Plenary to offer sweeping selection of speakers, issues

AAD President Suzanne Olbricht, MD, will give the President’s Address at Friday’s Plenary session.

At Friday’s Plenary session (P151), members will have the opportunity to hear from renowned experts on critical topics that have an impact on dermatology today and tomorrow. Selected speakers include award-winning lecturers and a guest speaker. The session, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Grand Ballroom EF, will also include an address by AAD President Suzanne Olbricht, MD.

“The Golden Age of Dermatologic Therapy”
Over time, new drugs and biologics have altered treatment approaches for a range of skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as autoimmune conditions and skin cancers. In the Everett C. Fox, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship, Bruce H. Thiers, MD, will review historical traditional therapies and preview promising advances in the field of dermatology. Dr. Thiers is professor and chairman emeritus of the department of dermatology and dermatologic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, and editor emeritus of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

“The Genetics of Birthmarks”
Clinical phenotyping and genetic sequencing therapies have revolutionized our knowledge of birthmarks, offering the potential for personalized treatment. According to Veronica Kinsler, MD, PhD, the key to mastering “the genetics of birthmarks” is to understand mosaicism. In this lecture, Dr. Kinsler will review the latest findings and discuss how dermatologists can use this knowledge to shape clinical management and deliver first-rate care. Dr. Kinsler is the academic lead clinician in the pediatric dermatology department at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London, and is principal investigator and Wellcome Trust Fellow in the genetics and genomic medicine unit at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Child Health.

“New Developments in Atopic Dermatitis — From Barrier to Burden to Biologics”
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the most commonly presented skin conditions. In this lecture, Eric L. Simpson, MD, MCR, will present the latest trends in AD research, including enhanced insight of disease pathogenesis, innovative prevention strategies, and novel approaches to patient assessment and treatment. Dr. Simpson is a professor of dermatology at Oregon Health and Science University with a special interest in chronic inflammatory skin diseases.

“Squamous Cell Cancer: Management from in situ to Metastasis”
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), along with basal cell carcinoma, is the leading form of cancer in the United States. Although cSCC has a high rate of recovery, patients who have suppressed immune systems or multiple cSCCs are at an increased risk of metastasis and death. Chrysalyne D. Schmults, MD, MSCE, will examine the management of field cancerization, prognostic stratification, and high-risk cSCC, as well as emerging therapies. Dr. Schmults is associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

“In Search of Joy in Medicine”
Acclaimed national and international guest speaker Christine Sinsky, MD, joins the 2018 AAD Summer Meeting to share her work on practice innovation and design. Dr. Sinsky will explore how physician well-being affects patient outcomes, a message that accentuates the adage that “care of the patient requires care of the provider.” Dr. Sinsky is a practicing internist and the vice president of professional satisfaction at the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Sinsky has striven to elevate national awareness of clinician well-being as an important driver of health system performance.


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