Goldsmith receives distinguished Stephen Rothman Memorial Award

February 16, 1999

Lowell A. Goldsmith, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a professor in the Department of Dermatology, has been honored with the 1999 Stephen Rothman Memorial Award by the Society for Investigative Dermatology.

The award, the highest honor bestowed by the Society, will be presented to Goldsmith on May 6 in Chicago during the organization’s annual meeting. He will receive a $1,000 honorarium and a medal bearing the likeness of Dr. Stephen Rothman, who in 1955 published "Physiology and Biochemistry of the Skin," which became the primary source of information for skin researchers worldwide.

The prestigious award has been presented annually since 1966 for distinguished service to investigative cutaneous medicine. The recipient is recognized for making major scientific achievements, excelling as a teacher and recruiter of outstanding dermatologists and distinctly altering the course and image of dermatology or related fields.

Goldsmith, who served as president of the Society for Investigative Dermatology from 1995-96, was involved in securing an SID endowment for traveling fellowships; has presented testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives about the need for increased funding for skin disease research; has served as chairman of a National Institutes of Health grant review panel; and chaired an NIH consensus conference on melanoma diagnosis and treatment. He also is a council member of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a component of NIH.

"It is an honor to have been chosen to receive the Stephen Rothman Memorial Award," Goldsmith said. "I appreciate the recognition by my peers for my contributions to the field of dermatology, although I am far from finished with my work."

Goldsmith joined the University of Rochester Medical Center faculty in 1981. He has served as acting chairman and acting physician-in-chief for the Department of Medicine, as chairman of the Department of Dermatology and as the James H. Sterner Professor of Dermatology. He also spent six months on sabbatical at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. Prior to his career at the University of Rochester, he had been an associate professor and professor at Duke University Medical Center, a research fellow, dermatology resident and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, a fellow at Brandeis University, and a research associate at the National Institutes of Health.

During his more than 30 years in the field of dermatology, Goldsmith has published nearly 150 journal articles and has authored or co-authored numerous books about dermatology, including "Biochemistry and Physiology of the Skin," which was influenced by and further enhanced Rothman’s groundbreaking work.

The Society for Investigative Dermatology was established in 1938 to conduct, promote and encourage research in cutaneous biology and related subjects. It sponsors annual and regional meetings and publishes the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. There are currently about 2,500 members.

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