about derma care access network

The Derma Care Access Network sponsors educational initiatives and advocacy programs designed to encourage informed policymaking about the benefits of access to approved therapies and appropriate clinical care.


These programs provide the foundational capacity for developing a network of engaged advocates who are trained, organized and activated in furtherance of DCAN’s mission.

DCAN promotes better skin health through advocating for public policies that:

  • Encourage the advancement of dermatological science and innovation

  • Support the education of patients, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders

  • Promote the development of improved means of preventing and treating skin disease

  • Further access to appropriate prevention and treatment options for all patients.

Executive Director

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Michael Walsh

Executive Director, Derma Care Access Network

Executive Director, Alliance for Balanced Pain Management

Principal, Patient Advocacy Strategies



Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD

President, Derma Care Access Network

Associate Professor of Dermatology

Residency Program Director

Director of Translational Research

Department of Dermatology, George Washington School of Medicine


Jeffrey M. Sobell, MD

Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Chief Dermatologist, Ora Clinical Research and Development

Skincare Physicians, Chestnut Hill, MA



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Peter Lio, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology & Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Founding Director, Chicago Integrative Eczema Center

Founding Partner, Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago


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Avery H. LaChance, MD, MPH

Director, Connective Tissue Diseases ClinicDirector, Health Policy and Advocacy

Instructor, Harvard Medical School



The Derma Care Access Network is a 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy organization of diverse stakeholders, including patients, patient advocates, physicians, and scientists. DCAN is a project of the Alliance for Patient Access.


To become a member, please contact Mike Walsh at  mwalsh@allianceforpatientaccess.org