Serving the Underserved, Encouraging the Underrepresented

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) was a skin disease Dr. Ginette Okoye had never given much thought to before she entered her first faculty appointment.

2022 Honorary Awards

2022 Honorary Awards

They have in common a desire to share knowledge and shape dermatology–its study and research, its practice, and its care of patients. Their distinctive contributions to dermatology set them apart, and DF pays tribute to them through its Honorary Awards Program.

There are four award categories— Lifetime Career Educator, Practitioner of the Year, Clark W. Finnerud Award, and the Distinguished Service Award, which has been presented only four times in the last 40 years.

2022 recipients of a DF Honorary Award are Dr. Victoria Werth, Lifetime Career Educator; Dr. William Sawchuk,  Practitioner of the Year; Dr. Valerie Callender, Clark W. Finnerud Award; and Dr. Jerry Krueger, Distinguished Service Award.

In this issue, we present Lifetime Career Educator Dr. Victoria Werth and Practitioner of the Year, Dr. William Sawchuk.

Watch this space for profiles of Clark W. Finnerud Award recipient Dr. Valerie Callender, and Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Gerald Krueger.

The Translational Educator

Listening to Dr. Victoria Werth lecture in dermatology is like taking a master class —one where you hang onto every word and commit to developing your career with as high a degree of intention as she has.

A Practice of Care

Dr. William Sawchuk first learned about dermatology when he was a boy and his brother needed treatment for a severe case of acne. The family met with the local dermatologist, a hardship for a blue-collar family, who provided the necessary treatment.


Funding to Elevate Treatment, Patient Care

In the US alone, 7.5 million people suffer from psoriasis. Thanks to Bristol Myers Squibb's generous $1-million donation to the Foundation, a significant opportunity to advance our understanding of this disease or to enhance patient care is available.

The BMS Psoriasis Research Award will fund high-impact research projects of three exceptional mid-career investigators over three years, beginning in 2023 and into 2024 and 2025.

Bristol Myers Squibb

Our sincere gratitude to Bristol Myers Squibb.

Visit the Foundation's website in July for 2024 application deadlines. View submission guidelines.

3 Years, 3 Investigators, $1 Million Donation

Three extraordinary mid-career investigators with established trajectories of excellence in basic, translational and clinical research will receive DF funding through its DF Research Award Program, now enhanced with the BMS million-dollar donation.

CS 2022 Plenary Sessions

CS 2022 Plenary Sessions

It’s not often you can surround yourself with experts in your field who are as willing to engage with you as you are with them—not unless you attend DF’s annual Clinical Symposium. Year after year, the event gathers illustrious speakers as well as kudos. People come to converse, learn, and debate.

We’ve selected summaries of mini-symposia presentations delivered in 2022 by Dr. Tina Bhutani, Dr. Steven Chen, Dr. Yvonne Chiu, Dr. Mark Davis, Dr. Jeff North, and Dr. Jim Treat.

OFF Label ON Children

Dr. Treat presented off-label uses of systemic medications for rare and common pediatric diseases.

Wake Up Dermatology! It’s Time to Talk About Sleep

Dr. Bhutani talked about sleep: what sleep is, why sleep is important, the consequences of sleep deprivation, sleep’s impact on the skin, and future directions of sleep research.

Bringing Research from Bench to Bedside

Dr. Chen presented on dermatologic immune-related adverse events (D-irAEs) and the role of dermatology specialists in the care of patients who are treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs).

Missed the 20th Anniversary of DF's Clinical Symposium?

We'll take you there in words and images this summer. Here's what we're planning:

  • A photo report of participants, speakers, presentations, and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Proceedings of plenary sessions
  • Profiles of 2023 Honorary Award recipients:
    Timothy G. Berger, MD, Lifetime Career Educator Award; Michael T. Goldfarb, MD, Practitioner of the Year Award; R. Jeffrey Herten, MD, Clark W. Finnerud Award; and John J. Voorhees, MD, the Distinguished Service Medallion

In 2021, a year like no other, DF created a virtual CME event to maintain the educational program normally presented at our annual 3-day DF Clinical Symposia in its seaside setting.

Spring-Summer 2021 [PDF]

The annual DF Clinical Symposia is a highly regarded 3-day CME event created to share outstanding experts’ knowledge in formal plenary talks, breakfast roundtables, and interactive evening therapeutics forums.

Winter 2020-21 [PDF]

Psoriasis is a chronic, debilitating, inflammatory systemic skin disease with a negative psychological impact. It is associated with multiple significant comorbidities. In the US alone, it affects more than 8 million people.

Winter 2019-2020 [PDF]