Murad Alam is Professor of Dermatology, Otolaryngology and Surgery; and Professor of Medical Social Science, at Northwestern University. He received undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University, and completed medical training at the University of Michigan and Columbia University, followed by a Masters in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) at Northwestern, and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern. Author of over 250 scientific publications and editor of 20 books, Dr. Alam is Editor of Archives of Dermatological Research. Dr. Alam is director of CISTERN, an international collaboration developing clinical practice guidelines for soft-tissue tumors. During the past year, he has been the co-lead on the joint American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Plastic Surgeons guidelines for post-skin cancer excision repair, and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery guidelines for mitigating risk of injectable fillers. Dr. Alam is a member of the Methods Group of CS-COUSIN, an international organization supporting core outcome sets. He chairs the IMPROVED group, which produces core outcome sets for skin cancer and cosmetic conditions. Dr. Alam is a member of the Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Guidelines Panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network; delegate to the United States Pharmacopeia, which sets standards for medicines; member of the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the US FDA; and advisor to the American Medical Association-Current Procedural Terminology Committee, which defines medical procedures. Dr Alam is also a GIN trustee.