Recognition for Miller School Faculty Member at the Forefront of Dermatology Research
A researcher’s prestigious lecture award and election to the board of directors of a dermatology research society have helped to enhance the prominence of the Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., received the James N. Gilliam Memorial Lecture Award, named after the founding chairman of the Department of Dermatology at UT Southwestern in Texas.
“I am deeply honored for this recognition by my peers and thrilled to receive this award,” said Dr. Tomic-Canic, professor, vice chair of research and the William H. Eaglstein Chair in Wound Healing at the Miller School.
Dr. Gilliam “was an incredible academic physician who pioneered patient-oriented translational research in dermatology, particularly investigating rheumatologic skin diseases,” she said. “His work paved the way for many of us who adopted a similar approach to translational research in dermatology.”
Dr. Tomic-Canic was introduced at the award event by Kim Yancey, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at UT Southwestern, and Katherine A. Gordon, M.D. ’12, an assistant professor in the same department.
The introduction was poignant for Dr. Tomic-Canic because she helped train Dr. Gordon at the Miller School.
“Scientific accomplishments are important, but there is nothing more important and rewarding than to be able to train the next generations of academic difference makers, which is why Dr. Gordon’s introduction was very special for me,” she said.
In a separate distinction, at a May conference in Tokyo, Dr. Tomic-Canic was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Investigative Dermatology.
“I am truly honored to be elected to the board and to join a spectacular group of thought leaders in skin and dermatologic sciences who are leading this organization that I’ve belonged to since I was a graduate student,” she said. “This is also a major responsibility. I look forward to advancing the goals of the society and contributing to its continued growth and development.”