AAD Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. finishes strong

The nation’s capital served as the backdrop to the AAD’s 77th Annual Meeting, inspiring, educating, and connecting dermatology professionals from around the globe. Inside Washington, D.C.’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center, attendees spanned the venue to hear cutting-edge science, prestigious researchers and speakers, and hot topics and pearls.

This year’s 18,000-plus attendees (see sidebar) turned out in droves for Sunday’s Plenary session (P151), the centerpiece of the meeting, which delivered timely and compelling presentations from passionate speakers.

Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, believes dermatologists can change the world — joyfully! Dr. Lushniak touted the importance of service and leadership during the 2019 Clarence S. Livingood, MD Award and Lectureship.

Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD, shared exciting advances in treating Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) during the Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and the Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture.

Annual Meeting stats

Final numbers are still being audited, but our 2019 Washington, D.C. meeting counts are:

  • More than 18,000 total attendees.
  • More than 4,860 physician member, life, and honorary member attendees.
  • Close to 10,000 medical personnel attendees.
  • Nearly 4,000 international attendees. The top 10 countries were Brazil, Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, Pakistan, India, and Saudi Arabia.
  • Over 400 exhibitors.
  • And thousands of pearls shared among members.

Crystal L. Mackall, MD, while delivering the Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Award and Lectureship, addressed the checkpoint blockade responsiveness for cancerous tumors with higher mutational loads.

Diane Thiboutot, MD, channeled Marion B. Sulzberger, MD’s legacy in the early treatment of acne during the Marion B. Sulzberger, MD Memorial Award and Lectureship. Dr. Thiboutot believes Dr. Sulzberger would be intrigued by the search for the next, safe isotretinoin.

Guest Speaker Robin Farmanfarmaian spotlighted the “era of the patient,” emphasizing the potential for biomedical technology to change the health care delivery model.

Incoming AAD President George Hruza, MD, MBA, and outgoing president Suzanne Olbricht, MD, took the stage to look back on one administration and then forward to an upbeat agenda for AAD and dermatologists.

For more information about the 2019 AAD Annual Meeting sessions, claiming CME credit, and handouts, visit the education page. Also, view photos from the Annual Meeting at the Meeting News Image Gallery.

More great meetings ahead
Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2019 AAD Summer Meeting July 25-28, 2019, in New York, as well as next year’s Annual Meeting March 20-24, 2020, in Denver.