Past WDS Events
2020 Annual Meeting Events | Denver, CO
March 20-22, 2020
In light of the decision by the AAD to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting, WDS regretfully is cancelling all scheduled events that were to take place in Denver. Read the 2020 Annual Meeting Update from Barbara M. Mathes, MD, FACP, FAAD, President, Women's Dermatologic Society.
2020 WDS Forum | Scottsdale, AZ
January 31-February 2, 2020
The 2020 WDS Forum was held in Scottsdale, AZ from January 31 - February 2, 2020 at The Scott Resort and Spa.
The 2nd Annual WDS Forum kicked off with great sessions on leadership, partnerships, and sharing your joy. Day two of the Forum brought together leaders in Total Women's Health and Dermatology and featured engaging presentations on the IJWD, Oral Abstracts, Mystery Cases, and a Joy Story Slam. The night came to a close with a fun service project for the TIPP Women's Shelter Initiative. The final day closed out with a lively interactive discussion on top pearls of wisdom for all areas of your life from practice, home, and beyond.
Industry Visioning Work Group (IVWG)
The 2020 Industry Visioning Work Group (IVWG) held on January 31, 2020 was a gathering of WDS leaders and industry partners. They held an engaging discussion on medical, surgical, oncologic, cosmetic, pediatric, and technical subspecialites. This unique opportunity allowed attendees to strategically plan and discuss the common problems faced as a specialty. The IVWG wrapped up with a special luncheon & panel discussion featuring Industry Leaders and their personal experiences.
Reception & Panel Discussion at MauiDerm | Maui, HI
January 26, 2020
Can Private Dermatology Practice Survive?
Private Equity, Burnout and Diminishing Revenues
Courtney Blair Rubin MD, MBE
On January 26, 2020, the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) facilitated a panel discussion at the 16th Annual Maui Derm Conference entitled “Can Private Dermatology Practice Survive: Private Equity, Burnout and Diminishing Revenues.” Past President, Dr. Lenore Kakita, Current President Dr. Barbara Mathes, and Resident Representative Dr. Courtney Rubin moderated the event with panelists Dr. Mitchel Goldman, California Medical Director of West Dermatology, Chris Kane, CEO of West Dermatology, Dr. Mark Kaufmann, CMO of The Dermatology Group, and Dr. Betsy Wernli, President of Forefront Dermatology. The event was made possible with the support of Dr. George Martin, the founder and program chairman of Maui Derm, along with Nutrafol. A lively discussion ensued with insightful dialogues on the implications of private equity’s presence in dermatology, maintaining autonomy as a provider, and preventing provider burnout.
Dr. Mathes started the evening by asking the panelists about the pros and cons of practicing dermatology as part of a private equity backed group. Dr. Goldman discussed that after 30 years as the owner of his dermatology practice in La Jolla, California, he chose to join West Dermatology because he felt that the organization allowed him to spend less time working on human resources issues, billing and coding, quality control, HIPAA compliance, and other administrative issues. By “outsourcing” the mundane tasks associated with running a practice to the private equity group, he feels more able to focus on what he loves, which is seeing patients. Dr. Wernli noted that many of the physicians within Forefront Dermatology are concerned about threats to the specialty, which include restrictions and administrative requirements that take them away from caring for their patients and lead to high levels of burnout. She explained that the ethos of Forefront Dermatology is to bring together a group of physician partners and leverage their numbers to ensure favorable contract negotiations and reimbursements, so the physicians can shift their focus back to patient care. Dr. Kaufman agreed that diminishing revenues are a major contributing factor to burnout, and mentioned that he often advises residents to seek jobs where they expend the majority of their efforts caring for patients, rather than on burdensome administrative tasks. Finally, Mr. Kane touched on some of the potential cons of working within private equity, including a focus on financial performance, loss of autonomy, and an us/them dynamic between providers who see patients and “business people” who concentrate on the practice financials. The panelists agreed that one of the major benefits of working within a private equity managed practice is optimization of clinicians’ time toward direct patient care and less energy expended on administrative tasks.
Next, the panelists discussed strategies to ensure physicians maintain control over the patient encounter. Dr. Wernli advised listeners to avoid lumping all private equity backed practices together: just as there are many types of providers with different practice and teaching styles, different private equity backed practices have different organizational structures, leadership ethos and values, which may lead to more or less autonomy for providers who practice within each private equity context. She suggested that the way to assess physician autonomy at each practice is to query physicians who are part of that group. To close, Dr. Goldman mentioned that if a practice can find a way to successfully integrate with private equity and ensure that their providers do not lose their clinically autonomy, the result often is that many of the providers are happier with increased financial compensation and fewer administrative duties.
While all of the panelists represented successful private equity backed dermatology practices, they also discussed that there are some private equity backed practices which have not been successful, likely those that do not prioritize physician retention, those that do not have compliance officers to ensure their clinicians are practicing ethically or within CMS standards, or those that are not focused on building successful long term businesses that will be stable and viable for decades. All panelists emphasized that within a practice, advanced practice clinicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners should work closely with board certified dermatologists rather than practicing with minimal supervision.
When specifically asked why the rates of job satisfaction among dermatologists have dropped precipitously over the last 10 years, all panelists agreed that a major contributing factor is compliance standards which, while ensuring quality of care, lead to an overwhelming administrative burden for providers and take away from time spent with patients. While electronic health records have become the gold standard for documentation, panelists lamented that clinicians now spend most of their days in front of a computer screen rather than in front of patients, which likely leads to decreased satisfaction. In order to prevent physician burnout within their own practices, panelists mentioned implementing yearly retreats, encouraging physicians to pursue their individual passions and aim for new goals, ensuring autonomy for physicians in their practices, and focusing physician efforts on patient care rather than paperwork. Panelists also discussed positive changes they had made to their own practices within the last year, which included: a unifying electronic health record across all offices, the addition of scribes that allowed physicians to avoid all electronics during their patient encounters, sharing monthly patient satisfaction surveys with provider teams, increased medical assistant staffing, advertising efforts to increase new patient visits, increasing visibility of physicians online, and diagnosis-specific information kits for patients.
In conclusion, the panel discussion moderated by Drs. Kakita, Mathes and Rubin led to an animated discussion on private equity in dermatology, contributing factors and strategies to mitigate physician burnout, and provider autonomy with audience comments and challenges. Ending on an optimistic note, the panelists agreed that one thing that will not change in the future is the need for dermatologic care, and that there is plenty of room within our specialty for every model of practice to exist.
Regional Educational Series | New Orleans, LA
January 11, 2020
Drs. Sarah Jackson and Elizabeth McBurney hosted a full day Educational Event at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. The event was a huge success with over 40+ attendees discussing topics including:
- Coding: How to Make the Number Work for Everyone
- Role of Venture Capitalists and Private Equity
- Office Management Tips
- Aesthetic Tips
- Professional Work/ Life Balance
- WDS Service Opportunities
- Benefits to Joining WDS
The discussions were most stimulating and many asked if this could be an annual event. The banquet room for the reception at Arnaud's Restaurant had a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street, with lots of action in anticipation of the LSU/Clemson game on Monday night.
Regional Educational Series | Chicago, IL
December 4, 2019
Drs. Eden Lake & Emily Keimig held a Regional Event at Coco Pazzo Cafe in Chicago, IL. Dr. Lake spoke on Preparing for your Future and the different jobs in Dermatology. Attendees enjoyed the fun and informative session which provided educational and professional networking opportunities.
Regional Educational Series | Philadelphia, PA
November 21, 2019
Dr. Susan C. Taylor hosted a Regional Event in Philadelphia, PA at the Barnes Foundation Garden Restaurant! Dr. Lynn McKinley-Grant joined for a presentation on how to fully develop one's power of observation through an observational exercise of the works of art. The group then viewed the Barnes Collection and the featured 30 Americans Collection. It was a great opportunity for medical students, residents, junior and senior attending physicians and a department chair to all come together to discuss dermatology and art. Special thank you to Pfizer for hosting this event!
Regional Educational Series | New York, NY
October 30, 2019
On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Drs. Tiffany Jow Libby, Jeannette Jakus, & Neely Khan hosted a successful Regional Event in New York, NY at RedEye Grill. The event was well attended and provided the opportunity to network with Dermatologists at all levels in their career. Drs. Anne Chapas and Elizabeth Hale joined for a dynamic panel discussion on what it takes to be a leader and provided insight on their individual journeys to career and personal life success. Highlights from the panel discussion included early career advice, how to be a successful leader, and work-life balance. Attendees celebrated Halloween by decorating pumpkins! Thank you the esteemed panelists and attendees!
Networking Breakfast at the ASDS Annual Meeting | Chicago, IL
October 26, 2019
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The breakfast was well attended and offered WDS members and ASDS attendees an opportunity to network with dermatologists at all levels in their careers.
A panel discussion on the topic "5 Pearls in 5 Minutes" was chaired and moderated by Dr. Shawna Flanagan. Panelists Drs. M. Laurin Council, Sarah C. Jackson, Heidi A. Waldorf, and Ashley Wysong held an engaging discussion on their favorite pearls ranging from personal, work/life balance and professional topics.
The WDS Residents, Fellows & Young Physicians Committee sponsored resident tickets for the luncheon, allowing 25 WDS Resident Members attend this networking event.
Regional Educational Series | Los Angeles, CA
October 15, 2019
On Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Drs. Nada Elbuluk & Pearl Grimes hosted a Regional Event in Los Angeles, CA at Matteo's Townhouse. Attendees gathered for networking, dinner, and a discussion on the topic "What WDS Can Do For You" including WDS Initiatives, Committees, Member Benefits and ways to get involved.
Regional Educational Series | Fort Lauderdale, FL
October 3, 2019
On Thursday, October 3, 2019 Drs. Latanya Benjamin & Newsha Lajevardi hosted a Regional Event in Fort Lauderdale, FL at Lobster Bar Sea Grill. They held a discussion on "The Many Faces of Dermatology".
Regional Educational Series | Durham, NC
September 24, 2019
We had a wonderful WDS regional dinner, hosted by Drs. Donna Culton and Carolyn Ziemer on September 24th at Mez Restaurant in Durham. The theme of our event was, "Finding lift: a panel discussion on how the women in your professional life can empower and inspire you." This was inspired by Melinda Gates' bestseller The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. We discussed as a group the ways women can uplift each other in the workplace and the challenges women face as physicians and leaders. A panel of dermatologists from academics and private practiced helped facilitate the discussion. Many thanks to Dr. Nancy Thomas, Dr. Mattie Nicholas, Dr. Arin Isenstein and Dr. Shaily Bhatnagar for their participation as panelists, Jim Rigby from Pfizer, and to all of those who attended.
Panel Discussion Topic:
"Finding Lift: How the Women in your Professional Life can Empower and Inspire You"
Based on Melinda Gates' bestseller "The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World"
Regional Educational Series | Washington, DC
September 23, 2019
Dr. Alison Ehrlich hosted the Washington DC WDS Regional Meeting. Dermatology Pearls and plenty of food was shared during our WDS Washington DC meeting. Hot topics included Dermtech non-invasive testing for melanoma which uses RNA extraction technology to test skin samples from an adhesion patch. Clinical features of non-bullous pemphigoid were discussed including early presentation of pruritus without specific skin lesions. Other subjects included: granuloma formation with fillers and the potential for immune related events such as vaccination potentially triggering these reactions
Regional Educational Series | Dallas, TX
September 17, 2019
The WDS Regional Networking Event held in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 was a resounding success! Hosted by Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD, dermatologist in private practice in Dallas and a member of the WDS Legacy Council, the evening brought together close to 40 practicing dermatologists, residents, and members of the DFW metroplex dermatology community for an evening of networking, camaraderie and learning. Invited panelists included Rebecca Euwer, MD, FAAD, Donald Glass, MD, FAAD, Heather Goff, MD, FAAD and Lori Stetler, MD, FAAD, who provided an enlightening and open discussion about their "5 Favorite Pearls" from practice, life, and beyond. Feedback from the event has been phenomenal, and more regional networking events are planned for the rest of the year.
Panel Discussion Topic: My 5 Favorite Pearls
Regional Educational Series | Irvine, CA
September 10, 2019
On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Drs. Jessie Zhe Hou, MD, PhD (California Skin Institute) and Linda Doan, MD, PhD (UC Irvine) hosted a Regional Educational Event in Irvine, CA at Bistango restaurant. There were more than 40 attendees at all levels in their careers. They held a panel discussion and shared Clinical and Management Pearls.
Regional Educational Series | Boston, MA
August 21, 2019
On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, Drs. Neera Nathan and Shadi Kourosh hosted a very successful Regional Educational Event in Boston, MA at SRV restaurant. There were more than 40 dermatologists in attendance, including trainees, academic dermatologists and those in the private sector. Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, Dr. Rhoda Alani, Dr. Clarissa Yang and Dr. Barbara Gilchrest, all current or former chairs at local departments, were in attendance and shared professional and personal pearls about how to lead effectively and find balance in one’s career. Dorothy Parker and Paul Santosuosso from Pfizer were also in attendance and spoke about their commitment to supporting these and future events. It was a successful event full of enriching discussion, new faces, old friends, and of course- great wine and pasta!
2019 Summer Meeting | New York, NY
July 25-27, 2019
WDS Members and AAD Summer Meeting attendees gathered at Remi Restaurant in the beautiful Rialto Room in New York on Thursday, July 25th for the WDS Networking Reception. The reception was well attended and attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a great conversation!
On Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th WDS Members gathered in the WDS Center at the New York Hilton which provided a place for them work, catch up, or just grab a snack and relax!
Diversity Inclusion Networking Breakfast
WDS hosted it's second Diversity Inclusion Networking Breakfast at the AAD Summer Meeting on Saturday July 27, 2019. This event provided the opportunity for under-represented minority (URM) students to forge their path into Dermatology. The event kicked off with a networking breakfast during which students from across the country had the chance to network with each other as well as other residents and dermatologists in attendance. Students also heard advice and words of encouragement from Dr. Pearl Grimes from Vitiligo & Pigmentation Institute on regarding tips on the dermatology application process.
A fantastic panel discussion was then held by Jennifer N. Choi, MD from Northwestern University, William D. James, MD from University of Pennsylvania, Elyse Love, MD recent graduate of NYU Langone Medical Center, and Rebecca Vasquez, MD from UT Southwestern Medical Center. Panelists discussed their paths to dermatology and overcoming roadblocks faced along the way, the importance of mentorship in every stage of training and advice on how to foster and develop the mentor/mentee relationship as a mentee, and the personal and professional challenges facing URM candidates in dermatology.
Networking Reception at the CDA Annual Meeting | Calgary
June 28, 2019
The Women's Dermatologic Society held a Networking Reception on Friday, June 28 in Alberta, Canada during the CDA Annual Meeting. WDS Members and CDA Meeting Attendees gathered to network with dermatologists at all levels in their careers.
International WDS Forum during the World Congress | Milan, Italy
June 9-10, 2019
On Sunday, June 9th, WDS members and guests gathered for the WDS Networking Reception at the Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa.
Attendees had the opportunity to network with WDS members and World Congress attendees while enjoying cocktails and hour d’oeurves
International WDS Forum
On Monday, June 10th, WDS welcomed attendees from all over the world to the International WDS Forum during the 24th World Congress of Dermatology. The Forum kicked off with a breakfast symposium supported by UCB, Inc. featuring speaker Jenny Murase, MD, "Addressing Unique Considerations for Women with Psoriasis". Leaders from around the world including; Gabriella Fabbrocini, MD (Naples, Italy), Rashmi Sarkar, MD, MNAMS (New Delhi, India), Lotus Mallbris, MD, PhD (Indianapolis, Indiana), Michelle Rodrigues, MBBS (Hons), FACD (Melbourne, Australia), Maria-Ivonne Arellano-Mendoza, MD (Mexico City, Mexico), Ncoza Cordelia Dlova, MBChB, FCDerm, PhD (Durban, South Africa), and Lidia Rudnicka, MD, PhD (Warsaw, Poland) shared their stories, challenges, and pearls they have encountered in their path to leadership.
After a walking poster session, Dedee F. Murrell, MA, BM, MD, FRCP, FACD was presented the International Pioneer Award for her role in the enhancement of women in dermatology, serving as a mentor and role model for women, her accomplishments that have impacted the specialty of dermatology and medicine, and for being a pioneer for women in dermatology. Congratulations again Dr. Murrell!
The afternoon was filled with oral abstract presentations covering a wide variety of Dermatology and Women's Health topics. The International WDS Forum provided an excellent opportunity to learn and networking with Dermatologists at all levels in their careers from all over the world.
Networking Breakfast & Panel Discussion at the SID Annual Meeting
May 10, 2019
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast during the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on Friday, May 10th. The breakfast included a panel discussion lead by Niroshana Anandasabapathy, MD, PhD (Meyer Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medicine) and Elizabeth Damstetter, MD (Rush University Medical Center). Panelist each shared their 20 Tips to Success to 20 common challenges in the field of Dermatology including the toughest negotiation they have had, hurdles to publication, applying for funding, and developing skills as a women in science. Panelist included Jennifer Choi, MD (Northwestern University), Lynn Cornelius, MD (Washington University), Tiffany Scharschmidt, MD (UCSF Department of Dermatology), and Jean Tang, MD, PhD (Stanford School of Medicine). The breakfast was attended by residents, and established dermatologists and provided a great networking experience for all.
Thank you to the WDS Residents, Fellows, & Young Physicians Committee for providing the opportunity for 25 Resident Members with complementary tickets to the event.
Networking Breakfast & Panel Discussion at the ACMS Annual Meeting
May 4, 2019
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast during the American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, May 4th. The breakfast included a panel discussion lead by Christine Schafer, MD, Dermatology Resident at Washington University and panelist each shared 5 Pearls in 5 Minutes. Mariah Brown, MD (University of Colorado Hospital and School of Medicine), M. Laurin Council, MD (Washington University) and Natalie Curcio, MD (Curcio Dermatology, P.C.) each shared their tips on work/life balance, finding your passion, managing finances, and getting through difficult times. The breakfast was attended by residents, and established dermatologists and provided a great networking experience for all.
Thank you to the WDS Residents, Fellows, & Young Physicians Committee for providing the opportunity for 25 Resident Members with complementary tickets to the event.
2019 Annual Meeting Events
February 28-March 3, 2019
Practice Enhancement Reception
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 WDS members and guests gathered for the WDS Practice Enhancement Reception hosted by Dr. Tina Alster at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic laser Surgery in Washington, DC. Dr. Alster showcased her facility and shared best practices in day to day operations.
On Friday, March 1, 2019 WDS members and guests attended the Networking Reception held at The National Museum of Women in the Arts. They enjoyed cocktails and hour d’oeurves while networking with peers surrounded by an extensive display of the NMWA’s art collection.
On Friday, March 1, 2019 attendees gathered at The National Museum of Women in the Arts to honor Dr. Lynn Drake for her extensive and generous contributions to the WDS and the field of dermatology. Guests were greeted in the Great Hall decked in golden décor featuring a luxurious marble reception area, sweeping marble staircases, and beautiful crystal chandeliers. Proceeding to the Mezzanine, attendees enjoyed works of art from NMWA’s collection while mingling over cocktails, dinner and dessert stations. Guests enjoyed the photo booth and left messages in Dr. Drake’s legacy book.
Dr. Deirdre Hooper welcomed everyone to the event and thanked all of the attendees, donors, and VIP supporters who helped to make the evening a success. Drs. Rox Anderson, David Fischer, and Wilma Bergfeld congratulated Dr. Drake on her lifelong achievements.
Dr. Drake accepted the 7th Annual Legacy Award and was crowned “Queen” by past Legacy Honoree, Dr. Pearl Grimes. The evening continued live music from the “76 Degrees West” band who played classics and new hits which filled the dance floor all night long.
Congratulations again, Dr. Drake! We are proud to call you our own!
Diversity Inclusion Networking Breakfast
On Saturday, March 2, 2019 WDS hosted a Diversity Inclusion Networking Breakfast at the Marriot Marquis to provide an opportunity for under-represented minority (URM) students to forge their path into Dermatology. The event began with a breakfast where attendees networked with dermatologists at all levels in their careers.
An inspiring panel discussion was held by world-renowned dermatologists including WDS President Pearl Grimes, MD from Vitiligo & Pigmentation Institute, Elyse Love, MD from NYU Langone Medical Center, Ginette Okoye, MD from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Amit Pandya, MD from UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Rebecca Vasquez, MD from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
They discussed personal and professional challenges faced by URM physicians, the impact that mentorship provides, and shared pearls for URM students applying or interested in dermatology programs. The event continued with a powerful Q&A discussion led by attendees who shared personal stories, insights, and inspiration gathered from the event.
This event was supported by Dove.
Annual Meeting and Luncheon
On Sunday, March 3, 2019 WDS members, guests, and sponsors gathered at the Marriott Marquis to highlight the achievements of the society as well as its members during the 46th Annual Meeting and Luncheon.
Dr. Pearl Grimes, WDS President 2018-2019, welcomed attendees and reviewed the accomplishments that the society has made within the last year during a video presentation which highlighted the continued success and growth of WDS.
Dr. Tina Alster, the Annual Meeting Event Chair, presented a $2,500 check to N Street Village who empowers homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC to achieve stability and make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health and recovery.
Guest speaker Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor of “PBS Newshour”, gave an engaging speech on the empowerment of women in today’s work force. She shared personal and professional stories of her journey spanning more than four decades at prominent news publications offering inspiring advice to women in all levels of their career.
Dr. Grimes congratulated the incoming elected Officers, Directors and Appointed Directors whose positions were voted on a passed during a meeting held in February 2019 including:
- President, Dr. Barbara Mathes
- President-elect, Dr. Marta Rendon
- Vice President, Dr. Erin Gilbert
- Secretary, Dr. Deborah MacFarlane
- Assistant Treasurer, Dr. Bethanee Schlosser
- Board of Director: Drs. Sarah Jackson, Michelle Tarbox, Mara Weinstein Velez, and Wendi Wohltmann
Dr. Grimes recognized the officers and directors who completed their term including:
- Immediate Past President, Dr. Mary Maloney
- Vice President, Dr. Mona Gohara
- Secretary, Dr. Jenny Murase
- Board of Directors: Drs. Erin Gilbert, Deborah MacFarlane, and Kavita Mariwalla
- Appointed Directors: Prof. Ncoza Dlova- International Representative, Jonathan Leventhal- Young Physicians Representative, and Allison Truong- Resident Representative
Dr. Janet Hickman, Legacy Council Financial Vice Chair, presented the 7th Annual Legacy Award to Dr. Lynn Drake in honor of her service to WDS and the impact she has made to the field of dermatology. Dr. Drake encouraged the gift of giving and standing for what one believes is right. Following, Dr. Hickman presented a Legacy Book to past Legacy Honoree Dr. Tina Alster, for in 2014, the Legacy keepsake book now presented to all honorees was not yet a tradition.
Dr. Jean Bolognia, Annual Awards Committee Chair, presented the Rose Hirschler Award to Dr. Victoria Werth for her significant contributions to both medicine and dermatology while serving as an outstanding role model for women in Dermatology. Dr. Maria Hordinsky presented the Walter B. Shelley, MD Leadership Award to Dr. Neil Sadick for his significant contribution toward supporting women in Dermatology. Dr. Wohltmann, Mentorship Committee Chair, presented the Mentor of the Year Award to Dr. Valerie Callender for her outstanding dedication as a mentor. Dr. Ashley Wysong, Service Committee Chair, presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Dr. Elizabeth McBurney for her outstanding contribution of community service.
Dr. Grimes also recognized individuals who provided a strong support system and network throughout her presidency including Drs. Mona Gohara, Allison Ehrlich, Adelaide Hebert, Lynn Drake, Elizabeth McBurney, Mary Maloney, Jenny Murase, and Mrs. Missy Zagroba, WDS Executive Director.
Dr. Barbara Mathes assumed the role of the 2019-2020 WDS President and concluded the event by thanking Dr. Grimes for her hard work, enthusiasm, and dedication.
Industry Visioning Work Group (IVWG)
February 8, 2019
Location: Four Season Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
The IVWG provides a unique opportunity for members and Industry Partners to strategically plan and discuss the common problems faced as a specialty. This is a crucial link between dermatologists and the international corporate business community, and will help expand the conversation and cross boundaries to embrace medical, surgical, oncologic, cosmetic, pediatric and technical subspecialties.
February 8-10, 2019
The first WDS Forum was held Friday, February 8 – Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. As part of our new initiative, treating the total women by addressing total women’s health via the dermatology gateway, the previous MELD Forum was expanded into the WDS Forum.
The new WDS Forum was a success featuring a robust CME program with speakers from different areas of women’s health, topics on leadership, as well as the latest updates in Dermatology. There was an interactive session with our industry partners, breakfast symposiums, updates from the WDS Academic Research Awardees on their research, engaging presentations, and many networking opportunities.
Friday, February 8, 2019
The weekend began on Friday with a Luncheon & Panel Discussion on “Women Industry Leaders: How They Do It” moderated by Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD. Dr. Yag-Howard was joined by panelists Maria Carell, Chief Executive Officer of Revision Skincare LLC and Goodier Cosmetics LLC, Michele C. Franklin, Vice President of Professional and Industry Relations at Merz North America, and Lotus Mallbris, MD, PhD, Vice President of the Immunology Department at Eli Lilly and Company.
Victoria Medvec, PhD, from Medvec & Associates, LLC gave an inspiring keynote presentation on “Leadership Development & Negotiation”.
Friday afternoon continued with a Panel Discussion on “Applying Negotiation Skills to Academics and other Practice Models” moderated by Kathleen Hectorne, MD. Dr. Hectorne was joined by speakers Julie Hodge, MD, MPH, Mary Maloney, MD, Ashley Wysong, MD, MS, and Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD.
Kevin Fickenscher, MD gave a presentation on “Leading to Serve through Persistence & Resiliency”. WDS Forum attendees gathered Friday night for a Welcome Reception & Dinner.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Saturday morning began with a Breakfast Symposium Sponsored by UCB, Inc on the topic “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Address the Unique Considerations of Women with Autoimmune Diseases.”
WDS President Pearl Grimes, MD welcomed attendees to the Saturday session and introduced JudyAnn Bigby, MD who gave a keynote presentation on “Global Overview of Women's Health.”
Jenny Murase, MD introduced the speakers for “Total Women’s Health Topics” in various medical specialties including C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC who presented “Women's Heart Health: What You Need to Know”, Paula J. Adams Hillard, MD who presented “Women's Health and Hormones, with Love, from a Gynecologist”, and Cheryl L. Hurd, MD, MA, FAPA who presented “Women's Health and Stress Management.”
The Saturday sessions continued with a Panel Discussion on “Total Women’s Health” moderated by Pearl Grimes, MD. Dr. Grimes was joined by panelists C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC, JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Paula J. Adams Hillard, MD, and Cheryl L. Hurd, MD, MA, FAPA.
Jenny Murase, MD moderated a Lightning Poster Session on “Total Women Topics” with presenters Leah Gaylen Laageide, BA, Marissa Lobl, MB, and Lauren M. Sadowsky, BA.
Attendees gathered at the Industry Interactive Session to engage with industry supporters and compete in the “WDS Texas Hold-em” game to be entered to win various prizes.
In the afternoon, Suzanne Olbricht, MD gave an engaging keynote presentation on “Disruption, Relevance, Aspiration.”
Updates in Dermatology were delivered by Neil Sadick, MD, FACP who presented “Cosmetic Update: What's Hot & New”, Laura Houk, MD who presented “What's New in the Treatment of Non-Scarring Alopecia”, Riley McLean, MD who presented “Not Just a Surgical Disease: New Treatments for Melanoma and non-Melanoma Skin Cancer”, and Adelaide A. Hebert, MD who presented “Atopic Dermatitis- What's New?”
A poster session was available to view in the afternoon and oral abstract presentations were moderated by Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD. Dr. Yag-Howard was joined by the Academic Research Awardee Jean S. McGee, MD, PhD and oral abstract presenters Eseosa Asemota, MD, Sarah Lonowski, MD, MBA, and Jodie Raffi, BA.
Mystery Cases abstracts selected by the editors of the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology were moderated by Jenny Murase, MD. Dr. Murase was joined by the abstract presenters including Lauren Crow, MD, MPH, Kimberly Huerth, MD, Alicia Little, MD, PhD, and Raagini Suresh.
WDS Forum attendees gathered Saturday evening for a Reception and Dinner followed by a fun “Wine Down with WDS” pajama movie night.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sunday morning began with a Breakfast Symposium Sponsored by Regeneron and Sanofi Genzyme on the topic “DUPIXENT® (dupilumab)”.
The weekend concluded with an engaging “60 Pearls in 60 Minutes” discussion presented by Pearl Grimes, MD, Kathleen Hectorne, MD, Afsaneh Alavi, MSc, MD, FRCPC, Latanya Benjamin, MD, M. Laurin Council, MD, Alison Ehrlich, MD, MHS, Molly Hinshaw, MD, Jennifer Lucas, MD, Jenny Murase, MD, Melissa Piliang, MD, Lucie White, MD, and Ashley Wysong, MD, MS.
Thank you to all speakers, attendees, and supporters who made this event a success!
Networking Reception during Maui Derm
January 27, 2019
On January 27, 2019, the Women’s Dermatologic Society hosted a Networking Reception and Panel Discussion at the 15th Annual MauiDerm conference at the Grand Wailea Hotel in Maui, Hawaii. WDS members and MauiDerm attendees gathered for through provoking panel discussion entitled, “Artificial Intelligence (AI), Technology, and Humanism in Dermatology.”
Current WDS President, Pearl E. Grimes, MD, moderated the event with Lenore Kakita, MD, WDS Past President & Coordinator, and Allison Truong, MD, WDS Resident Representative. They engaged in lively discussion with panelists including Hensin Tsao, MD from Massachusetts General Hospital, Sandy Tsao, MD from Massachusetts General Hospital, and Daniel Siegel, MD from SUNY Downstate.
The event was a success with insightful discussion on the current and future applications of AI within the field of dermatology and medicine, the preservation of humanistic aspects of medicine within a technology-focused world, and the impacts of technology on patient care, patient-doctor relationships, and potential risk considerations.
We thank Novartis and MauiDerm for their generous support of the WDS.
Regional Educational Series - New York
November 29, 2018
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
Regional Educational Series - Chicago, IL
November 14, 2018
Dr. Emily Keimig hosted a regional networking event in downtown Chicago on November 14, 2018. 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.
Regional Educational Series - Birmingham, AL
November 8, 2018
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.
Regional Educational Series - Minneapolis, MN
November 7, 2018
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!
Regional Educational Series - New Orleans, LA
October 27, 2018
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.
Regional Educational Series - Miami, FL
October 25, 2018
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.
- 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!
Regional Educational Series - Washington, DC
October 24, 2018
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.
Regional Educational Series - Philadelphia, PA
October 17, 2018
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!
Networking Breakfast at the ASDS Annual Meeting
October 13, 2018
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The breakfast was well attended by WDS Members and ASDS Meeting Attendees. The breakfast offered an opportunity to network, hear some of Dr. Doris Day’s tips to Avoid Burnout and engage in a panel discussion.
Current President Pearl Grimes, MD welcomed the group and introduced Doris Day, MD who addressed attendees on ways to Avoid Burnout. After her talk, panelist Jonith Breadon, MD (Program Committee Member), Pearl Grimes, MD (WDS President), and Deirdre Hooper, MD (Legacy Council Chair) joined Dr. Day for an engaging discussion. The panelists discussed topics in residency and training opportunities, provided advice for early career dermatologist, and ways the WDS can help you. 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 25 WDS Resident Members attend this networking event.
Regional Educational Series - San Diego, CA
September 17, 2018
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!
WDS Parade of Roses at the EADV
September 12, 2018
WDS members and EADV Congress meeting attendees gathered at the Ritz in Paris for a WDS Networking Reception on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The event was well attended and attendees enjoyed light appetizers, cocktails, and great conversation!
On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, WDS members and EADV Congress meeting attendees gathered at the Palais des Congress de Paris for the ‘Parade of Roses’ in Paris. WDS Members presented on topics of dermatology and overall women’s health. The event opened with a poster session where attendees enjoyed speaking with the presenting authors and reviewing their work. WDS President Dr. Pearl Grimes, MD welcomed the attendees and presented an overview of the session.
The event was a success with nine presenters sharing their research on various topics including Drs. Dedee Murrell, MA, BM, MD FRCP FACD, Marija Sola, MD, Jenny Murase, MD, Isha Narang, MD, Karen Burke, MD, PhD, Simin Shamsimeymandi, MD, Margit Juhasz, MD, Chelsea Luther, MD, and Jennifer Lucas, MD. The session came to an end with closing remarks presented by Dr. Deborah MacFarlane, MD. Thank you to all presenters and attendees who made this event a success!
Regional Educational Series - St. Louis, MO
August 1, 2018
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.
Summer Meeting 2018
July 26-28, 2018
WDS Members and AAD Summer Meeting attendees gathered at Cite Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois for the WDS Networking Reception on Thursday, July 26, 2018. The reception was well attended and attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a great conversation!
On Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th WDS Members gathered in the WDS Center which provided a place for them work, meeting with other members, or just grab a snack and relax!
Networking Reception during the CDA Annual Conference
June 22, 2018
The WDS held a reception at the 94th Annual Conference of the Canadian Dermatology Association on Friday, June 22, 2018 in the historic area of Montréal, Canada. Attended by 85 conference delegates, the evening offered an inspirational presentation from Quebec lawyer and mediator Sophie Bérubé. Titled Drop your weapons and enjoy being creative in every aspect of your life, Ms. Bérubé spoke of the insights she gained after a personal loss that led her to find happiness in an everyday chaotic life.
Networking Breakfast at the IID Scientific Meeting
May 18, 2018
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the International Investigative Dermatology Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Both WDS Members and IID Attendees were drawn to the event to network and listen to the panel discussion on overcoming adversity and bias.
Panelists at the breakfast included Ronda Farah, MD, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology; Maria Hordinsky, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota; and Tamia A. Harris-Tyron, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The Event was moderated by Niroshana Anandasabapathy, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine. The Panelists discussed obstacles such as facing the imposter syndrome – the self-doubt that marginalized groups can have, being an intersectional advocate to create more inclusive environments, and “Queen Bee Syndrome” – the idea that women bosses may be perceived as bossy when placed in leadership roles particularly when having leadership of other women.
Attendees were extremely engaged in the discussion, sharing their own experiences and advice, as well as raising new questions throughout the event. Even the panelists left feeling that they had learned something from the discussion too.
The WDS Residents, Fellows & Young Physicians Committee sponsored resident tickets for the luncheon, allowing 20 individuals to attend this networking event.
Networking Luncheon at the ACMS Annual Meeting
May 5, 2018
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Luncheon during the American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on Saturday, May 5th. 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, establishing a Mohs reputation, and finding a work-life balance. 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 25 individuals to attend this networking event.
Women's Dermatology Leadership Meeting
April 28, 2018
Dermatologists and industry representatives gathered on April 28, 2018 in Toronto, Canada for the Inaugural Women in Dermatology Leadership Meeting. Inspired by the annual WDS January retreat, the meeting offered a full day of networking and education, with an emphasis on the development of leadership skills. Although the room was mainly full of women, nearly a dozen men joined the event, either as panelists or attendees.
The morning kicked off with a welcome message from Dr. Julie Powell, President of the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA). Setting the stage for the day, she gave an overview of the realities of women in leadership positions across Canada. Dr. Powell then turned the floor over to Dr. Pearl Grimes, WDS President, for her talk on building leadership. Grimes pointed out that great leaders, including Martin Luther King, Oprah, and Mahatma Gandhi, have three common attributes: passion, belief, and the ability to move others. The critical takeaway from Grimes’ discussion was leaders genuinely engage others at a personal level to make others feel like part of the group.
The event continued with communication specialist Marsheila DeVan's presenting on Communicating with Impact. Feeling empowered to take on the world attendees then were ready to discuss how to handle situations that life throws at us – from natural disasters to security incidents, Dr. Grimes and Dr. Rendon provided respective experience of planning for large-scale natural events, and having a crisis management plan in place.
Rounding out the event, panel discussion began on industry and physicians, and then on to world perspectives on women in leadership, as viewed by men. The day ended with a communications workshop lead by Marsheila DeVan, focusing on presentation skills and working the room.
Thank you to WDS & CDA member Dr. Alfsaneh Alavi for taking the lead on such an incredible event!
Regional Educational Series April
April 26, 2018
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.
WDS Session at Spring Continental Congress of Dermatology
April 26, 2018
During the 2018 Spring Continental Congress of the Iranian Dermatologic Society held at the International Congress Centre in Tehran this past April, Prof Alireza Firooz, President of the Congress, allowed the WDS to host a symposium on women’s dermatology. Prof Dedee Murrell, Chair of the International Sections of WDS, was invited to Co-Chair the Symposium with Dr. Luitgard Wiest of Germany, Prof Maryam Daneshpahzooh of Tehran and Prof Simin Meymandi of Iran; all WDS members.
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, roughly 200 delegates packed the Attar room D during the 2.5 hour session. Dedee Murrell opened the symposium with a presentation on the history of the WDS, followed by Simin Meymandi, talking about leishmaniasis in Iran. This was followed by a most popular and entertaining talk by Pegah Ceric-Dehdari of Dubai on optimizing fillers for women. Changing tack to the more serious topic of managing pemphigus during pregnancy was Prof Maryam Daneshpahzooh of Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Razi Hospital.
WDS stalwart Martin Kassir gave an eloquent speech on how men could support the WDS, citing as examples the inspiration he thought Drs. Wiest, Murrell and Mansouri each brought to the younger prospective members from their careers and interests. Maryam Giasi spoke on psoriasis during pregnancy, followed by Parvin Mansouri on how to get rid of dark circles under the eyes.
Luitgard Wiest closed the session, which was very interactive, by inviting prospective members to join the speakers for lunch. Roughly 60 guests attended the luncheon in a VIP area of the congress centre, kindly provided by the congress by arrangement of Prof Alireza Firooz, where a lot of interaction took place.
In 2020 there will be another opportunity for the WDS to exchange with the Iranian society. Meanwhile, many who attended have joined the WDS as international members!
2018 Annual Meeting Events
February 16-18, 2018
Networking Reception Recap
The WDS Annual Meeting & Luncheon Events kicked off on Friday, February 16, 2018 in sunny San Diego, California with the Networking Reception at the US Grant Hotel. Attendees got the chance to catch up with old friends and meet new friends enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
45th Annual Meeting & Luncheon Recap
WDS Members, sponsors, and guests gathered on Sunday afternoon for the WDS’s signature event, the Annual Meeting & Luncheon. Dr. Mary Maloney, WDS President 2017-2018, welcomed everyone and Dr. Wynnis Tom presented the charity Girls Inc. of San Diego with a $2,500 donation on behalf of the WDS. An additional $830 was collected onsite by attendees bringing WDS’s total donation to $3,330 to help send 13 girls to the Girls Inc. of San Diego programs. The election of the new officers and directors was voted on, the bylaws were passed, and we recognized the retiring officers and directors who have served on the Board of Directors over the past four years.
The Annual Awards were presented and the following individuals were recognized: Pearl E. Grimes, MD (Legacy Award), Jane M. Grant-Kels, MD (Rose Hirschler Award), Amy Paller, MS, MD (Wilma Bergfeld, MD Visionary & Leadership Award), David M. Pariser, MD (Walter B. Shelley, MD Leadership Award), Maria K. Hordinsky, MD (Mentor of the Year Award), Wendi Wohltmann, MD (Volunteer of the Year Award), and Elizabeth I. McBurney, MD (President’s Award). Congratulations to all!
Guest speaker Michelle M. Camacho, PhD, Professor and Faculty Administrator at the University of San Diego joined us. She spoke about resilient happiness and expanding toward your greatest potential. She offered her insight on re-learning to lead all parts of your life by taking risks, building a resilient spirit and expanding a personal capacity for happiness.
Dr. Pearl Grimes took the stage to thank Dr. Maloney for her hard work over the past year, and adjourned the meeting as the new 2018-2019 WDS President!
2018 Legacy Celebration
February 16, 2018
Attendees arrived at the US Grant Hotel and were escorted upstairs to the Presidential Ballroom to celebrate and honor Dr. Pearl E. Grimes for her contributions to the WDS and to the field of Dermatology at the 6th Annual Legacy Celebration. The room was dressed to the 9’s in pearls and orchids, Dr. Grimes’ favorites, and featured a photo booth and delicious dessert station. Dr. Deirdre Hooper welcomed everyone and got the night started. Dr. Mona Gohara and Mike Pietrangelo both spoke fondly of Dr. Grimes and the CARRY Kids even had a few words to say on video for Dr. Grimes! The program wrapped up with a special performance by American Singer/Songwriter Macy Gray and the FullSpectrum Band kept the dance floor packed late into the night!
Congratulations again, Dr. Grimes! We are proud to call you our own!
To purchase a copy of Pearl Grimes Tribute Book, click here.
The Women’s Dermatologic Society is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization. If you make a general contribution it is tax deductible to the extent permitted under United States law. Donations to the Legacy Fund for which no goods or services were provided are fully deductible, while Legacy Celebration VIP Packages and Tickets are partially deductible based on the good or services received. You will be receiving a letter at the end of the year regarding your donation(s) and what is tax deductible. We greatly appreciate your support!
WDS Reception & Panel Discussion at Maui Derm
January 29, 2018
On January 29, 2018, on behalf of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, Dr. Lenore Kakita, Past President; Dr. Mary Maloney, Current President; and Dr. Julia Baltz, Resident Representative were asked to facilitate a discussion at the 14th Annual Maui Derm Meeting entitled, “The Future of Dermatology or its Demise.” Included on the panel were Dr. Barbara Gilchrest of Harvard Medical School, Dr. James Leyden of the University of Pennsylvania, Victor Bulto Vice President of Novartis Immunology and Dermatology, and Robert Bitterman, Sr. CEO of Cutanea Life Sciences. What ensued was a lively discussion of technology in Dermatology, patient access to a growing arsenal of medications, and the resultant rise in healthcare costs.
Dr. Maloney started the evening by inviting panelists to give their opinion on patients’ increased access to their healthcare record. Mr. Bulto of Novartis was quick to point out that there is an at times discordant balance of power between the various stakeholders of health, including the patient, the provider, and the payer, but that ultimately increasing patient engagement leads to better patient outcomes. Similarly Dr. Gilchrest and Dr. Baltz agreed that increased patient engagement is inevitable and it behooves providers to educate their patients on the ways in which to use this technology to effect positive change on both the micro level of individual patient care and on a macro level in developing systems based models that integrate technology.
When discussing the Electronic Medical Record panelists readily admitted to frustration with a disruption of meaningful patient-provider interactions and the immense amount of after-hours work that falls on the physician. Despite these frustrations, panelists agreed that in time the EMR could provide useful information for medical innovation through the collection of Big Data.
Similarly the group felt that teledermatology and increased access to diagnostic technology are additional high impact inevitabilities in our specialty. Drs. Leyden, Gilchrest, and Maloney cited increasing evidence on the ways in which technology can improve access to care and diagnostic accuracy.
Specialty pharmacies and the high cost of biologic medications were topics of particular interest and concern to panelists and audience members alike. Mr. Bitterman provided an excellent overview of the reasons that a pharmaceutical company may choose to contract with specialty pharmacies preferentially over chain drugstores. Notably, specialty pharmacies allow for agreed upon pricing of medications, thus standardizing the reimbursement to the company and the amount paid by a patient. In contrast, chain drug stores have a greater ability to substitute the prescribed drug with a generic or therapeutic equivalent in order to maximize profitability. Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) are instrumental in setting the formulary for various healthcare plans. PBMs are incentivized to put more expensive medications on formulary, as this leads to higher percentage based rebates from drug manufactures to PBMs. The group concluded on the need for better transparency at every level of the drug delivery system.
In answer to the closing question on medication pricing, Mr. Bulto and Mr. Bitterman elucidated to the group the ways in which drug prices are decided. The multifactorial metrics of drug pricing include societal value of a drug, geographic variations on cost of living and access, as well as the investment of research and development in the setting of an increasingly saturated market.
The panel discussion as led by Drs. Kakita, Maloney, and Baltz allowed for a spirited debate between clinical and research physicians and our partners in the pharmaceutical industry. It is safe to say that a greater level of understanding was reached on both sides as to the intricacies of providing care in a rapidly changing medical landscape, and the evening radiated a spirit of optimism as to the future of Dermatology.
Industry Visioning Work Group (IVWG)
January 19, 2018
The WDS IVWG was held in Dallas, Texas on Friday, January 19th. The forum was 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. Circle Topics included Drug Pricing & Compounding, Diversity in Dermatology, and Access to Academic Programs, Prescribing & Generics, Physician / Mid-Level Extenders, and Key Success Measures Industry Wants to Achieve as a Result of their Support. The day was filled with stimulating conversation between physicians and industry partners. This crucial link between dermatologists and the international corporate business community will help expand the conversation and cross boundaries to embrace medical, surgical, oncologic, cosmetic, pediatric, and technical subspecialties.
Thank you to our IVWG moderator, Dr. Neil Sadick and our Circle Presenters Drs. Seemal Desai, Melissa Piliang, Latanya Benjamin, Valerie Callender, Linda Susan Marcus, Alison Ehrlich, Bethanee Schlosser, Lucille White, Molly Hinshaw, Charles Hahn, Adelaide Hebert, and Erin Gilbert.
Membership Enrichment & Leadership Development Forum (MELD)
January 19-21, 2018
The MELD weekend kicked off on Friday evening with a Welcome Reception where attendees networked and got better know each other. Some rose with the sun and participated in sunrise yoga with a session about Moving into Mindfulness. We welcomed keynote speaker, Marsheila DeVan, Communication Specialist, who presented “It’s How You Say It; Patients and/or Colleagues”. In the afternoon, the group heard from Drs. Mary Maloney and Riley McLean about Time Management Issues in their session “I Know How She Does It” and Dr. Jenny Murase gave an Update in Women’s Health as it Pertains to Dermatology. After a long day of thought-provoking sessions we got our leis and grass skirts on for a Hula Lesson!
The weekend wrapped up on Sunday with three very audience engaging sessions on Developing Resiliency for Wellbeing and Professional and Personal Growth, Female Leadership, 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 their peers otherwise. New in 2018, the WDS was excited to offer the opportunity for physicians to claim CME Credits for the MELD Forum Sessions.
Thank you to the MELD Planning Task Force Chair, Dr. Kathleen Hectorne and the planning committee members Drs. Seemal Desai, Alison Ehrlich, Lisa A. Garner, Heather Goff, Kachiu Lee, Neil Sadick, and Lucille White.
October 12, 2017
In October, our WDS Media Day Committee gathered with the editors of leading international beauty and women's health magazines and well-known beauty bloggers and social media influencers for the WDS 2017 Media Day Conference at the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District of New York City.
Our panel of dermatologists, led by Dr. Susan Taylor, Chair of our Media Day Committee, presented updates on scientific innovations in dermatology and aesthetic medicine, covering topics chosen by survey and suggestions of our WDS members including: At Home Technologies, Pigmentary Disorders, Hair Loss in Women, and Emerging Technologies, followed by a question and answer session on facts vs. fiction in the arena of skin health.
On behalf of our WDS Board of Directors and Council on Communications, we thank you and congratulate Dr. Taylor and the entire Media Day team, our speakers Dr. Cheryl Burgess, Dr. Valerie Callender, Dr. Nada Elbuluk, Dr. Kachiu Lee, Dr. Shari Lipner, Dr. Neil Sadick, Dr. Susan Taylor, and Dr. Mara Weinstein Velez, and our outstanding WDS staff members on a successful event.
Also as special thank you to our sponsors Epionce, Orth-Dermatologics, Pfizer, Nutrafol, SkinBetter Science, and Viviscal Professional for their generous support.
WDS Networking Breakfast at the ASDS Annual Meeting
October 7, 2017
Event Location: Chicago, IL
Room: Hyatt Regency Chicago | Michigan 1AB
The Women’s Dermatologic Society held a Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Friday, April 28, 2017 at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Dermatology Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The breakfast was well attended by WDS Members and ASDS Meeting Attendees. The breakfast offered an opportunity to network and engage in a panel discussion.
Panelist at the luncheon included Murad Alam, MD (WDS Treasurer), Pearl E. Grimes, MD (WDS President-elect), and Adelaide Hebert, MD (WDS Immediate Past President). The panelists discussed topics in residency and training opportunities, provided advice for early career dermatologist, and tips to achieve work/life balance. 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 50 WDS Resident Members attend this networking event.
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
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
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
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
WDS Annual Meeting
March 3-5, 2017
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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
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
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.
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
Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel | Beacon DE Room
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
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.
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