Newswise — ORLANDO, Fla. (March 5, 2017) – Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, a Detroit-based dermatologist, took office today as president of the American Academy of Dermatology, the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 18,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions.

Dr. Lim assumed office at the conclusion of the AAD’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. He will hold office for one year and also will hold the same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

“A top priority will be positioning the specialty to meet the challenges of today’s complex health care environment,” said Dr. Lim. “Additional key areas of focus will be on enhancing the quality of patient care and promoting diversity in medicine.”

Dr. Lim earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and completed his dermatology residency at the New York University School of Medicine. He is chair emeritus of the department of dermatology and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Dr. Lim previously served the AAD as vice president and a member of its board of directors. He is former chair of the AAD’s Research Agenda Committee, Council on Science and Research and Scientific Assembly Committee. In addition, he is a past president of the American Dermatological Association and the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Lim is the author of more than 400 articles and has served as the editor or co-editor of seven textbooks.

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Editor’s note: Photos of the AAD’s newly elected officers and board members can be obtained by contacting the AAD’s Communications Department at (847) 330-0230.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 18,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org. Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin) or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).