The sun is the primary source of excessive ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is the cause of most skin cancers. Immediate adverse effects of excessive exposure are sunburn and eye damage; longer effects include premature aging of the skin and skin cancer.
Connie Tegeler (2014 – 2017)
Connie Tegeler is currently the Associate Director of Philanthropic Programs for the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in Schaumburg, Illinois. The AAD is a professional medical association, founded in 1938, and is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails.
Before becoming a part of the Philanthropic Programs department in 2011, Ms. Tegeler was in the Communications department where she joined as a manager in 1999.
Since joining the AAD, she has served on a number of AAD Committees which focus on skin cancer, including the Melanoma/Skin Cancer Committee, Youth Education Committee, Ad Hoc Task Force on the ABCDs of Melanoma, and the disbanded National Coalition for Sun Safety. She has served as a member of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention since 2000, including serving as the Chair of the Membership and Bylaws Committee from 2003-2004, and the “Don’t Fry Day” work group. She also served on the Advisory Board for the CDC’s Shade Planning for America’s Schools.
At AAD, Connie leads the program staff and is responsible for the oversight and management of the national skin cancer screening program, the Play Sun Smart™ partnership with Major League Baseball and the Shade Structure grant program. Most recently, under her leadership, the Academy launched the SPOT Skin Cancer™ Initiative, a comprehensive program with the vision to eradicate skin cancer. These programs, along with other community outreach programs, support the members’ commitment to their communities and to the public at large.
Sophie Balk, M.D. (2015 - 2018)
Dr. Balk is a general pediatrician at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She practice pediatrics and teaches residents and students in a community-based health center in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Balk received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her Pediatrics internship and residency at Montefiore Medical Center. She has spent most of her career in the Bronx providing pediatric care to newborns, children, teenagers and young adults.
Dr. Balk’s academic work has focused on environmental health issues relevant to children and integrating those issues into pediatric practice. She has served on advisory boards and panels including serving as a member of the Advisory Committee to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Children’s Health Protection. Dr. Balk has worked extensively with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of more than 60,000 pediatricians, pediatric surgeons and pediatric subspecialists. She is a past Chairperson of the AAP’s Council (formerly Committee) on Environmental Health. She is Associate Editor of all editions of Pediatric Environmental Health, a manual for clinicians published by the AAP; the 3rd edition was published in 2012 and the 4th edition is in preparation.
Dr. Balk believes that pediatricians and other clinicians have opportunities to educate parents, children and teenagers about skin cancer prevention. Thus, one of her main goals is to increase pediatricians’ awareness of sun protection and indoor tanning hazards. She is the lead author of the AAP Technical Report and Policy Statement on Ultraviolet Radiation published in 2011. She has lectured locally, regionally and nationally and published in pediatric and other peer-reviewed journals on indoor tanning and sun protection.
Dr. Balk has served as the AAP’s liaison representative to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention for the last 14 years. She looks forward to continue working with dermatologists, pediatricians and the many other members of the National Council around our common goals.
John D. Antonishak
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