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National Hair Loss Awareness Month: August 2017

September 6, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

Very Esteemed Patients across the Globe; Very Dear Team Members:

August is the designated National Hair Loss Awareness Month. We will take a moment to highlight our contributions and comment on your exemplary commitment to patients suffering from hair loss across the globe.

In 2006, AAD made a conscious commitment to devote part of our clinical time to hair loss in a comprehensive approach. We began with hair transplantation but quickly realized that hair loss was far more complex than could be solved with a singular approach.

In 2007 we founded Academic Alliance for Clinical Research, later renamed Olympian Clinical Research. Today OCR is pioneering clinical research with tofacitinib (XELJANZ) to treat immune mediated alopecia, also known as spot baldness, in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body.

In March of 2008, during a trip to Denmark, AAD and Harklinikken first connected. Harklinikken, founded by Lars Skjoeth, head scientist, has pioneered a proprietary hair loss solution with unparalleled results, treating male and female patterned hair loss. A decade later, we have come to realize the amazing complexity of hair loss, hair patterns and the fact that each hair on the human body has it very own distinct makeup.

Puberty is very a telling example: You grow hair on the chest, face, axilla and pubic area. Shortly thereafter one may begin to recede on the forehead or experience more significant loss on the crown of the head. Hair follicles, having such a distinct characteristics, command a customized treatment tailored to each individual patient.

The concerted efforts of Academic Alliance in Dermatology, Harklinikken and Olympian Clinical Research in caring for hair loss has catapulted the leaders of these organizations, Lars Skjoeth and Panos Vasiloudes into international prominence demonstrated in an article in the New York Times on August 24, 2017:  NY Times Article Click Here

During the span of 6 weeks from July 22 – September 3, Lars Skjoeth and Panos Vasiloudes have traveled to Dubai, Denmark, Iceland, New York City, Los Angeles and back to Tampa.  We have seen patients across the globe, spanning 11 time zones, given interviews to several radio- and TV-stations, newspapers, and magazines. We were invited to One World Observatory, Hearst Tower and multiple other outlets to promote a healthy hair care program for a global problem.

In closing, let me place focus on the two major groups making our mission worthwhile: Our patients and our team members.

Our patients: You teach us daily and motivate us to go back to the laboratory, to the books, libraries and examination rooms searching for solutions. You enrich our lives as clinicians and scientists and make our efforts worthwhile.

Our team members: Your dedication, empathy and compassion are unmatched. Your exemplary commitment to patient care is admirable and we are so grateful to you.

Lastly, let us remember: Hair loss does not affect just the hair!  It affects the way we feel, act and look; it affects our skin, our hearts, souls and minds.  We have seen children and adults, males and females alike, devastated by hair loss. Therefore, treating hair loss is such a rewarding experience, especially when we can deliver the results in such an effective, safe and innovative fashion.

Thank you all!

Panos Vasiloudes, MD, PhD, FAAD, FAAP, FASMS
Academic Alliance in Dermatology
Olympian Clinical Research
Founder and CEO


When Does The Circle Become a Full One?

August 2, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

After 37 years in biology, medicine, dermatology, research and development I have posed the question to myself almost on a daily basis. When does a proactive lifestyle, preventive skin care, dermatological treatment, and aesthetic dermatology flow into each other?

According to the Greek pre Socratic philosopher Heraclitus everything flows! Skin care and dermatology are no exceptions.

At AAD we are focused on integrating skin care from A to Z. Over the last 2 decades we have assembled a cadre of over 22 professionals with the goal to excel in everything relevant to the skin. We care for your skin from the day you are born; in prevention, maintenance and disease.

A major focus is aesthetics. Having mastered the biology of the skin we have excelled in aesthetic procedures. Our dedicated providers have pioneered procedures and treatments in skin care just like in hair care.

Specifically we are offering the following procedures:

  • Botox & Dysport
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Chemical Peels
  • Custom Skin Care Regimen
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Treatment Therapies
  • Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Ultherapy Treatment

And much more!

Furthermore treating aesthetically the skin, we are influencing the whole body, mind, and spirit. The way we look affects the way we feel, act, and dream. Aesthetic procedures on the skin have a far more reaching effect on the whole you.

That is when the circle is complete. Starting from the roots, understanding your DNA, then going to your skin, performing aesthetic procedures we are impacting the soul and the body. We are balancing you in a skillfully designed balancing act.

As I write this, I am in New York City. For me, that is the circle becoming a full one in every aspect.

I have started my USA based carrier at Rockefeller University, home to dozens of Nobel laureates in October 1985. Now, 32 years later, I have returned to NYC be interviewed at the Hearst tower and at One World Observatory by leading journalists and editors shaping the future beauty industry.

They all regard the Harklinikken hair loss program and Harklinikken hair care products as breakthrough innovations to influence the beauty landscape for years to come.

I am so honored to represent Academic Alliance in Dermatology, Harklinikken and Olympian Clinical Research in magazines having a global impact.

On a personal note after seeing hair loss clients on Park Avenue, I visited the Museum of Modern Art to get further inspiration and stimulate my imagination. Then I walked through Central Park to the Lincoln Center, where I asked my wife to marry me in that very special day, the one which comes every 4 Years!

That is when my circle comes round: from academic invigoration, to professional implementation, artistic imagination, and personal inspiration.

Medically and aesthetically, that is the way we think and act at AAD. We are scientifically trained, artistically inspired, and professionally driven by compassionate hearts, creative hands and inspiring spirits!

We all deserve the best us.


Red Skin Syndrome

July 3, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

I first saw Michael in early 2007. He came in with a generalized reddish, scaly, peeling eruption that was covering him from head to toe. He was desperate as he was seen by several other dermatologists searching for an effective treatment. My differential diagnosis whenever I see a diffused generalized reddish eruption is a type of psoriasis, severe form of eczema, other autoimmune processes, possible infection, and very rarely cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or mycosis fungoides.

At that time, I jumped the gun and instinctively felt the patient had atopic dermatitis and placed him on cyclosporine which is a very effective medication.   However, as I was curious and suspicious as well as wanting to cover all bases, I performed three biopsies. I rushed the processing of the biopsies. A few days later I received a call that he had mycosis fungoides/cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and the treatment with cyclosporine was contraindicated. We immediately contacted the patient to stop the cyclosporine and referred him for management of his cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

This disease appears differently in each patient with skin symptoms manifesting as patches, plaques, or tumors. Patches are usually flat, possibly scaly, and look like a rash; plaques are thicker, raised, usually itchy lesions that are often mistaken for eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis; and tumors are raised bumps, which may or may not ulcerate. It is possible to have more than one type of lesion.

Now, 10 years later, I am pleased to report that Jack is in great health after having multiple treatments. He eventually had a bone marrow transplantation that gave him the ultimate response to get better.

Since this occurrence. every time I see a red scaly peeling eruption, I remember Jack and his case always reminds me how diligent we should be in establishing the correct diagnosis especially when we anticipate a long term condition to treat, establishing a correct diagnosis from day one is extremely important.

As my professor from 30 years ago used to tell me, “the gods want a diagnosis before they start a treatment”.


Finding a Way to Treat the Untreatable

May 3, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

Bella came into my life about 5-6 years ago having a very difficult autoimmune disease called Pemphigus Vulgaris. Often affecting the lining of the mouth first, the body attacks the bond that holds the epidermal cells together allowing them to slide apart. Similar to eroding mortar between bricks, fluid collects in the spaces and we get blisters. This condition occurs when antibodies are attacking and destroying the skin which can create erosions, blisters, ulcers, non-healing scars and ultimately can cause death.

Over the last 5 years I have cared very compassionately for Bella, but it has been very difficult to control her outbreaks. I have tried multiple treatment options including steroids, prednisone, and immunomodulating drugs like Imuran. However, I was never able to satisfactorily control her blistering.

A new group of medications called biologic agents were developed over the last decade and my attention was drawn to Rituximab. This biologic agent was successfully tested for treating Pemphigus Vulgaris.

This medication connected me to my Alma Mater. Professor Michael Hertl, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, has done significant research and published a large series of treatments with Rituximab. As I have a certain affinity to my Alma Mater, I reached out to Professor Hertl and connected with him. I visited him in July of 2016 and discussed the studies.

During this evolution, while treating Bella and my connection with Dr. Hertl, I realized how important it is to marry innovation, imagination, improvisation and implementation in our everyday life to deliver results for our patients.
In summary, caring for Bella over the last several years I was able to give her only three doses of Rituximab every 16-18 months along with Tylenol, Benadryl and Hydrocortisone. Together this has been tremendously successful in suppressing the eruptions.

Today, I am very pleased to report that Bella has had the best response with this treatment and excellent interval findings. So let us all remember to always turn to innovation, imagination, improvisation and implementation and make a difference for our patients.

With my best wishes,

Panos Vasiloudes, MD, PhD

Board Certified Dermatologist, Board Certified Pediatrician


Can you grow hair like Rapunzel?

 

April 4, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

It was December 5th, 2016 at our Town and Country office, a caring mother came in with her four-year-old daughter. She was desperate and told us with a sad look on her face, “My little girl has never ever had a haircut in her life”. All that little Arianna wanted was to have a haircut just like her sister, that’s all she ever asked for.

Dr. Vasiloudes scratched his head and gathered his thoughts stating, “Let me try something”. His improvisation was in high gear, pairing his knowledge to innovate once again.

After completing his examination, Dr. Vasiloudes introduced the family to our hair regrowth specialists in the Harklinikken program. Harklinikken was established in 1979 in Denmark and has since spread worldwide. Dr. Vasiloudes is the global medical director for all of the clinics alongside the founder, Lars Skjoth. Lars is the head scientist and the brain behind the development of the program.

Dr. Vasiloudes’ working diagnosis for this case was loose anagen syndrome. Hair easily falls out before growing, not allowing the hair shaft to strengthen properly. This leaves the roots weak and hinders the hair from continuing to grow. Hair comes out with minimal pulling. Arianna’s mother mentioned, “combing through knots is painfully painless”.

Her mother visited the program website and reviewed all of the testimonials and results of previous cases. Impressed by her findings, she sent the grandmother on a mission, to our South Tampa clinic on Kennedy to purchase program shampoo and conditioner.

Harklinikken’s treatment for hair thinning and hair loss involves using a number of products. The hair treatment is facilitated with custom made products, designed for each individual client. The product consists of the unique pairing of pure nature, innovation, science, and clinical experience dating back to 1979.

Three months later, mom brought Arianna back to the office to show us how she has responded to the treatment. Her hair was finally growing stronger, longer and healthier than ever before. She jokingly stated, “I cause my daughter pain when I try to comb her hair, I finally know her hair has roots!”

To find more cases, testimonials, and product information please visit Academic Alliance in Dermatology Hair Regrowth and Harklinikken. This is where pioneering science and clinical experience come together to change lives.


Pediatric Dermatology and Our Impact

March 3, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

A major mission of Academic Alliance in Dermatology is to practice an academic grade of dermatology in the Tampa Bay Area.   We are the only practice in Tampa to have two staff members board certified in pediatrics and board certified in dermatology.  The group of pediatric dermatologists is less than 1,000 in the world and Academic Alliance in Dermatology hosts two of them.  Dr. Vasiloudes and Dr. Nyanda are serving clients from Tampa for all rare and common diseases affecting pediatric cases including eczema, rashes, acne, warts, molluscum and psoriasis.

Furthermore, our excellence in pediatric dermatology in Tampa is supported by a cast of superbly trained dermatopathologists and dermatologists.   Having the integration of pediatrics, dermatology, pathology and research, makes Academic Alliance in Dermatology truly unique in the greater Tampa Bay Area and the West Coast of Florida.

We have been servicing Tampa and caring for children with very rare diseases including xeroderma pigmentosum, epidermolysis bullosa, tubular sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, incontinentia pigmenti, but along with the rare conditions we are taking care of thousands of children every year who are suffering from eczema, rashes, allergies, hives, acne, scars, viral infections, molluscums, warts and on occasion malignancies or skin cancers even as young as the age of one.

We are truly blessed to be the most major player in providing pediatric dermatology services in Tampa Bay and we are privileged to be your dermatology practice of choice.

With my best wishes for a great month.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Panos Vasiloudes, MD, PhD

Board Certified Dermatologist, Board Certified Pediatrician


A few minutes could save your life

January 9, 2017
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) belong to the non-melanoma type of skin cancer, while Melanoma represents the most aggressive and dangerous form. It only accounts for about three percent of skin cancer cases, but causes more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.

It was important to us, at AAD, to prevent, diagnose, and treat as many cases as possible. Equally, you, as a fellow citizen, can play a major role in prevention and early detection. Applying a bit of sunscreen only takes a few minutes.  Come to a skin screening at one of our offices or to one of the Tampa Bay community events in which we participate. Wear a hat or sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.  Avoid tanning beds: People who use them are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. Although the most significant amount of UVB hits the US between 10 AM and 4PM, from April to October, these rays can burn and damage your skin year round. Find out if you are genetically predisposed to skin disease. Ask us about additional measures you can take to protect your skin. Enjoy the sun, but safely!


Message from one of our Aesthetic patients

December 5, 2016
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

I don’t know if you’re divorced and dating like me, job hunting, going to a reunion, or saw a picture and said, “who is that old lady?”

Now I treat my face like my teeth or my hair.  I have regularly scheduled anti-aging checkups – in conjunction with a maintenance plan of treatments or touch ups just a few times a year. Whoops! I skipped a maintenance appointment and now I need a deeper, costlier fix.

If you get evaluated at 35 and stay on a plan, you can still look 35 when you’re 50!  Or if you took a few years off like me, you can now walk in at 50 and have miracle treatments like Ultherapy and amazing injectables like Botox and Sculptra.

These treatments set you up to build collagen for the next year or two – getting you younger every day!  Go regularly!  You’ll need less product – and maintain your youthful appearance.  My secret weapon on anti-aging is the Academic Alliance of Dermatology.

Who knows skin and aging better than the Tampa Bay’s Premiere Dermatologists?  Call now to set up your free expert consultation at the Academic Alliance of Dermatologists.


AADs commitment- keeping you healthy and beautiful!

October 7, 2016
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

Keeping our patients healthy by offering the best education and prevention practices is our privilege. We treat many patients with cancer and premature ageing skin issues that are entirely preventable.

Floridas sun is beautiful but detrimental to your skin. AADs expert Aesthetics Practice offers simple, safe and effective products to keep your skin healthy and preserve a youthful appearance. These treatments and products can be as simple as a daily application at home. The results however, will be enjoyed for your lifetime.

AADs trained and certified Aesthetics Dermatology Providers, are the industrys best and have been performing skin rejuvenation for almost 20 years. Helping our patients look vibrant, yet natural is the hallmark of their expertise.

We invite you to visit us for a complimentary consultation to discover how to promote timeless health and beauty. We use only best practice physician-approved treatments to enhance your skins natural balance and combat ageing. Your skin is precious, entrust its care to your dermatologist and their team of experts.

Call us today to at (813) 882-9986, to book your appointment in any of our 14 locations. It will be our pleasure to serve you!

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL & FANTASTIC DAY!


Eliminate Death from Melanoma

September 29, 2016
by Academic Alliance in Dermatology

When I entered dermatology in 1995, over 20 years ago, I made it my mission to combat and eliminate death from malignant melanoma.

During my schooling, I was taught the ABCDEs of melanoma, with the A standing for asymmetry of a mole, B standing for border irregularity of a mole, C standing for color variation of a mole, D standing for diameter of a mole and E standing for evolution of a mole.

During my first 5 years in practice, I diligently applied this criteria and did very well in finding melanomas. However, I realized that most of the melanomas that I found were invasive and, unfortunately, some metastatic spreading to other areas.drpanossm

About 15 years ago with the introduction of routine photography for biopsied lesions and then correlation of the clinical photographs with the pathological diagnosis, I then understood that there were other important factors in diagnosing very early and thin melanomas. Diagnosing very early thin melanomas meant that the particular case would be 100% cured upon completion of surgery without need for radiation therapy, lymphatic mapping, immunotherapy or chemotherapy.

In the last 10 years, after studying over 2,000 cases of newly diagnosed melanomas, I am happy to report that we have significantly reduced the rate of metastatic melanomas, and the number of deaths from melanoma can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Therefore, my mission is to disseminate my knowledge acquired in the last decades in diagnosing thin melanomas. I believe the following factors are extremely important, and I will start with E, which stands for experience, expertise and evolution; F, which stands for funny looking moles; G, which stands for genetics, realizing that information about the genetics of the family is critical; H, which stands for history, including personal history, past history, family history, environmental history and social history, and I, which stands for instinct.

Applying the first five criteria, we are finding a higher rate of invasive melanomas. Applying the last five criteria, we have reduced the rate of invasive melanomas and metastatic melanomas to under 5%, and the prognosis of these cases is excellent.

AAD is proud to present this calendar, a compilation of interesting cases along with art created by children. The combination of melanomas which represent the dark side of the sun along with the art which represents the bright side of the sun, we want to stress the fact that we strive daily to reduce the darkness and bring further light, hope and health to our patients lives.