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Very interesting presentations covered AI in Dermatology, Dermoscopy in Cicatricial Alopecia, Physician Leadership in Advancing Fairness, Aesthetics in Skin of Color, Keloids, Pigment Disorders, diagnostic biases and other topics relevant to patients of color

CHICAGO, April 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — skin color society(SOCS), the world’s leading professional organization dedicated to advancing dermatology for skin of color through research, education, mentorship and advocacy, successfully presented its 18th Annual Scientific Symposium to a record number of attendees on March 24, 2022organized in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Boston, MA.

2021-2022 Executive Committee of the Skin of Color Society at the 18th Annual SOCS Scientific Symposium (gd): Candice Heath, MD, FAAD, secretary-treasurer; Lynn McKinley-Grant, MD, FAAD, Past President; Valerie Harvey, MD, MPH, FAAD, president-elect, and Donald A. Glass II, MD, PhD, FAAD, president.

This year SOCS Scientific Symposium was co-chaired by Andre AlexisMD, MPH, FAAD, Professor of Clinical Dermatology, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Dermatology, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Ginette A. OkoyeMD, FAAD, professor and holder of the chair of dermatology, Howard University College of Medicine. Under the theme “Diversity in Action: Science, Healthcare and Society,” the Symposium kicked off the Society’s year-long programming theme.

Representing 14 countries, the broad audience included physicians interested in skin color, dermatology residents, fellows, medical students, researchers and industry professionals, who gained insights from guest speakers , interactive panels, oral abstract presentations and iPosters.

In keeping with the SOCS tradition of showcasing the work of promising researchers and young dermatologists, as well as world-renowned experts in the field, this well-rounded program included the following very interesting sessions:

Invited speakers

  • Artificial Intelligence in Dermatology, presented by Roxana DaneshjouMD, PhD, FAAD, clinician researcher, dermatology, postdoctoral researcher, biomedical data science, Stanford University

  • Dermoscopy of Cicatricial Alopecia in Colored Skin” presented by Tiffany MayoMD, FAAD, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • “Physician leadership to advance equity and shape the future of medicine,” Presented by Jack Resneck, Jr., MD, FAAD, President-Elect, American Medical Association; Professor and Vice Chairman of Dermatology, UCSF School of Medicine

Interactive panels

  • Keloid Panel, moderated by Donald A. Glass, IIMD, PhD, FAAD, Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, UT Southwestern Medical Center with panelists Eva KerbyMD, FAAD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Weill Cornell Medicine and Jill WaibelMD, FAAD, Medical Director, Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute

  • Aesthetics in the Skin of Color panelanimated by Pearl E. GrimesMD, FAAD, Director, The Grimes Center for Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology and Director, The Vitiligo & Pigmentation Institute of Southern Californiawith panelists Cheryl BurgessMD, FAAD, Founder and President, Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and Janiene LukeMD, FAAD, Associate Professor, Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology, Loma Linda University

  • Pigment Disorders Panel, moderated by Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD, President, Medical Director, Innovative Dermatology; Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, UT Southwestern with panelists Nada Elbuluk, MD, FAAD, Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology, Director, Skin of Color Program and Pigmentation Disorders Clinic; Director, Skin of Color Fellowship; Director, Dermatology Diversity and Inclusion Program, USC Department of Dermatology, Keck School of Medicine, and Corey L. Hartman, MD, FAAD, Assistant Clinical Professor, UAB Dermatology; Founder and Medical Director, Skin Wellness Dermatology

Abstract presentations

  • “Treatment of Pain and Pruritus Associated with Keloids with Oral Pentoxifylline,” presented by Ariel KnowlesMBBS, Clinical Investigator, UT Southwestern Medical School

  • “Clinical Decision-Making Bias in Darker Skin Types: A Prospective Survey Study Identifying Diagnostic Bias in Biopsy Decision,” by Eman Hijab, BS, med student (4th year), Emory University School of Medicine and presented by Loren KrugerMD, FAAD, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Associate Program Director, Emory University Dermatology residency program

  • “Treatment Recommendations for Pseudofolliculitis Barbae in the Hair Salon,” presented by Canni SilenceMS, medical student (4th year), Massachusetts general hospital

  • “Racial Disparities in the Management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Evidence from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2012-2018”, presented by Isabelle MosleyBA, Medical Student (2nd year), Warren Alpert Medical School of brown university

  • “Matching into Dermatology Residency: The Impact of Research Fellowships,” presented by Erica OgwumikeBA, Medical Student (2nd year), UT Southwestern Medical Center

dr. Donald A. Glass IIPresident of SOCS (2021-2022), gave a closing speech with appreciation for his presidential year and welcomed the new President of SOCS, Valerie HarveyMD, MPH, FAAD.

After the program, attendees viewed a record number of science iPosters on display, totaling 107 iPosters on a wide range of topics.

Immediately following the symposium, an awards reception honored the recipients of the 2022 SOCS Research and Career Development Awards, including:

  • 2022 SOCS Fellowship Recipients: Jillian RichmondPhD, for “Examination of gene and protein expression in clinically diverse samples of mycosis fungoides from patients with skin of color;” Shawn ChihMD, for “The usefulness of topical oxymetazoline in the prevention of postfiller bruising in patients with skin of color: a randomized, double-blind, split-face study” and Nkemjika UgonaboMD, MPH, for “Combination Topical Cysteamine and Fractional 1927nm Low-Power Diode Laser Resurfacing vs. Topical Cysteamine Alone in the Treatment of Melasma: A Prospective, Split-Face Cohort Study”

  • 2022 SOCS Career Development Award Recipient: Shawn KwatraMD, FAAD, for “Racial differences in germline and somatic mutations of prurigo nodularis”

The 2022 SOCS Research Awards and SOCS Career Development Award are made possible through the support of Pfizer.

The 18th Annual SOCS Scientific Symposium was supported by the following sponsors: Abbvie, Janssen and Sanofi/Regeneron, (champion level); Bristol Myers Squibb, Dove, Lilly, Google Health and Incyte Dermatology, (ally level); Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Beiersdorf, Dermavant Sciences, Ortho Dermatologics, P&G and Scientis (partner level); Burt’s Bees, Clinique, Senté Labs, UCB and ZO® Skin Health, (Friend Level), and special thanks to Dermstore, EltaMD, Hairstim, Pfizer, Revision Skincare, SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica and Urban Skin Rx.

A recording of the SOCS Scientific Symposium will be available via SOCS E-Learning Platform + Equity in Dermatology (DEEP) in the near future.

About Skin of Color Company

The Skin Colored Society (SOCS) is an international professional dermatology organization dedicated to achieving health equity and excellence in patient care through research, education, mentorship and advocacy. SOCS is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the field of dermatology to advance patient care. Created in 2004 by Susan C. TaylorMD, FAAD, SOCS has grown to include members from many countries around the world.



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