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Stuart J. Salasche, MD 1942-2022

It is with deep sadness that I write about the loss of one of the founders of ITSCC. Stu Salasche passed away at home last Thursday after a brief illness. The news came from Els Duviganeau, his partner for the last 14 years, and I have no other details at this time. I’m sure there will be tributes to Stu regarding his career in many venues as he was instrumental in the growth and development of Mohs Surgery and Dermatologic Surgery. For those of you who have memories of Stu, Ida Orengo and Tracy Thomas are collecting recollections in order to compile a memorial. Please send any thoughts and remembrances to Tracy Thomas at tltderm@gmail.com and feel free to share them on the listserv. Many of you did not have the opportunity to know Stu as he retired about 15 years ago and after retirement pursued interests outside of Medicine and Dermatology. It is not an exaggeration to say that there would not be an ITSCC in its present form if not for Stu. Stu played an instrumental role in organizing ITSCC, but an even greater role in finding the funding necessary to launch and sustain the organization. He also arranged for EDI to provide essential organizational support. He had the vision to see the need transplant patients have for dermatologic care and that caring for these patients would advance our understanding of the care of all patients with cutaneous malignancies. Stu was a warm and caring individual who trained many dermatologic surgeons in his fellowship programs and through courses at meetings while mentoring many more and providing others with that simple encouragement or introduction that helped advance their career. He will be greatly missed.

Tom

Thomas Stasko, MD


Save the Dates!

2022 ITSCC Scientific Symposium

October 20-23, 2022 at the Essex Woods

The biennial ITSCC Symposium is on and returns to Essex, Massachusetts October 20-23rd, 2022. We are currently accepting abstracts for scientific and case presentations. For early career participants who are less than 5 years from completion of their training, interesting or challenging case presentations may be submitted in lieu of an abstract. The deadline for submission is June 30th, 2022. Please submit to Mary Riordan at mriordan@itscc.org.

2023 ITSCC Annual Member Meeting

Thursday, March 17, 2023 in New Orleans, LA


President's Newsletter: Summer 2022

Dear ITSCC colleagues,

As summer begins and the academic year comes to a close, I hope you are all excited about the coming months ahead. While the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, we have had a glimpse of normalcy with the return of in-person professional conferences. At our annual meeting in Boston in March, we had close to 100 attendees and a terrific scientific program chaired by Dr. Emily Ruiz and headlined by the keynote address from Dr. Kevin Emerick, an Otolaryngologist from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital.

Highlights:

Website: Our intrepid and marvelous past-president, Dr. Sarah Arron, has continued her years-long efforts to update our website with the help of Dr. Thuzar Shin and many ITSCC volunteers. Please visit www.itscc.org to see our newly launched platform, access member and patient materials, view instructions on how to use the listserv, and get the latest information on upcoming events.

Symposium: The biennial ITSCC Symposium is on and returns to Essex, Massachusetts October 20-23rd, 2022. We are currently accepting abstracts for scientific and case presentations. For early career participants who are less than 5 years from completion of their training, interesting or challenging case presentations may be submitted in lieu of an abstract. The deadline for submission is June 30th, 2022. Please submit to Mary Riordan at mriordan@itscc.org. More information can be found on the website. We look forward to a fantastic symposium this fall!

Membership: The return of in-person meetings offers more opportunities for our members. As such, we are asking former members to renew their membership which may have lapsed during COVID-19. You may be receiving an email request to renew, if you haven't already. Thank you and please consider renewing as it helps us plan for our future. Emeritus memberships without an annual membership fee will be considered by the board on a case-by-case basis for former members who have fully retired. If you qualify for emeritus status, please email mriordan@itscc.org and your membership will be discussed at our next board meeting.

Annual Meeting: We are already planning a spectacular program for our annual meeting in New Orleans at next year's AAD. The event is scheduled for the evening of Thursday March 16th, 2023, more details TBD. Please save the date!

Sincerely,

Justin Leitenberger (President, 2022-24)


Past President's Newsletters

Winter 2021