Plenary speakers to examine topics from genetics to health system reform

Mark Lebwohl, MD

Mark Lebwohl, MD

Angela Christiano, MD, PhD

Angela Christiano, MD, PhD

Allan Halpern, MD

Allan Halpern, MD

Marta Jane Van Beek, MD, MPH

Marta Jane Van Beek, MD, MPH

Terrence A. Cronin Jr., MD

Terrence A. Cronin Jr., MD

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Whether you attend Annual Meeting or Summer Academy Meeting, one thing is certain: the Plenary is a must-attend event. Twice a year, hundreds of dermatologists gather in pursuit of the latest knowledge and developments in the field of dermatology. This year’s Summer Academy Plenary speakers continue to deliver on the promise of educational excellence, presenting on topics from alopecia and melanoma to accountable care organizations (ACOs) and body art.

Mark Lebwohl, MD, is delivering the Everett C. Fox, MD, Memorial Lectureship, “Dermatologic Therapy: Past, Present, and Future.” In his presentation, he will discuss how dermatology has been at the forefront of new drug development, and how those drugs have led the way to new treatments that impact not only skin disease, but also diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, sarcoidosis, and cancer.

In “Basepairs to Bedside: Genetics and Immunology of Alopecia Areata,” Angela Christiano, MD, PhD, will update attendees on the genetics and immunology of alopecia areata. Dr. Christiano’s laboratory identified the first set of susceptibility genes for the disease, which then provided insight into its immunopathogenesis. She will also provide an overview of ongoing clinical trials using targeted immunomodulatory therapies.

Melanoma research has made great strides over the years. Allan Halpern, MD, will review recent trends in cancer screening and the results of a current screening program in Germany in “Recent Advances in Melanoma Screening and Therapy.” He also will address promising new approaches for the treatment of advanced melanoma.

Recently, there has been tremendous pressure to change the way physicians deliver health care in the United States. Over the past three years, the number of ACOs serving both the private insurance and Medicare populations has increased markedly. Currently, more than 50 percent of the U.S. population lives in an area served by an ACO. In her Plenary presentation, Marta Jane Van Beek, MD, MPH, chair of the AADA’s Council on Health Policy and Practice, will cover the logistics of ACOs and how the specialty of dermatology might integrate this new model of health care delivery.

Terrence A. Cronin Jr., MD, will discuss how decorating skin has been part of the human condition since before the time of recorded history in “Tattoos and Piercings.” His Plenary presentation will explore the history of skin adornments and their relation to dermatology, and enhance the dermatologist’s perspective on sexuality, style, and the skin.

Also featured on the Plenary schedule is guest speaker Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, who will speak about technology in the medical field with a focus on the doctor-patient relationship in her presentation “Tools of the Trade: Old and New Technologies in Medicine.”