An American Academy of Dermatology
Expert Resource Group

Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) / Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) patients via advocacy and physician education



Upcoming Events

To be announced


Past Events

  • 2021 Annaul ERG Meeting password: QkG.9=?+

LGBT Health Workforce Conference
April 21-23, 2022

Abstracts due jan 1, 2022

2021 Leadership Awards Application due dec 1, 2021

virtual attendance available
Belfer Research Building, 413 East 69th Street, NYC, NY

The LGBT Health Workforce Conference is the largest and most well known national LGBT health workforce conference in the United States held annually in New York City. The conference provides an overview of up-to-date practices (climate, educational, research, and clinical) in preparing the health care workforce to address the health concerns and disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

This conference is designed for health professionals (M.D., D.O., P.A.-C., R.N., N.P., D.D., social workers, psychologists, etc.), educators, and students (pre-health professions, professional schools, and graduate), but all interested are invited to attend. CME credit will be available.

AAD Annual Meeting LGBTQ/SGM Health in Dermatology Scientific Symposium:
Essentials and Updates
March 26, 2022

Room 204A

9AM - 12PM

Session code: S027
CME credits: 3.00

9:00 AMWelcome, Introduction, and Symposium AgendaJon Klint Peebles, MD, FAAD
9:05 AMBasics of Sexual & Gender Diverse Health: Core Concepts, Framework, and TerminologyJon Klint Peebles, MD, FAAD
9:25 AMBasics of Sexual & Gender Diverse Health: Health Disparities, Education, and Workforce DiversityErica Diane Dommasch, MD, FAAD
9:45 AMSGD Medical Dermatology: AcneMatthew David Mansh, MD, FAAD
10:00 AMHair Disorders in Transgender PersonsHowa Yeung, MD, FAAD
10:15 AMSGD Medical Dermatology: HPV InfectionCarrie L. Kovarik, MD, FAAD
10:30 AMSGD Procedural Dermatology: Essential Considerations for Gender Affirming DermatologyRonda S. Farah, MD, FAAD
10:55 AMThe Gender Continuum: Balancing Gender Fluidity with Surgical Rigidity 
11:35 AMOpen Forum and Q&A 

LGBTQ/SGM ERG Annual Meeting
March 26, 2022

Westin Boston Waterfront, Griffin Room

4PM - 6PM

Address: 425 Summer St, Boston, MA

I. Welcome & Introduction

Klint Peebles & Erica Dommasch

  • Incoming Board Members

  • Recognition of Student and Resident Members of the Board

II. Activities Overview

Howa Young

  • Research Overview and Opportunities

Matt Mansh

  • Laser CPT Code Efforts

III. Overview of New Member Registration Process and Website

Julia Gao

IV. LGBTQ/SGM Amplification and Visibility in Dermatology

Kanade Shinkai

  • Academic and Publishing

Shadi Kourosh

  • Organized Dermatology, Allyship, and Social Media

V. Bylaws: Discussion and Voting

VI. Student Presentations

  • Rame Yousif

  • James Pathoulas

  • Jessika Sanz

LGBTQ Dermatology Resident Panel 2021

Monday, October 25, 2021
9:00 PM EST
6:00 PM PST

Zoom link:After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Note:Personal information will NOT be shared.
LGBTQ Dermatology Resident Panel 2021

Annual ERG Meeting
April 24, 2021

When:Saturday, April 24th, 2021
Time:11:00AM - 1:00PM EST
Register:Registration link
Zoom link:After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Note:This meeting is NOT part of VMX and does not require VMX registration in order to attend. The meeting is open to everyone! Spread the word! Feel free to come and go as needed.
NEW: recordingZoom recording (password: QkG.9=?+)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


ERG Executive BoardWelcome & Introduction, Review of Key Activities and Accomplishments, Initiatives for Coming Year, Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. Jack ResneckPerspectives and Updates from the American Medical Association: Advocacy and Engagement, Legislative Initiatives
Dr. Josephine NguyenAddressing Health Disparities in the Administration; Equity in the COVID19 Task Force
Dr. Dirk Elston, Dr. Jane Grant-Kels, JAAD staffLGBTQ/SGM Engagement and JAAD; Review of DEI Initiatives and Engagement with Stakeholders on Research and Publication
Dr. Lauren Abern and Miles Harris, FNPContraception for Dermatologists; A Deeper Dive and Q&A
Dr. Klint PeeblesiPLEDGE Updates and AAD's work
Medical Students and ResidentsMini Symposium on LGBTQ/SGM Health in Dermatology: Medical Student / Resident Abstract Presentations

VMX Symposium
April 23, 2021

LGBTQ/SGM Health in Dermatology: Updates and Pearls in a Changing Landscape

What: Live Q&A session
When:Friday, April 23, 2021
Time: 3:00PM - 4:00PM EST // 2-3PM CST
What:The session will begin with a brief overview of the AAD LGBTQ/SGM ERG followed by a rapid fire summary of each talk. The rest of the session will be open Q&A!
Notes:You MUST be registered to attend the VMX meeting through AAD in order to access the on-demand talks and to attend the Live Q&A session.

VMX registration: link

Faculty talks/lectures available ON DEMAND starting at 9:00AM EST /// 8:00AM CST on Friday, April 23rd. The content will be accessible until July 12

List of Talks

Dr. Matt ManshSkin Cancer in Sexual and Gender Minorities
Dr. Howa YeungAcne in Gender Diverse Persons
Dr. Erica DommaschHair Removal: Review and Updates in Transgender Health
Dr. Klint PeeblesOverview of Sexual and Gender Minority Health Policy
Dr. Lauren AbernContraception Pearls for Transgender and Nonbinary Patients Assigned Female at Birth
Dr. Lauren Meshkov BonatiTransgender Aesthetics
Dr. Carrie KovarikHPV in the LGBTQ/SGM Population
Dr. Ronda FarahMinimally Invasive Procedures in Dermatologic Gender Care: What You Need to Know

Educational Materials

How to enroll patients in iPLEDGE

Link to article (JAAD):

"Navigating iPLEDGE enrollment for transgender and gender-diverse patients: a guide for providing culturally competent care"

Free CME Training in LGBTQIA+ Patient Centered Care

The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center has teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign and The Center for Affiliated Learning (The CAL) to offer online, on-demand CME accredited LGBTQIA+ training options. Training topics include:

  • Introduction to LGBTQIA+ Health

  • Effective Communication with LGBTQIA+ Patients

  • Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Data

  • Gender Minority Health

  • Behavioral Health Care

  • LGBTQIA+ Youth

  • LGBTQIA+ Older Adults

  • LGBTQIA+ People of Color

  • HIV and STI Treatment and Prevention/PrEP

  • Sexual Minority Women

  • Organizational Change

  • Reproductive Health

  • Diabetes and Heart Health

These training options include both interactive eLearning courses and recorded webinars.

How to register for courses from the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center: link

For information on how to register courses on the CAL, click here: link. If you have any questions or need help with registration, email

YouTube series...coming soon!

Featured Articles

Sexual Orientation Diversity and Specialty Choice Among Graduating Allopathic Medical Students in the United States

A practical guide to treating acne in transgender persons receiving testosterone

Acne risk in transgender and gender diverse populations

Androgenetic alopecia in transgender and gender diverse populations: A review of therapeutics

How to enroll transgender/SGM patients in iPLEDGE

A concise guideline for physicians and patients being enrolled in iPLEDGE.

Link to article (JAAD):

"Navigating iPLEDGE enrollment for transgender and gender-diverse patients: a guide for providing culturally competent care"

American Academy of Dermatology Association Statement on Legislative Interference in Health Care for Transgender Patients

Statement from AADA President Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD

Link to article (AAD):

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 1, 2021) — The American Academy of Dermatology Association strongly opposes recent efforts by state legislatures to restrict physicians’ ability to provide care to transgender youths. Legislation such as the bill enacted this spring in Arkansas as well as those proposed in several other states are a dangerous intrusion by government into medical decision-making.

The AADA recognizes the dignity and identity of transgender individuals and advocates for dermatologists’ ability to provide therapy and procedures that help the mental and physical well-being of these and all patients. Evidence has shown that transgender individuals who are forced to forgo gender-affirming care face an increased risk of mental health disorders including substance abuse disorders, and have higher rates of suicide.

Transgender and gender-diverse individuals can benefit greatly from medical and surgical gender-affirming treatments. These treatments are often medically necessary for the health and well-being of these patients and are not to be considered as cosmetic or elective.

Decisions about care should remain within the confines of the physician-patient relationship, guided by strong medical evidence and the best interests of the individual patient.

Sexual Orientation Disparities in Risk Factors for Adverse COVID

Compared with people who are heterosexual, people who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual have higher rates of health conditions associated with serious COVID-19 illness.

Link to article (CDC): "Sexual orientation disparities in risk factors for adverse COVID-19 related outcomes, by race/ethnicity – behavioral risk factor surveillance system, United States, 2017-2019"

AMA to states: Stop interfering in health care of transgender children

Link to article (AMA): "AMA to states: Stop interfering in health care of transgender children"


2022-23 JAAD Editorial Mentorship Program

(Deadline: May 15, 2022)

The 2022-23 JAAD Editorial Mentorship Program application window is now open.

This program was developed to mentor and create strong reviewers and the expectation is that program participants will continue to contribute to the JAAD as reviewers once they finish the program. Excellent reviewers are frequently promoted to the JAAD Editorial Board. The program is designed for young physicians who are interested in developing critical appraisal and editorial skills. Selected participants will be assigned a mentor. Participants will have the opportunity to review a variety of manuscript submissions, including prospective studies, retrospective studies, surveys, reviews, and letters.

Applications for the 2022-2023 cohort will be accepted through May 15, 2022. More information about the program and a link to the application is available here:

GALDA Mentorship Program

Recruiting mentors (!) and mentees

The Gay and Lesbian Dermatology Association (GALDA) Mentorship program seeks to connect residents and early career dermatologists with experienced board-certified dermatologists to provide advanced clinical training, promotion of leadership skills, and/or encouragement of research endeavors. The program will provide up to $1500 to the mentee to reimburse housing and travel expenses associated with the mentorship experience. Mentorships are typically 1-2 weeks in duration.

After a mentee applies and the proposal is approved by the GALDA mentorship committee, the requested mentor will be contacted to consider and approve the request. After approval, the mentor will be connected with the mentee to coordinate dates and other details. The mentor should be willing to provide a meaningful and educational experience for the mentee. The mentee will submit a summary of the experience after completion for inclusion in our newsletter.

Link to application: link
Link to application website: link

Mentors: email to be added as a mentor!

Mentees: eligibility is as follows-
• Applicant must be a dermatology resident in training or less than 3 years out of residency
• Applicants must be a current member of GALDA
• Prior recipients are not eligible
• Selection is based on the applicant’s interest and availability of a suitable mentor
• US residents only at this time

Residents: Get Involved!

If you are a current or incoming dermatology resident and would like to get more involved with the ERG community, coordinate, and/or connect with other residents on projects and the like, please email Cory Kosche (

Link to previous opportunities offered: link

Previous Opportunities

[PAST] LGBTQ/SGM ERG Board Member Nominations and Elections

(Deadline: March 1, 2022)

We are currently accepting nominations for 2 positions on our executive board: 1 co-chair position and 1 vice-chair position. These positions are both 2-year terms and will begin at the conclusion of the 2022 AAD Annual Meeting. Candidates must be board-certified / board-eligible in dermatology and active AAD members in good standing.

Those interested should fill out the following brief form and submit a statement of interest. Descriptions of these positions per our bylaws can be found on the form.


Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, March 1 at 12:00 PM EST.

Information regarding voting will follow shortly after this deadline. Voting will conclude in advance of the annual meeting.

[PAST] Call for Annual Report Updates

(Extended deadline: March 1, 2022)

Once again, it’s time to provide our annual report to the AAD and we need your help! Please fill out the following form so that we can accurately include all of your incredible activities and contributions to LGBTQ/SGM health in dermatology during 2021!


Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 8:00 PM EST.

[PAST] Call for Resident, Fellow, and Student Abstract Submissions for Presentation during our annual ERG meeting in Boston

(Deadline: March 1, 2022)

We are excited to continue our tradition of highlighting important research being done by our medical students, residents, and fellows at our annual ERG meeting. We invite anyone who is interested to submit an abstract for consideration. For additional information and to start a submission, fill out the following form.


Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00 PM EST.

[PAST] Recruiting Medical Student Liaison & Resident Liaison!

UPDATE: We have extended the deadline to Mon, July 26th at 12 pm for the medical student and resident representatives to our AAD LGBTQ/SGM ERG executive board! Applications should be emailed to

Hi everyone,

I hope this message finds each of you doing well and enjoying the summer!

It’s time for us to select our next medical student and resident representatives to our AAD LGBTQ/SGM ERG executive board! Details regarding both positions are outlined below. The 1-year terms will begin in August 2021. Any individual who will be a student or resident for the 2021-2022 academic year is welcome to apply!

We wish to sincerely thank our outgoing resident and student leaders, Andrew Park and James Pathoulas, respectively. They have each done an extraordinary job over this past year, particularly during the COVID19 pandemic, and have left an incredible energy with our group. We can't wait to see their ongoing contributions to LGBTQ/SGM health in our ERG, the AAD, and beyond.

To apply, please submit a statement of interest of no more than 300 words in addition to a copy of your CV. Your statement of interest should also include a vision for your participation in our work, particularly as it relates to concerns faced by medical students or dermatology residents (depending on the position you are applying for) in LGBTQ/SGM health and dermatology.

Applications should be emailed to no later than 8 PM EST Saturday, July 24!

Please remember to designate STUDENT or RESIDENT within the subject line of your email AND in the file names for your CV and statement of interest.

Brief description of the positions:

# Medical Student Liaison:

The medical student liaison to the board is a non-voting, informal position appointed and disappointed by the executive board at the board’s discretion.

Roles of the medical student liaison include, but are not limited to, disseminating a periodic ERG newsletter to the membership, acting as an ambassador of the ERG and its mission to other medical students, developing a database of mentoring opportunities for medical students interested in LGBTQ/SGM health, and advising the board on concerns facing LGBTQ/SGM-identified medical students in their training and career development.

The medical student liaison will also be tasked with developing and maintaining the ERG’s website in conjunction with the other members of the board.

Resident Representative to the Board:

The resident representative to the board is a voting position appointed by the executive board. Roles of the resident representative include, but are not limited to, functioning as the liaison between the executive board and broader ERG and dermatology residents, functioning as an ambassador of the ERG and its mission to other residents, assisting the board in its efforts to promote LGBTQ/SGM health issues, and advising the board on issues and concerns facing LGBTQ/SGM-identified dermatology residents in training and broader structural competency efforts in graduate medical education.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. We look forward to receiving your application!

- AAD LGBTQ/SGM ERG Leadership*

About Us

In 2017, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) LGBTQ/SGM Health Expert Resource Group (ERG) was founded with the following mission: to facilitate communication and collaboration among dermatologists with an interest in promoting LGBTQ/SGM health.

Link to the AAD’s position statement on sexual and gender minority (SGM) health in dermatology: link (approved on March 4, 2019)

Who We Serve

  • We are serving LGBTQ/SGM patients with dermatologic concerns through advocacy and education of physicians about their specific needs

  • We are serving dermatologists interested in LGBTQ/SGM health and LGBTQ/SGM-identified dermatologists by providing opportunities for networking and mentoring as well as collaboration on research, education, and advocacy projects

  • We are serving the AAD by providing a visible group of dermatologists who are experts in LGBTQ/SGM dermatology and can serve as a resource for physicians inside and outside of the AAD

Meet the Team

Dr. Erica Dommasch

Dr. Erica Dommasch

of the AAD EERG on LGBTQ/SGM Health

Dr. Danny Yanes

Dr. Danny Yanes

of the AAD ERG on LGBTQ/SGM Health

Dr. John Zampella

Dr. John Zampella

of the AAD ERG on LGBTQ/SGM Health

Dr. Matt Mansh

Dr. Matt Mansh

of the AAD ERG on LGBTQ/SGM Health

Dr. Cory Kosche

Dr. Cory Kosche

Resident Representative
for the AAD ERG on LGBTQ/SGM Health

Jordan Said

Jordan Said

Co-Medical Student Liaison
of the AAD ERG on LGBTQ/SGM Health

Julia Gao

Julia Gao

Co-Medical Student Liaison
of the AAD ERG on LGBTQ/SGM Health


Dr. Klint Peebles

Dr. Klint Peebles

Former Co-chair
of the AAD EERG on LGBTQ/SGM Health

Dr. Howa Yeung

Dr. Howa Yeung

Former Vice-chair
of the AAD ERG on LGBTQ/SGM Health

Dr. Cory Kosche

Dr. Andrew Park

Former Resident Representative
for the AAD ERG on LGBTQ/SGM Health

Contact us

LGBTQ Dermatology Resident Panel 2021

Now Past!