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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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Cutting Edge Research Grant Program (CERG)


The Cutting Edge Research application process is closed. New applications will be accepted between Feb. 1 and June 1, 2016. The online application link will be available on this page.

CERG unites education and innovation to encourage and stimulate clinical research and the transfer of new technologies from the research settings to surgical practice. Since 2000, ASDS has awarded more than $1 million in clinical research funding in surgical oncology, lasers, neuromodulators, fillers, liposuction and other cosmetic procedures.


In 2015, up to $100,000 in grants will be awarded in amounts up to $20,000 per recipient in order to stimulate a broad scope of research relevant to dermatologic surgeons and the dermatology specialty at large. Awards will be announced at the ASDS Annual Meeting, Oct. 15-18, 2015 in Chicago.

Board-directed research

Be a part of advancing the specialty of dermatologic surgery! ASDS has taken a prospective approach to positively affecting the future of the specialty of dermatologic surgery in recommending research on Board-directed topics. The intended result of Board-directed research is data that will help promote dermatologic surgeons as innovators, foster public awareness of dermatologic surgeons as experts, support ASDS positions on patient safely and regulatory issues, etc. Evidence-based and comparative effectiveness research is called for as well. By facilitating research in specific areas, ASDS will be able to further position itself as a catalyst for key findings in dermatologic surgery, and you can play an integral role.


The ASDS Research Work Group encourages submission of well-conceived research projects that stimulate the advancement of the practice of dermatologic surgery, the invention of new technologies or research projects that document the outstanding and high volume work of dermatologic surgeons. ASDS members are specifically encouraged to submit proposals in the areas of depth of training, scope of practice, safety and efficacy as well as research with specific relevance in:

  • Cosmetic medicine and surgery
  • Core surgical procedures and techniques
  • Cutaneous oncology
  • New technologies

In addition, the ASDS Research Work Group is issuing a specific request for investigator research into evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness research, quality studies and patient safety studies.

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • This is a competitive award program for research projects.
  • Multiple applications from the same institution/practice may be submitted; however, only one application per institution/practice may potentially be accepted.
  • The principal investigator must be an ASDS member.
  • The research topic must be clinically or socioeconomically oriented to dermatologic surgery. Download the Board-Directed research topics. 
  • Research must be conducted in the United States or Canada and with sponsorship by a department or division of dermatology or other independent dermatologic-related oversight group or organization.
  • The applicant/principal investigator must be physically and intellectually capable of performing the work.
  • The applicant/principal investigator must be sure his/her institution or grant administrator approves him/her to accept the grant prior to submitting the application

The Cutting Edge Research Grant (CERG) program is supported by generous contributions to the ASDS Dermasurgery Advancement Fund by ASDS members and industry partners. 

For more information, contact ASDS at 847-956-0900. 

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