American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS)

Summer 2019

Message from the President

Dear Members of the American Contact Dermatitis Society,

Our Society is really moving!  There is so much news to share, but I want to start with a THANK YOU to Dr. Andrew Scheman for his years of service to the Society as Director of our Contact Allergen Management Program (CAMP). Dr. Scheman resigned as CAMP Director in May 2019 and we will miss him in this role. Dr. Scheman’s dedication to the Society has been nothing short of fantastic! We all owe so much of our patch test success to his efforts over the years. If you see him please be sure to extend a thank you for his years of service!

Dr. Margo Reeder and Dr. JiaDe (Jeff) Yu will serve as Interim CAMP Co-Directors until September 1, 2019. Please feel free to submit your CAMP questions and suggestions directly to our Co-Directors through the CAMP Suggestion Box. In addition, you may have noticed our advertisement for our new CAMP Director. If you are interested, you may submit your application. Applications are due July 5, 2019.

Our volunteers are incredibly dedicated to the Society! The ACDS Board of Directors recently came together to discuss, develop and implement a vision and strategic plan which confirms the American Contact Dermatitis Society’s commitment to advancing the care and understanding of dermatitis and allergy. I am excited and honored to share our new ACDS Vision and Mission Statement and overall strategic focus for 2019-2021.

ACDS Vision
The American Contact Dermatitis Society is committed to advancing the care and understanding of dermatitis and allergy.

ACDS Mission
The mission of the American Contact Dermatitis Society is to be the premier organization cultivating advancements in the diagnosis and care of dermatitis through the promotion of education, research, and advocacy. Our society is dedicated to understanding, and investigating the interplay among contact, occupational, atopic, photo, drug and other forms of dermatitis.

To achieve and implement the new Vision and Mission Statements, our Society leaders assembled a 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, outlining the upcoming goals and focus for ACDS. The specific goals and objectives identified within the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan include:

  • Infrastructure and Organizational Development: Ensure adequate resources for the vitality and long-term sustainability of the organization.
  • Membership Engagement and Growth: Increase, enhance, and diversify an engaged membership.
  • Contact Allergen Management Program (CAMP):  Expand CAMP’s capabilities and educational resources to allow for an improved physician and patient experience.

I look forward to achieving the goals put forth by our membership and will do my best as ACDS President to continue to strive for success in the upcoming months. If you have any questions or feedback regarding the outlook for the Society, please feel free to reach out by emailing the ACDS National Office at

Yours in Patch Testing,

Inside this Issue

Fisher Lecturer Announcement!

We are excited to announce D. Linn Holness, MD, as the American Contact Dermatitis Society’s 2020 Fisher Lecture honoree! Dr. Holness is from the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease, University of Toronto, and St. Michael's Hospital, is the author of over 100 articles and teaches researchers and residents.

She has been a significant contributor to the understanding of occupational skin disease including patch testing methodology and epidemiological studies, epidemiological studies of exposed populations, development of standardized data collection instruments, and outcomes and health services utilization. She is also interested in the interaction between lung and skin disease, including the atopic march. She is devoted to returning patients to the workplace, and is especially interested in marginalized populations such as those in inner city workplaces. She is a systems thinker and has studied occupational health service delivery models. Our society benefits from the interaction of dermatologist, allergists, and occupational medicine physicians.

Please join us to hear Dr. Holness’s presentation and to honor her work at our 2020 ACDS Annual Meeting!

The 31st Annual Meeting of the ACDS will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at The Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, CO. Registration will open in Fall, 2019. Follow #ACDS20 for the latest updates.

Susan Nedorost, MD
Chair, ACDS Fisher Award & Fisher Lectureship Committee

Congratulations to our Grant Winners!

The American Contact Dermatitis Society is committed to advancing the care and understanding of dermatitis and allergy through the promotion of education, research, and advocacy. As part of this initiative, ACDS offers the following educational awards to help encourage research in these areas.

Mid-Career Award
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Powers who has been awarded the ACDS Mid-Career Development Award!

The ACDS Mid-Career Development Award provides financial support for ACDS members to defray the cost of acquiring specific skills and knowledge to enhance their professional development in some aspect of contact dermatitis and/or occupational dermatology.

Mentoring Award
Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Somers and Dr. Brandon Adler who have been awarded the ACDS Mentoring Award.

The ACDS Mentoring Award is granted for the purpose of assisting young dermatologists including dermatology residents, dermatology fellows, or dermatologist up to 5 years out of residency to become leaders/experts in the field of contact dermatitis by acquiring additional academic skills which may not be available at their training institutions.

Clinical Research Award
Congratulations to Dr. JiaDe (Jeff) Yu who has been awarded the ACDS Clinical Research Award.

The ACDS Clinical Research Award is granted for the purpose of relevant clinical studies directed toward the subject of contact dermatitis. Studies which focus on clinical problems or have applications to clinical problems will receive preferential consideration.

Interested in applying? Find out more information about the below ACDS educational award opportunities.

Clinical Research Award

Mentoring Award

Mid-Career Development Award

Outcomes Research Award

Application deadline is October 15, 2019.

Exciting Changes Ahead for CAMP!

It is with great excitement that ACDS announces that CAMP will undergo a transformation to significantly improve the physician and patient experience within the next year. We recognize that CAMP is a vital tool for our members and patients in the management of allergic contact dermatitis. We are excited about this opportunity to dramatically improve on the functionality that CAMP provides both you and your patients. A small sampling of improvements to come include:

  • Substantially increased number of products within the database
  • A new and more user-friendly web interface
  • Educational materials and handouts to assist in allergen counseling

As part of this process, ACDS will be onboarding a CAMP Director to oversee this process and is putting out a call for applications. Applications will be accepted through July 5th. Please see below for more information and the application process.

Application Deadline
Friday, July 5, 2019 at 11:59pm CST

For a complete job description and more information, please click here.

ACDS Mid-Year Meeting - September, 2020!

ACDS will hold a Mid-Year Meeting September 25-26, 2020 in Philadelphia. Save the date and follow #ACDSMID20 for the latest updates!

ACDS Member Highlight

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Warshaw, who will be giving the Prosser-White Oration at the British Association of Dermatologists/British Society for Cutaneous Allergy Annual Meeting in July 2019. Dr. Warshaw will be speaking on acrylates and new and emerging allergens.

For more information, please visit the British Association of Dermatologists Annual Meeting Website.

ACDS AMA and Health Policy Committee Update

Update from the AMA

The American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) was well represented at the recent AMA Annual Meeting held in Chicago in June 2019. Our AMA Representative to the AMA Specialty and Service Society, Bruce A. Brod, MD, FAAD, testified before an AMA Reference Committee on behalf of a resolution pertaining to Medicare Part D Plans sharing excess revenue with patients and on a resolution supporting the viability of drug importation as a workaround to high drug costs and drug shortages.

The ACDS is a member of the Dermatology Section Council (DSC) and at this recent meeting there was intense collaboration with the allergy caucus on a resolution opposing pharmacy board oversight of physician preparation of buffered lidocaine in the office. The DSC sponsored resolution supporting advocacy for shade structures was adopted by the AMA House of Delegates and a resolution, which the ACDS actively supported, calling on advocacy to support prescription only use of vaping was adopted. Vaping has been linked to possible airborne contact dermatitis. A comprehensive policy on how to approach Augmented Intelligence was adopted by the AMA House of Delegates (HOD).

The ACDS continues to progress to full voting status in the AMA HOD. ACDS is on track to become a full voting member in the HOD by November 2021.

Appeal Limits on Reimbursement for Patch Testing

ACDS in collaboration with the American Academy of Dermatology Association has filed an appeal to reverse the limits on patch testing to 80 allergens by date of service. This change resulted from a change in the use of medically unlikely edits (MUE) from a line edit to a date of service edit. We will continue to keep our members updated on the decision from the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI).

Bruce A. Brod, MD
Chair, ACDS AMA and Health Policy Committee

ACDS has gone SOCIAL!

ACDS is officially live on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! We will use these mediums to disseminate important information to the public, connect with our members, and to promote the important work ACDS members are doing. Please add or follow ACDS.

If you have thoughts or questions regarding our new social networks, please email them to Dr. JiaDe (Jeff) Yu at, the Chair of the Social Media/Interactive Media Committee. We welcome any and all ideas including your publications, your talks, and any important information you wish to disseminate.




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