Dermatologic surgery is one of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties in the U.S. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery was created in 1970 to promote the educational and professional interests of dermatologic surgeons; provide a vehicle for advocacy and public education efforts on behalf of dermatologic surgeons and their patients; and address socio-economic issues that impact the practice of dermatologic surgery as a specialty. Its nearly 5,400 members are at the forefront of the development of safe, in-office procedures that are saving lives by diagnosing and treating potentially deadly skin cancers earlier and more effectively.
Dermatologic surgeons have also pioneered breakthrough, minimally invasive treatments to restore vitality to sun-damaged skin, returning it to its healthier, more youthful appearance. The time and commitment invested by dermatologic surgeons in research and advancement of new technologies have resulted in unprecedented growth and acceptance of cosmetic procedures.
Today, ASDS members are recognized within the medical community as leaders in the field of dermatology and as advocates for patient safety. ASDS members not only lead the field of specialists in the treatment of skin cancer, but also are the premier specialty group trained to treat skin and soft tissue in both medically necessary and cosmetic surgical and non-surgical methods.