Board-certified dermatologist Mark D. Kaufmann, MD, FAAD, has been elected to lead the American Academy of Dermatology. He will be installed as president-elect in March 2021 and hold the office of president for one year beginning in March 2022.

As president, Dr Kaufmann will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,500 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions. He will also hold the same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association, a sister organization to the AAD that focuses on government affairs, health policy, and practice information.

“I’m very optimistic about our specialty’s future,” Kaufmann says, in a media release from the American Academy of Dermatology. “While the need for quality dermatologic care will never end, the way in which it is delivered will change. With health care evolving on what feels like a day-to-day basis, I look forward to leading the AAD as it continues to advocate for and educate members on innovative ways to provide quality dermatologic care to their patients.”

Kaufmann earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York and completed his dermatology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. He is a clinical associate professor of the Department of Dermatology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

He currently serves as deputy chair of the AAD’s Patient Access and Payer Relations Committee and is a past member of the AAD’s Council on Government Affairs and Health Policy and Practice. In addition, Dr Kaufmann previously served the Academy as a member of the Board of Directors and currently serves as an advisor to the Academy’s delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Value Scale Update Committee.

[Source(s): American Academy of Dermatology, Newswise]