Platinum Dermatology Partners Congratulates Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD, on Becoming President of the American Academy of Dermatology

Dallas, Texas – [Tuesday, March 12, 2024] – Platinum Dermatology Partners is thrilled to announce that Platinum physician and board-certified dermatologist Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD, has been installed as the new President of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), becoming the youngest ever to hold this esteemed position. Dr. Desai practices at Platinum’s Innovative Dermatology practice, which he founded in 2011 in Dallas, and brings a wealth of dedication, leadership, and innovation to his new role.


A magna cum laude graduate from Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Desai is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a Board Certified Dermatologist with honors from Emory University. His distinguished career is marked by leadership positions in numerous medical organizations, significant contributions to academic medicine, and a strong commitment to patient care, with noteworthy advocacy and advancements for patients living with pigmentation disorders.


“As I step into the role of President of the American Academy of Dermatology, I am deeply committed to leading our community with the aim of enhancing dermatologic care, fostering innovation, and advocating for our specialty. It’s a privilege to serve in this capacity, and I am eager to work alongside my colleagues to continue making significant impacts on our patients’ lives. Our focus will remain on advancing our field, ensuring the highest standards of patient care, and addressing the challenges facing dermatology today.”


Dr. Desai’s tenure as Chief Resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Dermatology, his role as Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and his involvement in policy and advocacy highlight his dedication to advancing dermatology.  Recognized as one of  Best Doctors by D Magazine every single year for more than a decade, Dr. Desai’s influence extends to significant publications, national and international presentations, and his active participation in the dermatologic community, including his past leadership roles in the Skin of Color Society, the DFW Dermatological Society, and the Texas Dermatological Society.


“We are proud to support and empower Dr. Desai as he steps into this prestigious role,” said Michael Pennington, CEO of Platinum Dermatology Partners. “Platinum’s vision is deeply rooted in having a profound impact on our specialty for the good of physicians and patients. Partnering with Dr. Desai very much aligns us leaders who care deeply about the future of dermatology and its place in our healthcare system.“


“Dr. Seemal Desai’s installation as President of the American Academy of Dermatology is a testament to his exceptional dedication, expertise, and vision for the future of dermatology,” said Dr. Tony Petelin, President of Platinum Dermatology Partners. “His leadership promises to further elevate the standards of patient care and innovation within our field. We are immensely proud of his achievements and confident in his ability to advocate for the dermatological community at this pivotal time. Congratulations, Dr. Desai, on this well-deserved honor.”


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Darin Szilagyi, APR

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Platinum Dermatology Partners