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President's Message

Pearl E. Grimes, MD - President (2018-2019)

I am honored to serve as President of the Women’s Dermatologic Society for the 2018-2019 term.  I want to thank Dr. Mary Maloney for her leadership and dedication over the last twelve months. I am eager to continue our organization’s positive direction, and look forward to carrying on the WDS mission.

At this stage of our evolution as an organization, we honor our core values and our raison d’être as we renew, rebrand, and reinvent within a broadened context. Since the inception of the WDS in 1973, the “Why” of the WDS has always focused on supporting and helping women. Over the years, we have remained true to our mission and core values through distinctive programs and activities that help our members grow professionally and personally as physicians, leaders, and mentors – within the organization, the specialty, and the medical profession. More broadly, we promote the dermatologic health of women and their families in our communities, and in our world.

As we reach our 45th anniversary milestone, it’s time to start thinking out of the box in order to thrive as an organization, live up to our fullest potential, and secure our future for the benefit of generations of dermatologists ahead. In this day and age women comprise over 50% of our profession – the relevance of the Women’s Dermatologic Society should be one that resonates and brings all women in dermatology together. My hope is to grow and expand the WDS brand as a timeless and relevant organization for women attracting old and new members alike.

As dermatologists, many of us wear various hats when it comes to patient care. We play the role of detective, emotional supporter, therapist, cheerleader, confidante, and more. We often serve as the de facto medical team leader in managing our patients’ dermatologic conditions (and systemic diseases with dermatologic manifestations) by working with a wide array of medical/healthcare practitioners, including: internists, neurologists, nutritionists, psychotherapists, OB-GYN, cardiologists, chiropractors, osteopaths, surgeons, biofeedback coaches and more. Through the Dermatology gateway, our work touches on diverse interrelated issues concerning the whole women and her body/mind systems including: aging, self-esteem, hormonal changes, stress management, body image, weight, gynecologic concerns, nutrition, acne, etc. This cross-section presents fascinating questions to explore, analyze and learn from in order to make seminal contributions to our profession.

The timing and climate are right for the WDS— as an organization that was created with the mission of helping women—to seize the opportunity as thought leaders in this arena, to blaze yet another trail in our field by placing greater emphasis on an integrative dermatologic mindset.

This intriguing approach can propel the WDS forward in dynamic ways—attracting broader industry and corporate support, increasing membership, enlivening member participation, capturing media attention and heightening public awareness.

Thank you for your support and participation in the WDS, and remember that we always appreciate and welcome your feedback. If you have any specific suggestions or questions that will help in furthering the mission of the WDS and helping women and their families, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the WDS President Inbox:

Thank you for a great start, I look forward to the year ahead.

Warm Regards,

Pearl E. Grimes, MD
President (2018-2019)


Last updated: February 28, 2018