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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 150 exceptional young scientists with the vision, drive and dedication to find new and innovative new ways to prevent, detect and treat skin disease.
  • Committed $7.9 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.