The Maryland Dermatologic Society serves as the professional association and supports the activities of all dermatologists, dermatopathologists, dermatology fellows and residents in the State of Maryland to promote leadership and excellence in patient care through education, advocacy, research, and community service.

The Society supports our medical specialty with education, advocacy, clinical conferences, special lectures, grants to residents, and volunteering. Committed to cosponsoring academic meetings with Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland.

Interested in joining the Maryland Dermatologic Society?

Upcoming Events

Membership Meeting

Lecture, & Dinner

Thursday, May 9th, 2024

with special guest speaker

Shawn G. Kwatra, M.D.

“The 2024 Itch Toolbox”

Shawn G. Kwatra, M.D.
Dr. Joseph W. Burnett Endowed Professor and Chairman
Department of Dermatology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Kwatra is an internationally renowned dermatologist and clinical leader in skin of color research, as well as chronic inflammatory skin diseases, including atopic dermatitis, prurigo nodularis, and chronic pruritus of unknown origin. He also has expertise in managing cutaneous adverse events associated with immunotherapy.

Thursday, May 9th, 2024

Reception with Exhibitors-6:00 pm
Meeting, Dinner, & Lecture-7:00 pm

Our Venue:
The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

7795 Arundel Mills Boulevard
Hanover, MD 21076

Register by emailing your name, email, and phone#: [email protected]


Annual Spring Clinical Conference
MDS Meeting

*Please Note: Attendees are asked to bring a suitable device to view the event booklet and cases which will only be available electronically.

You are cordially invited to attend a hybrid session of The Spring 2024 Clinical Conference and Maryland Dermatologic Society meeting on Friday April 5, 2024, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology.

We Welcome Our Special Guest Speaker

John E. Harris, M.D., PhD, Professor of Dermatology at UMass Chan Medical School. He is Chair of Dermatology, Director of the Autoimmune Therapeutics Institute, and Director of the Vitiligo Center for Research Translation (VCORT).

His Lecture entitled, “Vitiligo treatment from the Iron Age to the Age of Biologics: New hope for an ancient disease” will be presented at 1:00 p.m. in the Albert H. Owens, Jr. Auditorium Bunting Blaustein Cancer Research Building I and David Koch Cancer Research Building II.

Program Details

A light lunch will be served in Owens Auditorium at 12:00 p.m. and the program will start at 1:00 p.m. in Owens Auditorium. Patient viewing will be virtual from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Link will be made available closer to event.


Please RSVP to Marsha Mackey [email protected] by March 15, 2024 with your intention to participate virtually or in person.

CME Accreditation


The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.



The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Policy on Speaker and PROVIDER Disclosure

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that the speaker and provider globally disclose conflicts of interest. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made in the instructional materials.

MDS Membership

Your membership allows us to advocate for dermatologists and our patients in Maryland: to have academic lectures and membership meetings, fund our annual grant for residents, and send physicians to AAD leadership training.  As my term ends, let me review our achievements of this past year and ask you to continue your commitment to Maryland dermatology.

Your membership will help us schedule interesting and informative meetings:

  • Membership & CME meetings at local restaurants;
  • CME meetings at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland annually;
  • Host the Atlantic Derm Conference in Maryland.

 Your membership helps us advocate in Annapolis:

  • Annual Skin Cancer Screening and Lobby Day at the State House;
  • We lobbied for and the legislature passed a prohibition on indoor tanning by minors;
  • We worked with MedChi to pass a regulatory exemption that continues to allow practices to buffer lidocaine more than one hour ahead of patient administration
  • We advocated for increased patient safety concerning Cosmetic Medical Procedure regulations;
  • We continued lobbying for inclusion of fair physician payment data in our Maryland All-Payer Model.

Your membership helps us fund resident grants and create leaders:

  • We are awarded our 5th annual MDS grant/scholarship for Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland dermatology residents with the recipient receiving up to $5000 for research, education, or scholarly projects in the field of dermatology;
  • We have representation on the AAD Advisory Board enabling members of the Society to submit policy proposals to the AAD;
  • We send our members to the Academy Leadership Forum.

Join today!  Helps us continue to strengthen dermatology in Maryland.

MDS Officers for the 2024-26 term are:

  • President – Rachel Schleichert, MD
  • Vice President –  Sean Wu, M.D.
  • Immediate Past President – Chikoti M. Wheat, MD
  • Executive Director– Russel J. Kujan

MDS Awarded the Model State SSTAR Award
State Society Transformation, Advocacy, and Retention

The Maryland Dermatologic Society was
the recipient of the Model State SStar Award
(Model State Award with Highest Honors)given for excellence in education, patient support, community service, advocacy, and member development; outstanding programs and initiatives; and exemplary participation in AAD efforts. It is an honor and privilege to win this award.

PPE guidelines for procedures and examinations around the mouth and nose  (June 25, 2020)

Consistent with the CDC, the AAD recommends dermatologists and their staff wear a mask at all times and patients should wear a cloth facemask or covering if they do not have a surgical mask.  Read the complete recommendations here.