2020 SOCS Media Day


Media guests from several dozen news outlets gathered with high interest and engagement for the 4th Annual Skin of Color Society Media Day, “Facing the Future.” This info-rich and people-packed event was graciously hosted by Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, in his stylish offices of Hudson Dermatology and Laser Surgery. The program featured a rotating format so that smaller groups of editorial guests moved through each of the five presentation rooms featuring a pair of SOCS experts on their designated topic. This year’s theme focused on what’s new and what’s next in skin of color dermatology treatments, trends and emerging tech.Many editors and reporters were working on current stories related to skin of color dermatology issues, and several were inspired to write new ones based upon the fascinating material presented by the SOCS expert team.                                                         

The SOCS Media Day presenters included the following members:

  • Dr. Seemal R. Desai and Dr. Laura Scott, who presented on “State-of-the-Art in Treating Pigmentation Disorders & Skincare Products”
  • Dr. Amy McMichael and Dr. Crystal Aguh, who presented on “Hair Happenings”
  • Dr. Andrew Alexis and Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, who presented on “Patient Safety with Cosmetic Procedures”
  • Dr. Susan C. Taylor and Dr. Maritza Perez, who presented on “Skin Cancer & Sun Protection in Melanin-Rich Skin”
  • Dr. Lynn McKinley-Grant and Dr. Donald Glass, who presented on “External Signs of Internal Disease”

In addition to the rotating sessions, the program featured remarks from SOCS President Lynn McKinley-Grant, MD and Media Day host, Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, along with a lively and interesting Q & A period with contributions from the entire Media Day team.

Several sponsors participated in this exciting, high-energy program.

Media Day 2020 was supported by the following sponsors:

  • Almirall
  • Ceylon/by AnimLabs
  • Dermablend
  • Dermavant
  • Medscape
  • P & G—Gillette
  • P & G—Opte
  • Pfizer
  • Scientis/Sente

To view the photo gallery of Media Day 2020, featuring photography by Swapnil Junjare,  visit here.

Thank you to all of our SOCS experts, sponsors and guests who made this outstanding program possible. Special thanks to Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali for providing a beautiful and hip setting for this forward-facing program.

The 4th Annual Skin of Color Society Media Day featured the following dermatologic experts:

Crystal Aguh, MD, FAAD
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH, FAAD
Chair, Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, Professor of Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Director, Skin of Color Center

Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, FAAD
Dermatologist and digital health entrepreneur

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

Donald A Glass II, MD, PhD, FAAD
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

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

Amy McMichael, MD, FAAD
Professor & Chair, Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Center

Maritza Perez, MD, FAAD
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

Laura Scott, MD, FAAD
Associate Director, Skin of Color Division, University of Miami, Dr. Philip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery


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


Our Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors who made the 4th Annual Media Day possible.



Lunch buffet
Welcome by Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali
Opening Remarks by Dr. Lynn McKinley-Grant, President, Skin of Color Society 

Expert presentation teams and topics (Rotations from room to room)


State-of-the-Art in Treating Pigmentation Disorders & Skincare Products

Get the scoop on new drugs and devices for treating pigmentation disorders, such as melasma and vitiligo, including new advances in combination treatments, cosmeceuticals and skincare products for patients of skin of color

Hair Happenings

Expand your knowledge about the growing body of new research and innovative treatments for hair disorders in people of color

Patient Safety with Cosmetic Procedures

Understand important patient safety issues and special considerations in performing cosmetic procedures on individuals with skin of color

External Signs of Internal Disease

Diseases present differently on darker skin. Gain insights into the nuances of detecting, assessing and treating systemic diseases in darker skin types

Skin Cancer & Sun Protection in Melanin-Rich Skin

Learn the facts and myths about skin cancer in skin of color and understand the keys to sunscreen use and selection for darker skin types

Panel Discussion (30 minutes)
  • Delving into diversity: The “why” behind the need for greater diversity in the specialty and more broadly, in healthcare
  • Complications, controversies, caveats and considerations in treating skin of color circa 2020
  • Q & A’s

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Skin of color patients comprise the majority in California, New Mexico and Texas…and soon will be the majority in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, New York and Florida.

By 2042, more than 50% of the US population will have skin of color.