ODA DERM ALERT
August 1, 2009
1) Highlights of July 8, 2009 Board Meeting
2) 2009 Annual Meeting
3) Position on Procedural Dermatology
4) Physician Extender Membership
5) 2009-10 Trustee Candidates
6) ODA Newsletter
7) Letter to OSMA regarding need for peer review at OSMB
8) HB 173 – Tanning Bill
1) Highlights of board meeting
Internet voting since April board meeting:
o Acknowledged acceptance of the following new members: Drs. Eric Baud,
Allison Moosally, Daniel Stewart, Ann Kooken, Kathryn Boyse, Jorge Garcia-
Zuazaga, and Justin Woodhouse
o Passed motion that Ohio legislators declare May as Melanoma/Skin Cancer
o Passed motion that ODA support OSMA regarding the bill prohibiting
unilateral material contract amendments
o Passed a motion that Dr. Gottwald draft a letter in opposition of the sub-
certification in procedural dermatology and send to Dr. Sheldon Horowitz,
Special advisor to the President, American Board of Medical Specialties
Terminated contract with lobbyist J. Donald Mottley, Esquire and hired Jeff Smith and
Tim Maglione of OSMA to be our lobbyists
Selected Dr. Mark Bechtel as the recipient of the second annual ODA Distinguished
Service Award to be presented at the annual meeting in October.
A letter was sent to Roy Thomas, MD, President of the OSMA, regarding peer review
by the OSMB
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A “key contact” list will be created. A survey will be sent to all members asking if
he/she is acquainted with one of our Ohio legislators.
Fee schedule for annual meeting: ODA member - $250; Non-member - $750. This
has been modified to encourage membership in the ODA.
A job fair is being planned in conjunction with the exhibit area at the annual meeting
Dr. Amy Helms of the UH Case Medical Center was selected as the 2009-10 ODA
Motion passed that there be no travel reimbursement for board members, as this is a
voluntary service and greatly appreciated.
2) 2009 Annual Meeting
October 16-18, 2009 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. Group/Convention Code =
ODA…$184/night…614.414.5000. Registration materials will be mailed mid-August.
Visit our website www.ohderm.org for program schedule and other pertinent
SILENT AUCTION – Please give serious consideration to making a donation to this
fun event. In the past we’ve had a week-long time share, sports tickets, artistic
glassware, medical textbooks, baskets of all kinds, framed posters, designer bags,
and priceless wine!! Contact Dr. Joel Herron firstname.lastname@example.org or Cynthia
Bartunek ODAExec@neo.rr.com . Also, speak with your pharma reps…donations of
products such as fillers or a basket of cosmetic items are great for the auction.
Thanks in advance!!
The Third Annual Resident Poster Competition will be held. Please encourage your
residents to participate. Contact our Resident Trustee, Dr. Novie Sroa at
email@example.com for information.
We will be including a Job Fair within the exhibit area this year. If your facility is
looking for a dermatologist, please consider participating. Registration forms can
soon be found on the website www.ohderm.org > Meeting Planning & Forms > Job
Fair (this may not be up and running until 8/6/09…please be patient). Table fee is
$100 plus an additional $35 for each electrical outlet needed.
DR. WALTER SHELLEY…As you know, Dr. Shelley passed away on January 30, 2009.
The ODA Board would like to include a tribute to him in this year’s annual meeting
booklet. If you would like to make a contribution to this page, please send your
thoughts to Cynthia at ODAExec@neo.rr.com .
3) Procedural Dermatology
As previously mentioned, the ODA Board of Trustees voted to oppose the procedural
dermatology certification. Dr. Gottwald sent a letter to Dr. Horowitz of the American
Board of Medical Specialties.
A copy of letter from ASDS
July 8, 2009
ASDS Board Acts on Proposed Procedural Dermatology Certification
Dear Dr. Herron,
Last night, the ASDS Board of Directors met to discuss our position and possible action on the
proposed Procedural Dermatology Certification by the American Board of Dermatology.
The Board discussed the pros and cons in detail. Every board member was present at the
session and was given time to express their views. Great emphasis was placed on several
o ASDS membership survey results and emails;
o the American Board of Dermatology's application to the American Board of Medical
Specialties (ABMS), including the proposed grandfather clause and qualifying case table;
o the actions of state and national dermatologic societies; and
o the current realities and evolving dynamics of dermatologic surgery.
The very significant level of ASDS member protest weighed heavily on the Board's decision.
I am writing to inform you that the Board voted to oppose the proposed Procedural Dermatology
Certification in its present form. A motion was approved to allow me to express our concerns in
writing and in person at the August 7th ABMS Committee on Certification, Subcertification,
Recertification and Maintenance of Certification (COCERT) Meeting in Chicago, IL.
While we continue to strive to raise the bar for excellence in dermatologic surgery and to seek
new opportunities to demonstrate our expertise in surgical procedures, it is the Board's opinion
that neither the current proposal with the exclusive grandfather provisions, nor the term
"procedural dermatology" helps to achieve these goals. Dermatologic surgery, in addition to
Mohs surgery and reconstruction/repair, encompasses all of skin surgery including cryosurgery,
lasers, chemical peels, botulinum toxins, fillers, phlebology, liposuction and many other
procedures most of which dermatologic surgeons developed. The ASDS Board decision was
also based on the fact that the proposed certification is not inclusive of these procedures to the
extent it should be and therefore does not truly reflect the current practice of dermatologic
surgery. As the single largest dermatologic surgery organization in the country, the ASDS has a
particular interest and expertise in the proposed Procedural Dermatology Certification and any
future opportunities to demonstrate our expertise in dermatologic surgery.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to share thoughtful and detailed opinions about this issue
that is very important to the ASDS, its members and the dermatology community at-large. As we
move forward to developing better pathways toward demonstrating and certifying our surgical
expertise, I encourage you to keep in touch with me regarding your viewpoints on this issue.
Robert A., Weiss, MD
President, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
4) Physician Extenders
At the ODA Annual Business Meeting in September 2008, the membership voted to accept
physician extenders (PE) as ODA members. Please visit our website www.ohderm.org >member
info for an application. The membership fee for a PE is 75% of a Fellow member, which
presently equals $187.50 ($150 for general membership and $37.50 for special assessment).
Applications are being accepted for 2009-10. Beginning with the 2010 annual meeting, the fee
structure will follow that of a member/non-member. The bylaws section pertaining to physician
extenders reads as follows:
F. Physician Extender - Any individual meeting the following criteria: (1) hold a license
from the Ohio Medical or Nursing Board to practice as a physician assistant or nurse
practitioner and (2) is currently employed by a physician who holds Fellow or Associate
membership in the ODA. If the individual ceases to be employed by a Fellow or
Associate member of the ODA, they shall be automatically dropped from the roll of the
Corporation. They shall immediately be eligible for membership if employed by a
Member or Fellow of the ODA in the future but must pay a new membership fee.
Physician Extender members may not hold office in the Corporation but may serve on
committees at the discretion of the President.
5) 2009-10 Trustee Candidates…Ballots will be mailed late August
District 1: Drs. Guillermo Sicard, James Libecco, Jorge Garcia-Zuazaga, and
District 2: Drs. Linda Rupert, G. Scott Drew, and Michael Conroy
District 3: Drs. Karl Kellawan and Jennifer Ridge
6) The ODA Summer Newsletter (July 2009) was mailed about ten days ago and should have
been received by all members. If you did not receive one, please notify Cynthia at
7) Need for peer review at OSMB.
June 16, 2009
Roy H. Thomas, MD, President
Ohio State Medical Association
The Elyria Eye Clinic, Inc.
850 East Broad Street
Elyria, OH 44035-6559
Dear Dr. Thomas:
On behalf of the Ohio Dermatological Association, I am writing about an issue, which affects all
physicians in Ohio: the need for reform of the Ohio State Medical Board (OSMB). Several of our
constituents have reported concerns regarding the current functioning of the Board, specifically
about the process with which it investigates physician complaints and the lack of an appropriate
peer review process for such.
Currently, any individual or group can anonymously register a complaint to the OSMB against a
physician for any reason. While this protects the reporting party against fears of retribution or
other consequences, it also allows reporting for reasons that may or may not be founded. For
instance, dissatisfied patients, disgruntled employees and/ or competitors involved in the
investigation. This includes typically only one or two experts within the medical market can form
such a complaint with possible secondary motives of malice, political or economical gains and so
forth. Once a complaint is registered, a very small group of people is then witnesses, and an
individual in charge of oversight of the investigation, appointed by the OSMB. The latter is not a
physician, and may or may not understand all the medical ramifications of the case.
Subsequently, any investigation of a complaint against a physician’s license is one that can cause
significant stress, expense and time.
The concern of the Ohio Dermatological Association is that there is no peer-review process as
part of an investigation stemming from standard of care complaints. Without knowledge of a
specific medical specialty, it can be difficult if not impossible to determine the relevance of a
complaint, especially if extenuating circumstances exist. Peer-review would therefore assure
reasonable cases with justifiable merit pass to the hands of the Board for further action.
Currently, Ohio is in the minority; it does not initiate a peer-review process, unlike the majority of
It is suggested by the Ohio Dermatological Association that the implementation of a peer-review
process be implemented by the Ohio State Medical Board. This is to benefit not only those within
our specialty, but across all specialties that are not represented on the Ohio State Medical Board
proper by its physician members.
The Ohio Dermatological Association would strongly like to work with and encourage the Ohio
State Medical Association to take up the mantle of pursuing peer-review as a process to evaluate
complaints against the licensure to the Ohio State Medical Board. Such a change can only be
positive for our state.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss this further. Thank you for your consideration and the
work you do on behalf of the physicians here in Ohio.
Lorie D. Gottwald, MD
8) Tanning Bill HB 173
All of you have received the email from Dr. Barich requesting you to write to your legislators and
to the Consumer Affairs and Economic Protection Committee, which is where the bill is now,
regarding the passage of HB 173. Please do not hesitate to write a letter today. Below are the
names/addresses of the committee members. All USPS addresses are 77 High Street, (add floor
#), Columbus, OH 43215.
Matt Lundy, Chair – 614.644.5076 – District57@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 12
Michael Skindell, Vice Chair – 614.466.5921 – District13@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 13
Ted Celeste – 614.644.6005 – District24@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 13
Denise Driehaus – 614.466.5786 – District31@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 13
Steve Dyer – 614.466.1790 – District43@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 12
Dan Stewart – 614.466.1896 – District25@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 12
Vernon Sykes – 614.466.3100 – District44@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 13
Shannon Jones – 614.644.6027 – District67@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 10
Kevin Bacon – 614.644.6030 – District21@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 10
Bill Coley – 614.466.8550 – District55@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 10
Bob Hackett – 614.466.1460 – District84@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 11
Cliff Hite – 614.466.3819 – District76@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 11
Jim Zehringer – 614.466.6344 – District77@ohr.state.oh.us - Floor 11
A letter can also be sent to:
Chairman Matt Lundy and Members
Consumer Affairs and Economic Protection Committee
77 High Street, Floor 12
Columbus, OH 43215
Speaker Armond Budish and Members
House of Representatives
77 High Street, Floor 14
Columbus, OH 43215