What is the DPAF

The Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF) was established in 2015 in order to help dermatology PAs expand their leadership and contribution to the field of dermatology.  The DPAF is led by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) Board of Directors.  In addition, the Immediate Past President of the SDPA is required to serve as a DPAF Trustee.

Established exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, the DPAF is a 501c3 corporation. The purpose of the DPAF is to engage in research, scholarships, educational activities, and philanthropy designed to improve the practice of dermatologic patient care by PAs and other medical professionals.


The Dermatology PA Foundation seeks to fund and promote education, research, and philanthropy to advance the field of dermatology.

DPAF Bylaws

DPAF Statement of Values

The Dermatology PA Foundation requires that, in addition to adhering to our Code of Ethics, board members, volunteers and employees adhere to a core set of values in each action they take on behalf The Foundation.

Ethical Conduct as Healthcare Providers: As stated in our Code of Ethics, The DPAF adheres to a strict code of ethics and understands we have an obligation to our patients, colleagues, other health professional and the public to adhere to standards of conduct that ensures their dignity, and promotes our understanding, compassion and empathy.

Improving Dermatologic Patient Care: The DPAF recognizes and upholds its commitment to engage in activities which result in the improvement of patient care and quality of life through direct philanthropic activities or indirectly through the development of opportunities and education for PAs and other medical professionals in the field of dermatology.

Integrity and Accountability: The DPAF its board members, volunteers and employees will act responsibly towards the communities and constituent groups that we serve and always for their benefits. We will uphold the highest level of integrity in our work and efforts and seek to be transparent in our practices.

Diversity: The DPAF its board members, volunteers and employees celebrate and respect all and work serve our constituency, implement our strategic plans and execute our mission regardless of race, religion, age, creed, marital status, gender or sexual identity, culture or nationality, values, political or socioeconomic status or nature of illness.

Stewardship: The DPAF its board members, volunteers and employees recognize that we are the stewards of the Foundations human and financial resources. We will treat our constituents, board members, volunteers, staff and partners with respect, fairness and good faith and safeguard their rights and welfare. We will administer and organize the Foundations resources with care. We will protect, preserve and spend wisely those funds contributed to the DPAF and its mission.

Innovation: The DPAF its board members, volunteers and employees are committed and open to seeking out innovation whenever possible for the benefit of the Foundation and the constituents it serves.


FullSizeRender 5The SDPA has a long history of philanthropic and educational activities.  In 2012, the SDPA established a philanthropic task force, which was transformed into the SDPA Philanthropic Committee in 2013 in order to promote the desire of its members to engage in fundraising and promoting awareness for dermatologic disease treatment and cures.  The initial projects of the task force and Philanthropic Committee included Miles for Melanoma 5K races in Seattle, Atlanta, and San Diego. The SDPA Philanthropic Committee was replaced by the DPAF on November 14, 2015, when the DPAF Board of Trustees met for the first time at the SDPA’s 13th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference at the Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL.  The first official joint project of the DPAF and SDPA also took place in Orlando with the 4th Miles for Melanoma 5K Run/Walk in support of the Melanoma Research Foundation.

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501c3 Nonprofit Organization

The DPAF is a 501c3 tax exempt organization. Click here to review the DPAFs IRS application and approval letter.