Dermatology Summit (Jan 6)

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Making a DIFference in Dermatology

The mission of the Dermatology Innovation Forum is to build a community of dermatologists and their colleagues who are excited about developing ideas into products which can substantially improve skin health.

Held in association with the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting, the forum focuses on educating participants about inspiring innovations that can provide a basis for the generation of important dermatology products and services. By including physicians, researchers, inventors, investors, strategic corporate partners, service providers, government regulators, patient advocates, and other stakeholders, the Forum also provides a unique networking venue for its attendees to communicate with, learn from, and collaborate with each other.



Adewole (Ade) Adamson is a board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. His primary clinical interest is in caring for patients at high risk for melanoma of the skin, such as those with many moles (particularly atypical moles), or a personal and/or family history of melanoma.

His research involves understanding patterns of health care utilization including overuse and underuse in dermatology. He is interested in how effectively and efficiently the health care system delivers care to patients with skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States. He is also passionate about health care disparities, access to specialty health care, and health care costs. He speaks nationally about health care quality, value, and the application of evidence-based medicine within dermatology.

Dr. Rhoda M. Alani serves as the Herbert Mescon Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, Dermatologist-in-Chief at Boston Medical Center, and CEO of Boston University Dermatology, Inc., where she runs the Laboratory of Translational Research in Melanoma Biology and directs the Pigmented Lesion Clinics at Boston Medical Center. She is also actively involved in teaching medical students, graduate students, and dermatology residents and is a frequent lecturer on the biology and genetics of melanoma. Dr. Alani received her MD degree with Honors and Distinction in Research from the University of Michigan. She went on to an internship in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a residency in dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Following her clinical training, Dr. Alani was a research fellow at the Harvard Cancer Center. Dr. Alani further developed her research interests as a research fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She moved to Johns Hopkins in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Oncology, Dermatology, and Molecular Biology and Genetics where she served as the Director of the Laboratory of Cutaneous Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of the Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program in Dermatology. Dr. Alani's research expertise is in melanoma biology, tumor epigenetics, the development of novel therapies for melanoma, and translational research in melanoma biomarkers. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including induction into the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Dermatologic Association. She is the author of numerous scientific publications for which she has received much acclaim in both the scientific and lay press, is the owner of several US patents, and is a co-founder of Acylin Therapeutics, Inc.

Dr. James Allred MD, MS, FAAD is a general dermatologist in private practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He graduated with distinction in history and summa cum laude in anthropology from the University of Colorado in 2003. He subsequently attended the University of Utah where he earned a master's degree in health education and his medical degree from the school of medicine. He completed his dermatology residency in 2015 from the University of Texas at Austin where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Allred has been active in dermatology innovation where he uses his experiences in dermatology to identify problems that have high clinical impact. As part of this focus, he has successfully invented and out-licensed multiple medical devices and has founded multiple dermatology related startups, including RxThat. He was a founding member of Advancing Innovations in Dermatology's Educational Committee and will serve as the committee's chair in 2019.

Dr. Allred enjoys his largely rural clinical practice and is passionate about providing care to areas with high clinical need. He also has a strong interest in sports and wilderness dermatology, which are topics he regularly teaches about as faculty at national dermatology meetings. Dr. Allred enjoys serving in his community, including as a volunteer firefighter, as well as spending time with his wife and five children.

Rox Anderson, M.D., FAAD, is Professor in Dermatology, Director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT. Dr. Anderson conceived and developed many of the non-scarring laser treatments now widely used in dermatology. These include selective photothermolysis for birthmarks, microvascular and pigmented lesions, tattoo and permanent hair removal. He also contributed to laser lithotripsy, laser angioplasty, photodynamic therapy, infrared confocal microscopy. Dr. Anderson has contributed to basic knowledge of human photobiology, drug photosensitization mechanisms, tissue optics, and laser-tissue interactions.

Dr. Anderson graduated from MIT, received his M.D. degree magna cum laude from the joint MIT-Harvard medical program, Health Sciences and Technology, and completed his residency in dermatology and research fellowships at Harvard.

Dr. Anderson is a past trustee of Advancing Innovation in Dermatology, having helped co-found the organization.

Before joining Cherry Imaging, Adi was the co-founder and CEO of RealFace, a startup company specializing in mobile authentication products using revolutionary face recognition and liveness algorithms. RealFace was acquired in 2017 by the largest US corporation. In the years before founding Realface, Adi was the VP of Marketing and Business Development at Syneron Beauty and was part of the founding team within Syneron Medical (Nasdaq: ELOS) to open the Home-Use device unit, that later was joined into Unilever.

Adi is a marketing executive that started her career in brand management at Procter & Gamble. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a B.Sc. in Computer Science (graduate of the Zell entrepreneurship program) from IDC Herzliya and was also the captain of the IDC Chess team.

Douglas C. Canfield is the founder and President of Canfield Scientific, Inc., the world's leading provider of optical imaging and specialized clinical imaging and analysis solutions for dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

Canfield Scientific specializes in photographic documentation to help demonstrate drug efficacy in clinical drug trials worldwide. Canfield has pioneered the use of specialized devices in medical photography and has developed a wide range of innovative solutions for research and practice. Canfield's patented technology includes multi-spectral and multi-modal 2D and 3D image capture systems, digital asset management, aesthetic simulation, and applications for detection, measurement and analysis for various skin conditions. These technologies have contributed to the development of numerous treatments and procedures and has significantly advanced the use of optical imaging in both clinical research and practice.

Doug received his degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Angela M. Christiano, PhD, is the Richard and Mildred Rhodebeck Professor of Dermatology and Professor of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Medical Center. She is also the Director of Basic Science Research in the Department of Dermatology at CUMC. For the past 20 years, Dr. Christiano's research has focused on understanding the molecular processes that lead to inherited skin and hair disorders in humans. Her research career began with the discovery of genetic mutations associated with epidermolysis bullosa, a skin disease that causes severe blistering. Dr. Christiano's recent work has focused on the investigation of the underlying genetic causes of and identification of potential therapies for alopecia areata, an autoimmune form of hair loss. She has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has trained more than 50 postdoctoral researchers and clinical fellows at Columbia University through the Program in Genetics & Development, the Institute of Human Nutrition, the Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the Clinical and Translational Science Award Program, and the Stem Cell Training Program.

Dr. Christiano has received numerous awards, including the New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology – Young Investigator's Award, Columbia University's Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award for Excellence in Clinical Sciences, the CERIES Research Award, the North American Hair Research Society's award for Outstanding Paper of the Year, the Montagna Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology, and the Ebling Award from the European Hair Research Society. Dr. Christiano is a prolific inventor and serial entrepreneur, having filed numerous patents on her discoveries, and successfully moved technologies from the academic setting into the commercial sector. She has co-founded several companies in the dermatology space, including Skinetics Bioscience (RNAi-based dermatology therapeutics, acquired by Sirna Therapeutics, which was acquired by Merck & Co. in 2007), Vixen Pharmaceuticals (JAK inhibitors for treatment of hair disorders, acquired by Aclaris Therapeutics in 2016), and Rapunzel Bioscience, focused on regenerative therapies and stem cell approaches for skin and hair disorders.

Dr. Christiano was past President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology (2017), and previously served as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. She earned her MS and PhD degrees in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Rutgers University.

Victor Gane, PhD is the CEO of Remedly. He founded Remedly in Palo Alto, CA with the vision to provide the healthcare industry with specialty focused, cloud-based software designed to support all operational needs of medical clinics and patient engagement in a single, fully integrated solution that leverages the latest advances in data science.

Building on a diverse academic and cross-industry professional career spanning design, engineering, and entrepreneurship, Dr. Gane provides a unique combination of industry-agnostic skills and an ability to motivate teams to rapidly develop quality products and services.

Dr. Lilit Garibyan MD, PhD is a board-certified dermatologist and a fellow in American Academy of Dermatology. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School in Department of Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Garibyan is also a Physician-Scientist at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at MGH working in Dr. Rox Anderson's laboratory as junior faculty. Her research focuses on innovative biomedical translational discoveries aimed at identifying novel treatments for dermatologic diseases and beyond. At MGH, she is also leading efforts to establish a problem-based innovation model led by clinicians interested in solving clinical problems through the MAGIC WAND Initiative. She is the co-founder of the MAGIC WAND Initiative at MGH, and the co-chair of the Virtual Magic Wand program. She is also the current chair of Education Committee and the Director of Innovation and External Affair at AID, where she is now leading the MAGIC WAND expansion program. Dr. Garibyan has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed original abstracts, publications and book chapters. She has lectured at a local, regional, national and international level and has developed a reputation as an expert in dermatology and innovation. Her discoveries and inventions have led to several MGH patent applications, new funding from Department of Defense and a new startup company. She co-invented and developed a novel platform technology that uses injectable coolant for selective targeting of lipid rich tissue. She has also been actively involved in teaching and mentoring Harvard medical students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Garibyan received her BS summa cum laude from University of California Los Angeles, her MD from Harvard Medical School and her PhD from Harvard University in Experimental Pathology/Immunology.

Dr. Alice Gottlieb is an internationally recognized expert and leader in the field of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and related disorders. She is currently Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, NY, NY. From 2016 to 2018 she was Professor of Dermatology at New York Medical College, NY, NY. From 2006 to 2016, Dr. Gottlieb was Chair of Dermatology and Dermatologist-in-Chief at the Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. She is the former Professor of Medicine and Founding Director of the Psoriasis Center of Excellence at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Gottlieb is triple-boarded in dermatology, rheumatology and internal medicine, one of only a handful of doctors in the U.S. certified in all three specialties. She obtained her M.D. from Cornell Medical School and her Ph.D. in immunology from the Rockefeller University. Gottlieb was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology from 2011-2015 and is the Founder and President of the Board of the International Dermatology Outcome Measures group. She is also active as a councilor of the International Psoriasis Council, member of the Executive and Steering Committees of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. Her research has provided new understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis and provided the foundation for biologic drug development in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. She has authored over 400 publications and presented her research at more than 290 conferences across the globe. She has also presented for NPF patient and provider education events. Dr. Gottlieb has received numerous awards for mentoring and teaching, including the 2016 National Psoriasis Foundation’s Outstanding Educator in Psoriatic Disease Award. On June 7, 2018 she was honored by an award from the National Psoriasis Foundation for her leadership in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis research and care.

Chris Griffiths qualified in Medicine from St Thomas' Hospital Medical School, London. He trained in Dermatology at St Mary's Hospital, London, and at the University of Michigan, USA. He was appointed to the Foundation Chair in Dermatology at the University of Manchester in 1994 and is an honorary consultant dermatologist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He founded the Manchester Dermatopharmacology Unit and Manchester Psoriasis Service in 1994. At the University of Manchester he has held several senior posts including Faculty Research Dean and Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. He currently leads for precision medicine in the UK Government’s Manchester Devolution initiative. Chris received a lifetime achievement award from the American Skin Association in 2009. In 2015 he received the Sir Archibald Gray Medal for outstanding service to British Dermatology and the Society of Cosmetic Scientists Medal. He is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and elected Member of Academia Europaea. Chris was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to dermatology, in the 2018 New Year's Honours.

Professor Griffiths is a past-President of the British Association of Dermatologists, European Dermatology Forum, British Society for Investigative Dermatology and International Psoriasis Council. He is an Executive Board member of the International League of Dermatological Societies and Secretary/Treasurer of the European Society for Dermatological Research. Chris is Director of the MRC funded stratified medicine consortium on psoriasis (Psoriasis Stratification to Optimise Relevant Therapy; PSORT) and Chief Investigator of the British Association of Dermatologists Biologic Interventions Register (BADBIR). He has 621 Pubmed cited articles (h-index 92), and is Editor-in-Chief of Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Chris has long-standing research interests in all aspects of psoriasis and skin ageing

Sameer Gupta, MD MPhil is a co-founder of Lucid Dermatology, a digital health and home diagnostics company aiming to develop a smart in-home solution for allergy testing. He is also currently a dermatology resident in the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program. He graduated from Yale College with exceptional distinction, obtained an MPhil in Translational Medicine from the University of Cambridge as a Churchill Scholar, and received his MD magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Brian Kim is Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Anesthesiology, Pathology and Immunology, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Itch at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His laboratory focuses on innate immune mechanisms that underlie skin inflammation and the sensation of itch. Specifically, the Kim Lab identified previously unrecognized contributions of group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) and basophils to the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD) in both mice and humans. These cells have emerged as critical sources of the type 2 cytokines IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13, which are now among the most important targets for biologic therapy in AD and other allergic disorders. More recently, the Kim Lab was the first to identify functionality of IL-4 receptor alpha (IL-4Rα) and Janus kinases (JAKs) in sensory neurons as master regulators of chronic itch in AD and other disorders. These studies have immediate clinical implications as type 2 cytokine and JAK blockade have emerged as some of the most efficacious therapeutics in AD. His research on the immune regulation of AD and itch has led to awards and funding from the National Institutes of Health, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, American Skin Association, American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Stephanie Klein is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Utah, where she has practiced for over 12 years. For the past year, she led an inaugural team of dermatologists focused on innovation in Utah. She is a fellow in Advancing Innovation in Dermatology’s Virtual Magic Wand Program.

Her projects, initially identified as clinical problems by physicians and staff, have focused on the improvement of health care delivery. This has included call center innovation, developing sustainable dermatologic care on the Navajo Nation and improving the value of physician vacations to decrease burnout.

Dr. Klein graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and German from the University of Notre Dame, received her M.D. from the University of Utah and completed a residency in Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Austria.

Justin M. Ko, MD MBA, joined Stanford Medicine in 2012 and serves as Director and Chief of Medical Dermatology for Stanford Health Care (SHC) as well as spearheading the dermatology department's efforts around telehealth and quality/safety/performance improvement. He is active in a number of leadership roles within the organization including co-chairing the Clinic Advisory Council, a forum of medical and executive leaders of Stanford Health Care's Ambulatory clinics, and as a Medical Director of Patient Experience.

His passion for melanoma, early cancer detection, and improving care delivery drives his efforts and research around leveraging advances in machine learning and artifical intelligence to increase the breadth of populations that can be reached. Further, he developed and runs a virtual teledermatology care delivery program at SHC, providing virtual visits for patients and remote consultations for providers within the network. He is currently working on exploring collaborations and interventions that layer advances in deep learning on remote care capabilities to enhance access, quality and value of dermatologic care.

His passion for melanoma, early cancer detection, and improving care delivery drives his efforts and research around leveraging advances in machine learning and artifical intelligence to increase the breadth of populations that can be reached. Further, he developed and runs a virtual teledermatology care delivery program at SHC, providing virtual visits for patients and remote consultations for providers within the network. He is currently working on exploring collaborations and interventions that layer advances in deep learning on remote care capabilities to enhance access, quality and value of dermatologic care.

Dr. Sailesh Konda is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Florida Health System where he serves as Medical Director, Co-Director of Mohs Surgery and Surgical Dermatology, and Director of Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery.

He completed his undergraduate and medical education at the George Washington University as part of a competitive seven-year BS/MD program. He went on to complete an internship in internal medicine at Boston University/Boston Medical Center and worked as a research associate at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing his dermatology residency at Howard University Hospital, he received additional fellowship training in Mohs surgery/procedural dermatology at Loma Linda University Medical Center. During his fellowship, he also worked at Riverside County Regional Medical Center and served as a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Riverside.

He has collaborated and co-authored numerous research publications and book chapters with colleagues from around the country. He has a special interest in the evolving role of private equity within dermatology. Dr. Konda is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, an associate member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, and a fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

Dr. Kong is Head of the Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section and Investigator, Dermatology Branch, NIAMS, NIH. She received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and earned her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at Duke University Medical Center and clinical research fellowship training in the Dermatology Branch, NCI and the Duke-NIH Master’s Program in Clinical Research. Dr. Kong’s research on the human microbiome focuses on understanding host-microbial relationships, particularly of human skin.

Douglas Lowy, M.D., is the Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2010.

A cancer researcher for more than 40 years, Dr. Lowy received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in 2014 for his research that led to the development of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. As chief of the Laboratory of Cellular Oncology in the Center for Cancer Research at NCI, Lowy’s research includes the biology of papillomaviruses and the regulation of normal and neoplastic growth. His laboratory, in close collaboration with John T. Schiller, Ph.D., was involved in the initial development, characterization, and clinical testing of the preventive virus-like particle-based HPV vaccines that are now used in the three U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved HPV vaccines.

Dr. Lowy is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), as well as the Institute of Medicine of the NAS. For their pioneering work, Lowy and Schiller have received numerous honors in addition to the National Medal, including the Federal Employee of the Year Award in 2007 from the Partnership for Public Service, the 2011 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award, and the 2017 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.

Lowy received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, New York City, and trained in internal medicine at Stanford University, California, and dermatology at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Markham C. Luke is a Supervisory Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Therapeutic Performance (DTP) in the Office of Research and Standards, Office of Generic Drugs at FDA. DTP is responsible for facilitating pre-application development of generic drugs by conducting and promoting regulatory science research to establish standards to ensure therapeutic equivalence of new generic drug products. Markham has an MD and a PhD in Pharmacology from Johns Hopkins University and is a dermatologist by training. Markham has research interests in dermatopharmacology, clinical pharmacology, clinical study design and endpoints assessment (including patient-reported outcomes) for medical, surgical, and aesthetic products and serves as consultant dermatologist to various parts of FDA. Markham has been at FDA since 1998 serving various roles, including as the Lead Medical Officer for dermatology drugs, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Director for the Office of Device Evaluation in the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health, and as Acting Director for Cosmetics in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. In each of these roles including his current one, Markham has been involved in programs and initiatives dealing with product innovation as related to Public Health for our nation.

Tyler Menge, MD is a co-founder of Lucid Dermatology, a digital health and home diagnostics company that is aiming to develop a smart in-home solution for patch testing. He is also currently a dermatology physician resident in the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program. He received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his MD from the University of Michigan, where he graduated first in his class and with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He resides in Boston with his wife, newborn daughter, and their two poodles.

Raymond A. Miller is a partner and member of the Leadership Team of the Health Sciences Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Pittsburgh office. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Miller focuses his practice on identifying, protecting, securing and maximizing the value of clients' intellectual property. Mr. Miller is a former member of the firm's Executive Committee and was previously co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Department.

Mr. Miller's clients include universities, research institutes and businesses ranging from idea stage through Fortune 500 companies, as well as other organizations and individuals involved in basic research and technology transfer. He has represented Ivy League universities, research organizations, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, consumer products companies, manufacturing companies, computer software developers and R&D contractors. His practice includes both prosecution and transactional IP, including acquiring and licensing patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, as well as litigation.

Mr. Miller's practice includes an array of chemical, medical, pharmaceutical, mechanical, environmental and business method fields. While he is particularly adept at handling technologies in the life sciences, he also is proficient in areas of material sciences, metallurgy, thin-film technology, specialty chemicals, polymer chemistry, nanotechnology and cosmetics.

Dr. Novoa is a clinical assistant professor in the Dermatology and Pathology departments at Stanford University. Board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology, he sees patients and interprets skin biopsies. Dr. Novoa has co-authored over two dozen articles in the scientific literature, including a recent article in Nature featured in Wired, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. His research interests include the medical applications of artificial intelligence, cutaneous lymphomas, and the side effects of targeted therapies.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Novoa completed his medical internship at Columbia University Medical Center, his dermatology residency at University Hospitals-Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and his dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Clark C. Otley is a Consultant in the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and is Professor of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Williams College in religion, Dr. Otley completed medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and then completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He completed his residency in Dermatology at Harvard University, serving as Chief Resident. Upon finishing residency, Dr. Otley completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at Mayo Clinic. After completing his training, Dr. Otley joined the staff at Mayo Clinic and has been a member of the Department of Dermatology since

Dr. Otley has published widely in the areas of cutaneous oncology, skin cancer in organ transplant patients, skin cancer in immunosuppressed populations, and the optimization of perioperative surgical management. He is the founding president of the International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative and serves as a Director of the American Board of Dermatology. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Otley serves as the Medical Director for Department of Business Development, whose mission is to advance Mayo Clinic through proactive business partnerships, mergers and acquisitions; and commercialize Mayo Clinic technologies for the benefit of patients worldwide while generating revenue to support clinical practice, research, and education at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Otley also serves as Vice President of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency, which supports the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board in a 20-year economic development initiative to position Rochester, Minnesota, as the world’s premier destination for health and wellness.

Elektra J Papadopoulos, MD, MPH is the Associate Director for the Clinical Outcome Assessments (COA) Staff in the Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA. The COA Staff contributes to a culture that ensures the patient voice is integrated into drug development through COAs, including patient-reported outcomes that are meaningful to patients, valid, reliable and sensitive to change. The Staff works collaboratively to provide consultation for COAs used across all stages of drug development and therapeutic areas, manages the COA Drug Development Tool Qualification Program to develop and qualify COAs for unmet public health needs, and provides education and outreach to advance the science of COA development and implementation in drug development.

Dr. Piacquadio is the Founder and CEO/President of Therapeutics, Inc. He has been active in clinical research and medical product development since 1985, when he worked as the Director of Research and Development for Oncotherm, a biotechnology company in the field of hyperthermia where his responsibilities included regulatory affairs and clinical development. Since that time, he has started the clinical research program for the Division of Dermatology, University of California, San Diego. From 1989 to 1997, he served as Director of this organization, which became regarded as one of the leading academic product development groups in the United States. In 1997 he started Therapeutics, Inc as a research and development business dedicated to the field of dermatology serving the needs of the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and investment community.

Dr. Piacquadio has also actively participated in the development of a wide variety of biotechnology start-ups and medical product development programs. He has been instrumental in the pre-clinical and clinical development phase of a variety of soft tissue augmentation products including Hylaform® (Biomatrix) and was instrumental in regulatory strategy and clinical development of the first laser based hair removal technology pioneered by Thermolase among others. As a consultant for the FDA Generic Drug Group he assisted in the development of the current bioequivalency standards for topical steroids. Presently he serves in an advisory capacity for a variety of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Piacquadio received his B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his graduate clinical training at Brown University as an intern in Internal Medicine and his Dermatology training at University of California, San Diego.

Carlo Pincelli is Professor of Dermatology at the School of Medicine, Biosciences and Biotechnologies, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. He is also faculty of the PhD program in Molecular and Regenerative Medicine. He is the Director of Research at the Laboratory of Cutaneous Biology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

He has been President of the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR), and is currently Secretary General and President-elect of the European Dermatology Forum (EDF). Professor Pincelli is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. He has published over 150 articles in international journals with contributions to areas including keratinocyte biology and autoimmune skin diseases.

Professor Pincelli is organizer and speaker at the “Entrepreneurs in Clinical Academia” course (INSEAD, Business School, Fontainebleu, France). He is the inventor/co-inventor of four international patents. He is the founder and CEO of the start-up PinCell, which aims to research and develop novel molecules for increasing the therapeutic options in neoplastic and chronic inflammatory skin diseases.

Adam Raff, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of Translational Medicine at LEO Pharma. He is a dermatologist and physician-scientist. He previously worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) on developing point-of-care diagnostics for infectious and inflammatory diseases of the skin. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and biochemistry from Georgetown University summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received his MD with Alpha Omega Alpha honors and his PhD in Systems Biology and Disease under W. Martin Kast PhD at the University of Southern California. Dr. Raff completed his dermatology residency at Harvard and his post-doctoral fellowship as an NIH-funded T32 fellow under R. Rox Anderson MD at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at MGH. Dr. Raff was a founding member of the Education Committee for Advancing Innovation in Dermatology (AID). He previously served as AID Education Committee chair, and currently serves as Virtual Magic Wand Co-Chair and Director of the Hacking Dermatology Initiative.

Nicholas Rance is the founder of a MatchLab AI, a startup building algorithms which guides patients to take standardized, clinically useful images of their skin conditions. He studied Computer Science at The College of William & Mary and enjoys Rock Climbing and Tango in his spare time.

Adrian Young-San Roessler is a digital product expert with years of tech innovation and startup experience. He currently heads up LEO Innovation Lab’s product and artificial intelligence (AI) team working to augment physicians through dermatology-focused AI. Over the past two years, Adrian has led interdisciplinary teams at the intersection of AI and medicine developing Imagine – one of the world’s leading digital health tech platforms, bringing AI-powered skin diagnosis to the smartphone.

Driven by the vision of universal access and enabling value-based healthcare, Imagine was co-created with more than 100 patients and doctors and is designed to support both patients and doctors to arrive at the right diagnosis and best-suited disease management faster than the lengthy trial and error journey patients often experience today.

Before LEO Innovation Lab, Adrian co-founded a platform to democratize online music education and led growth and product teams for Danish startup success Podio. Adrian graduated from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business as a member of the Centre of Excellence and with majors in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Management and Organizational Behavior.

Gabriel Sanchez is the CEO and co-founder of Enspectra Health, a Stanford University spin out currently in residence at the Fogarty Institute for Innovation in Mountain View CA. Enspectra has created a portable microscope that images real-time cellular anatomy in living tissue without cuts or stains. This technology introduces a new field of medical imaging, non-invasive histopathology, and the feature rich images are ideal for pairing with emerging AI tools in machine vision. Enspectra is targeting this technology first for early detection of skin cancer which is the most common of all malignancies. Gabriel received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Following his Ph.D., Gabriel served as an instructor in the Stanford Bioengineering department where he developed and taught curriculum for the undergraduate medical device design courses.

Eric Schweiger, MD, FAAD, is the founder and C.E.O. of Schweiger Dermatology Group (SDG), a leading cosmetic and medical dermatology practice in the Tri-State area.

Dr. Schweiger founded SDG in 2010 with one office and a single employee and has since grown to over 45 offices with over 700 employees and 140 healthcare providers. Over the past four years, Dr. Schweiger has raised over $100 Million in private equity capital which has been deployed to help facilitate SDG’s growth via a combination of de novo offices and strategic acquisitions.

The mission of SDG is to deliver the Ultimate Patient Experience and make high-quality dermatology services easily accessible to people in the Northeast. Wait times to see a dermatologist are historically long, and Dr. Schweiger's goal is to increase access to dermatologic care by opening new practices and revitalize existing practices throughout the area and by offering same-day appointments and extended hours. Today, SDG provides dermatology care to over 500,000 patients annually.

Dr. Schweiger received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his post-doctoral training at New York University and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Schweiger also serves on the dermatology faculty at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City.

Dr. Schweiger is honored to have been a 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and Schweiger Dermatology Group was named to the in both 2017 and 2018 to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America as well as the Crain’s New York Fast 50, which honors the fastest growing companies in New York.

Divya Sharma, MD is a dermatology resident physician at Brown University. She graduated from The College of New Jersey/Rutgers accelerated combined degree medical program. She also studied for a year at the University of Oxford. Her interests are in medical dermatology, education, technology, integrative medicine, global and public health. Dr. Sharma is passionate about advocacy in health care, serving in numerous leadership roles at the local and national level as well as participating in outreach efforts locally and internationally.

She was the former National Chair of the Committee on Global and Public Health for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Medical Student’s Section, a recipient of the 2015 AMA Foundation’s National Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, and a member of the AMA Resident and Fellow’s Section’s National Public Health Committee. She volunteered for the Africa Oxford Cancer Foundation and worked as a contributing editor for Dermveda.

Most recently, she cofounded and serves as Chief Medical Officer of, a winning team at Hacking Dermatology 2018, sponsored by MIT’s Hacking Medicine Institute, Advancing Innovation in Dermatology, and LEO Pharma. MatchLab is a software startup that builds algorithms for accelerating dermatological innovation. She has participated in Hack@Brown’s annual Hackathons and has also served as a clinical mentor and advisor for Brown Hack Health, Brown/Rhode Island School of Design’s Design + Health elective, and Brown’s Department of Biomedical Engineering senior capstone course. Dr. Sharma has also authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications.

She is excited to bring her enthusiasm and experience to the AID DIF.

Michael Sierra, Ph.D. is currently Vice President of LEO Science & Tech Hub Cambridge (USA). Prior to this position, he held the positions of Director of Medicinal Chemistry, Director of Chemical Research, Director of External Discovery and Executive Director of Translational Research at LEO Pharma (Denmark). Before that, Michael worked 10 years at GlaxoSmithkline's Centre de Recherche, Les Ulis (France) and the biotech, CareX, Strasbourg (France) as Head of Chemistry. He received his BS in chemistry from Ohio Northern University (USA), his Ph.D. in chemistry at Wayne State University (USA) and held a 2 year post doctoral position at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France). He has 24 years of drug discovery experience in the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases as well as inflammation and dermatology with the identification of 18 clinical candidates.

David T. Woodley, M.D. completed his undergraduate degree in English Literature at Washington University in St. Louis and his medical school education at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He completed his dermatology residency training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He then completed a Dermatology Research Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Michel Prunieras at the Rothschild Foundation and University of Paris in Paris, France. He served as an Expert Investigator at the National Institutes of Health for three years and then returned to Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology. He left Chapel Hill in 1989 to be Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Stanford University. In 1992, he was appointed the Walter Hamlin Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Northwestern University. In 1999, he joined the medical faculty at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and in 2004, he assumed his current position as the Founding Chair of the USC Department of Dermatology.

Dr. Woodley is the author of over 200 original articles and is a clinician-investigator with continuous NIH funding since 1982. He is the Co-Editor of a book entitled The Biology of Skin with Dr. Ruth Freinkel and serves as an Associate Editor of The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, The Archives of Dermatology, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology and Dermatology. Dr. Woodley’s scientific interests include type VII collagen, keratinocyte motility, wound healing, keratinocyte-derived collagenases, autoimmune bullous diseases and hereditary dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. He has served on numerous American Academy of Dermatology committees, the Board of Directors of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Board of Directors of the California Dermatology Society, and the Board of Directors of the LA Metropolitan Dermatology Society. He is the current past President of the LA Metropolitan Dermatology Society and the President-Elect of the California Dermatology Society. He has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the American Dermatological Association (ADA) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). Four NIH RO1 grants, one Challenge Grant and one VA Merit Review Grant support the USC Laboratory for Investigative Dermatology.

Steve Xu MD FAAD is a Medical Director of the Center for-Biointegrated Electronics at Northwestern University and Instructor in the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from Rice University summa cum laude. He completed his medical training at Harvard Medical School with special honors as a Soros Fellow, and a Masters in Health Policy and Finance with Merit from The London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar. Dr. Xu has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and listed as an inventor on 13 granted and pending patents. He has developed several medical device technologies across multiple medical fields including dermatology, orthopedics, cardiology and patient non-adherence that have raised competitive funding from government grants and private investors and garnered coverage from CNN, Today Show, Forbes and The Huffington Post. One example of these innovations includes a battery-free, miniaturized UV dosimeter available exclusively through Apple. For his academic interests, Dr. Xu focuses on the role of FDA regulation on medical device innovation and the development of policies that facilitate breakthrough innovation in healthcare. His publications have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Science Translational Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and JAMA Internal Medicine garnering press attention from sources such as The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. Dr. Xu is the founding chair of educational initiatives for Advancing Innovation in Dermatology and the Advancing Innovation in Dermatology’s Accelerator Fund, a not-for-profit organization catalyzing new product innovation in the field.

Ming Zhao is the co-founder and CEO of Proven, a Y-Combinator backed startup that uses award-winning technology and data to create personalized skincare. Prior to founding Proven, she was a private equity investor, a startup executive and passionate about skincare. She received an MBA from Harvard and has served as an entrepreneurial mentor for the NASDAQ Entrepreneur Center and Junior Achievement. She resides in San Francisco, CA with her husband and baby whom she gave birth to while building Proven.




Registration and Networking Café



  • William Ju, MD, FAAD
  • President & Founding Trustee , Advancing Innovation in Dermatology, Inc.

Session 1 - MAGIC WAND ®

  • Rox Anderson, MD, FAAD
  • Professor , Harvard Medical School ; Director , Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Assistant Professor , Harvard Medical School
  • Physician-Scientist , Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Rhoda M. Alani, MD
  • Professor & Chair of Dermatology , Boston University School of Medicine ; Dermatologist-in-Chief , Boston Medical Center ; Chief Executive Officer , Boston University Dermatology, Inc.
  • Stephanie Klein, MD
  • Associate Professor of Dermatology , University of Utah
  • Clark C. Otley, MD
  • Consultant, Department of Dermatology , Medical Director, Department of Business Development , Mayo Clinic
  • Steve Xu, MD, FAAD
  • Medical Director , Center for-Biointegrated Electronics at Northwestern University
  • Instructor , Department of Dermatology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Panel: Exploring the Impact of AI on Dermatologic Care

  • Justin M. Ko, MD, MBA
  • Director & Chief of Medical Dermatology , Stanford Health Care
  • Ade Adamson, MD, MPP
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine at Dell Medical School , University of Texas at Austin
  • Victor Gane, PhD
  • Chief Executive Officer , Remedly
  • Roberto Novoa, MD, FAAD
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Departments of Pathology & Dermatology , Stanford University
  • Adrian Young-San Roessler, MSc
  • Head of Imagine , Leo Innovation Lab
  • Gabriel Sanchez, PhD
  • Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Enspectra Health , Fogarty Institute for Innovation
  • Ming Zhao, MBA
  • Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Proven

Networking Break


Hacking Dermatology: Solving Problems and Building Teams

  • Adam Raff, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Director, Translational Medicine, Director , LEO Pharma
  • James Allred, MD, MS, FAAD
  • General Dermatologist , RxThat, Inc.
  • Adi Eckhouse Barzilai, MBA
  • Chief Medical Officer , Cherry Imaging
  • Sameer Gupta, MD, MPhil
  • Co-founder , Lucid Dermatology
  • Tyler Menge, MD
  • Co-founder , Lucid Dermatology
  • Nicholas Rance
  • Founder , MatchLab AI
  • Divya Sharma, MD
  • Co-founder & Chief Medical Officer , MatchLab AI

Sponsor Showcase

  • Michael L. Sierra, PhD
  • Vice President , LEO Science & Tech Hub

Sponsor Showcase

  • Raymond A. Miller, JD
  • Partner , Pepper Hamilton LLP



Session 2 - What's the Future

  • Angela Christiano, PhD, FACMG
  • Vice-Chair of Research, Departments of Dermatology and Genetics & Development , Columbia University
  • Chris Griffiths, OBE, MD, FRCP
  • Director of the Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research & Head of the Dermatology Theme of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre , University of Manchester
  • Brian S. Kim, MD, MTR
  • Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Anesthesiology, and Pathology and Immunology; Co-Director, Center for the Study of Itch , Washington University School of Medicine
  • Heidi Kong, MD, MHsc
  • Head of the Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section and Investigator, Dermatology Branch , NIAMS, NIH
  • Carlo Pincelli, MD
  • Professor of Dermatology, School of Medicine , University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
  • David T. Woodley, MD
  • Professor & Emeritus Founding Chair, USC Department of Dermatology, The Keck School of Medicine , University of Southern California

Featured Speaker: Technological Innovation, Public Health, and the Private Sector

  • Douglas Lowy, MD
  • Deputy Director, National Cancer Institute , National Institutes of Health

Networking Break


Session 3 - Innovations in Clinical Research and Product Development

  • Daniel Piacquadio, MD, FAAD
  • Founder, Chief Executive Officer & President , Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Douglas C. Canfield
  • Founder & President , Canfield Scientific, Inc.
  • Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Clinical Professor of Dermatology , Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
  • Markham C. Luke, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Medical Officer & Director , FDA
  • Elektra Papadopoulos, MD, MPH
  • Associate Director , FDA

Panel: Point/Counterpoint - Private Equity and Dermatology Practices

  • Seth Orlow, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Senior Advisor , Pharus Advisors, LLC
  • Professor & Chair of Dermatology , NYU School of Medicine
  • Sailesh Konda, MD, FAAD
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology , University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Eric Schweiger, MD, FAAD
  • Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Schweiger Dermatology Group

Summary / Close



Conference Board of Directors

Frederick C. Beddingfield III is founder, president, chief executive and member of the board of directors of Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc. He started Sienna in 2016 and took the company public in 2017. Prior to Sienna, Frederick served as Chief Medical Officer of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals from March 2013 until it was acquired by Allergan in 2015. Frederick worked at Allergan for 10 years (2003-2013) where he led the development of global leading brands in medical dermatology and aesthetics including Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Kybella, Latisse, Aczone, and Tazorac. He has led multiple successful FDA advisor committees.

Since completing his training, Frederick has always maintained a clinical and teaching practice at UCLA where he is an Associate Clinical Professor. He is a board-certified dermatologist and emergency medicine physician and a fellowship trained dermatologic surgeon. Frederick completed his medical degree at UNC Chapel Hill, his residency and fellowship training at UCLA, and his PhD in Policy Analysis Research at RAND. He serves on the board of directors of Cytrellis Biosystems, Inc. and on the medical advisory board of the Children’s Skin Disease Foundation and Camp Wonder.

Albert Cha, MD, PhD. is a Managing Partner who invests in private and public biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. He currently serves on the boards of Ascendis Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: ASND), BioHaven Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: BHVN), KalVista Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KALV), Menlo Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MNLO).

He was an investor in Aclaris Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ACRS), AirXpanders (ASX: AXP), ProNAi Therapeutics (NASDAQ: DNAI), Ceptaris Therapeutics (acquired by Actelion), Neomend (acquired by Bard), Vicept Therapeutics (acquired by Allergan), Bioform Medical (BFRM, acquired by Merz), Biodel (BIOD), and Aspreva Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ASPV, acquired by Galenica). Albert was also involved in founding NextWave Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer) and Prestwick Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Biovail). Other investments include YM Biosciences (YMI), Dynavax Technologies (DVAX), Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), Acura Pharmaceuticals (ACUR), and AMAG Pharmaceuticals (AMAG). Albert is also a co-founder and board member of the annual Dermatology Summit and Dermatology Innovation Forum. Prior to joining Vivo, Albert worked at Oracle Corporation in pharmaceutical consulting and at the Palo Alto VA Hospital as a biomedical engineer.

John Doux, MD obtained a B.S. with distinction and an MD from Stanford University, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow performing research in the laboratory of Dr. David Woodley. After an internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, he returned to Stanford to complete his residency training in dermatology. He also completed an MBA at the Wharton School of Business where he was a Palmer Scholar. He is board certified in dermatology and maintains an active clinical practice. Since 2004 he has also served as an analyst at Palo Alto Investors, an investment fund specializing in healthcare with $2B+ in assets under management.

William Ju, MD, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist and has over 20 years of biopharmaceutical experience in a wide variety of therapeutic areas, including dermatology. He is president and a co-founding trustee of Advancing Innovation in Dermatology, Inc. Dr. Ju has been president and chief executive officer of Follica, Inc. and chief operating officer at PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (PTCT). In addition, he has held executive positions at Pharmacia Corporation/Pfizer, Inc. Merck & Co., Inc., and Hoffmann La Roche, Inc. in a broad range of product development and leadership functions. Dr. Ju served as project leader for SUTENT®, introduced CANCIDAS® into humans, and was part of the product development teams for CRIXIVAN® and TRANSLARNA™.

Dr. Ju began his pharmaceutical career at Hoffmann-La Roche where he was a clinical leader for the development of dermatology compounds. Before entering industry, Dr. Ju was a senior staff fellow in basic research in the Laboratory of Cellular Oncology under Douglas Lowy, M.D. and was affiliated with the Dermatology Branch at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. He obtained his M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha honors at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his A.B. with Phi Beta Kappa honors at Princeton University. Dr. Ju is a co-founder of EdWiser, Inc. (now known as Zoomi, Inc.), is currently a member of the board of directors for Brickell Biotech, Inc., and serves on the Advisory Council for the Keller Center for Innovation Engineering Education at Princeton University.

Seth Orlow, MD, PhD has over 25 years of experience in medicine, science, and finance. As a faculty member at New York University, Dr. Orlow rose to become Chair of its leading dermatology department. He serves as a Senior Advisor with Pharus Advisors, focused on strategic transactional/investment banking advisory services in the dermatology and personal care sectors. In 1995 he co-founded Anaderm, a dermatologic discovery company backed by Pfizer and OSI Pharmaceuticals. He participated in the sale of Anaderm to Pfizer in 2002. From 2001-2010, he rose from Advisor to Partner with Easton Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on healthcare and consumer products. At Easton, he was involved in the sourcing, diligence, funding, oversight and exit of investments in many healthcare companies such as Acorda, Conor Medsystems, Protez, Salmedix and Transave. Dr. Orlow has licensed technologies to companies ranging from Pfizer to SkinMedica. An author of over 200 medical/scientific publications, he is an internationally sought-after speaker and thought leader. A graduate of Harvard in Biochemical Sciences and with an MD-PhD in Molecular Pharmacology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Orlow trained in Pediatrics and Dermatology at Mt. Sinai and Yale.

Dr. Neal Walker co-founded Aclaris Therapeutics and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors since inception July 2012. He is a board certified dermatologist and serial entrepreneur with over 19 years of experience in the life science industry. He began his pharmaceutical industry career at Johnson & Johnson, Inc.

DDr. Walker co-founded NeXeption, LLC, a biopharmaceutical assets management company, in August 2012. Prior to Aclaris, he co-founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Vicept Therapeutics, Inc., a dermatology-focused specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2009 until its acquisition by Allergan, Inc. in July 2011. Previously, Dr. Walker co-founded and led a number of life science companies, including Octagon Research Solutions, Inc., a software and services provider to biopharmaceutical companies (acquired by Accenture plc), Trigenesis Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty dermatology company, where he served as Chief Medical Officer (acquired by Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Inc.), and Cutix Inc., a commercial dermatology company. He also co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of the Dermatology Summit, Dermatology Innovation Forum, and Advancing Innovation in Dermatology. Dr. Walker is a director of Alderya Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly held biotechnology company, as well as several private companies.

In 2016 Dr. Walker was awarded the Frank Baldino Bioscience CEO of the Year award, and also the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Greater Philadelphia award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, received his M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a B.A. degree in Biology from Lehigh University.



For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Rhonda Ware at .


New! Conference App in 2019

This year the Dermatology Summit will be utilizing a conference app for the meeting material and networking appointments, available on both Apple and Android devices for all registered attendees.

This app will replace our conference networking software from recent years. Upon logging into the app, you will be able to network with other attendees and set up meetings in our 1:1 conference networking space.

Our app will launch in late January, and you will receive an email at that time with download instructions.



The presentations on this page are included for historical purposes only and speak only as of the date thereof.
  • Ade Adamson, MD, MPP
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine at Dell Medical School , University of Texas at Austin
  • Adi Eckhouse Barzilai, MBA
  • Chief Medical Officer , Cherry Imaging
  • Chris Griffiths, OBE, MD, FRCP
  • Director of the Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research & Head of the Dermatology Theme of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre , University of Manchester
  • Brian S. Kim, MD, MTR
  • Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Anesthesiology, and Pathology and Immunology; Co-Director, Center for the Study of Itch , Washington University School of Medicine
  • Douglas Lowy, MD
  • Deputy Director, National Cancer Institute , National Institutes of Health
  • Markham C. Luke, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Medical Officer & Director , FDA
  • Clark C. Otley, MD
  • Consultant, Department of Dermatology , Medical Director, Department of Business Development , Mayo Clinic
  • Elektra Papadopoulos, MD, MPH
  • Associate Director , FDA
  • Adam Raff, MD, PhD, FAAD
  • Director, Translational Medicine, Director , LEO Pharma
  • Gabriel Sanchez, PhD
  • Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Enspectra Health , Fogarty Institute for Innovation
  • Michael L. Sierra, PhD
  • Vice President , LEO Science & Tech Hub
  • David T. Woodley, MD
  • Professor & Emeritus Founding Chair, USC Department of Dermatology, The Keck School of Medicine , University of Southern California


Event Details

Erin Conner, CMP
Caravel Group

Sponsorship Opportunities

Rhonda Ware
Caravel Group

Venue Details

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-3000
Hotel Website


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the agenda for the conference?

The current program agenda can be found here.

What is the cost of registration?

  • If registered by November 30, 2018 - $145 Academician / $395 Industry
  • Registration after November 30, 2018 - $245 Academician / $595 Industry

What is included in the registration fees?

Conference registration includes:

  • Networking Café
  • Networking Lunch
  • Networking Breaks
  • All Conference Sessions
  • Access to Conference App for Networking Opportunities

How do I become a Sponsor?

If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Rhonda Ware at, for the sponsorship overview and level pricing.


Our app will launch in late January, and you will receive an email at that time with download instructions to network with other conference attendees and set up 1:1 meetings in our dedicated networking space.

Where can I make hotel reservations?

If you will be attending the Annual AAD conference, you will need to visit the website at to request hotel accommodations. Housing requests open on Wednesday, November 14th at 12pm (CT). If you are not attending the Annual AAD Conference, a list of local hotels will be available on after November 14th.

The Dermatology Summit does not have contracted rates with these hotels.

What is the dress code?

Attire is business casual. Feel free to be comfortable in slacks, polo shirts, blazers, blouses and most importantly, comfortable shoes. We do recommend you dress in layers as temperatures in meeting rooms can vary.

I am a Sponsor. How do I redeem my contracted complimentary registration(s)?

After your sponsorship has been processed, you will receive an email with a unique code and instructions to register online. We encourage all complimentary and discounted registrations to be completed by January 28, 2019. If you have not yet received the email, please contact us at

Cancellation Policy

Requests for registration fee cancellations for the conference must be received on or before January 28, 2019 by 3pm Eastern Time. At the discretion of the conference organizers, a refund via the method of original payment, minus a $125 non-refundable administrative fee, will be issued. No refunds will be made if notice is received after 3pm Eastern Time on January 28, 2019. Written notice of your cancellation should be sent to with a copy to

Force Majeure

No damages or refunds shall be due for a failure of performance by the occurrence of any contingency beyond the reasonable control of AID or Caravel Group. These contingencies include, without limitation, threat of or actual war, terrorism, sabotage, insurrection, riot or other act of civil disobedience, act of public enemy, failure or delay in transportation, act of government or any agency affecting the terms of this Agreement, accident, fire, explosion, flood, severe weather, natural disaster, or other act of God, interruptions or failure of the Internet or third-party network connections, or acts beyond the reasonable control of the responsible parties making the Event impossible to hold.

Advancing Innovation in Dermatology, Inc. is a registered IRS 501(c)(3) organization designated as a public charity in the United States.