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President's Newsletter: Fall 2023

Dear ITSCC Members, 

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer! We welcome the fall with its routine, cooler temps, and numerous conferences. I want to bring our members the updates from ITSCC happenings throughout the year and for the months ahead.  

Our 2023 annual meeting was a terrific success as we enjoyed learning of the ITSCC origin narrative from emeritus member and co-founder, Dr. Clark Otley. In lieu of tumor board presentations, we shifted to a “How We Do It” format for presentations, which garnered great feedback and we plan to continue in future meetings, for now. I want to sincerely thank, ITSCC Vice President, Dr. Anokhi Jambusaria-Pahlajani, for her outstanding dedication coordinating the scientific session, venue, sponsors and more.   

The annual meeting is often the ‘time’ many members find the opportunity to renew their membership. If you have not renewed your membership for 2023, please visit https://www.itscc.org/physicians/membership-information. Please consider ITSCC as part of your annual charitable giving by visiting https://www.itscc.org/about-itscc/donate-to-itscc.   

We have launched and accepted our first cohort of the ITSCC Academic Mentorship Program (IAMP). Congratulations to our mentees/mentors: Lauren Crow / Nathalie Zeitouni, Basia Michalski / Manisha Loss, and Kelsey Hirotsu / Bryan Carroll. This two-year formal mentorship program will accept two applicants each year aligning with our annual meeting and with funding for participation for in-person mentorship as well as registration for the ITSCC biennial symposium.   

Our ITSCC social media presence is growing! We have been working to create both patient-focused messaging, physician-level content, and partnership with related immunosuppression and transplant groups to educate our followers and increase awareness for skin cancer development in high-risk groups. A huge and sincere thank you to Ranya Guennoun and Basia Michalski for leading our social media content creation, editing, and posting. If you haven’t followed us yet, please check us out @itscc_org (IG), @International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative (FB), @ITSCC_Org (X/Twitter).  We are looking for a formal, year-long commitment from a new creator for our ITSCC social media content, starting in the new year. More information on this position will be communicated via the ITSCC list-serve.

Future relevant ITSCC meetings and ancillary sessions:  

  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), Transplant and Immunosuppression Tumor Board, Thursday, November 2, 2023, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM 
  • Skin Care in Organ Transplant Patients (SCOPE), Brussels, Belgium, November 8-11, 2023 
  • ITSCC Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, The Lane, March 7, 2024 
  • American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), San Diego, CA, Skin Disease in Transplant Recipients and Immunosuppressed Patients, March 9, 2024, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM 
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID), Dallas, TX, May 15-18, 2024
  • ITSCC Biennial Scientific Symposium, Essex, MA, September 19-22, 2024 (tentative) 

To our members, thank you for the daily dedication to our most vulnerable patients. You continue to inspire me by your exceptional care for our immunosuppressed population. ITSCC is with you, always.   


Justin J. Leitenberger, MD 
ITSCC President (2022-24)