17th Annual Skin of Color Society Scientific Symposium


17th Annual Skin of Color Society Virtual Scientific Symposium

Shaping the Future

Saturday, March 13, 2021 


17th Annual Skin of Color Society Scientific Symposium, Shaping the Future, is taking place virtually Saturday, March 13, 2021. The SOCS Business Meeting will take place via Zoom on the same day at 8:30AM CT and the Symposium will start at 10:00AM CT.

The Symposium brings together international colleagues, residents, and research fellows who will present on new research, share experiences, and discuss the new direction of the special interest of dermatology–skin of color.


17th Annual SOCS Virtual Scientific Symposium

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SOCS President & Scientific Committee Co-Chairs:

Lynn McKinley-Grant, MA, MD, FAAD
SOCS President
Associate Professor, Director of Curriculum Innovation and Development, Department of Dermatology, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC

Amy McMichael, MD

Amy McMichael, MD, FAAD 
SOCS Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH, FAAD
SOCS Scientific Committee Co-Chair
Former Chair, Department of Dermatology Mount Sinai West and Mount Saini Morningside
Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Invited Speakers:

Howard Bauchner, MD
JAMA Editor-In-Chief
Title: Evolving Issues in Medical Journalism

Angel Byrd, BS, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor | Adjunct Assistant Professor
Departments of Dermatology
Howard University College of Medicine | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Title: My Educational and Career Journey from an HBCU to Ivy League and Back: Understanding the Role of Neutrophils in Hidradenitis suppurativa

Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD
SOCS Immediate Past President
Innovative Dermatology
Title: Dermatology Advocacy Update

Pearl Grimes, MD, FAAD
Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA | The Grimes Center for Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Title: History of Skin of Color Dermatology, video presentation: “Founding Father: Dr. John A. Kenney, Jr. Portrait of a Pioneer, Visionary and Champion of Ethnic Dermatology” 

Shawn G. Kwatra, MD, FAAD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Title: Racial Differences in Itch: From Bedside to Bench

Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD
Founding Director, Skin of Color Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center; Faculty, Perelman School of Medicine
Title: History of Skin of Color Dermatology, video presentation: “Founding Father: Dr. John A. Kenney, Jr. Portrait of a Pioneer, Visionary and Champion of Ethnic Dermatology”

Antonella Tosti, MD
University of Miami
Title: Trichoscopy in the Diagnosis of Hair Disorders: Why, When and How

Steven Wang, MD, FAAD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Title: Controversies in Sunscreens

Next Generation | Panel Discussion:

Title: Our Future

Candrice Heath, MD, FAAD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Dhaval G. Bhanusali, MD, FAAD
Hudson Dermatology and Laser Surgery

Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc, FAAD
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Jenna Lester, MD, FAAD
University of California, San Francisco

Janiene D. Luke, MD, FAAD
Associate Professor, Residency Program Director
Loma Linda University Department of Dermatology

We expect this Virtual Symposium will attract another record-setting crowd of international colleagues, residents, and research fellows.

Researchers from around the US and the world will present new research in skin of color dermatology, share key insights and discuss the continuing evolution of the field.With the ever-increasing importance of skin of color dermatology around the world, the Skin of Color Society continues to grow in size and impact. We greatly value the engagement of our industry allies in support of our education, research, mentorship and leadership efforts.

In addition to our invited expert speakers we will have residents, fellows, and medical students featured in oral and iPoster presentations.

                                               Sponsorship Prospectus

Past Symposium Information:

2020 – 16th Annual Scientific Symposium
2019 – 15th Annual Symposium Page
2019 – 15th Annual Symposium Final Program
2018- 14th Annual Symposium Page
2018 – 14th Annual Symposium Agenda
2017 – 13th Annual Symposium Agenda
2016 – 12th Annual Symposium Agenda
2015 – 11th Annual Symposium Agenda
2014 – 10th Annual Symposium Agenda