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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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Purpose and Goals

Core Purpose

  • To advance and support dermatologic surgery and its specialists.

Core Values

  •  Integrity: Evident in commitment to quality care and patient safety above all else; being honest in intent, communications and actions.
  •  Knowledge: Evident in commitment to continuous professional growth through education; pursuing excellence through research, collaboration and advanced study.
  •  Leadership: Evident in commitment to insightful forward thinking encouraging vision and innovation in skin surgery.


  • Dermatologic surgeons will be universally recognized as the leaders and experts in the surgical treatment of skin and skin disease, and ASDS and ASDSA will be influential voices in setting related health care policy.

Core Goals

  • Dermatologists will benefit from a body of knowledge about dermatologic surgery that ASDS is instrumental in developing, sustaining and transferring.
  • The public will recognize dermatologic surgeons with membership in ASDS as the providers of choice and leading authorities on the surgical and interventional treatments of skin aging and skin disease with a demonstrated professional commitment to maintaining best practice expertise.
  • ASDS will be recognized as the authoritative source on the science of the surgical and interventional treatments of skin aging and skin disease.
  • ASDS will be the largest, acknowledged professional organization of leading dermatologic surgeons in the United States.
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