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Director of Ameriderm Research

  • James A. Solomon, MD, PhD  (curriculum vitae)
    James A. Solomon, MD, PhD

    Dr. James A. Solomon, who is the Director of Ameriderm Research, the Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery (ADCS) Clinical Research Division, earned his Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland; his Ph.D. in Immunology from SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York; and his M.D. from SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. He completed research fellowships at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, NY as well as at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. He did his residency training in Boston, Massachusetts: Pathology at the Mallory Institute of Pathology, Boston City Hospital: Pediatrics at Tufts New England Medical Center, and Dermatology at the combined Boston University/Tufts University program. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

    Before joining ADCS, Dr. Solomon’s career included a tenure as a full time Assistant Professor at Boston University Department of Dermatology; the Director of the Dermatology Department of MWCHP (a Blue Cross HMO); a solo practitioner of medical and cosmetic dermatology in Massachusetts for 17 years; a hospital based medical and cosmetic dermatologist in Illinois. During this time, he maintained academic associations with Tufts Medical School, University of Illinois, and Southern Illinois University and continued being involved in clinical research.

    He has been an active member of multiple medical societies including serving on several committees. These include the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), Massachusetts Medical Society, Illinois Medical Society, and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine (United Kingdom), International Society for Hair Replacement Surgery, American Contact Dermatitis Society, American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, Society for Investigative Dermatology, Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and Society of Clinical Research Associates, American Dermatoepidemiology Network (ADEN), Dermatoepidemiology Expert Resource Group of AAD (DermEpi ERG), International Dermatoepidemiology Association (IDEA), Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA).

    As Director of Ameriderm Research, Dr. Solomon is in charge of creating and establishing a new academic research model. ADCS is the largest dermatology practice with over 100 offices, seeing over 1,000.000 patients per year. The goal of Ameriderm Research is to make available the latest clinical drugs and devices to our patients as well as make the large patient population available to the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. We currently have 6 clinical trial sites and are involved in over 50 studies. Ameriderm Research performs pharmaceutical initiated clinical trials in Actinic Keratosis, Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Lymphangiosarcoma, Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Acne Vulgaris, Rosacea, Atopic Dermatitis, Chronic Hand Eczema, Hidradenitis Supprativa, Psoriasis, Alopecia Areata, Pattern Alopecia, Pediculosis Capitis, Tinea Pedis, Onychomycosis, Impetigo, Herpes Zoster, and Type II Diabetes.

    Furthermore, Dr. Solomon maintains two academic appointments: Assistant Clinical Professor, Dermatology at University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana- Champaign (UIUC), Illinois as well as Associate Professor, Dermatology at University of Central Florida, College of Medicine in Orlando (Lake Nona) Florida. Through these appointments Dr. Solomon is involved in both teaching as well as more basic clinical research collaborations with these as well as several other academic centers throughout the US. Dr. Solomon was involved in multiple committees related to establishing the curriculum for the new UCF Medical School.

    Dr. Solomon and Ameriderm Research sponsor a post graduate research fellowship in dermatology for physicians with an interest in developing skills in advancing the knowledge and understanding of dermatological disease and its role in general health. In addition, Dr. Solomon and Ameriderm Research sponsors several ongoing research projects with students from UCF-COM and other medical schools. For highly motivated high students, there is a research fellowship which is approved through UCF-COM.

    As a result of these research projects, Dr. Solomon has published over 50 journal articles including one in the New England Journal of Medicine concerning the treatment with vismodigeb of locally advanced and metastatic basal cell carcinoma.

    Dr. Solomon is the lead for a project of ADEN & DermEPI ERG to form a non-biased international cooperative to update outcome assessment measures in psoriasis. Recently, the pSOAR project has agreed to form a cooperative effort with the IDEOM project which is sponsored by GRAPPA and National Psoriasis Foundation. Through his role at IDEOM, Dr Solomon uses social media to identify patients from around the globe who work with the professionals to revamp the current system to one that is patient oriented in its approach to treatment and disease assessment.

    Dr. Solomon is chair of the Uniform Protocol Project of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. This a precedence setting project wherein a patient advocacy group has gained FDA support to draft uniform protocols that will have IRB and FDA approval in concept for clinical trials to develop treatments for patients with alopecia areata.

    There will be a core uniform protocol and then modules related to specific treatment modalities. It is hoped that this plan will facilitate the interest of the pharmaceutical and medical device industry to investigate whether or not their drugs or device can be instrumental in treating alopecia areata.

    Dr. Solomon has accepted an invitation to serve as an Assistant Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) for a 5 year term commencing June 1, 2013. In addition, Dr. Solomon serves as a reviewer for JAMA-Derm, and Journal Dermatological Treatment. He has accepted an appointment to the Outcomes Committee of the AAD.

    In addition to his activities as Director of Ameriderm Research, Dr. Solomon continues to see routine and cosmetic dermatologic patients through the Ormond Beach, Rockledge and Palm Bay offices of ADCS. Since his academic career started in Boston, in a manner similar to the TV character House, Dr Solomon He specializes in the evaluation and management of patients with dermatological problems complicated by a patient’s interactions with food, behavior, and environment. In addition, he has developed a format to work with patients who have scarring and/or pigment irregularity from acne or rosacea to over 6-18 months (as a goal) to minimize these scars and make the skin vibrant glowing with uniform texture and pigment. These techniques can also be applied to pregnancy related stretch marks.


  • David Boyd, MD  
    David Boyd, MD

    Dr. David Boyd earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University, his Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and his Doctor of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University. He completed his dermatology training within the National Capital Consortium in Bethesda, Maryland. He was on Active Duty in the U.S. Navy for 25 years, first as a Naval Flight Officer, and later as a Flight Surgeon and Dermatologist. He has been in Jacksonville, Florida since 2008, and retired as a Commander in 2012.

    Dr. Boyd is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. His primary interests include the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, as well as all aspects of medical dermatology. He has a particular interest in the treatment of follicular-based skin conditions.

    Dr. Boyd is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the American Medical Association and the Association of Military Dermatologists. He served as President of the Jacksonville Dermatologic Society in 2012. He has held an academic appointment in Dermatology at the Uniformed Services University for more than five years, and has multiple
    articles and presentations to his credit.

  • Matt Leavitt, DO, FAOCD  (curriculum vitae)
    Matt Leavitt, DO, FAOCD

    Dr. Matt Leavitt is a Board Certified dermatologist and the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery (ADCS), the country's largest dermatology practice. Additionally, he is Founder and Chairman of Ameriderm, a division that provides billing and collections services for dermatology practices outside of ADCS.

    Dr. Leavitt also founded Medical Hair Restoration (MHR), which he grew into national practice for surgical hair transplantation that became the second largest hair restoration practice in the country. Dr. Leavitt now holds the office of Executive Medical Advisor with Bosley, the largest hair restoration group in the world, due to the merger of MHR and Bosley.

    Dr. Leavitt has served as President of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD) and as Advisor and Trustee for the North American Academy of Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery. He is a founding father of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, where he served as its first vice president. The group administers board examinations and establishes standards for hair transplant surgeons. He was also the founder of the World Hair Society. Additionally, Dr. Leavitt was one of the founding members, and is currently the president, of the Hair Foundation.

    As clinical advisor for Merck Pharmaceutical, Dr. Leavitt was among the original physicians selected to study the effects of the hair-growth drug Propecia on hair transplantation. Dr. Leavitt is currently a member of the advisory boards and national speaker for Abbott and Allergan, both pharmaceutical companies specializing in dermatology products. Formerly he was a member of the advisory boards of Pfizer (now Johnson & Johnson) Consumer Health, manufacturers of Rogaine. He was selected by the National Educational Foundation to train other physicians nationwide on the use of Botox, and was a member of Connetic's Clinical Advisory Board, a company noted for its development of skin, dermatology and scalp related medications. Since 2005, Dr. Leavitt has served as a special consultant to Lexington International, manufacturers of the Hairmax LaserComb.

    Dr. Leavitt currently is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Dermatology for University of Central Florida, University of Florida and NOVA Southeastern University. Additionally, he is a preceptor for NOVA University's Physician Assistant Training Program. He is often requested to speak at Dermatology Grand Rounds at the University of Florida and the Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

    Dr. Leavitt's vision led to the development of Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery's research division which has undertaken numerous studies for major pharmaceutical companies.

    Dr. Leavitt is recognized both nationally and internationally as an accomplished author, clinical researcher, surgeon and lecturer on the subject of hair loss. He has been sought after to speak on hair loss and dermatology to diverse groups amongst which are the AOCD, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American academy of Dermatology, American Hair Loss Council, Premier Hair Show, European Cosmetic Surgeons, ISHRS, Masters Teaching Workshop in Mexico, the Multi-Specialty Foundation for Facial Aesthetic Surgical Excellence and the American Association of Anti-Aging.

    Dr. Leavitt's physician group was originally selected to research and evaluate the CO2 laser and again chosen as a beta site to study the practicality and use of the Erbium laser on hair transplantation. He was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious 'Golden Follicle,' an award presented by nomination from an elite group of leaders and peers involved in hair transplantation surgery, known as the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), and selected for two consecutive years for the Milestone Award by the Italian Society of Hair Restoration. In 2002, he was also elected to the Board of Governors of the ISHRS, where he served until 2009.

    Dr. Leavitt is a founder and 17 time chairman of the annual Live Surgery Workshop, which is acclaimed worldwide for its scope of training doctors in hair transplant and cosmetic surgery, its scientific presentations by the Who's Who in the field of hair research and cosmetic procedures and for the showcasing of innovative surgical techniques, procedures and patented instruments. Dr. Leavitt is credited with originating 'crosshatching,' and the 'zipper' closure, techniques used in hair transplantation as well as inventing several surgical instruments. He has received three research grants from ISHRS and was a recipient of two educational monographs where he collaborated with a group of other physicians to develop teaching and instructive programs for doctors.

    Dr. Leavitt has penned numerous articles for dermatology, hair and cosmetic journals and has served three times as editor for special hair loss editions of the International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. He published a chapter on 'Corrective Hair Surgery' in the first edition of Hair Restoration, a medical textbook, and a chapter on 'Follicle Facts' in the fourth edition of the book. In 2004, he authored chapters on 'Scalp Anatomy' and 'The Consultation Process' in the fourth edition of another textbook, Hair Transplantation. He is also the author of three chapters in the upcoming 5th Edition of Hair Transplantation and published a chapter on LLLT (low-level laser therapy) in the laser textbook, Lasers and Non-Surgical Rejuvenation.' He has also published for the consumer, Women and Hair Loss: A Physician's Perspective, which has been reviewed and acclaimed by such readers as Richard Simmons, and referenced as a source material in medical books.

    Dr. Leavitt has been interviewed by Forbes, Men's Vogue, Parents Magazine, International Herald Tribune, MD News, Cosmetic Surgery Times, 20/20, WGN radio, New Beauty, Healthy Aging, Playboy, MuscleMag and Men's Health. He has appeared on America's Health Network, CBS's 'The Early Show,' The Learning Channel, plus numerous local news programs nationwide. He has been interviewed by the Orlando Business Journal and USA Today regarding the Hairmax Lasercomb as well as appearing on NBC iVillage regarding acne and skin care. Most recently, Dr. Leavitt has been selected by ACG (the Association for Corporate Growth) for the 2010 award for outstanding corporate business. The Florida Medical Business Journal selected Dr. Leavitt as the recipient of the Physician Business Leadership award in 2003, and deemed his Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery offices as the 'Best Dermatology Practice' in 2004. Florida Business Week has honored the dermatology practice several times for its management, patient care and for Dr. Leavitt's achievements. He has co-sponsored five annual charity golf tournaments benefiting Ronald McDonald House, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) in Orlando, Florida. In 2009 he was asked to be Chair of the CCFA Take Steps chapter in Orlando, a post he continues to hold.

    A graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Leavitt completed his residency at Ohio University Grandview Medical Center.

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