September 15, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Washington Hospital Center
September 15, 2016

The meeting was called to order at: 9:15 AM

Opening statement from Suraj Venna, introducing himself and the other officers: Ali Hendi and Florencia Anatelli. The tentative schedule for the period 2016-2017 was presented

I. Committee Reports

A. Social:

The date for the Holiday Happy Hour has been set for Thursday November 17th, 6:30 pm. Place TBD.

B. Advocacy:

The annual AADA legislative conference was held in Washington DC September 11-13: our former society president, Kelly Redbord, chaired the grass roots advocacy committee and several members of the DC Dermatological Society participated including Larry Green, Alison Erlich, and Nick Logemann. One hundred and eighty four dermatologists, patients, dermatology nurses and administrators went to Capitol Hill and met with 214 members of congress.

The 4 key messages that the AADA conveyed included:

  1. Easing regulatory burdens to preserve patient access to quality dermatology care
  2. Improve access to treatments including access to compounding medications, ease process of generic drugs to market and innovations for new treatments
  3. Promote skin cancer prevention
  4. Support medical research at NIH, NCI, NIAMS and CDC
  5. The AADA legislative conference is held annually in September, here in Washington DC. We encourage more members to participate.

II. New Business

A. Membership application was voted on Caroline Yeager, M.D. who was unanimously accepted into the society.

B. The applications of Jill Allbritton, M.D. and Andrea Abati, M.D. were presented for new membership. Voting will take place at the next meeting, October 22nd.

C. Our society is full of members who promote good will in our communities. We plan to select a member who has volunteered their time in serving the underserved and recognize this member and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Please email your recommendations with a nomination brief to

D. Announcement: DC member Valerie Callendar was elected to the Board of Directors for the AADA.

III. Thanks Dr. DeWitt, Dr. Moshell and all residents and fellows for the interesting clinical cases presented.

IV. Invited speaker for the meeting was Grant Anhalt, M.D who discussed the current state of diagnosis, etiology, and management of bullous disorders.

V. The next DC Dermatological meeting will take place on October 22nd, 2016 at the INOVA Fairfax Hospital. The invited speaker is Barbara Gilchrest, who will be speaking on vitamin D and the skin.
The meeting was adjourned at: 9.26 AM

Respectfully submitted by: Florencia Anatelli MD