Meet the Board: David Pariser

10 July 2018

As part of our regular "Meet the Board" series, we have an article from David Pariser. David joined the ILDS Board in 2011 as a USA & Canada Regional Director and has served on the Executive Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Finance and Fundraising Committee.

David Pariser and Harvey Lui

I have dermatology in my blood. My father was a dermatologist, trained at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1930’s, served on the faculty there and, after service in the United States Public Health Service in WWII, started a practice in Virginia. After residency at the University of Miami, I joined him in 1975 and my brother joined in 1978. We are now a group of 25 providers. Over my 40 years as a dermatologist, my practice has evolved such that now nearly all my professional time is devoted to clinical trials and I have been the principal investigator in over 500 trials in dermatology.

In addition to clinical practice and serving as a Professor of Dermatology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School I have been highly involved in the organizational aspects of our speciality. I have been president of my local state dermatologic society, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the American Dermatological Association. I’ve served on over 150 committees in the AAD and many more in other dermatological societies. I was honored to receive the Gold Medal from the American Academy of Dermatology, awarded for “outstanding and exceptional service to the specialty of dermatology in the science, teaching and practice of cutaneous medicine, surgery, as well as to those who have made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the administrative aspects of this specialty; nationally or internationally”. I have also been honored by the Women’s Dermatologic Society with the Walter B. Shelley MD Leadership Award “for outstanding dedication to the field of dermatology and contributions toward supporting women in dermatology”.

After the World Congress in Milan next year I will complete 8 years of service to the ILDS. It has been a great honor for me to serve this organization not only as a board member but on the Executive and Finance Committees. I have been particularly interested in our projects at the Regional Dermatologic Training Center (RDTC) in Moshi, Tanzania, and have organized educational events there in 2008 and 2013. An annual International CME Conference takes place every January and is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the work of the RDTC and support the continued training of its graduates.

As the leading world body of dermatology, the ILDS is in a unique position to have a positive influence on physician education and patient care throughout the world. I am honored to have been able to be a small part of it.