at an all-time high. In my Plenary address last year as the newly elected president of the Academy, I said that, “our Washington agenda has never been more challenging, but our Academy is prepared to meet that challenge.” With that challenge, I can think of no better way to take in the depth and breadth of dermatology, stay up to date, and learn the best ways to adapt to change than by attending the AAD Annual Meeting, the world’s largest national society dermatology meeting.

The AAD Annual Meeting not only provides high quality CME, it offers an unparalleled opportunity to talk face-to-face with your peers, to network, and to challenge and celebrate with each other. Live events like the AAD meetings transcend what we learn online and in books. It is an exciting environment that creates a collective energy and reinforces our commitment to our profession. By gathering together, we are reminded that we are not alone, that we are all in this together, and supporting each other.

And what better place to be in February than San Diego? Each time we visit, there’s more to experience there: Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, La Jolla, Little Italy, Pacific Beach, the zoo, and the USS Midway Museum are just a few of the many attractions that, combined with perfect weather, make this destination so attractive.

I am truly honored having served as your president this past year, and I’m so proud of all that we — all of us — have accomplished. Many of you know I enjoy ballroom dancing, and I have stated previously that I am confident that dermatology will continue to be a “bright star on the dance floor.” I encourage you to come and join the dance in 2018 and experience the spirit of 76 years!


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