The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) recently announced the three recipients of this year’s annual awards at the meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
Tina S. Alster, M.D., FAAD, accepted the 2019 Samuel J. Stegman, M.D., Award for Distinguished Service at the ceremony for her longstanding contributions to the specialty.
As a founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center – the first of its kind in Washington D.C. – Dr. Alster is recognized as a world leader in dermatologic laser surgery. Along with several awards and accolades, including acknowledgment from the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS), she consistently ranks among the nation’s top 1% of dermatology physicians in US News & World report.
“Dr. Alster embodies the excellence, professionalism and dedication to dermatologic surgery that this honor represents,” says Joseph F. Sobanko, M.D., in the press release announcing the award recipients. “She has built a thriving practice in the past three decades while concomitantly developing novel, practice-changing treatments through independent research. Her dedication to patients and trainees, as well as the art and science of practicing dermatologic surgery, is remarkable.”
Her dedication to continued education and advancement has also helped incoming dermatologists, and patients while also cementing her position as an integral part of the specialty, according to ASDS.
“Dr. Alster is an extremely high-profile dermatologist who has been published extensively with nearly 700 peer reviewed research articles, review articles, book chapters and books, as well as an active ASDS member since 1997, serving on its Board and numerous committees,” says Roy G. Geronemus, M.D. “She has become a role model for female dermatologic surgeons across the country and world, directing her own laser surgery fellowship program and mentoring many dermatologists in training.”
Also receiving acknowledgement at the ceremony was Sabrina Fabi, M.D., who was honored with the Outstanding Service Award, which “recognizes young, emerging leaders who have demonstrated commitment to the Society’s growth and success over a period of time,” according to the ASDS website.
Dr. Fabi, the associate research director at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, according to the Cosmetic Laser Dermatology website.
She is a sitting member of the ASDS Board and has served on nine work groups, along with acting as faculty for more than 38 sessions over nine annual meetings, notes the press release. Her commitment to the society has also manifested in being a Future Leaders Network mentee and mentor and she has received a Young Investigators Writing Competition Award.
Matthew J. Lin, M.D., rounded out the awards by receiving the Drs. Alastair and Jean Carruthers Award for his Top-rated Cosmetic Fellow Abstract, “The Effect of Platelet Rich Plasma on Female Pattern Hair Loss.”