January 2017

Greetings Colleague,

Welcome to The Maryland Dermatologic Society (MDS) website.  The MDS is a professional society of both licensed and board certified dermatologists and dermatopathologists in Maryland promoting dermatologic education through clinical conferences and special lectures.

The MDS is a source for continuing medical education and a venue for meeting colleagues. We are committed to cosponsoring academic meetings with Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland. In addition, MDS had the honor of hosting Atlantic Dermatology Conference May 6-8, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

Upcoming Events

Please see “Calendar” tab for full details of 2016-2017 events

Winter MDS Membership Meeting and Dinner
Hosted by Maryland Dermatologic Society

Date:  Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: Dinner beginning at 6 pm followed by MDS business meeting and lecture
Location:  Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 301 Severn Avenue, Annapolis

Spring MDS Academic Meeting
Hosted by the Johns Hopkins University, Department of Dermatology

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: Lunch beginning at 1 pm in Conference Room 6150
Location: Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Atlantic Dermatological Conference
Hosted by the Toronto Dermatological Society

Date: May 5-7, 2017
Location: Westin Harbour Castle, on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Toronto
Website: atlanticdermconference.org


Announcements and Society Updates


The 2016 Atlantic Dermatologic Conference hosted by MDS was financially successful for the society. As a result, the executive committee is proud to make the following three financial commitments for 2016-2017, expanding the charitable work of the society, creating future leaders in dermatology and organized medicine in Maryland and helping fund research that will improve patients’ lives.

1) We are delighted to announce our inaugural grant program for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dermatology residents at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland School of Medicine are eligible to apply for a scholarship/grant of up to $5000 to be used to support items including (but not limited to) education, research, travel expenses, and community outreach/service.

For 2016-2017, the recipient is Dr. Kelly MacArthur, PGY3 in Dermatology from Johns Hopkins. Her project is titled: Viral Exanthems: Infectious or reactive? Tailoring diagnostic studies with use of PCR testing of lesional skin

2) With a $1000 pledge, we support the Dermatology Foundation whose mission is to provide research support that helps develop and retain tomorrow’s teachers and researchers in dermatology, enabling advancements in patient care.

3) For 2016-2017, MDS will continue our close relationship with both universities in Baltimore offering a grant of $2500 to the universities for each meeting that the university hosts. In addition, to subsidize the substantial cost for CME, MDS will provide a $3000 grant to the host university for each meeting to offset the cost of CME.


Our academic meetings will continue to present challenging patient cases to enhance clinical skills, and respected guest lecturers will supplement the patient presentations.

Two educational dinner meetings are planned for 2016-2017. Again this academic year, MDS business meetings will occur at the evening dinner meetings. Updates from the business meeting will be emailed to members and handed out at the university-based meetings.


The MDS dues cycle runs from January to December of each calendar year. Online application and payment options available in the “Join/Dues” tab above.

The current panel of MDS Officers for Spring 2015-Spring 2017 term remain:

  • President – Elisabeth Richard, MD
  • Vice President – Kelly McGuigan, MD
  • Secretary / Treasurer(Co-Officers)
    • Christine Ambro, MD
    • Krista Buckley, DO


Elisabeth (Betsy) Richard, MD
President, Maryland Dermatologic Society                         January 30, 2017