2018 Annual Symposium

14th Annual Skin of Color Society Symposium
Thursday / February 15, 2018
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
Room: Grand Ballroom 6

San Diego, California

Amy McMichael, MD

Amy McMichael, MD 
Scientific Committee

Andrew F. Alexis, MD
Scientific Committee


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Skin of Color Society’s Scientific Committee, we are pleased to invite you to the 14th Annual Skin of Color Society Symposium being held in San Diego, CA on February 15, 2018.

The Symposium will bring 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.

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

We look forward to welcoming you to San Diego, CA!




Preliminary Program

6:30 AM – Registration / Check-in

7:00-8:00 AMGlobal Vitiligo Foundation (GVF) Poster set-up, discussion, breakfast and networking

8:00-10:00 AMGVF Abstracts

10:00-10:30 AM – Committee Meetings of the GVF

10:30-11:00 AM – Outcomes / Investigative Global Advancement (IGA) of the GVF (location TBD)

11:00-11:30 AMGVF Poster Dismantle / SOCS Poster Set-up

11:30-12:55 PM – Skin of Color Society (SOCS) Annual Business Meeting

12:55-1:00 PM – Welcome and Introduction – Seemal R. Desai, MD | SOCS President

Schedule of Events for SOCS 14th Annual Scientific Symposium 1:00PM-5:30PM

1:00-1:03 PM – Introduction – Drs. Andrew Alexis & Amy McMichael | 2018 Co-Chairs SOCS Scientific Symposium

1:03-1:28 PMInvited Speaker – Amit G. Pandya, MD | University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Title: Pigmentary disorder breakthroughs


1:28-1:36 PM – Nahla Shihab, MD | Universitas Indonesia

Title: Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study of oral tranexamic acid and topical hydroquinone vs topical hydroquinone alone in the treatment of melasma

1:36-1:44 PM – Yssra S. Soliman, BA | Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Title: Disparities in Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Experience of a Dedicated Tertiary Referral Center

1:44-2:09 PMInvited Speaker – Valerie D. Callender, MD | Callender Dermatology & Cosmetic Center

Title: Update on Hair Loss in Women of Color



2:09-2:17 PM – Yemisi Dina, BS | Meharry Medical College

Title: Increased Prevalence of Fibro-proliferative Disorders in Patients with Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia

2:17-2:42 PMInvited Speaker – Hema Sundaram, MD | Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery

Title: Emerging Strategies for Planning and Implementation of Aesthetic Treatments in Skin of Color


2:42-3:02 PM – Break

3:02-3:10 PM – Divya Seth | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Title: Interdisciplinary Needs Assessment for Dermatology and Wound Care Capacity Building in Eldoret

3:10-3:35 PMInvited Speaker – Steven L. Pruitt | Managing Partner, Watts Partners

Title: Raising the public policy profile and discussion on the treatment of skin scarring and keloids in patients with skin of color


3:35-3:43 PM – Eseosa Asemota, MD, MPH | Tufts Medical Center

Title: Pruritic papular eruption in HIV patients with higher Fitzpatrick skin types

3:43-4:08 PMInvited Speaker – Jonathan Silverberg, MD | Northwestern University

Title: An update on atopic dermatitis including comorbidities and treatment breakthroughs


4:08-4:16 PM – Andrea Tovar Garza, MD | University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Title: Non-cultured epidermal suspension grafting using suction blisters as donor tissue for vitiligo and leukoderma

4:16-4:46 PMInvited Speaker – Amy McMichael, MD | Wake Forest School of Medicine

Title: Review of medical student diversity pipeline (as presented at the AAD Diversity Summit)


4:46-4:51 PM – Closing Remarks – Seemal R. Desai, MD, SOCS President

4:51-5:30 PM – Poster Viewing and Q&A (poster presenters to stand by their poster)

5:30-7:00 PM –Skin of Color Society Research Award Reception (San Diego Ballroom C)



Thank you to all who attended the 13th Annual Skin of Color Society Symposium held in Orlando, FL on March 2, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. We hope you enjoyed the program! For those unable to attend, we are pleased to share with you the Symposium summary and handouts.


Past Symposium Agendas:
2017 – 13th Annual Symposium Agenda
2016 – 12th Annual Symposium Agenda
2015 – 11th Annual Symposium Agenda
2014 – 10th Annual Symposium Agenda

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