About Us : Department History

Department History

The Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery celebrated its 60th year of excellence on January 14-17, 2016 at the Shelborne Hotel in South Beach with 200 former and current faculty and residents in attendance. From its inception, UM Dermatology has been at the forefront of dermatologic research.

Please browse through some of the highlights of our 6 decades of contributions.

Six Decades of Contributions


  • First Staff and Residents
  • Oral Anti-Fungal: Greisofulvin
  • First Electron microscope in Florida
  • Introduction of triamcinolone acetonide
  • Studies of percutaneous absorption and the epidermal barrier


  • Fungus Diseases and Their Treatment
  • Histology of the Nail
  • DTM Rapid Diagnostic Media for Fungal Infections
  • Environmental Influence on Skin Infections
  • Etiology and Treatment for Erythrasma
  • Topical Thiabendazole for Creeping Eruption
  • Wood’s Light to Detect Pseudomonas Infections
  • Cause of Pitted Keratolysis
  • Description/Prevention of Immersion Foot Syndrome


  • First Dermatopathologist in a Dermatology Department
  • First MOHS Unit in a Medical School
  • Steroids for Zoster
  • Prostaglandin’s Role in Sunburn
  • Animal Model for Wound Healing
  • Prostaglandin Synthesis by Skin
  • Description of Pseudomonas Toe Web
  • Pathogens in Hospital Flower Vases
  • Systemic gold Therapy for Pemphigus
  • Epidermal cell kinetics in psoriasis and the subsequent use of methotrexate


  • Vehicles and Occlusive Dressings Affect Wound Healing
  • First Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery Department
  • Staphylococcus Predominance in Childhood Pyoderma
  • 1st Major Pediatric Dermatology Textbook
  • Sunlight’s Effects on the Immune system and Skin Cancer
  • Model for Community Control of Scabies
  • Nitrogen mustard for psoriasis and for MF
  • 1st use of Mohs Surgery for Marjolin’s Ulcer (SCC arising in Chronic Osteomyelitis)


  • Tissue Engineered Skin for Acute Wounds
  • First Oral Treatment for Scabies in AIDS Patients
  • Described Acute Lipodermatosclerosis
  • Treatment for Cryofibrinogenemia
  • Pericapillary Fibrin in Venous Ulcers
  • Description of and treatment for the Pruritic Papular Eruption of AIDS
  • Skin Grafts as Pharmacologic Agents
  • Trap-Hypothesis of Venous Ulcers
  • Causative Agent of Sea Bathers Itch
  • Teledermatology Clinic Established
  • First digital dermoscopy pigmented lesion clinic in the United States
  • Coined Term “Dermatology Hospitalists”


  • Tissue Engineered Skin for Epidermolysis Bullosa and for Pediatric Transplant Patients
  • Biofilms in Chronic Wounds
  • Early Laser Treatment of Scars
  • OTC Cyanoacrolate for Skin Injuries
  • First Comparative Data Supporting IVIG for TEN
  • Demonstrated Sunlight Associated with Melanoma – Development in Blacks and Hispanics
  • Psoriasis Co-Morbidities: First Report of Association of Psoriasis with Stroke and PAD and First Report of Decrease in Vascular Disease in Patients with Psoriasis & Rheumatoid Arthritis with Treatment Quantified Mortality risk in US Population of Patients with TEN
  • First US Biologics Psoriasis Clinic for Underprivileged patients
  • Wound Pathology Service for Cutaneous Ulcers Biopsies
  • Genetic Profile of Healing and Non Healing Venous Ulcers
  • RCT of Stem Cell Therapy for Wounds
  • Murine Hair Graying Model
  • Genomics in Wound Healing
  • First US MD/PhD in the US in Melanoma Epidemiology