The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is the largest, most influential and representative dermatology group in the United States.

Recently, Maria Hordinsky, MD, renowned University of Minnesota Physicians (M Physicians) dermatologist, was elected to the AAD’s Board of Directors.

The AAD’s officers and board members lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,500 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions. These officers and board

members, all of whom are board-certified dermatologists, also hold the same positions for the American Academy of Dermatology Association, a sister organization to the AAD that focuses on government affairs, health policy and practice information.

“I’m very excited to be able to bring my knowledge and expertise to the AAD’s Board of Directors,” she said.

One of Dr. Hordinsky’s goals during her time on the AAD’s Board of Directors is to address inequities in attaining dermatologic medications. Many of the medications that dermatologists often prescribe are very costly. This causes a two-tiered outcome, where patients who have resources can get medication or use cash pay services, but those with less robust insurance or no insurance frequently choose not to see a specialist or seek second-tier services.

“My main focus in coming to the AAD is to use education and data to address imbalances like these,” she said. “Making sure we’re providing the best care possible to as many people as possible.”

Dr. Hordinsky is also the first female representative on the AAD’s Board of Directors from the state of Minnesota.

“It’s a huge honor to have been elected,” she said. “I am excited to share not only my expertise and experience but also the expertise of the M Physicians practice as a whole.”