The Association of Cutaneous Surgeons of India – ACS(I) – is the premier organization in the country devoted to the promotion and advancement of knowledge and skills in the field of surgical and aesthetic dermatology. The aim of the association is to educate dermatologists, conduct conferences and workshops, promote research and assist in public health education in the field of dermatologic surgery and, thereby, improve the quality of cutaneous surgery training in the country. ACS(I) is in existence since 1999. Its roots, however, go back to the last quinquennium of the 20th century when it was formed by the merger of two national bodies representing cutaneous surgeons in the country - the Association of Dermatologic Surgeons of India (ADSI) and the Indian Academy of Cutaneous Surgeons (IACS), established in 1995 and 1996 respectively.
The Association of Dermatologic Surgeons of India(ADSI)was formed in 1995 with the aim of improving the quality of the cutaneous surgery training in the country. As this subspeciality is still new to most of the dermatologists, cosmetologists, and aesthetic surgeons in the country, the aim is to inform them and educate the members about the most recent developments.
The Founder Executive Committee and Members of ADSI (1995) were: President: Dr. S.S.Savant Vice President: Dr. C.R. Srinivas Secretary / Treasurer: Dr. S.D. Shenoi Members: Dr. Suresh P. Joshipura Dr. Ashok Parakh Dr. Vinay V. Saraf Dr. Sumit K. Bose. In 1996 Indian Academy of Cutaneous Sugeons(IACS) was formed with the aim to develop aesthetic judgement based on ethical practice of cutaneous surgery with the root in cutaneous biology and clinical dermatology.Stress was given on the inclusion of cutaneous surgery in the post graduate and undergraduate curriculum where it is neglected the most. Organising conferences, workshops and CMEs was suggested for ventilation and sharing of ideas, information and exchange of opinionsfor the better understanding of the subject. Publishing a Journal and Year book of Dermatosurgery were also in the cards. The founder Executive committee members of IACS(1996) were : President: Dr. Subrata Malakar Chief Patron : Dr. Jayakar Thomas Vice Presidents: Dr. R. N. Dutta Dr. Girija Ramanan General Secretary: Dr. Sandipan Dhar Joint Secretaries : Dr. Lokendra Pratap Singh Dr. Koushik Lahiri Treasurer: Dr. Mani Kumar Sharma Members: Dr. Satish S. Savant Dr. P. C. Rath Dr. Prasenjit Mohanty Dr. Balasubramaniam Dr. Rajeev Sharma Dr. Sujit R. Sengupta Dr. Aloke Kr. Roy Dr. Anil Ganjoo Dr. A. K. Khare Dr. Suresh Jain Dr. Ravi Saini Dr. Rakesh Bharati. In 1999 both of these National bodies representing cutaneous surgeons in the country merged together and formed Association of Cutaneous Surgeons of India(ACSI).Live workshops and conferences organized by the association provide an excellent opportunity to the members to learn the surgical dermatology. Association's training program and fellowships are open only to the members. In addition, members will get a discounted registration fee in the conferences and workshops organised by the association. All members will receive the Indian Journal of Dermatosurgery free of cost.
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