The Many Dermatology Associations

27 Dec The Many Dermatology Associations

When doctors complete the requirements for becoming board certified dermatologists, there are numerous of organizations for both general and specific practices of dermatology, including cosmetic dermatology and dermatology surgery.

Dr. Douglas K. Ulmer received his medical credentials from UCLA School of Medicine and is a board certified dermatologist from the American Academy of Dermatology as well as the American Academy of Dermapathology. He has received fellowships from the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology.

The following is a comprehensive list of the many societies, associations and specialization groups that are associated with dermatology.

American Board of Dermatology

american board of dermatology
The purpose of the organization, founded in 1932, is to maintain the integrity of the practice of dermatology by establishing the professional standards through training and for board certified dermatologists.

The Board of Dermatology establishes general qualifications for the practice of dermatology, including general residency training requirements, the dermatology certification examination, as well as maintenance of certification. The purpose of the board is not only for professional standards, from all specialties and sub specialties from cosmetic surgery to dermatology surgery to pediatric dermatology, but for public safety as well. In any medical field, patients must know that they are in the hands of a well qualified medical professional.

The American Board of Dermatology works in partnership with the American Medical Association as well as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

American Academy of Dermatology


american academy of dermatology

Founded in 1938 and represents nearly all practicing dermatologists in the United States and internationally, with 17,000 members worldwide. With a vision for “Excellence in Dermatology,” The American Academy of Dermatology “promotes excellence in patient care through education, research and advocacy.” The Academy always strives to put patients first to ensure the “highest quality of care,” encouraging professionalism and high ethical standards, “honesty, integrity, transparency and mutual respect.

The American Academy of Dermatology provides benefits, events, and educational opportunities for members, as well as important information for the public; including skin care and safety, tips, and even free skin cancer screenings


American Society of Dermapathology

The Society was founded in 1962 to “improve the quality of dermatopathology and treatment of skin diseases.” The mission of the society focuses on the improvement of “quality of dermapathology” as practiced by both dermatologists and pathologists, providing knowledge and education to relevant topics as well as encouraging research in the field.

The ASDP posts career training information, annual events, and the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, a monthly publication of “manuscripts relevant to diseases of the skin in a broad sense, with aims of advancing scientific knowledge regarding dermatopathology and enhancing the communication between clinical practitioners and research scientists.”

The American Society of Dermapathology is closely linked to American Academy of Dermatology and the Intersociety Pathology Council.

 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

The society was founded in 1970 with nearly 5,400 members, and maintains a commitment to “the development of safe, in-office procedures that are saving lives by diagnosing and treating potentially deadly skin cancers earlier and more effectively.”

The ASDS is a resource provides membership for dermatologic surgeons, and promotes the education and research in the field of aesthetic medicine and surgery. The society maintains a large range of corporate and public partnerships and also has many programs and resources for the public. The ASDS also has an extensive categorical list of information about various cosmetic treatments, tips, preventative advice, and an extensive directory of recommended and reputable Dermatologic Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
american academy of cosmetic surgery
The Academy was founded in 1985 specifically to “advance the specialty of cosmetic surgery and quality patient care.” The AACS welcomes surgeons with various specialties, including dermatological surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, general surgeons, plastic surgeons, ophathalmic plastic surgeons; all included in the cosmetic surgery field.

The AACS is committed to a strict code of ethics among members and promotes “education and awareness of the practices of cosmetic surgery and research and development into new procedures.”

The AACS also publishes the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, discussing new procedures, breakthroughs, advancements and cutting edge knowledge in the field.

American Society for Mohs Surgery

american society for mohs surgery

Mohs Surgery was developed in 1930 by Dr. Frederick E. Mohs, and is specifically used as a common surgical treatment to remove melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, to complete coircumferential peripheral and deep martin assessment.

The American Society of Mohs Surgery was founded in 1990 as an association of dermatologists who specialize in the Mohs Surgery procedure, and provides services to over 1,000 dermatologists and Mohs Surgery patients. ASMS provides educational resources for patients, including a patient video, detailing what to expect from a Mohs Surgery procedure. The ASMS also provides a referral list for certified Mohs Surgeons throughout the United States.

ASMS is also closely associated with the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

American Dermatological Association, Inc.


The ADA boasts itself as the first national dermatological society in the United States, founded in 1931, but the history of the dermatology focused events dates all the way back to 1877. The goal of the Association was designated to the study and science of dermatology, recently holding its 131st annual meeting.

In 1957 the ADA established the Medical Student Fellowship Program to help finance research, lectureships and gain experience in the field of dermatology. The Fellowship awards a student of dermatology.

Another Unique feature of the American Dermatological Association is the inventory of archives by “preserving, organizing, and making accessible the historical, administrative, and legal records of enduring value.”


Dermatology Foundation

dermatology foundation

The 501(c)3non-profit charitable organization committed to providing research support for financial assistance for teachers, research, patient care for the advancement of dermatology. The Foundation has a broad base of contributing members, corporate partners and public outreach.

The Dermatology Foundation awards funding to eligible applicants pursuing a career in dermatology and cutaneous biology; which “benefits the dermatology community at large by “shaping tomorrows teachers, innovative investigators and master clinicians in dermatology.

The Dermatology Foundation publishes a quarterly publication Dermatology Focus to “communicate to practitioners the latest advancements in medical and surgical dermatology” to a circulation of 10,000, including members of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Society for Pediatric Dermatology

Society for Pediatric Dermatology

The objective of SPD is to “advance education, research and care of skin disease in all pediatric age groups.” Pediatric Dermatologists are specially trained in both medical care of children, as well as all the dermatology. The society also sponsors residencies and fellowships for those pursuing careers in pediatric dermatology.

The SPD publishes the bimonthly journal Pediatric Dermatology, with articles on a range of topics “such as hemangiomas, atopic dermatitis, rare and unusual presentations of childhood diseases, neonatal medicine and more. The journal has top rankings and citations among many scientific journals in its class.

For information about the journal, fellowship and job opportunities, or to find a pediatric dermatologist, see the Society for Pediatric Dermatology website.

American College of Mohs Surgery

American College of Mohs Surgery

 This fully accredited college was founded was founded in 1967 by Frederic E. Mohs, who developed the Mohs micrographic surgical technique. After a candidate completes a dermatology residency, they may complete the ACMS-approved fellowship training to become a Mohs Surgery specialist.

Mohs surgery continues to be one of the leading treatments for skin cancer, and “offers the highest potential for cure, even when treated with another method.  ACMS works closely with its patient education program at as well as the American Society for Mohs Surgery.

ACMS is committed to patient care, as well as training, research, education, and public advocacy, and strives to be “recognized as the premier organization for skin cancer education and research.
American Contact Dermatitis Society

American Contact Dermatitis Society

Contact dermatitis is an allergic inflammation of the skin, caused by an irritating substance, and is a large part of dermatology research and treatment. The ACDS is an association of “dermatologists, allergists, physicians, researchers and health care professionals,” for specific research and education about contact dermatitis.

Candidates seeking careers in dermatology related to dermatitis can apply for fellowship awards and educational outreach programs

The ACDS promotes the publication called Dermatitis. The organization also provides resources for patients and public, including a list of online databases such as: Contact Allergen Management Program, and Cosmetic Manufacturer information for personal care, cosmetics and fragrance materials.

International League of Dermatological Societies

International League of Dermatological Societies

ILDS establishes itself as a non-governmental organization that works closely with the World Health Organization.  The purpose of the organization is to bring awareness to issues concerning dermatology on a global level, and “encourages the worldwide advancement of dermatological education, care and sciences.” The organization also attempts to promote professional relationships among dermatologists around the world.

The first international congress of dermatology began in 1888 and has since then flourished as a general worldwide movement through the World Health Organization, to move toward awareness, education and humanitarian efforts through an entire network of non-governmental organizations.

The ILDS supports a World Congress of Dermatology every four years, and is the only international dermatology organization with direct ties and endorsement from the World Health Organization.

Internet Dermatology Society

This dermatology based internet society is part of a growing movement called “telemedicine.” This describes use of telecommunication between patients and medical professionals for patients who are physically displaced or limited access to specialists and medical support.

Patients and dermatologists use video, phone, client/server applications, internet and other “telemedical” devices to communicate, make diagnoses, follow up, and prescribe treatment, and keep patient records.

The Internet Dermatology Society represents a growing database of education, patient resources, medical professionals, and other telemedicine resources relevant to dermatology and skin care.

The IDS was founded by Dr. Rhett J. Drugge, and hosts an annual Scientific and Technological Meeting.

Pacific Dermatologic Association

Pacific Dermatologic Association

The Pacific Dermatologic Association was founded in 1948, to create a lasting relationship of practicing dermatologists in the “Western United States, Canada, Mexico and Pacific Rim countries.” However, the membership is no longer specific to location, and boasts a wide international base, including south and north Asian countries, New Zeland, Australia, Philippines, North and South Korea, and all over the United States.

PDA is “committed to helping develop the next generation of dermatologists and improve the overall quality of patient care.” The PDA also partners with dermatology residency programs. Member benefits include a bimonthly e-newsletter, case based diagnosis quiz, and access to Member Forum.

Society for Investigative Dermatology

The Society for Investigative Dermatology was founded in 1937, specifically for the coetaneous investigation of dermatology; promoting future research and education in the lab and scholarly setting, rather than clinical practice. The SID is committed to promoting the “culture of discovery and serve as the premier forum for the scientific information relating to dermatologic research.”

SID promotes a variety of Educational Programs for Dermatology trainees who are seeking careers in investigative and scholarly work. SID hosts a Resident retreat to “engage young dermatology trainees in academic careers by bringing them together” for a weekend of enrichment and networking.

SID PhD Retreat is held in conjunction with the resident retreat to show the variety of options for the academic and non-clinical opportunities.

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