In just 60 years we’ve come so far.
Together we can go so much farther.

Sixty years ago, a small group of dedicated dermatologists formed the Dermatology Foundation to keep the specialty strong and growing.

Since then, the DF has been investing in rising investigators making cutting-edge discoveries. We’ve been providing support and educational opportunities for dermatologists in private practice and academia.

Yet, there is so much more we can do together.

Together, we can continue to advance new breakthroughs, new treatments, new cures. Together we can keep changing what kind of care we can give, what kind of hope we can offer and what shape Dermatology will take in the future.

The next 60 years starts now. What will we make possible together?

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.

In this time of shrinking healthcare dollars and grant money, it’s more important than ever that we support rising dermatologist investigators and fund research to find the treatments our patients need now and in the future. Tomorrow’s discoveries are waiting.

Our Impact

Over the past 60 years, the Dermatology Foundation has achieved a breathtaking level of impact on the development of new knowledge in dermatology and supported the professional growth of more than a thousand investigators. Many of today’s therapeutic advancements began with DF funded investigators and their work.


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The depth and breadth of research funded by the DF is remarkable, with over invested in the specialty.


Research Grants


Research Fellowships


Research Career Development Awards


Clinical Career Development Awards


Dermatologist Investigator Research Fellowships


Physician Scientist Career Development Awards


Medical Dermatology Career Development Awards


Women’s Health Career Development Award

DF funded Investigations have spanned overincluding:

Dermatological diseases affect almost 900 million people globally. Yet there are only 110 FDA approved drugs for dermatological conditions and diseases. Literally hundreds of millions of people suffer daily from dermatology complaints for which today there are no cures. 

Together we can support research that matters and ease the suffering of patients around the world. Together we can invest in the dermatology of tomorrow.

There is so much to be proud of in the history of the DF.

When the Dermatology Foundation began, the founders adopted  “shaping the future of dermatology” as their slogan. Throughout our history that has remained our mandate.

Now, 60 years later, the Dermatology Foundation is the premier nonprofit organization focusing on discovery and advancement in our field -- ultimately leading to better care of patients. As we embark on this next 60 years, we’ve adopted a new slogan and rallying cry: Advance Discovery. Advance Healing.

If you’d like to explore our history, look through this archive of annual reports, membership rosters and photos. If you’d like a reprint of any of the reports or rosters, contact dfgen@dermatologyfoundation.org


Annual Reports

Membership Rosters

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?