ACMS 50th Annual Meeting, May 3-6, 2018, Chicago
ACMS 50th Annual Meeting, May 3-6, 2018, Chicago


Final Program

View full meeting and session details inside:

  • President’s Message
  • Program Chair’s Message
  • Hotel and airport information
  • Full scientific program
  • Special events
  • CME information and learning objectives
  • Guest speaker biographies
  • Speaker listing
  • Exhibitor listing

Quick links

Meeting location and hotels

Hilton Chicago  /  720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605  /  (877) 865-5320

  • Check-in time: 3:00 pm; Check-out time: 12:00 pm; Early check-in and late check-out are subject to availability and approval.

Hilton Chicago Parking
Self-parking (garage): $61 / Valet: $75 (Rates exclude tax, prices subject to change)

Chicago Weather
During early May: Average high: 64°F; Average low: 51°F

Registration Desk hours

The ACMS Registration Desk is located next to the 8th Street South entrance on the first floor of the Hilton Chicago and will be open on the following days and times (subject to change):

Wednesday, May 2:  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 3:      6:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, May 4:            6:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 5:       6:30 am – 4:00 pm

How to check in and pick up your registration materials

The registration check-in process for the 2018 Annual meeting will be similar to the one used last year in San Francisco. When checking in for the meeting at the Registration Desk, attendees should follow these steps:

  1. If you pre-registered for the meeting, you will receive an email with a bar code that will allow for quick check-in. This bar code can be scanned from a printed copy or on your smartphone at the Registration Desk. You can also use one of the laptops available to enter the email address you used to register for the meeting. Follow the prompts to check in, and your name badge, Morning Mini Session tickets, and any other purchases (50th Anniversary Reception, Commemorative Book claim ticket, etc.) will print. If any changes to your registration are needed, please visit the on-site registration station at the Registration Desk for assistance.
  2. Pick up an ACMS 50th Anniversary registration folio containing the Final Program, CME/Abstract Book, and informational materials from select meeting sponsors and exhibitors.
  3. Grab a name badge lanyard, pen and notepad from the courtesy table near the Registration Desk.
  4. Add the Annual Meeting mobile app to your phone, tablet laptop or device of choice; simple directions can be found here, in your Final Program, and on signage near the Registration Desk.

Mobile app

View information and instructions on how to get the mobile app here.

Former Surgeon General Lushniak to deliver Keynote Address

On Friday, May 4 at 9:30 am, RADM (Ret.) Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH will give the meeting's Keynote Address. Dr. Lushniak has been Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland since January 2017. He was the US Deputy Surgeon General from 2010-15, assisting the Surgeon General to articulate the best available scientific information to the public to improve personal health and the health of the nation. He also oversaw the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our nation. Dr. Lushniak served as Acting Surgeon General from 2013-14 and was responsible for the release of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health and the first-ever Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. He retired from the USPHS in 2015 after 27 years of service, and maintains certifications in dermatology and preventive medicine.

50th Anniversary Reception

Join colleagues and special guests to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the College and honor the rich legacy of Dr. Frederic Mohs. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres amid the historic charm of the Palmer House Hilton, where the Mohs College's first meeting was held 50 years ago. Special guest speakers will recount the early days of chemosurgery and the ACMS. Guests will be able to visit the room that held the first meeting 50 years ago. Prepare to enjoy the sounds of Chicago's own The Night Shift Orchestra as they perform throughout this very special evening. If you didn't purchase a ticket alongside your meeting registration, they are available for $100 at the Registration Desk between 1 pm on Wednesday, May 2 until 4 pm on Saturday, May 5. ATTIRE: Suggested dress for this event is cocktail attire, please.

Get your copy of the 50th Anniversary book

This custom, illustrated 80-page hardcover volume, “ACMS: The Margin of Victory for 50 Years,” chronicles the genesis and evolution of Mohs surgery, including the perspectives of 10 important figures from founding to present.

If you pre-ordered a book alongside your meeting registration, a claim ticket will print upon check-in; present it at the Registration Desk in exchange for your copy. Copies will also be available for $75 at the Registration Desk and online after the meeting.

Special events

View details on special events and sessions here.

Learn more about MohsAIQ registry at Booth #112

In order to provide information and answer member questions about participation in the ACMS MohsAIQ clinical data registry, ArborMetrix, the College's technology and implementation partner for the registry, will have staff in the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall at the MohsAIQ booth #112.

MohsAIQ (pronounced “mosaic,” which stands for Mohs Surgery Advancing & Improving Quality) will help ACMS members demonstrate the value of Mohs surgery as patient-centered and highly effective. MohsAIQ will provide meaningful data about patients and performance in order to improve outcomes and maximize results under new payment models.

Learn more here and visit Booth 112 in the Exhibit Hall for details on how to enroll, participate and access the registry. Questions? Email

Professional headshots

Available FREE to all meeting attendees (optional). On Saturday, May 5 from 12:00-2:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall, professional headshots will be taken by our photographer. Images will be sent electronically following the meeting for personal use. All photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until 2:00 pm.

Tag ACMS on social media using #ACMS18

The ACMS will again have a step-and-repeat photo wall and red carpet area available for meeting attendees to take photos with colleagues. All are encouraged to post these images to social media accounts and use the meeting hashtag #ACMS18 on Twitter or Facebook. Have fun and be creative!

How to claim CE for the meeting

  1. Login to your registration here (the link will be sent via email as well).
  2. On the ‘Session Evaluations’ tab, click on ‘Click here to choose the sessions you attended’; once your sessions are selected, click ‘Save entries’.
  3. Click ‘Click here to complete the evaluation’; once completed, click ‘Submit’.
  4. Select the credit type (General CME), and click ‘Save’.
  5. Click the ‘Print your Certificate’ link to generate your certificate. You may save it as a PDF or print it. The CME claim site will be available Sunday, May 6, 2018 through Thursday, September 6, 2018.

If you have any questions or need help claiming credit, contact the ACMS office at

Thanks to our sponsors

The ACMS gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their contributions and support to help underwrite the educational goals of the ACMS Annual Meeting:

Tiemann Surgical
TechOne Biomedical
The Skin Cancer Foundation

Program at a Glance

Wednesday, May 2


8:30 am – 5:00 pm Fellows-in-Training Hands-on Cutaneous Flap Workshop
1:00 – 4:00 pm Hand & Nail Workshop
1:00 – 6:00 pm Registration and Presentation Upload Kiosks available
6:00 – 8:00 pm Fellows-in-Training Mohs Surgery Histotechnology and Lab Set Up Workshop

Thursday, May 3


6:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration and Presentation Upload Kiosks available
7:00 – 8:15 am Concurrent Morning Mini-Sessions:
  • 103.1 Eyelid and Periocular Reconstruction ♦ (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 103.2 Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Staging (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 103.3 Starting a Mohs Practice: What to do (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 103.4 Anticoagulants and the Mohs Patient (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 103.5 Refining Staged Repair Techniques ♦ (1.25 Credit Hours)
8:30 – 9:00 am Welcome & AAD Update (0.50 Credit Hour)
9:00 – 9:45 am Literature Review (0.75 Credit Hour)
9:30 am – 7:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
9:45 – 10:00 am Break (CME Not offered)
10:00 – 11:00 am Tromovitch Award Abstract Session (1.00 Credit Hour)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Working with Your Radiation Oncologist (0.75 Credit Hour)
Guest Speaker: Shlomo Koyfman, MD
12:00 – 1:00 pm Networking Lunch (provided) (CME Not offered)
1:00 – 1:45 pm Video Reconstruction ♦ (1.00 Credit Hour)
1:45 – 2:30 pm Novel Approaches to Aggressive Skin Cancers (0.75 Credit Hour)
Guest Speaker: Anna Pavlick, DO
2:30 – 3:15 pm High-Risk Tumors ♦ (0.75 Credit Hour)
3:15 – 4:15 pm Clinical Pearls Abstract Session (1.00 Credit Hour)
4:15 – 5:15 pm Cost vs. Value in Treating Skin Cancer (1.00 Credit Hour)
5:30 – 7:30 pm Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Welcome Reception (CME Not offered)

Represents advanced expertise level course

Friday, May 4


6:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration and Presentation Upload Kiosks available
7:00 – 8:15 am Concurrent Morning Mini-Sessions:
  • 202.1 Reconstruction of the Columella and Soft Triangle ♦ (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 202.2 IHC during Mohs (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 202.3 Evidence-Based Patient Safety in Dermatologic Surgery (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 202.4 Perioperative Considerations for Mohs Surgery: Innovations in Care Delivery (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 202.5 Management of Extensive Field Disease (1.25 Credit Hours)
8:30 – 9:30 am Scientific Abstract Session (1.00 Credit Hour)
9:30 – 10:15 am Public Health and Dermatology: Preventing Skin Cancer (0.75 Credit Hour)
Keynote Speaker: Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH
10:00 am – 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
10:15 – 11:00 am How Would You Reconstruct It? ♦ (0.75 Credit Hour)
11:00 – 11:15 am Break (CME Not offered)
11:15 – 12:00 pm Tumor Board ♦ (0.75 Credit Hour)
Guest Panelists: Shlomo Koyfman, MD & Anna Pavlick, DO
12:15 – 2:00 pm ACMS Annual Business Meeting & Lunch (Non-CME Session)
Non-members and guests: lunch on your own; visit the Exhibit Hall
2:00 – 2:15 pm Break (CME Not offered)
2:15  – 3:00 pm Case-Based Anatomy (0.75 Credit Hour)
Guest Speaker: Nirusha Lachman, PhD
3:00 – 4:00 pm Video Session: Refining your Reconstructive Approach ♦ (1.00 Credit Hour)
4:00 – 4:45 pm EHR: Managing the Many Images & Navigating Electronic Documenting
(0.75 Credit Hour)
4:45 – 5:30 pm Transplant Oncology Update (0.75 Credit Hour)
5:45 – 6:45 pm Program Directors’ Session (Non-CME Session)
6:45 – 8:00 pm Fellows-in-Training Reception (CME Not offered)

Represents advanced expertise level course

Saturday, May 5


6:30 am – 4:00 pm Registration and Presentation Upload Kiosks available
7:00 – 8:15 am Concurrent Morning Mini-Sessions:
  • 302.1 Managing Merkel Cell, EMPD, Sebaceous Carcinoma and Less Common NMSC ♦ (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 302.2 Managing Tension in the Periocular Region during Reconstruction ♦ (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 302.3 Cheek Reconstruction Tips (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 302.4 Approach to Managing Wounds of the Scalp, Neck, Hands, Legs and Feet (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 302.5 Scar Revision (1.25 Credit Hours)
8:30 – 9:30 am Optimizing Results in Nail Surgery ♦ (1.00 Credit Hour)
9:30 – 10:15 am Multidisciplinary Care of Complex Tumors ♦ (0.75 Credit Hour)
9:30 am – 4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
10:15 – 10:30 am Break (CME Not offered)
10:30 – 11:15 am Case-Based Coding (0.75 Credit Hour)
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Mohs, MIPS & MACRA: Let's Drive this Train and Own Our Future (0.75 Credit Hour)
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch in the Exhibit Hall (CME Not offered)
1:00 – 2:00 pm Video Session: Reconstructive Options for Mohs Surgeons (1.00 Credit Hour)
2:00 – 3:00 pm Reconstruction Conundrums: Simple Versus Complex ♦ (1.00 Credit Hour)
3:00 – 3:15 pm Break (CME Not offered)
3:15 – 4:15 pm Establishing the ACMS Registry (1.00 Credit Hour)
4:15 – 5:00 pm Rapid Pearls Abstract Session (0.75 Credit Hour)
6:00 – 10:00 pm 50th Anniversary Reception (CME Not offered)

Represents advanced expertise level course

Sunday, May 6


7:00 – 10:00 am Presentation Upload Kiosks available
7:30 – 8:30 am Digital Diagnostic Quality Control Exam Review (1.00 Credit Hour)
8:30 – 8:45 am Fellow-in-Training Clinicopathologic Case Competition Award Winner (0.25 Credit Hour)
8:45 – 9:45 am Melanoma Update (1.00 Credit Hour)
9:45 – 10:45 am Practical Pre- and Post-Op Considerations for Mohs Surgery (1.00 Credit Hour)
10:45 – 11:00 am Break (CME Not offered)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm MOC Self-Assessment: Skin Cancer (Non-CME Session)
12:00 pm Meeting Adjourned