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Dermatologic Surgery is the official journal of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), and the Dermatologic & Aesthetic Surgery International League (DASIL). Please click on the links below for further information.

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The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery was founded in 1970 to promote excellence in the subspecialty of dermatologic surgery and foster the highest standards of patient care.

Dermatologic surgery is the discipline that deals with the diagnosis and surgical, reconstructive and cosmetic treatment of diseases of the skin, hair and nails, including skin cancer and rejuvenation of aging skin. The Society is the largest specialty group in dermatology and represents the fastest growing segment of dermatologic practice. ASDS supports clinical and basic research grants; continuing education and the training of its members; legislative and regulatory advocacy; dissemination of public information; and community outreach programs. 


The American College of Mohs Surgery – referred to as ACMS or the Mohs College – was established in 1967. Mohs surgery is an advanced treatment procedure for skin cancer performed by fellowship-trained skin cancer and reconstructive surgeons.

ACMS provides a means for recognition and approval of physicians who have become proficient and experienced in the use of Mohs surgery; safeguards the standards of Mohs surgery; provides vehicles of continuing education and exchange of ideas and experiences between physicians utilizing the modality of Mohs surgery; promotes the highest standards of patient care; promotes public interest relating to Mohs surgery; and monitors physician training programs to assure the highest standards of physician training in Mohs surgery.


The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery was founded in 1993 as the first international society to promote continuing quality improvement and education for professionals in the field of medical hair restoration surgery.

Its mission is to advance the art and science of hair restoration by licensed, experienced physicians who are qualified to practice this type of medicine and who do so with the highest degree of skill and artistry. It encourages the free interchange of ideas, knowledge and experience among members who aim to maintain their skills and artistry to the highest possible level.


The Dermatologic & Aesthetic Surgery International League was founded in 2012 to create a global community for the open exchange of knowledge and innovation by physicians specializing in dermatologic and aesthetic surgery and to be an innovative non-profit educational force in dermatologic surgery.

DASIL’s charge is to offer top-notch educational programs in dermatologic and aesthetic surgery around the planet and to foster growth of the dermatologic surgery specialty around the world. Through ongoing educational activities and by establishing a higher standard of care, people living around the world will benefit from safer, more effective dermatologic and aesthetics treatments.