Dermatology Foundation - Record Giving by Dermatologists in 2004
Physicians contributed a record $3.1 million to the
Dermatology Foundation in 1004, exceeding industry support. Bruce U. Wintroub,
M.D., President of the Dermatology Foundation, announced this historic
achievement at the Foundation's Annual Meeting, February 19, 2005, New Orleans,
LA. Of the total dollars given by dermatologists, 91% of all physician-support
came from members of the Annenberg Circle and Leaders Society.
Fitzpatrick Legacy Fund Honors Work of Legendary Dermatologist
This hallmark year in dermatologists' support was topped
off by the founding of the Thomas B. Fitzpatrick Legacy Fund to support
dermatologic science over the next century and beyond. This newest Dermatology
Foundation opportunity represents the largest membership giving level in
dermatology. Thomas B. Fitzpatrick Legacy Fund members pledge $100,000 to be
paid over a maximum of five years through annual contributions of $20,000 or
Eugene J. Van Scott, M.D. founded this award to honor his
late colleague Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, M.D., Ph.D. for outstanding contributions
to the field of dermatology. Both Drs. Van Scott and Fitzpatrick were among the
10 dermatologists who founded the Dermatology Foundation in 1964.
Honoring Dr. Van Scott for his vision and philanthropy,
Dr. Wintroub read from a plaque presented to Dr. Van Scott: "In 1964, you
and nine of your colleagues created a vision for dermatology's future. You
helped found the Dermatology Foundation to fund the careers of young
dermatologic researchers and teachers. In 2004, you stepped forward to Shape the
Future of Dermatology and honor one whose commitment you shared in 1964. In
founding the Thomas B. Fitzpatrick Legacy Fund, you challenge your colleagues
throughout the country to give more to enhance patient care. We salute you and
those who will follow your example."
Dr. Van Scott was joined by an anonymous donor for a total
of two members pledged to the Fund in 2004. Charles W. Stiefel, Chairman,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Stiefel Laboratories Inc., has since
joined and is the first to make this pledge in 2005.
2004 Annenberg Circle Support Grows by 62%
Since 1994, dermatologists and members of the Dermatology
Foundation's corporate partners have made an exceptional investment to shape the
future of dermatology by joining the Annenberg Circle with a lifetime commitment
of $25,000. In 2004, support through the Annenberg Circle grew by 62% thanks to
its 78 new members plus additional support from 13 Sustaining Members -- current
members who, having fulfilled their $25,000 commitment, gave an additional
Rex A. Amonette, M.D., Chairman of the Annenberg Circle
Committee commented: "Funds from the Annenberg Circle are becoming
increasingly important to the Foundation in its mission to shape the future of
dermatology. Its continued healthy growth enables the DF to move ahead in its
vital career-building vision by developing the research and teaching careers of
emerging leaders in medical and surgical dermatology." Pointing out that
60% of the research awards funded for 2005 are multi-year awards in such areas
as medical and dermatologic surgery and health care policy, Dr. Amonette
concluded that "the DF's ability to grow is sustained by generous support
from the specialty and industry and is clear evidence that the entire
dermatologic community understands the Foundation's premier and singular role in
shaping the future of dermatology."
James O. Ertle, M.D., serves with Dr. Amonette as Vice
Chair of the Annenberg Circle Committee and members for 2004 were: Drs. Rodney
S. W. Basler, Marshall L. Blankenship, Gary A. Dyer, Gerald G. Krueger,
Elizabeth I. McBurney, Thomas G. Olsen, Barbara R. Reed, Wendy E. Roberts,
Richard K. Scher, and Donald S. Waldorf.
2004 Leaders Society Increases Giving More than $280,000
Members of the Leaders Society increased their generosity
by more than $280,000 in 2004. This is the largest increase in the program's
16-year history, resulting in added funding for dermatologic research and
advancements throughout the specialty. The first year of an annual dues increase
of $500 to $1,500 saw nearly 1,000 dermatologists make the difference through
this level of leadership giving.
"There is no doubt in my mind that the hard-working
network of Leaders Society Campaign chairs across the country and Dermik
Laboratories, Inc.'s Leaders Society Challenge combined to produce this
growth," said Michael D. Tharp, M.D., Chairman of the Leaders Society
Committee. "The DF is ever-mindful that its development of the next
generation of leaders in medical and surgical dermatology must keep pace with
dermatology as it continues to evolve. This keen awareness has, in fact, been
the reason for increasing the number of multi-year clinical and career
Serving with Dr. Tharp on the Leaders Society Committee
are Vice Chair, Dr. Stuart R. Lessin and Committee members, Drs. Rodney S. W.
Basler, James O. Ertle, Elizabeth I. McBurney, Lisa A. Garner, William S.
Sawchuk, Richard K. Scher, Steven K. Shama and Richard D. Sontheimer.
The Dermatology Foundation, a non-profit organization, has
been supporting and shaping the future of dermatology since 1964 when a group of
concerned dermatologists founded it to support the career-development
aspirations of the next generation of researchers and educators throughout
dermatology. It is second only to the federal government as a source of funding
for those pursuing careers in research and teaching and raises contributions
from members of the specialty and the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and surgical
industries. For a complete view of the Dermatology Foundation's activities,
programs and publications, please visit its website at