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It has been a pleasure to serve as the American Academy of Dermatology’s Vice President for the last year. Getting involved in leadership is part of the fabric of dermatology. We like to be involved, we like to direct traffic, and even more so, it’s important to be an advocate for the specialty, not just for your patients, not just for your colleagues, but for the promotion of the practice of medicine and making sure we stand strong together.

I think the role I had this year—and the roles of those who follow me and were here before me—will help reinforce why leadership has to come from all of us. I think we all have our inner channels that can be leaders—I think it’s time for all of us to step forward to do our best to stand together with dermatology.

As I said last April when I had just started my term, I continue to encourage dermatologists in private practice and academic medicine to work together to maintain patient safety and to keep our visibility and relevance high. We also need to continue to encourage industry collaboration in support of medical education and new innovations, as well as patient safety and satisfaction.


Visit to hear Dr. Bhatia’s message of thanks as he ends his term as AAD VP.

Congratulations and best wishes to the new officers and board members who began their terms in leadership at the AAD during this year’s Annual Meeting, which was held in Boston, MA, March 25-29.

Mark D. Kaufmann, MD, FAAD, stepped into his new role of AAD President and Linda F. Stein Gold, MD, FAAD is the new vice president.

And if you missed this year’s Annual Meeting or are interested in news and updates, be sure to check out Practical Dermatology®’s coverage at

The Practical Dermatology® staff would like to thank Dr. Neal Bhatia for his continued leadership and contributions to the dermatology specialty. His passion for dermatology and his dermatology colleagues and his advocacy for the specialty is of great value. We appreciate the contributions he made serving as Vice President of the AAD as well as his guidance over and continued contributions to Practical Dermatology® magazine.

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