There’s a story behind every research award, every discovery.

What difference does research funding and support from the Dermatology Foundation make? For so many investigators, their award from the DF changed everything. It made it possible for them to ask the questions that needed to be asked. It gave them time to explore and look for answers. It helped launch careers and made possibilities into realities.

As an early-stage funder, Dermatology Foundation awards are of the first received and pave the way for major funding from other organizations ultimately leading to new treatments and FDA approved drugs helping patients.

Read these interviews with doctors who received awards from the DF and see for yourself what the Dermatology Foundation’s backing has meant for them and for the specialty.


Dr. Ginette Okoye

Howard University

Just A Really Curious Clinician

Dr. Ginette Okoye is Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Howard University College of Medicine. Her areas of clinical and research expertise are in cutaneous disorders that disproportionately affect people with pigmented skin, including scarring alopecia, hidradenitis suppurativa, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, and cutaneous sarcoidosis, as well as health disparities in dermatology. Dr. Okoye earned her Medical Degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed her dermatology training at Yale University, where she also served as Chief Resident.


Dr. Luis Andres Garza

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The Rigorous Innovation of Dermatology

Dr. Luis Andres Garza is a full professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He earned his MD and PhD together from the medical scientist training program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Garza runs a molecular biology laboratory that studies skin stem cells and wound healing with an emphasis on identifying the next generation of wound therapeutics and diagnostics.

What if you could invest in innovation today that would change tomorrow? When you donate to the Dermatology Foundation you are doing just that - funding early and mid-stage investigator grants and awards to some of the US’s top dermatology researchers.  You’re investing in research that leads to new drugs and much-needed treatments. You are investing in the future of dermatology.

To celebrate our 60th year and to forge new ways forward, our goal is to raise $2 million. Will you join us? Will you donate today - for researchers, for doctors, for patients, for tomorrow?

It’s Never Too Late to Honor Your Calling

Tiffany C. Scharschmidt, MD is a dermatologist, microbiologist, and immunologist and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Dermatology at UCSF. She dedicates 80% of her time to research and the remaining time to taking care of patients with severe inflammatory skin diseases.


Dr. Adewole Adamson

University of Texas at Austin

Valuing the Patient Voice

Dr. Adewole Adamson is a board-certified dermatologist and health services researcher. He is an assistant professor of Internal Medicine (Division of Dermatology) at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin where he studies skin cancer, evidence-based medicine, and health policy. He is also director of the Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion clinic at Dell Seton Medical Center.