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Past Regional Events

September 17, 2018
Regional Educational Series - San Diego, CA

On September 17th, Dr. Kimberly Butterwick, hosted WDS Members of the San Diego dermatology community gathered for a lovely dinner at Truluck's Restaurant.  Holding true to the WDS commitment to networking, the event was all about connecting with each other.  We enjoyed the pleasant weather outside for socializing and went indoors for our informal program.  What I have found to be successful in really getting to know each other, is for each person in the room to share a 3 minute pearl about anything they have found useful, whether in a dermatology practice or in life in general.  Pearls shared ranged from examining the scalp with a dermatoscope for those with hair loss problems, to an app called "Photomath" in which you take a photo of your math problem and it will calculate the answer for you.  Oh and don't forget to get the Grail water bottle from REI.  It will filter and purify water from any source or stream.   We all enjoyed the comradery and picked up some helpful tips!

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August 1, 2018
Regional Educational Series - St. Louis, MO

On August 1, 2018, members of the St. Louis dermatology community gathered for a Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) Regional Event. The event was sponsored by Pfizer to support the WDS and to promote local networking within the community. Three guest speakers, Dr. Lynn Cornelius, Chief of the Division of Dermatology, Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Karen Edison, Chair of the Department of Dermatology, University of Missouri, Columbia, and Dr. Dee Anna Glaser, Interim Chair of the Department of Dermatology, St. Louis University, led an exciting discussion around the topic of, “Skintensity: Maintaining a Passion for Dermatology as you Navigate Each Stage of Your Career.” The guest panelists encouraged participants to find a niche that is of interest, to always believe in yourself, and to set your goals high. Host M. Laurin Council, MD, of Washington University, the guest panelists, and 45 practicing dermatologists and dermatology residents from the St. Louis area, attended and enjoyed the event.

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April 26, 2018
Regional Educational Series - Austin, TX

Dr. Lucia Diaz, Pediatric Dermatologist at Dell Medical School UT Austin, and Dr. Heidi Prather, Cosmetic and Laser Dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology, co-hosted the inaugural WDS Regional Networking Event in Austin, TX on Thursday April 26, 2018. This event was sponsored by Pfizer to support the Women’s Dermatologic Society and promote local networking within the community. Guest speakers included Rodan Luo, JD, Innovation Consultant and Associate Director of Business Transformation at R/GA, and Makenzi Hogan, Founder of East Seventy Second Marketing and Consultation. 

Drs. Heidi Prather and Lucia Diaz led a panel with our guest speakers to discuss the influence of social media on patient access to medical advice and how this is impacting the field of dermatology in the private and academic setting. The current culture of social media allows non-experts to be a convenient and readily available source for medical information, thus changing who patients ‘choose’ to be the best source of knowledge. Ongoing innovations within healthcare, such as teledermatology, to redesign the patient experience will continue to define board certified dermatologists as the expert source for information about skin and skin disease. Topics of conversation included a push for board certified dermatologists to embrace this new wave of information consumerism by using social media for patient education and consumer information.

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December 4, 2017
Regional Educational Series - New York, NY

Dr. Jeannette Jakus hosted area dermatologists at the Redeye Grill for her regional event in New York, New York on Monday, December 4, 2017. The night started with networking and a brief welcome from Dr. Jakus. Dr. Adelaide A. Hebert opened the educational potion of the event with her talk titled, “A Novel Prescription option for Mild-to-Moderate atopic dermatitis.” Dr. Mary E. Maloney then gave her presentation, “Ten Things I Know Now That I Wish I’d Known Then.” The evening wrapped up with more time for attendees to network and discuss what they had learned.

Drs. Jakus, Hebert, and Maloney have held a variety of leadership positions, whether it be in their careers or with WDS, making them a dynamic team which benefited all who attended this regional event.

This program was made possible thanks to the generous support of Pfizer. Thank you to Drs. Jakus, Hebert, and Maloney for making this event a success, and thank you to all who attended!

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November 3, 2017
Regional Educational Series - Houston, TX

Dr. Adelaide A. Hebert was joined by 30 other dermatologists at her regional event in Houston, Texas on Friday, November 3, 2017. WDS members and non-members alike began their evening at Ouisie’s Table with a networking session. Dr. Hebert welcomed the guests and opened the educational portion of the event with her presentation, “A Novel Prescription option for Mild-to-Moderate atopic dermatitis.” Dr. Lucile White then took the podium to give her talk on work/life balance. To close the evening, guests had an opportunity to discuss both presentations during another networking session.

Dr. Hebert and Dr. White both have distinguished professional careers and extensive experience with the Women’s Dermatologic Society, making them an excellent resource to all who attended.

This program was made possible thanks to support from Pfizer. Thank you to Dr. Hebert and Dr. White for making this event a success!

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October 4, 2017
Regional Educational Series - Chicago, IL

Dr. Emily Keimig hosted 30 fellow dermatologists in Chicago, Illinois for an Educational and Networking Regional event on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. WDS members and non-members alike headed to Coco Pazzo Café following the Chicago Dermatologic Society meeting, and began the event with some networking. Dr. Keimig opened the educational portion of the event with a presentation that some may be familiar with from her AAD presentations, titled, “My Approach to Patients with Morphea”. Following her presentation, WDS Regional Groups Committee Chair, Dr. Amy Paller, spoke about negotiating contracts. The event closed with more time for attendees to network and discuss what they had just learned.

As an Assistant Professor and Chair in the Department of Dermatology, respectively, Drs. Keimig and Paller are a wealth of information and their event provided attendees with excellent educational opportunities.

This program is supported by Pfizer. Thank you to Drs. Keimig and Paller for their hard work in ensuring this event was successful!

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September 23, 2017
Regional Educational Series - Beverly Hills, CA

Dr. Pearl Grimes welcomed about 25 guests to her Regional Event in California on September 23, 2017. Guests began their evening with networking on the terrace of the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Following the networking session, Dr. Ashley Wysong, who currently serves as the Director of Procedural Dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery at USC and as the Chair of the WDS Service Committee, gave a presentation on Challenging Cases in Skin Cancer. Dr. Pearl Grimes then drew on her rich history with the WDS for her presentation, “Who Am I, Who Are You, Who Are We”, which asked guests to consider what the Women’s Dermatologic Society can do for them. Attendees were able to discuss the presentations as the night closed with more networking.

Dr. Grimes’ experiences as a well-known clinician, researcher, professor, and speaker, combined with Dr. Wysong’s significant experience treating skin cancer in high-risk populations, made them a dynamic pair that have a lot to offer to those who are just starting their careers, those who are more tenured, and everyone in between.

This event was made possible thanks to the generous support of Pfizer. Thank you to Drs. Grimes and Wysong for making this event a success!

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July 8, 2017
Poolside Pearls and Cocktails

Event Location: NCDA Summer Meeting, the Homestead
Hosted by: Dr. Donna Culton

Following the NCDA Summer Meeting, WDS members gathered by the pool to share pearls.

May 20, 2017
Stanford/Bay Area Dermatology  Social Networking- Menlo Park, CA

Event Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center
Hosted by: Drs. Marlyanne Pol-Rodriguez and Joyce Teng

Dermatologists from the Bay Area gathered for an evening of social networking, including board games. Attendees were thankful for an opportunity to get to know each other outside of an office setting and enjoyed networking with other dermatologists.

December 13, 2016
WDS Regional Event- San Diego, CA

3rd Annual Regional Event "Pearls" Networking Dinner
Location:  Roy's La Jolla | 8670 Genesee Avenue | San Diego, CA
Time: 5:30pm Reception and 6:00pm Dinner
Hosted by:  Kimberly Butterwick, MD, Melanie Palm, MD and Arisa Ortiz, MD

Attendees each brought  "Pearl" to share on cosmeceutical recommendations to patients and also brought gently used clothes and products that were donated to a local women's shelter.

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November 20, 2016
WDS Regional Event- Boston, MA

Event Location: The Home of Deborah Cummins, MD
Event Time: 2:00pm
Hosted by: Drs. Deborah Cummins and Evelyn Lilly

The newly appointed Boston Area Regional leads Drs. Deborah Cummins and Evelyn Lilly kicked off their Regional Group Events on November 20th, 2016 with a Networking, Pearl Sharing & Afternoon Tea Event.  The event was a huge success- they inspired a core group of members, received feedback on other events that members would like to see in the future, and they are excited to start the planning of future events! The afternoon was complete with delicious food, and great conversation catching up, sharing clinical and life pearls, and talking about WDS.

November 16, 2016
WDS Regional Event- New York, NY

Panel Discussion, Idea Sharing, and Networking
In partnership with Nestlé Skin Health Investigation, Education, Longevity Development (SHIELD)
Four female founders share the highs and lows of building a successful business in the male-dominated world of health technology.

Jessica Mikus, Patent Attorney, Galderma Research and Development

Bea Arthur, Founder and CEO of In Your Corner
Dr. Kristine Miranda, Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, Psocratic
Fon Powell, Founder and CEO, S.A.L.T.
Dr. An Nguyen, Founder and CEO of Innovatively

Event Time:  6:00pm-8:00pm
Event Location:  SHIELD-NY, Alexandria Center for Life Science

CLICK HERE to read a full recap of the event!


Organized & Presented by: SHIELD, in partnership with Drs. Jeannette Jakus and Marnie Nussbaum

November 16, 2016
WDS Regional Event- Denver, CO

Event Location:
Edge Restaurant | Four Seasons, Denver
Event Time: 6:30pm
Hosted by: Adrienne Stewart, MD

The Denver, CO Regional Event on November 16, 2016 was a great success!  There was a nice mixture of active members, residents, and non members in attendance and everyone stayed til the end enjoyed the night.   The night began with networking and Dr. Diane Kallgren from Galderma gave brief presentation about treatments on Rosacea. While we at a delicious dinner, attendees shared various pearls which encouraged further discussions around the room.

Photo 1: Melanie Wong, MD & Mariah Brown, MD
Photo 2: Darnell Martin-Wimmer, MD, Mariah Brown, MD, Kathy Sawada, MD, Sheila Boyle, MD, & Diane Kallgren, MD

Photo 3: Julia Kreger, MD, Jenna Peart, MD, Anne Zellers, MD & Sigrid Barklund, MD
Photo 4: Diane Kallgren, MD, & Kathy Sawada, MD

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October 1, 2016
WDS Regional Event- Columbus, OH

Networking Reception, in conjunction with the Ohio Dermatological Association Annual Meeting
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Wilma Bergfeld, WDS Founding President

Event Location: Cooper's Hawk Winery at Easton Mall | 4230 The Strand | Columbus, OH 43219
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Hosted & Sponsored By: Drs. Brett Coldiron and Lana Long

September 19, 2016
WDS Regional Event- Baton Rouge, LA

Networking Reception at Dr. Trent Massengale's Baton Rouge Office.  A light buffet dinner and drinks will be served!

Event Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Event Location:
163 Burgin Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Hosted by: Elizabeth McBurney, MD and Trent Massengale, MD

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
WDS Regional Networking & Tea- Houston, TX

Networking & Tea at the home of Lucie White, MD

Event Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Event Location: The Home of Lucie White, MD
Hosted by: Lucie White, MD


July 7, 2016
WDS Regional Group Networking Reception

Event Times: 6:00-7:00 PM
Event Location: During Cosmetic Bootcamp at the St. Regis Aspen Resort - Aspen Room | 315 Dean Street | Aspen, CO
Hosted by: Dr. Karen Nern - Vail, Aspen & Breckenridge Dermatology

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May 21, 2016
WDS Regional Event - Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC Area

Networking Reception
Event Location: Southpoint Manor Clubhouse | Chapel Hill, NC
Hosted by: Donna Culton, MD and Rachel Blasiak, MD

Dr. Donna Culton, Dr. Rachel Blasiak and Dr. Mattie Nicholas hosted the first WDS Regional Networking Reception in the Chapel Hill, NC area on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The reception was sponsored by La Roche-Posay and was well attended by both WDS Members and potential Members.  The reception offered an opportunity to network and listen to a great talk from Dr. Nicholas about Avoiding Bitterness and Burnout.

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May 12, 2016
WDS Regional Event - Minneapolis, MN

Networking Reception
Event Location: Edina Country Club
Guest Speakers Dr. Rochelle Torgerson spoke on Vulvar Dermatology and Dr. Nicholson spoke on Varicose Vein Treatment

February 13, 2016
WDS Regional Event - Palm Springs, CA

Poolside Networking Reception
Event Location: The Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs
Hosted by: Kimberly Butterwick, MD, Annie Chiu, MD and Wendy Roberts, MD

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February 10, 2016
WDS Regional Event - New York, NY

Networking Dinner
Event Location: L'Oreal Headquarters, Club 34
Hosted by: Mona Gohara, MD, Jeannette Jakus, MD and Marnie Nussbaum, MD
Guest Speaker Dr. Diane Berson spoke on skin care and procedures for anti-aging and acne as well as maintaining a work/life balance.

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