The William H. Eaglstein, M.D. Chair in Wound Healing
Research Pioneer, Physician & Mentor
Dr. Eaglstein is a medical graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine at Columbia and completed his dermatology training at the University of Miami. He is a past professor and chairman of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Miami where he holds the title of chair emeritus since 2004. He was the second of only 4 chairs that the department, founded by Harvey Blank, MD, has had in its illustrious 60-year history. Having trained under Dr. Blank, as a resident and faculty member, Dr. Eaglstein returned to Miami in 1986 to assume the chairmanship after serving as chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for 6 years. He led the department at the University of Miami for 17 years, through 2003.
Dr. Eaglstein is highly regarded as a research pioneer. A founding member of wound healing, Dr. Eaglstein has made seminal contributions to wound care, including the development of the porcine model for wound healing, the use of this model to study the effect of steroids on healing, occlusion on healing, and the effect of anti-microbial drugs. Among his many other contributions, he put forth the idea that skin grafts do not act solely as a tissue replacement but as pharmacologic agents in healing, proposed the growth factor trap hypothesis for venous leg ulcers, pioneered the study and use of cyanoacrlyates for healing and influenced his department’s faculty to develop the concept that biofilms play a role in chronic wound healing.
Equally important to his scientific contributions has been Dr. Eaglstein’s mentorship of members of his departments and of the field. Like wound healing itself, his mentees have diverse interests and include dermatologic surgeons, scientists, and medical and cosmetic dermatologists.
Recognized as a leading clinical authority in myriad aspects of wound healing and Dermatology, Dr. Eaglstein was very dedicated to treating patients with the utmost care and compassion. His care was acknowledged by his being named “Best Doctors in America” throughout most of his career.
Join grateful patients and colleagues in recognizing the exceptional achievements in Dermatology by this special person and ensuring that his legacy is perpetuated.