About the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

25 Jan About the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Our knowledgeable dermatologists here at Ulmer and Wu Dermatology are all proud members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, which was established by dermatologists in 1970 to “foster, promote, support, augment, develop and encourage investigative knowledge in Dermatologic Surgery,” among the best dermatologists.

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (also “ASDS”) is a professional medical organization comprised of certified dermatologists who demonstrate exceptional competence and experience in the diagnosis, medical care, and surgical management of all medical conditions and diseases involving the skin, hair, nails, veins and surrounding tissues.

The overreaching goal of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is to ensure dermatologists are held to the highest possible standards in clinical practice and that patients receive the highest standards of patient care. The American Society for Dermatology also acts as an advocate to continue research and exploration of dermatological study.

All members of the American Society for Dermatology Surgery must have a thorough understanding of all diseases and disorders involving the skin, hair, nails, veins, and surrounding tissues, as well as and understanding and how to treat benign and malignant growths on the skin, including skin cancers; plus aging and sun-damaged skin. Dermatologist members must be also able to provide cosmetic improvement of the skin such as minimally invasive facelifts, blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) and injections (i.e. Botox).

All members of the American Society for Dermatology Surgery are also able to perform laser surgery, scalpel surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, photodynamic therapy and liposuction.

There is a pyramid structure of membership within the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. At the lowest level, there is a “Trainee” membership, which signifies someone who is currently in an approved Fellowship Training Program. Next is an “Associate” or “Corresponding Fellow” level, which refers to dermatologists that are working their way toward becoming a Board-certified dermatologist, or they have a minimum of three years experience practicing dermatology, or both. If the dermatologist lives outside of the United States or Canada, the term “Corresponding Fellow” is used instead of “Associate.”

Finally, at the top of the membership pyramid is “Fellow” or “Affiliate.” Both memberships designate that the member is Board-Certified in the United States or Canada, with the only difference being that a “Fellow” is eligible to be elected to office.

Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons (also called Dermasurgeons) can only join the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery after completing a residency education and passing an example given by the American Board of Dermatology. Each applicant must also obtain three letters of endorsement from current American Society for Dermatologic Surgery members before their application will be accepted. This process ensures all members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, such as our doctors here at Ulmer and Wu Dermatology, are leaders in their profession.

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