2017 SOCS Media Day



Advancing patient and public understanding about skin of color issues…
from everyday concerns to life-altering conditions

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 | 12-2 pm
The Kitano Hotel Penthouse, 66 Park Ave, New York City

Featuring Skin of Color Society dermatologic expert presenters:
Seemal Desai, MD
Valerie Callender, MD
Susan C. Taylor, MD
Andrew Alexis, MD, MPH
Maritza Perez, MD
Yolanda Lenzy, MD

Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD
President & Medical Director, Innovative Dermatology / Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern

Valerie Callender, MD
Medical Director, Callender Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, Professor of Dermatology, Howard University College of Medicine

Susan C. Taylor, MD
Founding Director, Skin of Color Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center; Faculty, Perelman School of Medicine








Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s & Mount Sinai Roosevelt / Associate Professor of Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Maritza Perez, MD
Director of Cosmetic Dermatology, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Center / Associate Director of Procedural Dermatology, Beth Israel Medical Center / Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

Yolanda Lenzy, MD
Board-Certified Dermatologist & Licensed Cosmetologist Lenzy Dermatology & Hair Loss Center









Moderated by Lee Thomas, Emmy-award winning television anchor,
author of “Turning White” and vitiligo patient leader/advocate.


Supported by SOCS dermatologic experts:
Babar Rao, MD
Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc, FAAD


Babar K. Rao, MD
Founder and Director of Rao Dermatology NY, NJ, CA / Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School / Clinical Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medical School

Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc, FAAD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, NYU Medical Center

Opening Remarks by Lee Thomas
Expert presentation teams and topics
Seemal Desai, MD and Susan C. Taylor, MD: Managing skin of color issues from the inside out

  • Psycho-social effects of skin diseases
  • Safe and smart choices in treating pigmentary problems
  • Go-to treatments and breakthroughs in melasma, hyperpigmentation and vitiligo​
  • Q & A moderated by Lee Thomas

Maritza Perez, MD and Yolanda Lenzy, MD: Medical Wake-up calls in people of color

  • Keys to handling psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema in skin of color
  • The skin cancer you never knew about: lymphoma
  • Ethnic hair loss
  • Growing epidemic: Skin cancer in Latinos
  • Sun protection myths and truths for melanin-rich skin
  • Q & A moderated by Lee Thomas

Andrew Alexis, MD, MPH and Valerie Callender, MD present: The Bigger Picture

  • Skin/hair signs of systemic disease
  • Health disparity in diversity
  • Where do we go from here: what patients need to know!
  • Q & A moderated by Lee Thomas

The Skin of Color Society gratefully acknowledges the sponsors who made this dynamic program possible: LEO Pharma, Pfizer, Nutrafol & Sun Dermatology




For more information or to request an expert source, please contact: media@skinofcolorsociety.org


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