A new international group for dermatologic and aesthetic surgeons, The Dermatologic and Aesthetic Surgery International League (DASIL), was announced last week. According to a press release, the group was founded on the premise of international teaching and mentoring to all dermatologic and aesthetic surgeons around the globe — "regardless of what their status is in the surgical arena and regardless of past politics that have driven many away from doing what we all love to do."

The new group’s mission covers dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and aesthetic surgery. The group’s organizing committee is comprised of over 135 individuals from over 30 countries

DASIL’s founding group consists of Michael H Gold, MD, of Nashville and Marc Roscher, from Umhlanga (South Africa). Gold is the Medical Director of Gold Skin Care Center and The Tennessee Clinical Research Center in Nashville, as well as being an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical School and Vanderbilt University Nursing School. He is also a Visiting Professor of Dermatology at Huashan Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai (China) and at the number one Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang (China).

Roscher is a practicing dermatologist at the Umhlanga Skin Centre in Umhlanga (South Africa) and is well skilled in dermatologic and aesthetic surgery. He is the current Director of Dermatologic Surgery at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine in Durban (South Africa) and is Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and its current President.

Other members of the DASIL team include Jose Mena, of HTC International, based in Chicago, the group’s Managing Director. Lawrence E Rosenthalis, a consultant through the organizational process, is a former Deputy Executive Director of the American Academy of Dermatology, the first Executive Director of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the first Honorary Fellow of the International Society for Dermatologic Surgery and its first Executive Director.

DASIL is planning to host educational events, including its first annual meeting in Cape Town (South Africa) in 2012 and hopefully Shanghai (China) in 2013.


[Source: DASIL/Medscape Today]