The South Beach Symposium (SBS) provides comprehensive education for practicing medical professionals to stay informed on the newest therapies, technologies, procedures and practice guidelines in medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine. The South Beach Symposium was founded in 2002 as an annual clinical and aesthetic dermatology conference held in Miami Beach, Florida. In 2015, the SBS launched its online educational resource center offering busy practitioners the opportunity to earn dermatology and aesthetic medicine continuing education on demand. SBS continues to expand its educational offerings with various educational conferences held throughout the year across the country in addition to the annual conference held in Miami Beach.
SBS prides itself on consistently providing innovative methods of education through highly interactive formats including live demonstrations and interactive panel and roundtable discussions with world-renowned faculty. For almost two decades the SBS has served as the benchmark for other educational conferences offering attendees the opportunity to learn transferrable skills, real-time pearls, and best-practice techniques that can easily be adapted to their current practice environment.
The South Beach Symposium is produced by Tarsus®. The acquisition of the SBS in November of 2014 expanded Tarsus' medical division, Tarsus Medical Group, to include live and online medical education offerings for the dermatology and aesthetic medicine community. Tarsus Medical Group provides a comprehensive, revolutionary collection of global events focused on valuable live and online medical education programs for healthcare practitioners of various specialties. All entities are geared at providing clinical education focused on disease prevention and management, taking into account a rapidly changing health industry.
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Meet The Chair
Mark S. Nestor, MD, PhD
Aventura, Florida Dermatology
Mark S. Nestor, MD, PhD is the Director of the Center for Cosmetic Enhancement and the Center for Clinical and Cosmetic Research in Aventura, Florida and a Voluntary Associate Professor of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami, Leonard Miller School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Nestor is Co-Chairman of Advanced Dermatology Management, a physician practice management company, and a managing partner of Skin and Cancer Associates a group practice of 52 Dermatologists and 38 offices throughout Florida. Dr. Nestor is a past President of the American Society for Photodynamic Therapy, the International Society for Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons, and Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Nestor received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from The State University of New York, his PhD in Experimental Pathology and Immunology from UCLA and his MD from UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at UCLA Medical Center and West Los Angeles V.A. Medical center. He completed his Residency in Dermatology at New York University.
Dr. Nestor is recognized as a world expert in cutaneous laser surgery, photodynamic therapy as well as the use of fillers and toxins in aesthetic medicine and conducts FDA and Non FDA clinical trials on pharmaceuticals and devices used in clinical and aesthetic dermatology. He also serves as a consultant to numerous pharmaceutical and device companies assisting them in the development of new medications, devices and Cosmeceuticals.
Dr. Nestor also has authored over 65 articles and book chapters and has delivered over 600 major presentations around the world. Dr. Nestor has also directed over 50 meetings and symposia on various topics in the field of cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery and practice management.
Meet The Planning Committee
Brian Berman, MD, PhD
Aventura, Flroida Dermatology
Brian Berman, MD, PhD
Dr. Brian Berman is Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and has had the honor of serving as a member of the Board of Directors and is presently Vice President-Elect of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology Association and the American Dermatological Association. He has served as Professor of Dermatology and Internal Medicine at the University of Miami, Medical Director for Dermatology for inpatient and outpatients at Dade County's Jackson Memorial Hospital, Professor of Dermatology and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at The University of California, Davis, Chief of the Dermatology Service at the VA Medical Center, Martinez, CA, and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. He is past President and Founder of The National Association of Veterans Affairs Dermatologists, Chaired the Dermatology Field Advisory Group for The Department of Veterans Affairs, is a member of the nominating committee of the American Dermatological Association, Treasurer of the American Cutaneous Oncology Society, and serves on the Scientific Advisory / Editorial Boards of The European Journal of Dermatology, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, and SKINmed, Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, edited The Miami Review series and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education.
In addition to caring for patients at Skin and Cancer Associates in Aventura, FL, Dr. Berman also attends and teaches at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center. As Co-Director of the Center for Clinical and Cosmetic Research he continues his broad-based clinical research program while focusing laboratory investigations on the study of the control of scarring. He has presented at over 300 local, regional, state, national and international Dermatologic Societies and meetings. He is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific and clinical articles, chapters and books, is the recipient of the Dean's Senior Faculty Clinical Research Award from the University of Miami School of Medicine, was bestowed the "Scientist of the Year" Award from Sigma Xi the Science and Research Honor Society and is included in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Doctors in America".
Michael H. Gold, MD
Nashville, Tennessee Dermatology
Michael H. Gold, MD
Dr. Michael H. Gold is the founder of Gold Skin Care Center, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa, The Laser & Rejuvenation Center, and Tennessee Clinical Research Center located in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Gold is also Clinical Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine also in Nashville. He is a Visiting Professor of Dermatology for Huashan Hospital, Fudan University in Shanghai, China (11/2006), Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital, Guangzhou, China, as well as Visiting Professor of Dermatology at Number One Hospital of China Medical University (11/2008) in Shenyang, China. Additionally, he is Visiting Professor of Plastic Surgery, First People's Hospital of Foshan, Guangzhou, China and The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejian University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang. Lastly, he is Visiting Professor of The People's Hospital of Hunan Province-September 25, 2016 through August 24, 2019.
Dr. Gold is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who oversees the various facets of the Gold Skin Care Center's operations: a combination of medical and surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, aesthetic services and research endeavors. Dr. Gold has earned a national and international reputation for providing patients with leading-edge technological advances and has expertise in all facets of dermatology and aesthetic care. The Tennessee Clinical Research Center is now one of the leading dermatologic research institutions in the U.S. Dr. Gold is the author of over 300 published scientific articles, 15 textbook chapters and the editor of two textbooks on photodynamic therapy and global use of PDT. Dr. Gold works as an associate editor with the majority of dermatology journals and actively contributes to the medical literature with his colleagues from around the world.
Dr. Gold speaks on national and international fronts, focusing on dermatology issues related to the use of lasers and energy-based devices, as well as the use of fillers and toxins in aesthetic and cosmetic dermatology.
He lectures in venues around the world and is a sought-after contributor to educational meetings globally. Dr. Gold is an active member of many of the leading dermatology and laser specialty societies in the U.S. and around the world.
He is the founder and past president of the Dermatologic & Aesthetic Surgery International League (DASIL), whose mission is to teach dermatology and dermatologic surgery all over the world in a non-profit setting.
This society has become one of the fastest-growing international dermatologic societies because of its core beliefs of teaching and transparency. He is also a founding member of the 5-Continent-Congress, one of the leading global aesthetic congresses. In addition, Dr. Gold is the President of the Symposium for Cosmetic Advances & Laser Education (SCALE), which is part of the Tennessee Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, of which Dr. Gold began 12 years ago to educate and teach the proper use of lasers and injectables in the community.
David J. Goldberg, MD, JD
New York, New York Dermatology
David J. Goldberg, MD, JD
Dr. Goldberg earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his dermatology residency and dermatologic surgical fellowship at New York University Medical Center. He has served as President as well as Chairman of both the Ethics and International Committees of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). Dr. Goldberg was the first ever recipient of the ASLMS Leon Goldman award named after the founder of laser medicine. He is past Chair of the Ethics Committee of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. He has also been a member of the board of directors of both ASDS and ISDS. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology and as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Goldberg is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Director of Laser Research of NY's Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is also Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Chief of Dermatologic Surgery at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School He has published over 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is author of books on Laser Hair Removal; Ablative and Non-ablative Skin Rejuvenation; Photodamaged Skin, Complications in Cutaneous Laser Surgery, and most recently Dermal Fillers in Dermatology . Dr. Goldberg has performed pivotal research studies in the areas of laser hair removal, non-ablative skin treatments, dermal fillers and new botulinum toxins. He is on the editorial boards of the Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and Dermatologic Surgery. He is current Senior Chief-Editor of the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. Finally, Dr. Goldberg is an attorney having graduated from NY's Fordham University School of Law where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law and teaches a course entitled "Advances in Health Care Law."
Leon Kircik, MD
Louiseville, Kentucky Dermatology
Leon Kircik, MD
Dr. Kircik is a Board Certified Dermatologist who graduated with AOA Honors from State University of New York at the Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn after completing his undergraduate work with Phi Beta Kappa at New York University. He completed a Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology Fellowship under the auspices of Dr. Frederick Mohs at the University of Wisconsin after completing his dermatology residency at State University of New York in Buffalo.
He currently teaches as Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN, as well as at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Kircik is also the Medical Director of DermResearch, PLLC and Physicians Skin Care, PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been the principal investigator of numerous clinical trials for psoriasis, acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, skin cancers, and actinic keratosis, just to name a few.
Dr. Kircik is an author of many scientific articles, abstracts and posters. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on all aspects of dermatologic conditions. In addition, he also serves on the advisory boards of several pharmaceutical companies as a consultant. He is on the editorial board of Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Practical Dermatology, The Journal of Clinical & Aesthetic Dermatology, and Case Report in Clinical Pathology. He volunteers for multiple local and national medical society committees.
Z. Paul Lorenc, MD
New York, New York Plastic Surgery
Z. Paul Lorenc, MD
Z. Paul Lorenc, MD, FACS (pronounced "Lawrence") is a world-renowned board certified aesthetic plastic surgeon who balances surgical expertise with an acute aesthetic sense of composition and proportion in the areas of facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement and body contouring.
Since establishing his private Park Avenue practice in 1987, Dr. Lorenc has been actively involved in research, development and advancement of new aesthetic surgical and non-surgical techniques and procedures. He is internationally recognized for creating endoscopic techniques to address a broad spectrum of aesthetic procedures, most notably the endoscopic forehead lift. Amongst his numerous patents, in 1997 Dr. Lorenc received US Patent No. 5,611,814 for a bio-absorbable soft tissue device. This revolutionary device allows for the placement of soft tissues in a superior position while replacing the use of obvious suturing with tiny incisions and eliminating the metal fixation screws that often required a secondary procedure for removal.
As a recognized authority in facial anatomy Dr. Lorenc is a pioneer in the development of the latest generation of dermal fillers and neurotoxins, leading various clinical trials such as the pivotal study of Restylane®. As the sole aesthetic plastic surgeon involved, Dr. Lorenc headed the largest clinical trial site and tracked the safety and efficacy of Restylane® in a double blind study of more than 100 patients over a twelve-month period. Subsequently, he was selected to lead the team of experts who presented the resulting data on Restylane® to the FDA Advisory Panel, leading to confirmation for its use in the United States in December 2003.
In addition to seeing patients and conducting research, Dr. Lorenc regularly contributes to the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal among others, as well as editing medical publications and contributing chapters to aesthetic surgery textbooks. Dr. Lorenc is also author of the international bestseller, A Little Work...Behind The Doors Of A Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon (St. Martin's Press, 2004), a revealing look inside the exclusive and evolving world of aesthetic procedures in New York City.
Dr. Lorenc is a sought-after public speaker in demand by leading medical societies and universities around the globe and is frequently consulted by major media outlets to offer scientific opinions and comment on new aesthetic surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Lorenc has appeared on NBC's Today in New York, The Today Show, and Dateline; CNN's Larry King Live and the CNN Presents documentary, The Fountain of Youth; ABC's Good Morning America, The View, and 20/20, WABC's Channel 7 News, CBS's Morning Show, WCBS's Evening News, Fox News and Oxygen Channel's Life in Style.
Dr. Lorenc has been widely quoted in major consumer magazines and newspapers including Allure, Conde Nast Traveler, Cosmopolitan, Departures, Elle, Family Circle, Forbes, Glamour, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Lucky!, Marie Claire, More, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Redbook, Shape, Smart Money, Tatler, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily News, The New York Post, The New York Times, The Sunday London Times Magazine, The Times of London, The Berliner Zeitung, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News & World Report, Vogue, W, and Women's Wear Daily.
Dr. Lorenc is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and others.
Lawrence Schachner, MD
Miami, Florida Pediatric Dermatology
Lawrence Schachner, MD
Lawrence A. Schachner, MD, is Senior Associate Dean and Executive Director for Development, University of Miami School of Medicine, Chair Emeritus and Stiefel Laboratories, Professor of the Department of Dermatology, Professor of Pediatrics, and Co-Director of the Division of Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Schachner has written over 150 scientific publications and is best known as the lead author of the textbook Pediatric Dermatology. In 2004, Dr. Schachner was named "Practitioner of the Year" by the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. The nearly 800 dermatologists in the state lauded him for his longtime commitment to pediatric dermatology. He is past president of the American Society for Pediatric Dermatology and has been cited in numerous periodicals of best doctors, including The Best Doctors in America 1992 to present, Who's Who in America, and the Guide to Top Doctors. Dr. Schachner's interests include bioengineered skin in pediatric wounds, skin infections and infestations in children, sun protection in childhood, cutaneous signs of child and sexual abuse, and new therapeutic modalities for acne, eczema, and epidermolysis Bullosa.