Newswise — SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Jan. 16, 2018) — Board-certified dermatologist Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, has been named the next editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Elston, the journal’s current deputy editor, will step into his new role in July 2018, succeeding board-certified dermatologist Bruce H. Thiers, MD, FAAD, who has served as editor for the past 10 years.

“Since 2008, Dr. Elston has been instrumental to JAAD’s success in his role as deputy editor,” Dr. Thiers says. “He is a well-respected clinician and educator who understands the needs of the journal’s dermatologist audience, and I have no doubt that he will continue the tradition of excellence that he has helped foster over the last decade.”

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa., and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Elston completed an internship and a dermatology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, as well as a dermatopathology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is currently the chairman of the department of dermatology and dermatologic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Dr. Elston is a past president of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatopathology, and he also has served on a number of AAD councils, committees and task forces, including the board of directors. A member of the Council of Dermatology Editors and the Council of Science Editors, he has had editorial roles with four other journals. He has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and 84 textbook chapters.

JAAD’s mission is to help dermatologists improve patient outcomes, and I will continue working toward that mission as I transition from deputy editor to editor,” Dr. Elston says. “In addition to ensuring that the journal continues to meet the evolving needs of the practicing dermatologist, I hope to further increase JAAD’s influence and establish the journal as a global resource in dermatology.”

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About the AAD

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 19,000 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. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology is the most widely read dermatology journal in the world, according to Kantar Media.  JAAD was the most-cited dermatology journal in 2016, according to Thomson Reuters’ impact factor report. For more information, contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin) or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).

Journal Link: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology