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Coronavirus outbreak prompts cancellation of AAD annual meeting


 

The American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting is the latest large medical conference to be canceled because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

George Hruza, MD, dermatologist, Chesterfield, Missouri, and president-elect AAD

Dr. George J. Hruza

“After carefully weighing the emerging facts, as well as our duties to the Academy, our members, other meeting attendees, and the local communities we as dermatologists serve, the AAD has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the AAD 2020 Annual Meeting in Denver,” AAD President George Hruza, MD, said in an announcement posted on the AAD’s website late on March 9. “We also want to respect our physicians’ need to be available to and healthy for their own patients, communities, and countries,” he added.

Earlier in the day, the American College of Cardiology announced that its annual meeting would be canceled, as did the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

In his statement, Dr. Hruza said that the AAD is looking into “virtual meeting options” to provide content that was scheduled to be presented at the meeting.

Updates on those plans will be posted on the AAD’s website at www.aad.org.

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