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‘Cutting for Stone’ author closes out this year’s AAD plenary session


The plenary session at the 2018 American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in San Diego includes the Clarence S. Livingood, MD Memorial Award and Lectureship, by Mary-Margaret Chren, MD, professor in residence, department of dermatology, University of California, San Francisco, on “The State of (Measuring) the Art of Dermatology.”

Dr. Chren will be followed by the AAD president’s address, given by outgoing president Henry W. Lim, MD, chairman of the department of dermatology and Clarence S. Livingood Chair in Dermatology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Dr. Henry W. Lim, chairman of the department of dermatology and Clarence S. Livingood Chair in Dermatology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit

Dr. Henry W. Lim

Following Dr. Lim, Jan T. Vilcek, MD, PhD, will give the Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture on “How a TNF Inhibitor Advanced from Modest Beginnings to Unforeseen Therapeutic Successes.” Dr. Vilcek is research professor and professor emeritus of microbiology in the department of microbiology at New York University.

Suzanne M. Olbricht, MD, president-elect of the AAD and chief of dermatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, will follow.

Jennifer A. Doudna, PhD, professor of chemistry, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley, will give the Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award and Lectureship. Her talk is titled, “CRISPR Systems: Nature’s Toolkit for Genome Editing.”

Dr. Alan Irvine

This year, the Marion B. Sulzberger, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship, will be given by Alan D. Irvine, MD, DSc, professor of dermatology, Trinity College, Dublin. The topic will be atopic dermatitis. Prof. Irvine’s primary research interest is the pathogenesis of AD.

Finally, this year’s guest speaker is Abraham Verghese, MD, whose talk is titled: “The Pathology Within: Burnout, Wellness, and the Search for Meaning in a Professional Life.”

Dr. Verghese, professor and Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and vice chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine, Stanford (Calif.) University, is the author of several books including “Cutting for Stone,” his first novel.

The plenary session is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 18, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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