ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., OCTOBER 6, 2017 - The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the largest specialty organization representing dermatologic surgeons, honored the top screeners in its nationally-recognized Choose Skin Health free skin cancer screening program. 

Currently in its seventh year, Choose Skin Health promotes the prevention and early detection of skin cancer by encouraging the public to choose healthy, sun-safe behaviors. In this award-winning partnership with Neutrogena, ASDS members facilitate free cancer screenings and educate their communities on the benefits of using sunscreen regularly and practicing monthly skin self-exams. The program has produced more than 24,000 total skin cancer screenings where one in 10 result in a skin cancer diagnosis.

The Choose Skin Health Top Volunteer Screener awards recognize ASDS members who have devoted tremendous time and energy to provide free skin cancer screenings to the public. In 2017, ASDS volunteer screeners hosted over 1,000 free skin cancer events with more than 2,000 skin cancer screenings performed.

For the third consecutive year, Andrew T. Jaffe, MD, of Naples, Florida, is the overall top Choose Skin Health screener for 2017. His practice – Riverchase Dermatology, based in southwest Florida –is the program’s top practice for the year.  

Choose Skin Health participants who were recognized as regional winners at the recent 2017 Annual Meeting in Chicago include: 

  • Jeanine B. Downie, MD
  • M. Shane Chapman, MD
  • Alan Gilbert, MD
  • Andrew Jaffe, MD
  • Daniel J. Ladd, Jr., DO
  • Sandra K. Surbrugg, MD
  • Bernard Raskin, MD

Choose Skin Health was honored with a 2015 Power of A award by the American Society of Association Executives, which recognizes organizations that “distinguish themselves with innovative, effective and broad-reaching programs and activities that positively impact America and the world.”

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About ASDS 
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of your skin. ASDS members are pioneers in the field. Many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and fill and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. Dermatologic surgeons also are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit

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