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Past WDS Events

WDS Summer Meeting

July 27-29, 2017

Event Location: New York, NY

Thursday, July 27, 2017
WDS Networking Reception

WDS Members and AAD Summer Meeting attendees gathered at the SHIELD Center New York for the WDS Networking Reception on Thursday, July 27, 2017.  Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a great conversation!

Friday, July 28 & Saturday, July 29, 2017
WDS Center

New York Hilton Midtown

On Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th WDS Members gathered in Concourse E in the WDS Center which provided a place for them work, meet with other members, or just grab a snack and relax!

Networking Reception at CDA Annual Conference

June 23, 2017

Event Location: Fredericton Convention Center | Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Room: Bakers Point
Time: 5:45pm - 6:45pm

The Women's Dermatologic Society held a short networking event at the CDA conference. WDS President Mary Maloney, MD gave a presentation entitled "10 Things I Know Now, That I Wish I had Known Then." Attendees took to twitter to announce their enjoyment of the event.

This Event was Supported by:

WDS Networking Luncheon during the ACMS Annual Meeting

April 29, 2017

Event Location: San Francisco, CA
Room: Hilton San Francisco Union Square | Franciscan A
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Luncheon during the American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California on Saturday, April 29th. The luncheon provided a chance for WDS members and ACMS Meeting attendees to enjoy lunch and share ideas on topics such as finding Mohs fellowships and establishing a reputation. The luncheon was attended by residents and established dermatologists alike, which created learning opportunities for those just starting their careers.

The WDS Residents, Fellows & Young Physicians Committee sponsored resident tickets for the luncheon, allowing 16 individuals to attend this networking event.

WDS Networking Breakfast during the SID Annual Meeting

April 28, 2017

Event Location: Portland, OR
Room:  Oregon Convention Center – B117, 118 & 119
Time:  6:30 am – 8:00 am

The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. The breakfast was well attended by WDS Members and SID Meeting Attendees. The breakfast offered an opportunity to network and engage in a panel discussion. 

Panelist at the luncheon included Suephy Chen, MD, MS (Emory University, School of Medicine), Aimee Payne, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania), and Nicole Ward, PhD (Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center) and was moderated by Niroshana Anandasabapathy, MD, PhD (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Dana Farber Cancer Center). The panelists discussed topics in gender stereotypes, how to overcome bias, and tips to negotiate your salary and knowing your worth.  The panel was engaged with the audience taking questions and creating an open forum discussion.

The WDS Residents, Fellows & Young Physicians Committee sponsored resident tickets for the luncheon, allowing 20 individuals to attend this networking event.

WDS Sister Society Session in Argentina

April 18, 2017

Location: Buenos Aries, Argentina
Room: Sheraton Hotel
Time: 9am-1pm

The WDS hosted a Sister Society Session in Argentina!  Click Here to view our Speakers and the Event Program.
Lunch after the program was sponsored by Pierre-Fabre


WDS Maui Derm Reception

March 21, 2017

Event Location: Wailea, HI
Room:  Grand Wailea Resort | Haleakala 3 Ballroom

The Women’s Dermatologic Society Reception at Maui Derm proved to be a success with a thought-provoking panel discussion entitled “Physician Burnout and the Road to Happiness.” WDS Past-President Adelaide Hebert MD and annual WDS Reception host and coordinator Lenore Kakita MD joined panelists Ava Shamban MD, David Laub MD, Ilona Frieden MD, and Rhonda Peebles, head of Cosentyx marketing at Novartis for a lively discussion which touched upon issues related to preventing, identifying, and treating physician burnout. Panelists shared important strategies for combating burnout including protecting personal time and activities, maintaining a supportive and constructive working environment, and being unafraid to separate from toxic physician-patient relationships. WDS members and guests enjoyed an exciting conversation filled with not only practical tips for identifying signs of burnout but preventative tactics to avoid it. 

We thank Novartis and Dr. George Martin and the Maui Derm for their generous support of the WDS!

Hosted By: Drs. Lenore Kakita, Adelaide A. Hebert, and Melanie Pickett

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WDS Annual Meeting

March 3-5, 2017

Check out our Facebook albums for more photos from the event!

Networking Reception
Valencia Terrace | JW Marriott Grande Lakes

The WDS Annual Meeting & Luncheon Events kicked off on Friday, March 3, 2017 during the AAD Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL with the Networking Reception at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes.  The beautiful outdoor Valencia Terrace allowed attendees to catch up with old friends and meet new friends while watching the sun set enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.


WDS 5th Annual Legacy Celebration honoring Dr. Susan Weinkle
Mediterranean Ballroom | JW Marriott Grande Lakes

Click Here to purchase your own copy of the
Susan Weinkle, MD Legacy Celebration Tribute Book

After the sun had gone down, attendees moved inside to the Mediterranean Ballroom to celebrate and honor Dr. Susan Weinkle at the 5th Annual Legacy Celebration.  The room was decked in pink and gold with a photo booth, and elaborate dessert station complete with a Louis Vuitton handbag Cake, edible red high heel shoes, and cake pops with designer logos.  Dr. Weinkle’s husband and daughter, gave touching speeches, and Drs. Wilma Bergfeld and Lynn Drake presented Dr. Weinkle with the Legacy Award for her extensive and generous contributions to the WDS and the field of Dermatology.  The night ended with surprise performances by Drs. Harold Brody and Thomas Rohrer and the band Jessie’s Girl kept the dance floor packed late into the night. 

Congratulations again, Dr. Weinkle! We are proud to call you our own!

WDS Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Orange Ballroom | Hilton Orlando

               Click Here to download a copy of the
              2017 Annual Meeting program

WDS Members, sponsors, and guests gathered on Sunday afternoon for the WDS signature event, the Annual Meeting & Luncheon. Attendees took photos at the step & repeat, networked, and were the first to see the new WDS Video! Dr. Adelaide Hebert, WDS President 2016-2017 welcomed everyone and Drs. Chere Lucas Anthony and Marta Rendon presented the charity One Heart for Women and Children with a $2,500 donation on behalf of the WDS.  Election of the new officers and directors was voted on and we recognized the retiring officers and directors who have served on the board of directors over the past few years. 

The Annual Awards were presented and the following individuals were recognized: Kathleen J. Hectorne, MD (Rose Hirschler Award and President’s Award), Amit G. Pandya, MD (Mentor of the Year), Ashley Wysong, MD, MS (Volunteer of the Year), William D. James, MD (Walter B. Shelley, MD Leadership Award), Erin Gilbert, MD, PhD and Neil S. Sadick, MD, FACP (President’s Award). Congratulations to All!

Guest speaker Valerie Monroe, Beauty Director at O, The Oprah Magazine joined us. She spoke about beauty and shared her experience when she was face-to-face with uber-model Iman and what thousands of women have shared with her through the magazine and her Ask Val page about feeling beautiful and self-image.

Dr. Mary Maloney took the stage to thank Dr. Hebert for her hard work over the past year, and adjourned the meeting as the new 2017-2018 WDS President.

Thank you again to our generous sponsors for making this weekend possible!


Membership Enrichment & Leadership Development (MELD) Forum

February 3-5, 2017

Event Location: Dallas, Texas
Four Seasons Resort Dallas at Las Colinas

The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with a Welcome Reception and an interesting presentation on the WDS History and the first female dermatologist from David Pariser, MD. Some rose with the sun and participated in sunrise yoga, and breakfast was served with an engaging panel discussion on How to be an Effective Mentor.  We welcomed keynote speaker, Audrey Nelson, PhD, who presented “A Women’s Guide to Leadership, Power, Communication, and Credibility” and “Victors without Victims: Managing Conflict for a Positive Outcome”.   The group heard from one of our industry partners about Women in Leadership, and after a long day of thought-provoking sessions we got our cowboy boots out for some line dancing!

The weekend wrapped up on Sunday with three very audience engaging panel discussions on Work Life Balance, Pearls for a Successful Career, and Can I Really Ask that Question to my Friends in WDS which provided and open forum for members to submit questions they might not be comfortable asking otherwise.

Thank you to the MELD Planning Task Force Chair, Kathleen Hectorne, MD and the planning committee members Seemal Desai, MD, Lisa A. Garner, MD, and Lucille White, MD and a special thank you to all who attended!

WDS Networking Breakfast

November 12, 2016

Event Location: New Orleans, LA at the ASDS Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency New Orleans | Imperial 5BCD

The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The luncheon was well attended by WDS Members and ASDS Meeting Attendees and offered an opportunity to network over breakfast, while discussing topics such as advice for finding a balance between work/life, what the WDS can do for you, and opportunities to get involved through the WDS's various programs and the IJWD.
The WDS Young Physicians Committee sponsored 50 Resident Tickets for the luncheon, all of which were claimed by WDS Resident Members.


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WDS Summer Meeting

July 28-31, 2016

Event Location: Boston, MA

WDS Networking Reception
Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 7:30pm-9:30pm
Towne Stove & Spirits | Back Bay Private Dining Room
Boston, MA

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WDS Center
Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel | Beacon DE Room

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WDS Networking Reception

June 23, 2016

Event Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada at the Canadian Dermatology Association Annual Meeting

WDS Members and CDA Annual Meeting attendees gathered at the Delta Bessborough Hotel for the WDS Networking Reception supported by Galderma and Valeant, and co-hosted by Dr. Afsaneh Alavi. WDS Immediate Past President, Dr. Kathleen Hectorne, gave a brief presentation on "Managing your Bias" and attendees enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and great conversation!


Photo 1: Right to Left; Drs. Neil Shear, Harvey Lui, Soodabeh Zandi, Able Torres, Kathleen Hectorne, Afsaneh Alavi & Vince Bertucci
Photo 2: Dr. Kathleen Hectorne speaking on Managing your Bias
Photo 3: Right to Left; Drs. Able Torres, Kathleen Hectorne, Harvy Lui & Afsaneh Alavi

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IVWG Executive Forum

June 3-5, 2016

Event Location: Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX

The WDS IVWG is composed of major corporations from around the world and their purpose is to support the research and education missions of WDS. The work group strategically discussed, with Industry Partners and WDS leaders, the common problems we face as a specialty. This crucial link between dermatologists and the international corporate business community will expand the conversation and cross boundaries to embrace medical, surgical, oncologic, cosmetic, pediatric, and technical subspecialties.

WDS Networking Luncheon

May 13, 2016

The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Luncheon on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Society for Investigative Dermatology in Scottsdale, Arizona. The luncheon was well attended by WDS Members and SID Meeting Attendees and offered an opportunity to network over lunch and listen to a panel discussion and was sponsored by Regeneron.

Panelists at the luncheon were Heidi Jacobe, MD (University of North Carolina), Sancy Leachman, MD, PhD (Oregon Health Sciences University), Stavonnie Patterson, MD (Northwestern University), and Aimee Payne, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) and it was moderated by Wilma Bergfeld, MD (Cleveland Clinic). The panelists discussed advancement in academic dermatology, developing a competitive research program, mentorship, leadership development, work-life balance, and achieving recognition for academic/investigative work at the national and international level. Discussion also included the need for increased diversity among leadership in investigative and academic dermatology, with respect to both gender and ethnicity/race.

The WDS Young Physicians Committee sponsored 20 Resident Tickets for the luncheon, all of which were claimed by WDS Resident Members.

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WDS Networking Luncheon at ACMS

April 30, 2016

The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Luncheon on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at the American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The luncheon was well attended by WDS Members and ACMS Meeting Attendees and offered an opportunity to network over lunch, while discussing topics such as how to establish a Mohs reputation, tips on getting a Mohs Fellowship position and advice for finding a balance between work/life. The WDS Young Physicians Committee sponsored 20 Resident Tickets for the luncheon, all of which were claimed by WDS Resident Members.

Annual Meeting & Luncheon 2016

March 3-6, 2016

To see all the photos and video from the 2016 Annual Meeting Luncheon CLICK HERE to visit the Annual Meeting & Luncheon 2016 page