March 3, 2016

12th Annual Skin of Color Society Symposium

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Skin of Color Society’s Scientific Committee, we are pleased to invite you to the 12th Annual Skin of Color Society Symposium being held in Washington, DC on March 3, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis.

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

We encourage you to present an abstract and mark your calendar now and plan to participate in the Symposium.

We look forward to welcoming you to Washington, DC!

Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH SOCS Scientific Committee Chair – 2009-2016 Chair, Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s & Mount Sinai Roosevelt / Associate Professor of Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH
SOCS Scientific Committee Chair, 2009-2016




Date: Thursday March 3, 2016
Location: Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
Room: Catholic University/University of DC

7:00 AM – Registration/Check-in

7:30-11:15 AM – Meeting of the Vitiligo Working group (SOCS members are invited to attend; continental breakfast and light refreshments to be provided)

11:15-11:30 AM – Break (Poster presenters hang their posters in Catholic University/University of DC)

11:30-11:40 AM – Preview of  “Vitiligo: Truth, Hope and Change” Video

11:40-12:55 PM – Skin of Color Society (SOCS) Annual Business Meeting (open to all SOCS members; lunch to be provided)

12:55-1:00 PM – Welcome and Introduction – Amy McMichael, MD, SOCS President

1:00-1:05 PM – Prof. Harvey Lui, President of the ILDS
Certificate of Appreciation to Amit G. Pandya, MD

1:05-1:17 PM – Michael California Abrouk, BS (Resident/Fellow Presenter)
Is Race a Factor in the Presenting Severity of Psoriasis?

1:17-1:20 PM – Q/A

1:20-1:32 PM – Jean-Claire Powe, BS (Resident/Fellow Presenter)
The Use of Home Phototherapy as Standard Treatment

1:32-1:35 PM – Q/A

1:35-1:47 PM – Attiya Haroon, MD, PhD (Resident/Fellow Presenter)
Should Erythema Still be Called Erythema in Darker Skin Types? A Review of Literature for Differential Diagnosis of Erythema in Darker Skin Types

1:47-1:50 PM – Q/A

1:50-2:20 PM – Jared Jagdeo, MD (Invited Speaker)
Pioneering Light Emitting Diode-Red Light Phototherapy for Keloid Scarring: From Bench to Bedside

2:20-2:25 PM – Q/A

2:25-2:45 PM – Break

2:45-2:57 PM – Alessandra Haskin, BS (Resident/Fellow Presenter)
Understanding Patient Experiences with Scarring Alopecia: A Qualitative Research Study

2:57-3:00 PM – Q/A

3:00-3:12 PM – Karen Chinonso Kagha, BA (Resident/Fellow Presenter)
Allergens in Natural Hair Products

3:12-3:15 PM – Q/A

3:15-3:27 PM – Sarah Lyon, BA (Resident/Fellow Presenter)
Evaluation of the Influence of Pregnancy on Vitiligo Vulgaris Disease Activity

3:27-3:30 PM – Q/A

3:30-4:00 PM – Ginette A. Okoye, MD (Invited Speaker)
Cutaneous T-cell Lymphomas/Mycosis Fungoides in African Americans

4:00-4:05 PM – Q/A

4:05-4:17 PM – Tasneem F. Mohammad, MD (Resident/Fellow Presenter)
The Effect of Minimal Long-Wavelength Ultraviolet A Light on Visible Light Induced Pigmentation

4:17-4:20 PM – Q/A

4:20-4:32 PM – Ariana Nicole Eginli, BA (Resident/Fellow Presenter)
Developing a Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia Clinical Database

4:32-4:35 PM – Q/A

4:35-5:05 PM – Amit G. Pandya, MD (Invited Speaker)
Diversity in Dermatology: A Call to Action

5:05-5:20 PM – Q/A

5:20-5:25 PM – Closing Remarks – Amy McMichael, MD, SOCS President

5:30-7:00 PM – Valeant Skin of Color Society Research Award Reception  (Tulip Room at the Marriott Marquis)


SOCS Recognizing the Generous Contribution of our Platinum Corporate Supporter:



Past Symposium Agendas:

2015 – 11th Annual Symposium Agenda
2014 – 10th Annual Symposium Agenda


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