Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company, and SkinBetter Science through their DREAM (Driving Racial Equity in Aesthetic Medicine) initiative are supporting the development and distribution of The Full Spectrum of Dermatology: A Diverse and Inclusive Atlas, a dermatology atlas that will display images of the most commonly seen dermatology conditions in an array of skin tones.

This unique, full-color atlas aims to advance education among clinicians, with the intent to visually teach dermatologists, dermatology residents, and other clinicians to recognize various skin conditions in different skin tones.

Leaders from academic dermatology and education have joined together to create this comprehensive atlas that will help to address what has become a well-documented gap in dermatology education. Developed by co-editors Misty Eleryan, MD, MS, and Adam Friedman, MD, published by SanovaWorks and Educational Testing & Assessment Systems, the Atlas includes high-quality images taken by dermatologists trained in medical photography which provide side-by-side images of the most commonly seen dermatology conditions in a full spectrum of skin tones, a media release from AbbVie explains.

“To effectively diagnose and manage skin diseases in all patients, dermatologists need to be fluent in the diverse array of clinical presentations of even the most common skin diseases in all skin tones. The investment being made by leaders of our dermatology community and industry in this innovative project validates and highlights its extraordinary importance.”

— Adam Friedman, MD, professor and chair of dermatology at GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

“As physicians, we take an oath to do no harm to our patients; we can now better live up to this oath for ALL of our patients, especially those with darker skin, by educating ourselves on the variations of presentations of common dermatoses on all skin tones.”

— Misty Eleryan, MD, MS, a micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles

Aligned with the vision of the DREAM initiative, the Atlas received development funding from Skinbetter Science and Allergan Aesthetics, which will make copies available to all US dermatology residents and program directors.

“Understanding the need for racial equity in all sectors of society, Skinbetter Science and Allergan Aesthetics, as part of their DREAM Initiative, supports the Atlas’ efforts to advance the education of healthcare practitioners. This comprehensive collection of images is designed to better serve the full spectrum of skin tones–hopefully providing physicians and other healthcare practitioners the opportunity to advance diagnosis.”

— Jonah Shacknai, Executive Chairman of Skinbetter Science

“The DREAM Initiative is committed to furthering the principles of racial and ethnic diversity, inclusion, respect and understanding in the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery. We’re proud of the release of this Atlas and continue to work with Skinbetter Science to create meaningful, positive change within our own companies, and with our customers.”

— Carrie Strom, Senior Vice President, AbbVie and President, Global Allergan Aesthetics

Contributing fellows and members of the Atlas Advisory Committee include:


  • Nagasai Adusumilli, MBA
  • Gabrielle Benesh, BS
  • Alexis Carrington, MD
  • Nneamaka Ezekwe, MD

Advisory Council

  • Blair Allais, MD
  • Olabola Awosika, MD
  • Steven R. Cohen MD MPH
  • Holly Kerr, MD
  • Adeline Kikam, DO, MS
  • Jenny Kim, MD, PhD
  • Alex Ortega Loayza, MD
  • Lynn McKinley-Grant, MD
  • Ginette Okoye, MD
  • Lauren Payne, MD
  • Raja Sivamani MD MS AP
  • Mara C. Weinstein Velez, MD

[Source(s): AbbVie, PR Newswire]

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