AACD – Association of Academic Dermatology – TheAACD.org

Aims of the AACD

Mission and Aims


The mission of the Association of Academic Cosmetic Dermatology (AACD) is to improve the education of dermatology residents in cosmetic and laser dermatology in order to ensure that they develop a wide range of skills and are ready to practice at a high level when they finish training; to optimize the delivery of clinical cosmetic services to patients in academic settings; to facilitate the education and professional development of cosmetic dermatology faculty at academic centers; and to educate patients regarding cosmetic procedures with unbiased, scientifically valid, accessible, and understandable content.


Provide educational training for resident dermatologists

  • Encourage resident engagement
  • Improved access to injectables and lasers
  • Improved training opportunities with appropriate feedback
  • Protected faculty time and faculty involvement
  • Practice and quality improvement initiatives

Undertake scientific research into cosmetic dermatology

  • Multi center database for collection of routine data
  • Multi center cohort studies
  • Multi center randomized controlled trials
  • Guidelines of care for cosmetic and laser dermatology
  • Publish the findings of such research for the general public’s benefit​

Develop guidelines of care for cosmetic and laser dermatology

  • Describe the role of laser and procedural dermatology in treating the sequelae of complex medical dermatology conditions

Collaborate with other relevant dermatology societies

  • Close collaboration with ASDS, including cosmetic fellowship training program
  • Collaboration with APD Dermatologic Surgery section

The AACD is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.