Honors & Awards

WDS Mentorship Award

Drs. Jacobsen and Kabbur

Congratulations to Drs. Audrey Jacobsen and Gowri Kabbur for being awarded Women's Dermatologic Society (WDS) Mentorship Awards. Dr. Jacobsen will be working with Dr. Lindy Fox at UCSF Health to learn more about complex medical dermatology and inpatient dermatology. Dr. Kabbur will be spending time with Dr. Jennifer Choi at Northwestern University to learn more about supportive oncodermatology and melanoma cancer survivorship. The purpose of the WDS award is to develop mentoring relationships that might not otherwise be possible due to distance or funding availability. The program helps develop leadership potential in candidates who have shown early promise through exceptional activities, which will enhance their contributions to dermatology and medicine.

Sexual minority identity impacts career trajectory among medical students


A study co-authored by Matthew Mansh, MD, was recently highlighted by the med school in their News and Events page, see here.

In this cross-sectional study of 58,572 graduating allopathic medical students, Drs. Mori and Mansh found that sexual minority (SM) people (e.g. lesbian, gay, or bisexual) particularly SM females, may be underrepresented in undergraduate medical training and in the pipeline towards certain medical and surgical specialties, SM females were less likely to pursue primary care specialties, and that SM diversity varied significantly between specialties - ranging from as low as 1.8% in orthopedic surgery to as high as 11.6% in psychiatry. The authors concluded that sexual orientation data collection should be standardized in all physician workforce surveys and SM diversity considered in undergraduate and graduate medical training recruitment to promote diverse physician workforce across all specialties.

ASDS Future Leaders Network


Congratulations to Dr. West Mori, Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO) Fellow, on being chosen for the ASDS (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery) Future Leaders Network! This one-year curriculum provides education for mentors and mentees and incorporates leadership and project management training exercises working with a professional facilitator. Dr. Mori's project will be “Creating a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) curriculum in Mohs and Cosmetics Fellowships.” Way to go!

Audry Jacobsen selected as a recipient of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award.


Congratulations to Dr. Audrey Jacobsen who was recently selected as a recipient of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. The Gold Foundation's Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes humanistic teaching residents for their exceptional contributions to medical student education and demonstration of compassionate clinical care. Six residents who went above and beyond to support medical students on clinical rotations were selected for this award from over 200 nominated residents at the University of Minnesota.  

This year, Dr. Audrey Jacobsen, a 4th year resident in the combined Medicine-Dermatology program, was among the recipients of this award in recognition of her contributions to medical student education and modeling compassionate patient care. 

"Audrey created a space where I felt I could show up and expect to learn, feel confident that I was improving, and also have a wonderful time working with my team," a medical student wrote as a comment to her nomination. "Truly a wonderful provider/teacher/student/human..." 

Harold Ellis Prize


Congratulations to Dr. Paul Bigliardi, Professor, for being awarded the winnder of the Harold Ellis Prize for his article, Povidone Iodine in Wound Healing: A Review of Current Concepts and Practices." The Harold Ellis Prize (est 2004) is awarded every year to the best paper published in the previous year as voted by the IJS Editorial Board. A shortlist is drawn up using download and citation data or through Editorial Board recommendations.

Check out the article here.

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