Dermatology Meetings : History


Faculty, Residents, and Fellows, 2015

The Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery will celebrate its 60th year of excellence on January 14th-17th, 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.

For those of you who trained at the Department, let us give you a snapshot of our current efforts to fill our missions of education, research, and clinical care.


The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery provides compassionate state-of-the art medical care, educating the dermatologists of tomorrow, advancing medical knowledge, and being a community partner. The Department seeks to develop leaders in dermatology, who as independent thinkers and lifelong learners will lead the field of dermatology through ethical evidence-based practice, with innovative ideas and by the performance of novel, high quality research.

Clinical Mission

To provide the highest level of clinical care to patients from Miami, the State of Florida, the Southeast United States, the Caribbean and South America in medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology, by providing ethical evidence based care combined with innovative therapy.

Research Mission

Advance skin science through discovery and dissemination of new knowledge, development and implementation of novel therapies, and by fostering future generations of scientists, physicians and physician scientists.

Education Mission

To develop leaders in dermatology, who as independent thinkers and lifelong learners will lead the field of dermatology through ethical evidence based practice, with innovative ideas and by the performance of novel high quality research.

Education Philosophy

UM Dermatology provides education to intellectually curious trainees in an applied manner. Through active learning the goal is for trainees to develop into independent thinkers and lifelong learners who will lead the field of dermatology though ethical evidence based practice, with innovative ideas and by the performance of novel high quality research.

Six Decades of Contributions

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


First Staff

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


  • 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 Triabendazole for Creeping Eruption
  • Wood’s Light to Detect Pseudomonas Infections
  • Cause of Pitted Keratolysis
  • Source of Fungal Infections Traced to Rats (Vietnam)



  • First Dermatopathologist in a Dermatology Department
  • First MOHS Unit in a Medical School
  • Prostaglandin’s Role in Sunburn
  • Animal Model for Wound Healing
  • Prostaglandin Synthesis by Skin
  • Description of Pseudomonas Toe Web
  • Wet Terrain Infections (TriStar Crash)
  • Pathogens in Hospital Flower Vases
  • Systemic gold Therapy for Pemphigus


  • Vehicles and Occlusive Dressings Affect Wound Healing
  • First Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery Department
  • Staphylococcus Predominance in Childhood Pyoderma
  • Pediatric Dermatology Textbook
  • Sunlight’s Effects on the Immune system and Skin Cancer
  • Model for Community Control of Scabies
  • Criteria – Skin Signs of Child Abuse



  • Tissue Engineered Skin for Acute Wounds
  • First Oral Treatment for Scabies in AIDS Patients
  • Described Acute Lipodermatosclerosis
  • Local Immune Response Modifiers for Scar Control
  • Method to Quantify Skin Induration
  • Treatment for Cryofibrinogenemia
  • Pericapillary Fibrin in Venous Ulcers
  • Description of & treatment for the Pruritic Papular Eruption of AIDS
  • Skin Moisturizer Developed-Lipomoist®
  • Grafts as Pharmacologic Agents
  • Trap-Hypothesis of Venous Ulcers
  • Hypoxia Stimulates Clonal Cell Growth
  • Causative Agent of Sea Bathers Itch
  • Phosphatidyl Choline Penetrates Skin Rapidly
  • Assessing Relative Health Services with Patients
  • Topical Treatment to Reduce Blood Cholesterol
  • Cryotherapy for Psoriasis
  • Teledermatology Clinic Established
  • Health Services Research on Dermatology Inpatient Unit


  • Tissue Engineered Skin for Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Biofilms in Chronic Wounds
  • Early Laser Treatment of Scars
  • OTC Cyanoacrolate for Skin Injuries
  • Pivotal Clinical Study for First Generic Mupirocin
  • Platelet Derived Growth Factor for Acute Wounds
  • Tissue Engineered Skin for Pediatric Transplant Patients
  • First Comparative Data Supporting IVIG for TEN
  • Demonstrated Sunlight Associated with Melanoma – Development in Blacks and Hispanics
  • Define Refractory Subset of Patients with PG
  • Psoriasis Co-Morbidities: Reported Decrease in Vascular Disease in Patients with Psoriasis & Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with MTX
  • Quantified Mortality risk in US Population of Patients with TEN
  • Demonstrated Importance of Health Care Delivery System in Melanoma Outcomes
  • First US Biologics Psoriasis Clinic for Underprivileged patients
  • Late Stage Diagnosis in Minorities with Skin Cancer
  • Wound Pathology Service for Cutaneous Ulcers Biopsies
  • Genetic Profile of Healing and Non Healing Venous Ulcers
  • Defined Relationship Between IVIG Dosage and TEN Outcome
  • Hair Research Program (Drs. Jimenez, Cao, Tosti)
  • RCT of Stem Cell Therapy for Wounds
  • Melanoma Disparities
  • Murine Hair Graying Model
  • Genomics in Wound Healing
  • Psoriasis Co-Morbidities:
  • First Report of Association of Psoriasis with Stroke and PAD
  • First combined MD/PhD in the US in Melanoma
  • Epidemiology Graduates