Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD)

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When you see the letters “FAAD” after your dermatologist’s name, it stands for:

Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD)

The letters FAAD tells you that you’re seeing a dermatologist, a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating the skin, hair, and nails, who:

  • Has completed medical school, a year-long internship, and three years of residency training in dermatology.

  • Is board-certified in dermatology, having passed the rigorous board exams given by the American Board of Dermatology, the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

    • To keep up with medical advances, dermatologists continue to study and learn. They are then tested on what they learn and must either:

      • Pass the board exam every 10 years or

      • Participate in ongoing self-assessment, which is monitored by their certifying board

  • Is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Most dermatologists in the United States are members of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Why choose an FAAD dermatologist?

When you see an FAAD dermatologist, you:

  • Receive care from a doctor who has the most rigorous medical education and training to diagnose and treat more than 3,000 skin, hair, and nail conditions.

  • Benefit from their in-depth medical knowledge of the skin and its relationship to overall health.

  • Know your dermatologist continues to train and keeps up on the latest medical advances.

How can I find an FAAD dermatologist?

The best place to find an FAAD dermatologist is to visit the American Academy of Dermatology’s website, Find a Dermatologist tool.


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