AAD selects 2017 Gold Medal recipient

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has selected Stephen I. Katz, MD, PhD, of Bethesda, Maryland, as the 2017 Gold Medal Recipient. Dr. Katz is an internationally respected physician, scientist, and administrative leader, as well as a pioneer in immunodermatology.

In his 40-year tenure as a senior investigator and then chief of NCI Dermatology Branch, Dr. Katz trained and mentored numerous national and international academic dermatology leaders, many of whom have gone on to attain high-ranking positions at institutions around the world. Since 1995, Dr. Katz has achieved great success as director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). He has been recognized by the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civil servant, for his contribution to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Gold Medal is the AAD’s highest award, and is presented on a very selective basis to acknowledge outstanding and exceptional service in the field of dermatology. Gold Medal Recipients are selected by the president of the Academy and automatically become honorary members.

“I have been a member of the AAD for 47 years, during which time I have been privileged to participate in many AAD programs and initiatives,” Dr. Katz said. “As well, in my capacity as director of [NIAMS], I have had the good fortune of working together with many AAD leaders and members to help inform our legislative and executive branches of government about the impact of skin disease, the role of dermatologists, and the importance of supporting research in skin biology and skin diseases.

“I am tremendously honored to receive the Gold Medal from the AAD,” he said. “I accept the award as an acknowledgment of my lifetime commitment and contributions to dermatology, medicine, and science at a national and international level.”


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