Who We Are and What We Do
A unique collaboration of patients, families, advocates, physicians and scientists, American Skin Association has evolved over the past two decades as a leading force in efforts to defeat melanoma, skin cancer and disease.
Established to serve the now more than 100 million Americans — one third of the U.S. population — afflicted with skin disorders, the organization's mission remains to...
- Advance research
- Champion skin health — particularly among children
- Drive public awareness about skin disease
Under the visionary leadership of Founder & President George W. Hambrick, Jr., MD, our achievements include:
- Supported the work of over 200 exceptional young scientists with the vision, drive and dedication to find new and innovative new ways to prevent, detect and treat skin disease.
- Committed $50 million to advance dermatological research — the key to earlier diagnosis, less invasive therapies and, in time, prevention and cure.
- Provided free instruction in sun safety and skin health to 12 million children, teachers & parents through award-winning, national public school programs, such as The Wonders of Skin: Looking Good, Being Healthy and ASA's newest initiative for pre-teens and young teens — The Skin You're In.
- Established a model laboratory at Weill Cornell Medical College, which today remains one of the finest research facilities of its kind.
- Helped Americans to better understand the often devastating impact of skin disease and the skin's irreplaceable role in good health through a free hotline, publications and a Web site developed with The Rockefeller University.
- Urged government leaders to support increased funding for research, which is today among the National Institutes of Health's lowest priorities.