Honors & Awards

Board of Directors American Academy of Dermatology


The votes are in! The following candidates will take office at the conclusion of the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in San Francisco, CA on March 23, 2021. Congratulations to the Department of Dermatology's Chair, Dr. Maria Hordinsky, for being elected to the Board of Directors of the AAD! The AAD is one of the largest organizations of dermatologists in the world. Founded in 1938, the AAD represents more than 20,500 dermatologists in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Mark D. Kaufmann, MD, FAAD

Vice President-Elect
Linda F. Stein Gold, MD, FAAD

Board of Directors
April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH, FAAD
James Q. Del Rosso, DO, FAAD*
Lindy P. Fox, MD, FAAD
Maria K. Hordinsky, MD, FAAD
Jennifer Lucas, MD, FAAD

Nominating Committee Member Representative
Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD*

Women’s Dermatologic Society Board of Directors


Congratulations to Dr. Ronda Farah, Assistant Professor, for being elected to serve on the Women's Dermatologic Society Board of Directors!

President (2020-2021)
Molly Hinshaw, MD

President-Elect (2020-2021)
Erin Gilbert, MD, PhD, FAAD

Vice President (2020-2021)
Jennifer Lucas, MD

Directors (2020-2024)
Seemal Desai, MD, FAAD
Ronda Farah, MD
Shari Lipner, MD, PhD, FAAD
Michi Shinohara, MD

Scholar Grant, Academic Investment Research Program (AIRP)


Congratulations to Dr. David Pearson, Assistant Professor, for being awarded a Scholar Grant from the Academic Investment Research Program (AIRP) for the development of a cutaneous ultraviolet/visible photodiode! 

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery President’s Award


Dr. Ian Maher was honored during the recent American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) annual meeting in Chicago with the 2019 ASDS President’s Award!

This award recognizes those who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the field of dermatologic surgery. Dr. Maher serves on countless ASDS work groups, created the Sun Safe Soccer public service program, and serves as the ASDS Advocacy Liaison to the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention. Additionally, at this year’s meeting Dr. Maher lectured on nose reconstruction after skin cancer surgery, using technology to improve surgical education, and moderated an expert panel on surgical complications. The ASDS has previously honored Dr. Maher for Outstanding Service in 2015, and the American College of Mohs Surgery honored him with the Distinguished Service Award in 2018.

As one of our residents said, “Great job, coach!"

13th Annual Sheldon Mandel Memorial Lecture


We had a fantastic evening celebrating with the Mandel family at the 13th annual Sheldon Mandel Memorial Lecture.

Our guest speaker was Dr.Jennifer Huang, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and Program Director for the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program.  Dr. Huang spoke about her experience in building bridges across specialties and disciplines in dermato-oncology, along with using visual thinking skills and fine arts curriculum to enhance observational skills in dermatology residents. We thank Dr. Huang and the Mandel family for their support. 

Medical Management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa


Congratulations to Dr. Noah Goldfarb, Assistant Professor, for speaking on medical management of hidradenitis suppurativa at the 2019 Summer American Academy of Dermatology Meeting.

We look forward to his contributions in the upcoming evidence based screening guidelines.

New Allergy Clinic!


Congratulations to Dr. Paul Bigliardi  and his team on the opening of the new Allergy Clinic! This clinic will provide comprehensive testing including patch testing, drug and food allergy testing. Dr. Paul Bigliardi is a Professor in the Department of Dermatology.

Resident International Grant from The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)


Congratulations to Dr. Katherine Kenneweg for being awarded a Resident International Grant from The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to participate in a four to six week elective in Botswana.

This grant gives residents an opportunity to learn about the care of tropical and HIV-related dermatologic conditions as well as how to practice routine dermatology with finite resources. Residents are expected to prepare lectures and presentations, develop a database of photos, submit teledermatology consults, and present reports of their activities to the Academy and their home programs.

Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship


Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Christina Boull on her new leadership position! Dr. Boull will now be the Program Director for the Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship and the Advanced Derm Course director. Dr. Boull looks forward to taking on these new roles and is committed to supporting learners of all stages to appreciate the depth of our specialty.

Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship (GIA)


Congratulations to Dr. David Pearson, Assistant Professor, for being awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship (GIA) for development of a 3D printed cutaneous ultraviolet/visible photodiode!

The Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship program (GIA) promotes the research, scholarly, and artistic activities of faculty and supports both independent research and academic excellence throughout the University.

2019 VA Supervisor of the Year Award


Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Bershow, Head of Dermatology at the Minneapolis VAMC for being selected to receive the 2019 VA Supervisor of the Year Award.

One of the Workforce Engagement Council’s goals is to identify ways to improve respectful communication, develop reward and recognition strategies and establish incentive programs that facilitate outstanding service, creativity, innovation and accountability for achievement of VHA goals.

Distinguished Alumni Award


Dr. Mark Dahl, Professor Emeritus and former Department Head, was recently selected as a recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which will be presented at the Medical School Alumni Awards Banquet, on Wednesday, April 24.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, formerly known as the Alumni Recognition Award, recognizes University of Minnesota Medical School graduates who have made outstanding contributions to their communities—at the local, regional, or national level—through medical practice, teaching, research, or other humanitarian activities. Nominees are graduates of the University of Minnesota Medical School.