American Academy of Dermatology

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American Academy of Dermatology
Abbreviation AAD
Formation 1938
Type Professional
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Abel Torres, MD
Vice President
Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD
Henry Lim, MD
Vice President-elect
Brian Berman, MD, PhD

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is one of the largest organizations of dermatologists in the world. It was founded in 1938 and represents 18,000 dermatologists in the United States, Canada, and around the world. The Academy grants Fellowships and Associate Memberships, as well as Fellowships for Nonresidents of the USA or Canada.[1] Since 1979, the AAD also publishes a monthly medical journal, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.[2]

To become a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD), a physician must be a resident of the United States of America or Canada and certified by the American Board of Dermatology or in dermatology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.[3][4]

To become an Associate Member, a physician must have three years of experience in practice or as a teacher or graduate student of dermatology and must have had training that qualifies for examination by the American Board of Dermatology or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.[3]

Sulzberger Institute Committee[edit]

The Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education was a grant-giving organization that funds research technology of education.[5] Initially, the Sulzberger was a free-standing institute loosely affiliated with the AAD and governed by an independent board of trustees. Since 2005, the Sulzberger has been subsumed within the AAD, and has become the Sulzberger Institute Committee of the AAD.

Each fall, the Sulzberger awards one or two seed grants for research designed to improve the teaching of dermatology via novel technological applications. In recent years, the Committee has been particularly interested in funding research to advance continuing graduate medical education in dermatology and the teaching of dermatologic surgery. Grants are typically for one to two years, and are targeted to young investigators, including junior faculty and residents-in-training.

Pharmaceutical industry relationship[edit]

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that researched the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) database under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which requires reporting on the financial relationships between health care providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, found that 8,333 of the approximately 9,600 US dermatologists[6] accepted payments from the pharmaceutical industry.[7]

There were a total of 208, 613 payments made in 2014, with a total of over $34 million. The top ten percent of dermatologists received more than $31.2 million, with a mean payout of more than $38,000 each. The top one percent received a mean of $93,622. Median total payment was $298 each. Fifteen pharmaceutical companies made up the bulk (81%) of the payouts, at $28.7 million.[7]


  1. ^ American Academy of Dermatology. "About The AAD". Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  2. ^ "Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  3. ^ a b American Academy of Dermatology. "Fellow / Associate Membership Application Information". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  4. ^ "Affiliate Membership". American Academy of Dermatology. 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sulzberger Institute Grant". American Academy of Dermatology. American Academy of Dermatology. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Harris Williams Co. Dermatology Market Overview" (PDF). Richmond, VA: Harris Williams Co. 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  7. ^ a b Feng, H; Wu, P; Leger, M (5 October 2016). "Exploring the Industry-Dermatologist Financial Relationship: Insight From the Open Payment Data.". JAMA Dermatology. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.3037. PMID 27706478. 

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