About Us

Who we are

HS-USA is a nonprofit public 501c3 charity incorporated in the State of Michigan, USA.

Our Board of Trustees is composed of nine members; our annual public meeting is held in Hamburg, Michigan in mid-June. We will soon be interviewing medical personnel to serve on our Medical Advisory Panel; the Panel�s purpose is to write RFPs (requests for proposals), post them in professional journals, review proposals for research, review research results and publish them.

Our Mission and Goals

  1. We will solicit funds for the promotion and facilitation of research into the causes, treatments and cure of Hidradenitis Suppurativa and will advance knowledge through the publication of Hidradenitis Suppurativa research in peer review journals, scientific books, the general press, pamphlets, world wide web, symposia and conferences.
  2. We will provide a forum for Hidradenitis Suppurativa patient advocacy and rights.
  3. We will support educational outreach to instill awareness and knowledge of Hidradenitis Suppurativa by the public and private sectors.

Board Meetings

1st Annual Meeting
2nd Annual Meeting (6/5/2004)
3rd Annual Meeting
5th Annual Meeting

Annual Reports



Nashville, TN, 2004
Brighton, MI, 2005
Seattle, WA, 2006
Philadelphia, PA, 2007

The Board of Directors

Cathy C. Lugo, President; Madison
Terry M. Houghton, Treasurer; Erie
Paula M. Adam, Trustee; California
April Stringer, Trustee; Belleville
Dennis Roberts, Trustee; Atlanta
Donald Gruber, Trustee; Pennsylvania
Caroyln Sinclair, Trustee, Secretary; New Jersey


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Webmaster (email)

How to Contact Us

Our mailing address is
2999 Victoria Court
Portland, ME 04101

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