ASDS President Thomas E. Rohrer, MD
Thomas E. Rohrer, M.D.,
began his term as President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association during the 2016
ASDS Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Along with his fellow officers and the ASDS/ASDSA Boards of
Directors, Rohrer assumes leadership of the largest specialty organization
exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons.
Dr. Rohrer is a physician at SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut
Hill, Mass., and an adjunct associate professor of dermatology at Brown
University in Rhode Island. He received the ASDS President’s Award in 2010 and
is a past recipient of the Excellence in Education award.
“I will passionately fight for strong advocacy for all
aspects of dermatology and dermatologic surgery on both the national and state
level,” Dr. Rohrer said. “We must align with other organizations both within
and outside of dermatology. We will be far more successful being proactive than
Dr. Rohrer succeeds Naomi Lawrence, M.D., who becomes the
Society’s Immediate Past President.
The new ASDS leadership team also includes
President-Elect Lisa M. Donofrio, M.D., and Vice President Murad Alam, M.D.,
M.B.A., as well as three new members of the Board of Directors and a new Board
Dr. Donofrio is a partner at the Savin Center PC in New
Haven, Conn. She also is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of
Dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine and Assistant Clinical
Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Tulane University School of
Medicine. Dr. Donofrio has contributed to numerous ASDS efforts, including the
Awards Work Group and Patient Photographic Consent Task Force. She will become
ASDS President in 2017-18.
“My goals are to create a unified voice for our specialty,
to increase dermatologic surgery procedural requirements within our residency
programs and to defend our position against legislative efforts that threaten
to pigeonhole our scope of practice as dermatologists,” said Dr. Donofrio.
Dr. Alam, of Chicago, is Vice Chair of the Department of
Dermatology at Northwestern University, where he also serves as a Professor of
Dermatology, Otolaryngology and Surgery and Section Chief of Cutaneous and
“I hope to work with our physician leaders and capable staff
to continue the important work of ASDS and to do my best to overcome obstacles
in this time of uncertainty and change,” Dr. Alam said.
As Vice President, Dr. Alam will ascend to President-Elect
in 2017-18 and President in 2018-19. He has served on numerous ASDS committees
and work groups, including the Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship
Accreditation Work Group and Task Force on Guidelines on Neurotoxin
Reconstitution, Use & Storage.
Elected to three-year terms on the ASDS/ASDSA Board of
Directors are: Doris Day, M.D., of New York, N.Y.; Lawrence J. Green, M.D.,
of Rockville, Md.; and Margaret A. Weiss, M.D., of Hunt Valley, Md. The three
new board members will serve until the 2019 ASDS Annual Meeting.
Sue Ellen Cox, MD, also began her term as ASDS Secretary.
Dr. Cox was selected by the Board of Directors to serve as Secretary until the
2019 ASDS Annual Meeting.