ASDSA Announces Patient Safety Hero Award Winners

ASDSA Announces Patient Safety Hero Award Winners

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) honored Lawrence J. Green, MD, and David J. Watts, MD, with its Patient Safety Hero Awards during the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Annual Meeting in Chicago. The awards recognize leaders who have taken an active role in the promotion and protection of patient safety in dermatologic procedures.

Dr. Green worked in Maryland on several patient safety issues, assisted the Resident State Advocacy Work Group with educational videos and testified before the FDA on behalf of ASDSA regarding Kybella (Kythera), which was recently approved. He is also chair of the ASDSA Research and Policy Priorities Work Group.

Dr. Watts is a member of the ASDSA State Affairs Work Group and was active in the successful effort to pass the truth in advertising bill in Nebraska.

Additionally, the Nebraska Dermatology Society received the State Dermatological Society Patient Safety Hero award for its work to pass Legislative Bill 452 containing amendments to the Uniform Credentialing Act that set new truth in advertising standards. Nebraska State Senator Robert Hilkemann, who sponsored the bill, was recognized as the State Legislative Patient Safety Hero and received his award at the Nebraska Medical Association Annual Membership Meeting this fall.

“This year’s honorees made a real difference in enhancing patient safety,” said Naomi Lawrence, MD, president of the ASDS and ASDSA. “ASDSA is proud to salute their efforts in this critically important advocacy role.”

Photo courtesy of ASDS.

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