The NACDS held its Annual Meeting May3-13, 2012. Thanks to the efforts of our Secretary General, Dr. Richard Spielvogel who traveled to Switzerland and Italy in 2011 to make both travel and meeting arrangements and our Scientific Program Director Dr. Anthony Benedetto who worked on the rest of the scientific program, the meeting was a great success. During our visits to dermatology departments at the University of Zurich and the University of Pavia we heard excellent presentations covering important clinical topics and ongoing research. Professor Lars French of Zurich and Professor Giovanni Borroni of Pavia are to be applauded for the great programs they provided for us. We enjoyed a dinner reception in Zurich with faculty and their spouses and a delightful luncheon in Pavia with faculty and trainees. A scientific program was given over several days of the meeting by NACDS members and guests. Over the course of the meeting we had time to visit Zurich, Lucerne, Milan, Stresa and the surrounding areas and visit with old friends and welcome new guests and members. We are now planning and looking forward to our 2013 meeting in Barcelona, the Basque Country, and Porto.
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A Presidential Welcome
The North American Clinical Dermatologic Society (NACDS) was founded in 1959 by Mr. Charles A. Oclassen (Westwood Pharmaceuticals) and Drs. Charles Schmitt (Pittsburgh, PA), Marvin E. McRae (Greensboro, NC), Hollis Garrard (Miami, FL), Royal M. Montgomery (New York, NY), and Walter J. Cole (Palo Alto, CA). The founders envisioned a unique organization which updates clinicians by visits to dermatology institutions worldwide. The NACDS offers its members the opportunity to visit renowned dermatology programs throughout the world. Members are afforded ample time to interact with faculty and exchange ideas and experiences concerning the clinical care of dermatology patients.
As demonstrated on this website it is apparent that the founders vision has been achieved. A brief look at the list of travel sites, guest clinicians, and institutions visited over the past four decades is truly remarkable. In order to continue this close personal relationship with our international colleagues the Society has remained a relatively small group.
As President of the NACDS it is my pleasure to serve this outstanding group of dermatologists. The membership represents a cross section of all areas of clinical dermatology. They have both learned from our international colleagues and shared their own experience in return. There is no other organization which is small enough to allow such close interaction between its members and yet has have such a major impact on the exchange of international dermatologic experience.
As we move into the next millennium it is our goal to continue and expand the vision of the founders of the NACDS. By communicating directly with our colleagues throughout the world and sharing our clinical experiences we will be able to provide better care to our ever more global population of patients.
The NACDS wishes to recognize the educational support of its friends in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industry without which the excellent scientific programs would not be possible.
James B. Stewart, M.D.
North American Clinical Dermatologic Society