American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS)
Fall 2018

Message from the President

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS), I’m writing to provide an update on the recent ACDS news, that after much deliberation and an extensive search, ACDS has elected to retain a new management company to serve the Society, Executive Director, Incorporated, or EDI.

EDI was founded in 1962, and currently has a staff of over 200 professionals serving over 30 national and global societies with a focus on medical, health and scientific associations. EDI is one of the top five association management companies in the U.S. and is preeminent in the field of medical society management. EDI came highly recommended by volunteer leaders of the associations it manages and has an impressive record of success assisting its clients in achieving their strategic goals.  EDI’s President Kay Whalen, MBA, CAE will serve as the Consulting Partner to ACDS and our Executive Director will be Ginger Czajkowski, CAE. Ms. Czajkowski is a graduate of University of Central Florida and has served the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) during her more than ten years with EDI.

While a change of this scale entails a significant commitment of time, attention and resources, the board of directors believed it was essential in order to advance the strategic goals of ACDS.  This decision was not made lightly. The board engaged a consulting firm, Bloch & Reed Association Advisors to conduct a global assessment of the governance and management practices of the ACDS. They provided evidence-based feedback and various prescriptive measures to increase the effectiveness of our society. The consulting team led the board through a review of the Vision, Mission and strategic plan. We examined our governance practices and the member value proposition, and as a result gained valuable insights about our organizational culture. Through this process, we selected a new management that could meet the growing needs of our association. I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Sheehan (who led the Task Force-search committee), Dr. Atwater, Dr. Dunnick, Dr. Brod and all the members of the ACDS board of directors for their time, commitment and dedication in bringing the search process to a successful conclusion.

I also want to thank Cindy Froehlich and the entire administrative staff at Froehlich Associates, Inc. (FAI) for their years of service to our association and their commitment to a smooth transition. We greatly appreciate the hard work and the guidance that they have provided to ACDS for over 17 years.

In conclusion, while this is a significant step for the organization, I am convinced it is one that will advance ACDS and the important work we do as a Society. I appreciate your patience and support as the transition goes forward. We will be asking for member input on some of our new initiatives, so stay tuned for updates. 

The following is the new ACDS contact information, as of October 24, 2018:

American Contact Dermatitis Society
555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 918-9805
Fax: (414) 276-3349


Sharon Jacob, MD
ACDS President

ACDS Mid-Year Meeting – Updates from Denver

The American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) Mid-Year Meeting, "Pioneers in Dermatitis: Filling Gaps in Dermatitis Care" was held September 28-29, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Denver, in Denver, Colorado.  Cory A Dunnick, MD, chaired the meeting and welcomed all to Denver. The meeting venue offered panoramic views of the mountains and Denver cityscape during the reception and dinner which featured Pioneer style bartenders on stilts.

Susan Nedorost, MD, the scientific program chair, outlined the 2018 ACDS mid-year meeting format of two days of presentations and interactive group work to fill the gaps identified at the 2017 Defining Gaps session; proceedings from this meeting were published: “Defining Gaps in Dermatitis Care”.  Dermatitis 2017; 28 (6): 372-375. Invited speakers include both members and non-members of the ACDS from the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

Patricia Engasser, MD, presented photos and fond recollections of the talented physician (and musician) who founded our ACDS, Robert Adams. Dr. Adams’ family were also in attendance and shared memories of Lorene and Bob with the audience.

Congratulations to Dr. Donald Belsito who received the first Bob Adams tribute award! In his inaugural Bob Adams Memorial Lecture, Dr. Belsito discussed the Cosmetic Ingredient Review expert panel and his role as chair of the Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety. He explained criteria for assessing safety including toxicity and sensitization potential.

There were many great speakers covering Food and Environmental Allergens, Education and Outreach, Outcomes Measures, and other Hot Topics. The meeting concluded with a social media workshop. Attendees formed work groups to formulate action plans to fill previously identified gaps in dermatitis care. These will appear in the full meeting report published in Dermatitis.

Update from the AMA

What is the Common Thread Among Tattoo Regulation, Graduate Medical Education Funding, and Allergen Regulation in Food?
As the train heads north out of Washington, D.C., where the American Medical Association (AMA) 2018 Interim meeting was just held, I reflect back on the past four days. ACDS is currently a member of the AMA Specialty and Service Society (SSS) and I am honored to be our representative. In six months, ACDS will begin the process of becoming a full voting delegate in the AMA. This will enable us to send two to three fully eligible voting delegates to every AMA meeting as a member of the highly influential Dermatology Section Council (DSC) of the AMA.

How is Policy Established at the AMA?
The AMA House of Delegates meets twice a year and represents the entire house of medicine. Most of the meeting is devoted to establishing policy across a broad range of issues including public health, patient safety, physician wellness, medical education, ethics, and payment policy. Policies are introduced in the form of resolutions and reports. With our current representative status, we already have a seat at the table as the DSC introduces and influences resolutions pertinent to our specialty. Most of the meeting is devoted to a well-orchestrated and robust discussion regarding whether to adopt, amend, or refer the resolutions and reports. Once adopted they become AMA policy and priority.

2018 Key Policy Initiatives
At this most recent meeting the DSC introduced a resolution, which was adopted, requesting continued AMA support for Veterans Health Administration funding for graduate medical education. This action helps to address the severe work force shortage in dermatology especially in areas of complex dermatology such as allergic contact dermatitis. The VHA plays a crucial role in funding many of our residents in dermatology. DSC also spoke on behalf of a resolution calling on the AMA to strongly advocate for a physician-led team when it comes to medical education for residents while recognizing the value of non-physicians in contributing to medical education. This is important because it respects the value of all members of the health care team in medical education while preserving physicians as leaders of that team.

The extensive requirements surrounding medical documentation in electronic health records is contributing to physician burnout while taking us away from our patients. As patch testers our tendency is to record very complex history and physicals (H & P’s). The DSC supported a resolution that would allow ancillary medical personnel in our offices to keystroke in the entire history so that we would only be required to e-sign the documentation after review. This is much needed regulatory relief as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) currently requires physicians to type in every word in the history prior to signature. We also weighed in heavily on a resolution to allow more streamlined access to Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) by opposing CMS requirements for QCDRs to be licensed. This is important for dermatology as dermatologists will rely more on QCDRs to provide benchmarks that will demonstrate our value to payers and policymakers.

I had the opportunity to shape an adopted resolution pertaining to regulation of tattoos. Patch testing dermatologists are often consulted because allergic and granulomatous reactions are common adverse events. This resolution charges the AMA to support increased regulation of tattoo facilities and operators, calls on increased transparency from the manufacturers of the tattoo inks to disclose ingredients, and encourages increased adverse event reporting to the FDA. Another adopted resolution supported by DSC calls on the AMA to pursue more obvious packag labeling for foods containing common allergens as identified in previously codified federal regulation. Such allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, and shellfish. Perhaps a pie in the sky dream is to have a similar policy extended to topical use personal care products and occupational ingredients that contact the skin.

Bruce A. Brod, MD, FAAD
Immediate Past President, ACDS
ACDS Representative to AMA SSS


Mid Career Development Award
Congratulations to Dr. Aida Lugo-Somolinos who has been awarded he 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. Alina Goldenberg, Dr. Matthew Innes, and Dr. Shambhu Joshi 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.

Both the Mid Career Development Award and the Mentoring Award are accepting applications. Find out more information or apply below.

Mid Career Development Award Mentoring Award

CAMP Update

Did you know the Contact Allergy Management Program (CAMP) is an ACDS member only benefit which is available to ACDS members and their respective patients? This web-based resource is designed to help patients with allergic contact dermatitis find personal care products that are free of the ingredients that are causing their allergic reactions. Each list generated is personalized for each individual patient.

The 2017-2018 CAMP Task Force took a multidimensional, in-depth approach to analyzing areas for improvement in the CAMP website and app. The task force identified areas of need in regarding CAMP functionality for both patients and physicians, maintaining an accurate and inclusive database, and improving patient educational materials. The next few months will see changes in CAMP in an effort to make this tool more user-friendly, modern, and up-to-date for ACDS physicians.

Dermatitis Update

Dermatitis, the official journal of ACDS, continues to have a steady increase of its Impact Factor (IF: 2.576) and is now ranked 20 out of 62 dermatology journals! In the most recent journal retreat held on September 8, 2018; long term goals of the Journal included improved visibility and accessibility, and increased content diversity.  Feel free to check out one of the newest features of the Journal, “Page for Patients”, a practical resource for day-to-day practice tips on various clinical topics!

We are excited and pleased to welcome Dr. Susan Nedorost and Dr. Anthony Gaspari, who have joined the editorial team as of September 2018 as new Deputy Editor-in-Chiefs working closely with Dr Ponciano Cruz (Editor-in-Chief).

Last but not least, watch for the predatory journals!!... Open access poor quality journals are popping up all over the internet and our field is not spared!  So please remember our own “Dermatitis” journal as the only official journal of ACDS.

Voting Now Open – Select your Future ACDS Leaders

Voting for the ACDS Board of Director elections is now open and includes candidates for the President-Elect position and three Board of Director positions. All ACDS fellows, associates, affiliates, honorary, lifetime and paid resident members are eligible to vote and are encouraged to assist in selecting your future leaders. If you have not yet submitted your vote – vote today

Submit Your Vote
Deadline: November 16, 2018 11:59 pm EST

President-Elect Candidates

Douglas Powell, MD (Murray, UT)

Kalman Watsky, MD (New Haven, CT)

Director Candidates (3 Openings)

Clifford Bassett, MD (New York, NY)

Sarah Chisolm, MD (Atlanta, GA)

Ari Goldminz, MD (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Sara Hylwa, MD (Minneapolis, MN)

Antonella Tosti, MD (Miami, FL)

Jeff (JiaDe) Yu, MD (Boston, MA)

All members who are eligible to vote have previously been sent their voting login information. If you have trouble locating this information or have any questions, please contact

Good Luck to all the candidates!

Save the Date – ACDS 30th Annual Meeting and Gala Celebration! Honoring the Past to Embrace the Future

Registration Opening Soon

Fisher Lecturer – Stephen Katz, MD, PhD
Contact Dermatitis as a Paradigm for Understanding Immunological Reactions

Patch Testing and Metal Hypersensitivity - Peter Schalock, MD
Updates on Biologics in Dermatitis - Alison Ehrlich, MD
The Skin Microbiome and Dermatitis - Heidi Kong, MD MHSc
Plant Dermatitis - James G. Marks, Jr. MD
A Wink and a Nod to Eyelid Contact Allergy - Pam Scheinman, MD
“Organic” Personal Care Products - Margo Reeder, MD

10th Annual Contact Allergen Bee - Win up to $1,000

We are pleased to announce the 10th CONTACT ALLERGEN BEE, a contest for dermatology residents sponsored by DERMATITIS. The winners will be awarded up to $1000 ($2000 in total prizes).

When: Thursday, February 28, 2019
To be held in conjunction with the ACDS 30th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

How to join:  Have your residency director or a faculty in your program who is an ACDS member submit your name, email address, and phone number to no later than February 1, 2019. You must be a resident in good standing at the time of the contest. Previous non-winning contestants may rejoin. Entries are limited to two representatives per program.

The contest will be held past mid-afternoon (contestants will be informed of time needed to be present) and will consist of multiple choice items. Content of questions is based on papers published in DERMATITIS from 2016 through 2018.

Please direct questions to Dr. Chito Cruz at

We look forward to your participation and potential coronation as King or Queen Bee!

2019 Memberships Now Being Accepted

Thank you for your past support of the ACDS. Our membership has never been higher with more than 1,000 members who share your interest in allergic contact dermatitis. We are now accepting membership renewals for the 2019 membership year. 

FREE MEMEMBERSHIP - We like to remind our members to promote a new category of ACDS membership (e-Resident membership), which provides free electronic access to the Journal for all dermatology residents with approved training worldwide!

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