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Richard B. Odom, MD, FAAD, Receives American Academy of Dermatology’s Gold Medal

NEW ORLEANS (Feb 4, 2011) — The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) awarded its Gold Medal to Sonoma, Calif.-based dermatologist Richard B. Odom, MD, FAAD, at its 69th Annual Meeting.

The highest award of the Academy, the Gold Medal is presented in recognition of outstanding and exceptional service to the specialty of dermatology and substantial impact on the future of the science, teaching and practice of cutaneous medicine. In addition, the award honors an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the administrative aspects of the specialty – nationally or internationally. Gold Medal honorees also are accorded honorary membership in the Academy in recognition of their dedication and life-long commitment to the Academy and its mission.

Dr. Odom is a dermatologist in private practice in Sonoma, Calif. After receiving his medical degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., he completed his residency in dermatology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Then, Dr. Odom served as chief of dermatology at the former Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco and later became a faculty member of the University of California, San Francisco. He served as a professor of dermatology, an associate dean for continuing medical education, and an interim chairman of the department of dermatology amongst other positions.

Dr. Odom is a past president of the Academy and a past member of its board of directors. He also is a past president of the San Francisco Dermatological Society and the Pacific Dermatologic Association, and a past member of the board of directors of the Women’s Dermatologic Society as well as a recipient of its Rose Hirschler Award. In addition, Dr. Odom is the author of more than 125 abstracts, articles and book chapters. He has served on numerous editorial boards throughout his career, including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. He also was co-editor of several editions of Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 16,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or

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