04 February 2011

James J. Nordlund, MD, FAAD, receives American Academy of Dermatology’s Master Dermatologist Award

NEW ORLEANS (Feb. 4, 2011) —The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) presented its Master Dermatologist Award to James J. Nordlund, MD, FAAD, today at its 69th Annual Meeting.

The Master Dermatologist Award recognizes an Academy member who has made significant contributions to the specialty of dermatology, as well as to the leadership and/or educational programs of the Academy throughout his or her career.

Dr. Nordlund received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and completed his residencies in dermatology and internal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

He has spent most of his career at universities where he has been involved in training over 100 dermatology residents and post doctoral fellows from around the world.

Dr. Nordlund has done much research on vitiligo and has supported young investigators from around the world to pursue similar interests. To stimulate interest and accelerate research on pigmentation, he and his colleagues founded the PanAmerican Society of Pigment Cell Research for which he served as the first president. He also was instrumental in starting the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies to facilitate the international exchange of knowledge on pigmentation. He has authored over 400 investigative reports, chapters, reviews and other articles. With a group of pigmentation scientists, he published a compilation of basic and clinical science on pigmentation in the book, “The Pigmentary System: Physiology and Pathophysiology”.

He has been actively involved in teaching in underserved countries, specifically Moshi, Tanzania, and Haiti, where he helped start a dermatology educational program for doctors and other health care workers.

An active member of the Academy, Dr. Nordlund is a former member of the Academy’s board of directors. He has served on numerous committees and task forces and yearly has presented lectures at the Academy annual and summer meetings. He also served on the Editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. In addition, he is a past president of the Cincinnati Dermatological Society. Currently Dr. Nordlund is a clinical professor of dermatology at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, and professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 16,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or