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PREVIEW: 19th Annual Skin of Color Scientific Symposium


In conjunction with AAD 2023, the Skin of Color Society presents an opportunity to learn about racial disparities in dermatologic care and best practices to serve patients of color.

The 19th Annual Skin of Color Scientific Symposium theme is "Where science, innovation, and inclusion meet."

The 19th Annual Skin of Color Scientific Symposium theme is "Where science, innovation, and inclusion meet."

The 19th Annual Skin of Color Scientific Symposium, Where Science, Innovation & Inclusion Meet, kicks off this morning at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, Grand Salon CD, in conjunction with the 2023 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. The Skin of Color Society (SOCS) is dedicated to advancing skin of color dermatology through research, education, mentorship, and advocacy.1

“Not only is the symposium an excellent opportunity to learn from leaders in our field, it's an awesome opportunity to connect with your colleagues from around the country. We look forward to seeing you there,” said Ginette A. Okoye, MD, FAAD in a promotional video for the symposium. She serves as a co-chair for the SOCS Scientific Committee and is a professor at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Earlier this week, interactive iPoster sessions were presented online, giving attendees the opportunity to ask researchers questions in real time. Featured poster sessions will be available to see and participate in Q&A positions with the minds behind each poster study.

Here is a schedule of today’s events:

9:00-10:30 AM | Annual General Business Meeting (SOCS members only)

10:30-11:30 AM | Brunch

12:00-5:30 PM | 19th Annual Skin of Color Society Scientific Symposium and Research Award Presentation

5:30-6:00 PM | Featured iPoster Viewing & Q&A

6:00-8:00 | Networking Reception

“I am really excited about the program that we have put together for you this year,” added Victoria Barbosa, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAD in the promotional video. “We have invited lecturers on topics like leadership, advocacy, and healthcare disparities. We have expert panel discussions on topics like skin cancer, and JAK inhibitors and skin of color, and in dismantling racism. We've got oral presentations of innovative research, as well as lots of great poster presentations. I'm particularly excited about our keynote lecture, world renowned educator, researcher and leader, Dr. Freeman. He is particularly well known for his expertise in building a diverse scientific workforce.”

Keynote speaker Freeman A. Hrabowski, III is President Emeritus of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County and served from 1992 to 2022. Last fall, he was named the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Speaker by Harvard. Hrabowski has numerous other career accolades including recognition by former US President Barack Obama in 2012 to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

The Dermatology Times® team will publish top takeaways from the 19th Annual Skin of Color Scientific Symposium on Friday, March 17.


1. 19th annual SOCS Scientific Symposium. Skin of Color Society. Published 2023. Accessed March 16, 2023. https://skinofcolorsociety.org/19th-annual-skin-of-color-society-scientific-symposium/.

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