Elise A. Olsen, MD, FAAD, assumes vice president position of the American Academy of Dermatology

DENVER, Colo. (March 25, 2014) —

Elise A. Olsen, MD, FAAD, a professor of dermatology at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., took office today as vice president of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 17,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions. 

Dr. Olsen assumed office at the conclusion of the Academy’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Denver. She will hold office for one year and also will hold the same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association. 

“As many of our members know, new and changing legislation will have both positive and negative effects on the dermatology industry,” said Dr. Olsen. “In order to continue delivering the best patient care throughout these changes, we need to unite as dermatologists and ensure sound collaboration with our patients, other specialty groups and patient advocacy groups. Only by doing so can we continue to deliver high-quality, integrated care for our patients.”

Dr. Olsen received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She did an internal medicine residency training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a dermatology residency at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., where she now serves as a professor.

Dr. Olsen is a past member of the Academy’s board of directors and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology editorial board, and is the current chair of the Academy’s patient advocacy task force. In addition, Dr. Olsen is immediate past president and founder of the United States Cutaneous Lymphoma Consortium. She is a past president and board member of the North American Hair Research Society, past president and founder of the North Carolina Dermatology Association, and past president and board member of the International Society for Cutaneous Lymphomas. She is associate editor of Dermatologic Therapy, and is the author of 23 book chapters and 109 scientific articles, as well as editor of two textbooks on hair disorders.

Editor’s note: Photos of the Academy’s newly elected officers and board members can be obtained by contacting the Academy’s Communications Department at (847) 330-0230.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or  www.aad.org. Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).

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