Dr. Mark Lebwohl, leading psoriatic disease expert, named AAD president

| Melissa Leavitt

Dr. Mark Lebwohl, chair emeritus of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board, became the new president of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) on Tuesday.

“I’m honored to take the helm at this time of change, as dermatologists adapt to the changes in the health care system while continuing to provide quality care to patients with skin, hair and nail conditions,” Lebwohl said in a statement to the AAD. “Dermatologists have unique training and expertise, and we need to ensure that the services we offer are fairly valued and that patients have full access to our care and to the treatments we prescribe.”

Lebwohl will serve as president of the AAD, the world’s largest dermatologic society, for one year.

One of the world’s foremost experts in psoriatic disease, Lebwohl is the chair of the dermatology department at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and completed his dermatology residency at the Icahn School of Medicine.

He has conducted extensive research in the field of psoriatic disease, including participating in clinical trials for psoriatic disease treatments. He has authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers, including many on psoriatic disease specifically.

In addition to his past role as chair of the NPF Medical Board, which he held until 2014, Lebwohl is the co-founder of the Psoriasis Forum, an NPF-published journal dedicated to psoriatic disease research. Beyond his work in patient care and research, Lebwohl also works closely with NPF to advocate for health policy changes that will improve access to care and treatments.

In 2012, Lebwohl received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NPF. In 2013, NPF awarded the first Dr. Mark G. Lebwohl Medical Dermatology Fellowship. The fellowship, awarded annually, honors Lebwohl by supporting a promising early-career researcher in the field of psoriatic disease.

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