The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) announced its new officers at the conclusion of the AAD’s 74th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. last week. Abel Torres, MD, JD, FAAD, a Cleveland-based dermatologist and lawyer, took office as president. He will hold office for one year.
Dr. Torres earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUSM) in Loma Linda, California, his residency in dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City, and his fellowship in advanced dermatologic surgery and Mohs surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Torres is a professor and chairman of the department of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University MetroHealth Systems in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also a professor and chairman of the department of dermatology at LLUSM and an associate professor of public health at Loma Linda University. In addition, Dr. Torres received his JD degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and he is a member of the California Bar. Currently, Dr. Torres is a member of the AAD’s Board of Directors and past treasurer for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). He has also served as a board member of the American College of Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and the ASDS.
“I am honored to serve the AAD at a time when there are a number of important issues facing our specialty,” said Dr. Torres. “Strengthening the sense of community among dermatologists and our patients can turn these challenges into opportunities and enhance the quality of patient care.”
Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD, begins a one-year term as vice president of the AAD. Dr. Tomecki is a Brooklyn native and graduate of Columbia College Physicians and Surgeons. He is also a clinical staff physician in the department of dermatology at the Cleveland Clinic and a board member of the International Society of Dermatology, a member of the AAD’s Board of Directors and executive committee, and a past secretary and trustee of the Ohio Derm Association.
Four physicians were appointed to the AAD’s Board of Directors. They include: Erin E. Boh, MD, PhD, FAAD, Kimberly J. Butterwick, MD, FAAD, Neil S. Sadick, MD, FAAD, and Linda Stein Gold, MD, FAAD. They will each serve four-year terms.