The Skin Cancer Foundation Hosts Annual Reception in Denver

The Skin Cancer Foundation Hosts Annual Reception in Denver

$100,000 in Research Grants Awarded for Skin Cancer Research; 19 Physicians Inducted into Professional Membership Program 

New York, NY (April 10, 2014) – The Skin Cancer Foundation hosted its annual reception on March 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Held during the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)’s Annual Meeting, nearly 250 guests enjoyed an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, networking and music at The Brown Palace Hotel. During the reception, the Foundation inducted new members into the Amonette Circle and The Robins Fund for the Advancement of Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Additionally, five well-deserving physicians received a combined $100,000 in research grants for their work in the field of skin cancer detection and treatment. The event was sponsored by Elizabeth Arden Rx and Genentech.

 Three new members of the Amonette Circle were inducted by Dr. Rex and Mrs. Johnnie Amonette: Gerardo Brual, MD; Michael Ebertz, MD and Ramzi Saad, MD. Membership in the Amonette Circle signifies a dedication to fighting skin cancer and demonstrates outstanding leadership in the field of dermatology.

 Following the Amonette Circle induction ceremony, Skin Cancer Foundation Vice President Ronald L. Moy welcomed 17 new members into The Robins Fund for the Advancement of Mohs Surgery. Named in honor of Dr. Perry Robins, Skin Cancer Foundation founder and president, The Robins Fund works to ensure the perpetuity of Mohs surgery. Newly inducted members include: Gerardo Brual, MD, Roy Geronemus, MD, Hugh Gloster, MD, Allan Harrington, MD, Adam Ingraffea, MD, Laurie Jacobson, MD, Julie Karen, MD, David Lane, MD, Matthew Mahlberg, MD, Brandon L. Miner, DO, Blas Reyes, MD, Keith Schulze, MD, Lindsay Sewell, MD, Patrick Walsh, MD, Michael Warner, MD, Scott Warren, MD and Libbyette Wright, MD.

During the Robins Fund induction ceremony, Dr. Robins also introduced a new initiative. The Foundation is now offering Robins Fund members the opportunity to start their own charitable funds, recruiting their own trainees to support The Skin Cancer Foundation and Mohs surgery. Dr. Robins announced that David Goldberg, MD is the first Robins Fund member to start a fund-- The David Goldberg Fund. Its first member is Dr. Goldberg’s adopted stepson, Dr. Bradley Bloom.

This year’s grants were awarded to fund pilot research projects on skin cancer detection and treatment, including three $25,000 grants. Proposals submitted by dermatology residents, fellows and young faculty are evaluated by the Foundation’s Research Grants Committee, and grants are awarded to projects based on their relevance to the Foundation’s mission of combating the skin cancer epidemic. The Research Grant Committee is comprised of Jeffrey Dover, MD; Leonard Goldberg, MD; David Leffell, MD; David Polsky, MD; and Committee Chairman Bijan Safai, MD. The Research Grant Awards Ceremony included award presentations by Dr. Polsky, Linda Nagel and Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf. Through the research grant program, The Skin Cancer Foundation has awarded more than 150 research grants, totaling more than $1.5 million dollars.

After the induction ceremonies, Skin Cancer Foundation Senior Vice President Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, shared a few of the education and early detection programs now being undertaken by the Foundation. This includes Heads Up!, a skin cancer education program geared towards hair stylists and aestheticians and a public education campaign targeting Hispanics and Spanish-speakers in the U.S. The cornerstone of the campaign is the Foundation’s newly launched Spanish-language website,

The evening also featured two special guests: World Congress President John Hawk and Elizabeth Arden CEO Scott Beattie. Hawk spoke to guests about this September’s upcoming World Congress on Cancers of the Skin in Edinburgh, Scotland and Beattie talked to guests about the launch of Elizabeth Arden Rx, a professional skincare line developed exclusively for physician offices. During the program Beattie previewed one the first products from this line, Triple Protection Factor Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50+ (TPF 50).


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About The Skin Cancer Foundation

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit