Van Scott Award and Frost Lectureship

The Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture was created in 2007 through a generous contribution from Phillip Frost, MD, FAAD. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the treatment of skin diseases and conditions.

Award: The selected recipient receives a cash award in the amount of $15,000 and an additional $10,000 for the Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture, which the recipient will present during the Plenary session at the Academy's Annual Meeting.

The recipient should have made significant contributions toward an innovative therapy of the skin with greater emphasis within the most recent five-year period.   

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About Phillip Frost, MD, FAAD

A generous gift to the American Academy of Dermatology by noted dermatologist Phillip Frost, MD, FAAD, has made possible the Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture.

Throughout his career, Frost made his mark on the specialty in a number of ways. In 1972, Dr. Frost founded the dermatology department at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla., where he served as chairman for 18 years. At present, Dr. Frost is an Emeritus Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami.

Early on in his career, Dr. Frost was a clinical associate at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is there he met his lifelong mentor, Eugene J. Van Scott, MD, FAAD, who was the chief of the Dermatology Branch at the time.

About Eugene J. Van Scott, MD, FAAD

Dr. Van Scott's distinction in dermatology is celebrated by more than 50 years of significant and noteworthy achievements. 

For more than 15 years, Dr. Van Scott served as the branch chief for Dermatology at NCI, where he influenced Dr. Frost so greatly that Frost chose to recognize him through this honored award. Dr. Frost comments, "Dr. Van Scott was one of my early mentors at the National Institutes of Health and I always respected him greatly as a man of creativity, integrity and hard work."

Dr. Van Scott served on the Academy's Board of Directors twice and helped to form several other dermatological groups, including the National Psoriasis Foundation, the Dermatology Foundation, and the Foundation for lchthyosis and Related Skin Types. Dr. Van Scott was honored in 1972 with the prestigious Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award for research in cancer chemotherapy.

Nominations submitted on or before October 26 will be considered in the current cycle. Nominations submitted after October 26 will be considered during the next cycle.

Contact Valerie Thompson at or (847) 240-1427.