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Honorary membership

This award recognizes a member of the Academy who has advanced the profession through leadership and service that affirms an uncommon and sustained dedication to dermatology.

The general membership should be informed at least annually through Academy publications and/or announcements that nominations for honorary membership may be submitted by any member of the AAD to the secretary/treasurer on an official nomination form at least six months before the next annual membership meeting of the Academy, provided that the board of directors may waive or alter this notice of requirement in exceptional circumstances.

The person(s) nominating a potential honoree should submit a brief biography, including accomplishments and reasons to grant honorary membership.

The application is now closed.

  • Criteria
  • Selection process
  • Past recipients
  • Meritorious achievement: Leadership and service that affirms an uncommon and sustained dedication to dermatology in the goals of the Academy are of primary consideration. In most cases, honorary membership is bestowed as recognition for a lifetime of dedication and distinguished service.

    Age: In most cases, those who have experienced a meritorious career will be in the senior age group, but it is possible that an exception might occur. In most cases, individuals selected are 65 years of age or older.

    Academy office: Having previously held a prominent office in the Academy is not a determining factor. The honorary membership should be bestowed upon individuals on behalf of the field of dermatology, and should not necessarily be based on one's involvement with the AAD.

    The decision for granting honorary membership rests with the AAD Board of Directors. The board must have the freedom to respond on the basis of each individual candidate's merits.

    2024 Honorary Membership
    Terrence A. Cronin, Sr., MD, FAAD
    William H. Eaglstein, MD, FAAD
    George W. Elgart, MD, FAAD
    George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, FAAD
    Edward H. Yob, DO, FAAD

    2023 Honorary Membership
    Diane S. Berson, MD, FAAD
    Robert T. Brodell, MD, FAAD
    Warren R. Heymann, MD, FAAD
    Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD
    Abel Torres, MD, JD, MBA, FAAD

    2022 Honorary Membership
    Anthony V. Benedetto, DO, FAAD
    Jane M. Grant-Kels, MD, FAAD
    Thomas J. Lawley, MD, FAAD
    Theodore Rosen, MD, FAAD
    Vladimir Vasku, MD, IFAAD

    2021 Honorary Membership
    Marcus A. Conant, MD, FAAD
    Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD
    Howard I. Maibach, MD, FAAD
    Suzanne Olbricht, MD, FAAD
    Elise Olsen, MD, FAAD
    Amy S. Paller, MD, FAAD
    Charles W. Stiefel

    2020 Honorary Membership
    R. Rox Anderson, MD, FAAD
    Andrew P. Lazar, MD, FAAD
    Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD
    Clifford W. Lober, MD, JD, FAAD
    Barbara M. Mathes, MD, FAAD
    Alexander Miller, MD, FAAD

    2019 Honorary Membership
    Robert L. Baran, MD
    Ilona J. Frieden, MD, FAAD
    Ernesto Gonzalez-Martinez, MD, FAAD
    Evangeline B. Handog, MD
    Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD 

    2018 Honorary Membership
    Diane R. Baker, MD
    John J. Voorhees, MD
    Mark Lebwohl, MD
    Suzanne M. Connolly, MD
    David I. McLean, MD

    2017 Honorary Membership
    Jean L. Bolognia, MD
    Francisco M. Camacho-Martinez, MD, PhD 
    Brett M. Coldiron, MD
    Luis A. Diaz, MD
    Hugh T. Greenway, Jr., MD
    Rebat M. Halder, MD
    Mary E. Maloney, MD
    Stephen H. Mandy, MD
    Jorge Ocampo-Candiani, MD 
    Jorge L. Sanchez, MD
    Stephen P. Stone, MD

    2016 Honorary Membership
    James Q. Del Rosso, DO
    Charles N. Ellis, MD
    Norman Goldstein, MD
    Alice B. Gottlieb, MD, PhD
    Pearl E. Grimes, MD
    Maria K. Hordinsky, MD
    Douglas R. Lowy, MD
    Daniel M. Siegel, MD, MS
    John W. Weiss, MD

    2015 Honorary Membership
    Howard P. Baden, MD
    Louis L. Barich, MD*
    Paul R. Bergstresser, MD
    Michael E. Bigby, MD
    Boni E. Elewski, MD
    Lawrence M. Field, MD
    Z. Charles Fixler, MD
    Smith H. Gibson, MD
    Charles L. Heaton, MD
    Carl A. Johnson, MD
    Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH
    Anne W. Lucky, MD
    James J. Nordlund, MD
    Henry H. Roenigk, Jr., MD
    Michael D. Tharp, MD
    Robert E. Tigelaar, MD

    2014 Honorary Membership
    Jeffrey D. Bernhard, MD
    Jeffrey P. Callen, MD
    William A. Caro, MD
    Hong-Duo Chen, MD
    Vincent A. DeLeo, MD
    James O. Ertle, MD
    Antoinette F. Hood, MD
    Charles W. Lewis, MD
    Oliver F. Miller, III MD
    David M. Pariser, MD
    Stuart J. Salasche, MD
    John R. Stanley, MD
    Bruce H. Thiers, MD

    2013 Honorary Membership 
    Darryl M. Bronson, MD*
    James A. Zalla, MD
    Arthur C. Huntley, MD
    Robert J. G. Chalmers, MBBS
    Amanda M. M. Oakley, MBChB
    June K. Robinson, MD
    David L. McCaffree, MD
    Stuart M. Brown, MD
    John C. Maize Sr., MD
    James S. Taylor , MD
    Arnold L. Schroeter, MD*
    Leonard Goldberg, MD

    Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Thomas Ruzicka
    Lenore Setsuko (Uyeyama) Kakita, MD
    Bruce A. Deitchman, MD
    Roger I. Ceilley, MD

    Paul R. Gross, MD
    Robert Jackson, MD
    Elizabeth I. McBurney, MD
    Vera H. Price, MD
    Stephen I. Katz, MD, PhD
    Charles J. McDonald, MD
    Martin M. Black, MD

    Gerd Plewig, MD
    Jean D.A. Carruthers, MD

    Lynn D. Drake, MD
    James D. Maberry, MD
    Ronald G. Wheeland, MD
    Arthur L. Norins, MD
    E. Dorinda Shelley, MD
    Darrell S. Rigel, MD

    Marie-Louise Johnson, MD
    Walter G. Larsen, MD
    Jerome Z. Litt, MD
    Lawrence A. Norton, MD*
    W. Mitchell Sams Jr., MD
    Beverly B. Sanders Jr., MD*
    Alan R. Shalita, MD*
    Frances J. Storrs, MD

    A. Bernard Ackerman, MD*
    Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD
    Marshall L. Blankenship, MD*
    Nancy B. Esterly, MD*
    Roy S. Rogers III, MD
    Stephen B. Webster, MD

    Fred F. Castrow II, MD
    George W. Hambrick Jr., MD*
    Coleman Jacobson, MD*

    Rex A. Amonette, MD
    David R. Bickers, MD
    Robert A. Briggaman, MD*
    Irwin M. Freedberg, MD*
    Gloria F. Graham, MD
    Richard B. Odom, MD
    Richard K. Scher, MD

    Mark A. Everett, MD*
    Samuel L. Moschella, MD
    Paul S. Russell, MD

    Stephen W. Clark
    John H. Epstein, MD
    Paul M. Lazar, MD*
    Cheryl K. Nordstedt
    Edgar B. Smith, MD*

    Bradford W. Claxton, CAE
    Mark V. Dahl, MD
    Harry J. Hurley, MD*
    Peter J. Lynch, MD

    Victor D. Newcomer, MD*
    Herschel S. Zackheim, MD*

    Philip C. Anderson, MD*
    Richard L. Dobson, MD*
    James H. Graham, MD*
    Alfred W. Kopf, MD

    E. William Rosenberg, MD 

    Edward A. Krull, MD*
    J. Graham Smith Jr., MD*
    John S. Strauss, MD*

    J. B. Howell, MD*
    G. Thomas Jansen, MD*

    William M. Narva, MD
    Perry Robins, MD
    Eugene J. Van Scott, MD

    Harvey Blank, MD*
    Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, MD, PhD*
    Peyton E. Weary, MD*

    John A. Kenney Jr., MD*
    Aaron B. Lerner, MD*

    Edward P. Cawley, MD*
    Robert W. Goltz, MD*
    Clayton E. Wheeler Jr., MD*

    Harold O. Perry, MD*
    Walter B. Shelley, MD*

    William Montagna, PhD*

    Rees B. Rees, MD*

    Hermann Pinkus, MD*
    Naomi C. Kanof, MD*

    Rudolf L. Baer, MD*
    Walter C. Lobitz Jr., MD*

    Harry L. Arnold Jr., MD*
    Stanley E. Huff, MD*
    Frederick A. J. Kingery, MD*
    John M. Shaw, MD*

    Clarence S. Livingood, MD*
    Adolph Rostenberg Jr., MD*

    Robert R. Kierland, MD*
    Francis W. Lynch, MD*
    J. Lewis Pipkin, MD*
    Samuel J. Zakon, MD*

    Samuel Ayres Jr. MD*
    J. Lamar Callaway, MD*
    Everett C. Fox, MD*
    Clinton W. Lane, MD*
    Wiley M. Sams, MD*
    Richard L. Sutton Jr., MD*
    J. Walter Wilson, MD*

    Herman Beerman, MD*
    Clark W. Finnerud, MD*

    Charles C. Dennie, MD*
    Harry R. Foerster, MD*
    Hamilton Montgomery, MD*

    Henry E. Michelson, MD*
    Donald M. Pillsbury, MD*
    Marion B. Sulzberger, MD*

    Clyde L. Cummer, MD*

    Fred Wise, MD*

    Andrew Biddle, MD*
    William T. Corlett, MD*
    William A. Pusey, MD*
    Charles J. White, MD*

    * Indicates deceased members