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ASDS Annual Meeting Goes Hybrid


The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is having two meeting experiences this year, an in-person meeting October 14-17 in Chicago, Illinois and a virtual meeting November 19-21.

The annual American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) meeting turns hybrid this year with an in-person meeting at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, from October 14 to the 17 and a virtual experience November 19 to the 21.1

When registering, attendees can choose to register for the in-person event, which includes the virtual experience, or a virtual only ticket and both choices include on-demand access for 60 days after the event.

The conference has 4 tracks:

  • Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery: 25 sessions
  • Skin Cancer/Reconstruction: 18 sessions
  • General Dermatology/Advocacy/Other: 10 sessions
  • Practice Management: 17 sessions including 6 designed for office staff in partnership with the Association for Dermatology Administrators and Managers (ADAM)

The opening speaker is Alison Levine, the first American Women’s Everest Expedition Captain and author of The New York Times Bestseller, “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments.” Levine will present, “On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership,” live on October 14, at 9:30 a.m. central time.

Eckart Haneke, MD, PhD, a professor at the Department of Dermatology, Inselspital, University Bern, Switzerland; dermatologist at the Clinic for Dermatology Dermaticum, Freiburg, Germany; Senior Consultant at the Dermatology Centre Epidermis, Institute CUF, Porto, Portugal; and Senior Consultant at the Department Dermatology, Academic Hospital, University Gent, Belgium, will present The Annual Lawrence M. Field, MD, Honorary Lecture on October 16, from 10:55 to 11:15 a.m.

The Vic Narurkar, MD, Honorary Lecture has been awarded to and will be presented by Pearl E. Grimes, MD, a Dermatology Times® board member. This was created in 2019, in partnership with Allergan Aesthetics, to honor the late Narurkar’s many contributions and pioneering efforts in the field of aesthetic medicine.

“The ASDS annual meeting is a favorite among dermatologists because it focuses on the best in procedural education and offers interactive and unique session formats, including hands-on training across all career levels, while providing many opportunities to connect, network and have fun,” said Mathew Avram, MD, JD, the president of ASDS, Boston, Massachusetts. “I’m looking forward to greeting everyone during our annual membership meeting at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. We’ve found new ways to connect over the last year through virtual events and social media, but I’m thrilled it is safe for our members to meet in person again. The ASDS annual meeting offers the best opportunity to do that.”

There are new topics planned for the 2021 meetings, such as:

  • Pre-Conference: Comprehensive Overview of Lasers/Energy-Based Devices
  • Surgical Lifting Procedures
  • Our Take on a Good Take: Making Your Grafts Successful
  • Cosmeceuticals, Nutraceuticals and Bioidentical Hormones
  • Silver Linings from COVID-19
  • Pigmentary Pearls
  • Cosmetic Tweets
  • How to Grow Your Business from Inside Out
  • Therapeutic Uses of Botulinum Toxin That Dermatologists Should Be Able to Perform
  • Mohs Histology
  • Shared Decision Making: Physician and Patient Perspectives on Skin Cancer Treatment
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

“Our Chicago attendees have the opportunity to learn from 3 patient demonstrations in which they are given a chairside view of injectable and microneedling procedures with commentary from experts in the field,” said M. Laurin Council, MD, the ASDS annual meeting work group chair, Creve Coeur, Missouri. “The skin cancer and reconstruction track offers the latest updates in melanoma treatment and high risk skin cancers, discussion of solving complicated cases for the best patient outcome, making successful skin grafts and nasal, ear, and perioral reconstruction.”

On October 13 there will be a chemical peels workshop; comprehensive overview of lasers/energy based devices; full day of innovation and entrepreneurship symposium; unplugged: straight talk about device and more; and industry organized hot topic dinners.

The full session and registrations details can be found at https://asds.net/AnnualMeeting.


1. Skin experts. Accessed July 6, 2021. https://asds.net

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