aspire SPRING 2015 Service is the heart of medical practice. Service to the health of patients and communities is the reason AAD members pursued careers in dermatology. So many in the dermatology community extend that commitment to service beyond the walls of the practice. Since our launch one year ago, you have seen this ethos of service reﬂected in each issue of Aspire as we have shared stories of individuals who provide their time, intellect, energy, and money to causes that promote dermatologic health locally, nationally, and even globally. In this issue of Aspire we focus on the Academy’s commitment to service. Our feature reports on the milestones and impact that our programs had in 2014 (p. 6). We also thank and recognize all those individuals and corporate partners whose support makes these important programs possible (p. 14). These programs and their supporters are central to the mission of the Academy. The Academy’s service programs showcase dermatologists’ expertise and dedication to patient care, promote awareness of the importance of skin health, educate on healthy skin habits, and share quality dermatologic care and education around the world. The Academy recently afﬁrmed the priority of this work to the organization when it established a new council to oversee these efforts. The Council on Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations convenes this spring. Reporting to the council are several key committees: Community Outreach Programs, Education and Volunteers Abroad, Melanoma Skin Cancer Programs, and Sports, as well as the Corporate Relations Task Force. We would like to welcome David Pariser, MD, who will lead the Academy’s efforts in these areas as chair of this new council. David has a longstanding track record of service to the specialty having served the Academy in many capacities, including as a past president and secretary-treasurer. We know David and all those contributing to the mission of the council will continue to expand and enhance the Academy’s commitment to service. Sincerely, C. William Hanke, MD, FAAD Chair, Development Committee Nancy Ali Senior Director, Community, Corporate and Philanthropic Relations SUPPORT AAD The Academy has set an ambitious fundraising goal for 2015, aimed at supporting the AAD’s overall mission and advancing dermatology’s efforts to spread Healthy Skin, Healthy Lives ™ . The Council on Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations is working to raise $5.9 million by the end of the year. We’ll be sharing our progress with you throughout the 2 AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY year, so look for this graphic in upcoming issues of Aspire , in Member to Member and on AAD.org.