American Society of Dermatopathology


The mission of the American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP) is to improve quality of lives by continually advancing the theory and practice of Dermatopathology.

The ASDP serves as the hub of professional knowledge in the practice of Dermatopathology; promoting advances in the field, developmental opportunities, a platform for vigorous debate, and tools to share best practices among fellow practitioners.

The ASDP “Vision Statement” reads: “Reduce the burden of skin disease by promoting an accurate and efficient Dermatopathologic diagnosis for everyone.”

The monthly Journal of Cutaneous Pathology is only available to ASDP members. Members of the ASDP may access the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology online.

Contact information

The American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP)
One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 USA
Phone: 847-686-2231

Key contacts:
✴  Leah Smith, Executive Director:
✴  Patricia Sullivan, Marketing Communications Manager:
✴  Christopher R. Shea, MD, Editor in Chief, Journal of Cutaneous Pathology since August 2016

Questions to be answered…

✴Has pityriasis rubra pilaris ever been a topic addressed in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology? If not, what will it take to make it happen?

✴Has pityriasis rubra pilaris ever been the subject of an ASDP Case of the Month? If not, what will it take to make it happen?

✴How should a biopsy be performed to increase the likelihood of a timely and correct PRP diagnosis, e.g., location, technique, etc.

✴Specifically, what should the dermatopathologist be looking for?

✴How many ways can a dermatopathologist say that the findings are not absolutely PRP? Does the apparent “hedging of the bet” take place when a biopsy indicates psoriasis or topic dermatitis? Examples:

(a)  “The results were a bit more characteristic and compatible with pityriasis rubra pilaris.”

(b)  “The results are consistent with the clinical observations…”

(c) “… The results support a diagnosis of pityriasis rubra pilaris.”

Advocacy Opportuities:

✴ Establish a dialogue with the American Society of Dermatopathology

✴ Write away language tutorial about diagnosing PRP

✴ Advocate that dermatologists who suspect PRP instruct dermatopathologists to specifically look for PRP

✴ Attend the ASDP 54th annual meeting: October 26-29, 2017, Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Hotel; Baltimore, Maryland USA

✴ Visit the Department of Dermatology University Hospital of Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland

PRP Advocacy: American Society of Dermatopathology