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The MDS is a community of dermatologists promoting education, advocacy, and professionalism in order to achieve the highest standard of patient care.


Excellence and continued improvement in dermatology.



Elizabeth Blixt, MD


St. Cloud, MN

Sarah Asch, MD


Hometown Pediatric Dermatology
North Oaks

Lynda Kauls, MD

Vice President

Market Street Dermatology
Minneapolis, MN

Kevin Gaddis, MD


University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN


Connor Buechler, MD

University of Minnesota Resident Member

Dermatology Resident University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN

Lauren Van Hove, MD

HealthPartners Institute Resident Member

Dermatology Resident HealthPartners
St. Louis Park, MN

Addison Demer, MD

Representative to CAC of HCFA

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Mimi Lam, MD

Immediate Past President 

Integra Dermatology
Savage/Edina, MN

Deborah Cull, MD

Mayo Clinic Resident Member

Dermatology Resident
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Rochester, MN

Catherine Newman, MD

Advocacy Committee Chair

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

David Pearson, MD

Education Committee Chair

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Cindy Firkins Smith, MD

AMA Liaison and Historian

Vice President
Rural Health
Willmar, MN

Whitney D. Tope, MPhil, MD

Representative to Advisory Council American Academy of Dermatology

Pinnacle Dermatology
Edina, MN

Julia Lehman, MD

Membership Committee Chair 

Professor and Consultant
Departments of Dermatology and Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN


MMA Liaison


Alt Representative to CAC of HCFA

Committee Descriptions

Chair of Education
This member will also serve as a liaison and point person for the membership meetings. The Chair of Education will coordinate CME hours and documentation.

Chair of Membership
This member of the board monitors membership, recruits new members and is a liaison from general membership for the Society to the Board of Directors. In addition, this board member will endeavor to organize one social gathering per year.

Chair of Advocacy
This member of the board will stay abreast of legal issues and circumstances relevant to membership, including branding of the Society and its members, engaging patient advocates, longitudinal involvement and relationship building with other specialties.

Get Involved

For current members: Get in touch if you'd like to serve on a committee, be a speaker, submit a paper, or be involved in other ways.


P.O. Box 24475

Minneapolis, MN 55424

(952) 929-9398


The Minnesota Dermatological Society received the American Academy of Dermatology Association Model State with Honors Award.

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