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Gold Medal Award

Gold Medal Award

During the AAD Annual Business Meeting, Clifford Warren Lober, was selected as the 2024 Gold Medal Recipient. Dr. Lober is a renowned Florida dermatologist and an even more remarkable advocate for our specialty.

Clifford W. Lober, MD, JD, FAAD
Clifford Warren Lober, MD, JD, FAAD

When coverage for Mohs surgery was in jeopardy, Dr. Lober worked with five national (AADA, ASDSA, AOCD, ACMS, and ASMS) and three state organizations (FAD, FSDS, and FMA) to maintain coverage and appropriate reimbursement. When women with psoriasis were to be denied the use of biologic agents unless they first failed on methotrexate, he worked with the Academy, the National Psoriasis Foundation, and state organizations to negate this attempt. When coverage and payment for the treatment of actinic keratosis were in jeopardy, he represented the Academy in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and successfully addressed this issue.

Dr. Lober has represented dermatology to the Florida Medicare carrier (First Coast) on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee since its inception, and for two years was co-chair of this committee.

Dr. Lober’s dedication and leadership to the Florida Board of Medicine and the AAD are truly exemplary.

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  • In Appreciation Clifford Warren Lober, MD, JD, FAAD

    For your dedication and leadership as a lifetime physician advocate of the specialty and the American Academy of Dermatology nationally and in the state of Florida, your many efforts to protect dermatologists and patients in the rapidly changing socioeconomic climate, and your leadership and vision toward increasing knowledge of skin cancer and enhancing the public’s ability to obtain treatment for this disease.

    In recognition for your many contributions to the American Academy of Dermatology, most notably as a dedicated former board member, 8-time Presidential Citation awardee, and recipient of the Academy’s Honorary Membership for a ‘lifetime’ of leadership, dedication, and distinguished service to dermatology and the goals of the Academy. As author of the ‘Legally Speaking’ column for Dermatology World and as past member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD). As chair of the Section on Health Policy, Practice and Research, Audit Committee, Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Committee, and Health Care Finance Committee — to name just a few — as well as a member of numerous other committees, task forces, ad hoc task forces, and workgroups. For representing the Academy to the FDA, AARP, CMS, and other outside organizations.

    In honor of your outstanding service as a renowned Florida dermatologist, particularly for your more than 40 years of unstinting service to the specialty, as the recipient of the ‘Practitioner of the Year’ award, ‘Distinguished Service Award’, and ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery as well as the ‘Surgeon of the Year’ award from the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. As past president of the Florida Academy of Dermatology (twice) and the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons.

    For your ongoing commitment to share your dermatologic knowledge through teaching as an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Central Florida and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at the University of South Florida and through your extensive publications, textbooks, journals, courses, and medical presentations, which contribute significantly to the field of dermatology.

    For the many honors awarded to you by your peers including the American Society for Mohs Surgery citation in recognition of your commitment and successful acts of advocacy, particularly concerning coverage, reimbursement, and access issues, and in recognition for the pivotal role you played, working with the Academy and the National Psoriasis Foundation, to ensure that women with psoriasis could access biologic agents.

    In recognition of all these accomplishments and many more, the American Academy of Dermatology awards to you its highest honor — the Gold Medal — which represents the utmost respect and esteem in which you are held.

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    2024: Clifford Warren Lober, MD, JD, FAAD

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