Kohn bags Illinois job for Academy of Dermatology

SCHAUMBURG, IL: The American Academy of Dermatology has picked a veteran of the Washington, DC public policy scene as its new associate executive director of communications.

SCHAUMBURG, IL: The American Academy of Dermatology has picked a veteran of the Washington, DC public policy scene as its new associate executive director of communications.

SCHAUMBURG, IL: The American Academy of Dermatology has picked a

veteran of the Washington, DC public policy scene as its new associate

executive director of communications.



David Kohn, press secretary for Illinois Congressman John Porter for the

past 15 years, will begin work at the academy on January 12. In his new

post, he will oversee media planning and professional and public

relations activity.



Kohn said he accepted the position with the 11,000-member organization

because ’it offered an opportunity that was a wonderful match for my

background.’ Through his work for Porter - who chairs a House

appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for healthcare

research - Kohn has been involved in national healthcare debate.



Kohn said the academy is hoping PR and communications will play a larger

role in its skin-disease awareness and prevention efforts. He pointed to

the group’s efforts in heightening skin cancer awareness as the type of

communications the academy wants to encourage.



The Illinois-based Kohn will be coordinating his communications efforts

with the academy’s DC office, which wants a greater role in the debate

on healthcare reform. ’We have to be at the table,’ Kohn said.



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