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Past Regional Events

November 29, 2018
Regional Educational Series - New York, NY

On November 29, 2018 Dr. Mary Stevenson hosted a Regional Event in New York at Trattoria Dell'Arte.  Dr. Stevenson and Dr. Ellen Gendler tackled the subject of Keeping it Real: How to Have it all and Grow Your Practice in NYC. They took questions from the audience and give their expert advice, tips and tricks for growing your practice in the city. They about introducing cosmetics to your practice. Use of social media with your practice—the pros and cons. And general advise for how to run a successful and happy and thriving practice.

November 14, 2018
Regional Educational Series - Chicago, IL

In November, Dr Emily Keimig hosted a regional networking event in downtown Chicago.  Sponsored by Pfizer, the event was hosted at Coco Pazzo following the Chicago Dermatological Society meeting.  Attendees included residents from various programs in the city of Chicago, faculty from academic programs, and private practice physicians.  Dr Keimig spoke on her approach to evaluating and managing patients with sarcoidosis, emphasizing the important role that dermatologists have in the early diagnosis and systemic evaluation of these patients.  Additionally, she spoke about the impact that the WDS has had on her career development highlighting the many mentorship, leadership, and community service opportunities that membership in WDS offers.  Several residents used this event as an opportunity to join the WDS.  It was a wonderful event that highlighted the many ways that membership in WDS can enhance the lives of dermatologists and their surrounding communities. 

November 8, 2018
Regional Educational Series - Birmingham, AL

On November 8, 2018, Dr. Boni Elewski hosted a Regional Event at the Old Overton Club in Birmingham. Attendees enjoyed dinner and were asked to bring Pearls to share with the group and stimulate discussion.

November 7, 2018
Regional Educational Series - Minneapolis, MN

We had an exciting evening of networking within our local dermatology community which included dermatologists, residents and medical students. This was followed by presentations from Dr. Kathleen Hectorne and Dr. Rochelle Torgerson on dermatology and well being. Dr. Carol Souter, an expert on physician burn out, joined our panel which was moderated by Dr. Ingrid Polcari. We were able to have a lively discussion with the audience focused on tips  to manage daily life. We also learned about how and when to intervene if we sense a colleague is burning out. It was an exciting and energizing evening!

October 27, 2018
Regional Educational Series - New Orleans, LA

On Saturday, October 27, 2018 Drs. Deirdre Hooper and Sarah Jackson hosted an evening of networking in the French quarter. Medical students and residents joined us as we talked about everything from applying for residency and fellowships, doing research and publications, working with industry, and current issues like social media and private equity. Food and drink was served and attendees had the opportunity to learn from each other's experience and take part in some exciting conversations.

October 25, 2018
Regional Educational Series - Miami, FL

On Thursday, October 25, 2018 Dr. Jackie Dosal hosted a successful Networking Event in Miami, FL. Attendees spent time networking with each other and meeting new faces.  After a brief happy hour, speakers and attendees talked about how the WDS has helped them in their career, whether it be mentorship or volunteer experiences.  Our Expert Panelists, Jackie Dosal, MD (Cosmeceuticals, Integrative Dermatology), Alysa Herman, MD (Mohs, Dermatologic Surgery), Jonette Keri, MD (Acne, Rosacea), Andrea Maderal, MD (Autoimmune Disorders), Anna Nichols, MD, PhD (Medical Dermatology, Research), Janelle Vega, MD (Social Media & Cosmetics) highlighted a few practical tips for attendees to take home to their patients.  Below are some of the take-away points.

Pearls included:

  • Work/life balance – that it’s OK to say “no” once in a while.  Time is our most precious resource, and under the most demand, so use it to do the things that you love. 
  • A commercially available niacinamide/zinc tablet can be as effective as antibiotics for acne. 
  • Topical OTC creams containing feverfew can be used to tame a sunburn. 
  • A written handout with specific instructions and after-hours contact access is the most important aspect of care for dermatologic surgery patients. 
  • Isotretinoin dosing of >220 mg/kg can prevent relapse.
  • Testosterone and doxycycline can interact, and new guidelines recommend checking LFTs every 2 months for concurrent use.  This is especially important for transitioning female to male transgender patients.
  • Oral antibiotics plus probiotics are better than either alone.
  • New hydroxychloroquine guidelines recommend dosing of no more than 5 mg/kg actual body weight, with eye exam at baseline and every 5 years.
  • Heliocare is a good adjunctive form of photoprotection in photosensitive disorders. 
  • The HPV vaccine is currently being studied as treatment for inoperable SCCs – both as systemic vaccination and intralesional injection.  Many questions still remain. 
  • Oral niacinamide is recommended at 500 mg BID dosing for prevention of non-melanoma skin cancers in high risk patients. 
  • Set clear expectations with cosmetic patients, and further understand both their budget and their vision.  Sometimes their description of what they want is different than what they perceive in their mind.
  • Forty-two percent of Americans search for health-related information on social media platforms, and forty-five percent of consumers report that social media health information influences their decision to seek care.  Only a small percentage of the information in social media is from board-certified dermatologists, with a resulting flood of misinformation coming from non-qualified “influencers.”  We, as dermatologists, should be contributing to the conversation to make sure accurate information is available when patients research dermatology. 

The panel’s pearls generated a great discussion and follow up questions from the audience.  Overall, the night consisted of great socializing, conversation, and comradery!

October 24, 2018
Regional Educational Series - Washington, DC

The WDS DC Regional Educational Event occurred on October 24, 2018 at the District Commons Restaurant and was hosted by Dr. Alison Ehrlich.  We had approximately 22 attendees who enjoyed delicious food, networking and interesting presentations on Atopic Dermatitis. Dr. Anna Yasmine Kikorian spoke on quality of life issues and Dr. Kalyani Marathe spoke on the role of the Skin Biome in atopic dermatitis.  Dr. Alison Ehrlich spoke about the interaction between contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis.  Dr. Pearl Grimes closed the session sharing her pearls of practice regarding atopic dermatitis.  Following the lectures, we had a lively session networking and discussing plans for a new DC WDS journal club.

October 17, 2018
Regional Educational Series - Philadelphia, PA

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Dr. Susan C. Taylor hosted a wine and cheese reception at the Philadelphia Museum of Art followed by a presentation and tour of the museum’s latest exhibition, “Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now”. Dr. Temitayo Ogunleye was the evening’s guest speaker and presented an informal talk on how cutaneous diseases have influenced and been exacerbated by trends in fashion. Attendees were then invited on a guided tour of the fashion exhibit featuring designers such as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Pierre Cardin, Roberto Capucci, Jean Dessès, Jacqueline de Ribes, Marc Bohan and Issey Miyake to name a few!

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!

This event was supported by:

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.

This event was supported by:

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.

This event was supported by:

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!

This event was supported by:

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!

This event was supported by:

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!

This event was supported by:

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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