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ASDSA recognizes Patient Safety Hero, Federal Advocate Award honorees

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association recently honored the 2016 recipients of its Patient Safety Hero and Federal Advocate awards.

Mark B. Taylor, M.D., was honored with the ASDSA Federal Advocate Award during the 2016 ASDS Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Dr. Taylor, who also is a member of the State-based Advocacy Network for Dermatologic Surgery (SANDS), went above and beyond at the ASDSA Virtual Fly-In this past spring, advocating on behalf of patient safety to preserve in-office compounding.   

“Dr. Taylor generously donated his time to meeting with all three of his Congressional representatives — Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Chris Stewart,” said ASDS Immediate Past President Naomi Lawrence, M.D. “Dr. Taylor was also tasked with explaining a difficult regulatory issue — in-office compounding — to Congressional staff members.”

Two ASDS members – Kelley P. Redbord, M.D., and Terrence A. Cronin Jr., M.D. – were presented with ASDS State Patient Safety Hero awards for championing ASDSA’s SUNucate initiative, which led to model legislation that would allow children to bring and use sunscreen and sun-protective clothing to school and youth camps.

“Thanks to Drs. Cronin and Redbord’s suggestion to address media reports of children being denied access to sunscreen, SUNucate came to fruition and now has the support of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Dermatology Association, members of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and numerous other medical specialty and patient advocacy organizations,” said Dr. Lawrence.

In addition, the State Dermatological Society Patient Safety Hero Award was presented to the Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery for its success in passing truth in advertising legislation.

“The Georgia society made a monumental effort by passing a resolution that creates more transparency in medical advertising in the Georgia House of Delegates and navigating the measure through the legislative process,” Dr. Lawrence said. The bill passed its final hurdle on the very last day of Georgia’s legislative session.

The Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology also was honored with the ASDSA State Dermatological Society Patient Safety Hero Award its work to successfully implement an indoor tanning ban for minors.

“The Massachusetts Academy fought hard for over 10 years to pass legislation that implements a ban on indoor tanning for minors,” Dr. Lawrence said. “Working with various patient groups on community outreach and grassroots strategy, the legislature recognized the dangers of indoor tanning and passed the legislation at the end of January.”

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