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The American Academy of Dermatology

The largest, most influential and most representative dermatology group in the United States


The American Academy of Dermatology was founded in 1938. It is the largest, most influential and most representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 17,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists.

Vision, mission and values

All of the work undertaken by the American Academy of Dermatology on behalf of its members, their patients and the public are guided by a clear vision and mission and a set of values. These elements are reflected in all the programs, projects and initiatives undertaken under the AAD’s strategic framework.


The Academy’s vision is: "Excellence in Dermatology"


Our mission is promoting leadership in dermatology and excellence in patient care through education, research and advocacy.


The Academy seeks to reflect the following values in all its programs and initiatives:

Patients first:

Compassion, caring and listening are at the heart of delivering the highest-quality dermatologic care. We are working to ensure members' ability to facilitate access to dermatologic care and deliver the highest quality of care.


Adhering to an uncompromising code of clinical and ethical standards among ourselves and with the public. The cornerstones of these standards emphasize honesty, integrity, transparancy and mutual respect.

Lifelong learning:

Pursuing knowledge and continuous improvement, embodying a spirit of intellectual curiosity and interchange through self-assessment and ongoing evaluation.

Rigorous inquiry and creative work:

Pursuing excellence through innovation, creativity, critical evaluation and open dialogue.


Working together with mutual respect, collegiality and transparency. Collective and coordinated efforts through partnerships and teamwork encourage engagement, inspire ideas, create essential dialogue, and foster synergistic results.

Social responsibility:

A dedication to the greater good. Community leadership, volunteerism and stewardship are hallmarks of our ability to contribute to public health.


Acknowledging, respecting and valuing differences. An inclusive approach to people, ideas and practice styles includes a willingness to listen to all points of view. The result is collectively better because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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