Henry Lim, M.D., former chair of the Department of Dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital and an internationally recognized dermatology expert, has become president of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the world’s largest dermatologic society.

Dr. Lim will serve in the top leadership position for one year.

The AAD represents more than 18,000 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions.

Dr. Lim was chair of Dermatology for 20 years before stepping down Feb. 28. Under his leadership, external research funding has increased, the residency program now ranks among the top five in the Midwest, and the diversity of senior staff physicians was enhanced. Dr. Lim will continue to practice as chair emeritus and senior vice president of Academic Affairs.

In April 2015, Dr. Lim was officially voted president by a vote of the AAD general membership. Ascension to the position is a two-year process. Dr. Lim served as president-elect for the past year.

Dr. Lim is Henry Ford’s third dermatology chair to hold a top leadership position at the AAD. The late Clarence Livingood, M.D., was president in 1967 and the late Edward Krull, M.D., was vice president in 1987. Dr. Lim also served as vice president in 2007.

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