2016: Stanley Wesson, MD, FAAD
Dr. Wesson’s lifelong mission embodies the essence of this award. He has volunteered his time over the past 15 years, and encouraged resident involvement at a local ACORN free clinic, providing medical attention to underserved areas of Alachua County. He has said on many occasions that he is a doctor second, and a teacher first. As he communicates with patients, he also teaches residents and medical students. All the while, the patient benefits from learning about his/her disease. Dr. Wesson is able to sense worries or fears in his patients and is able to quell those anxieties by simply taking the time to hear and connect to each of his patients. He encourages his residents to be kind, compassionate, well rounded physicians who have a mutually respectful relationship with patients. He does this by leading by example. In doing all of these things, Dr. Wesson maintains a modesty and humbleness that few possess.
2015: James O. Ertle, MD, FAAD
Dr. Ertle received this award in recognition of his commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care. In 2003, Dr. Ertle established an AAD program dedicated to providing care in Haiti twice per year. Additionally, Dr. Ertle served as president of the Chicago, Illinois, and Great Lakes dermatological societies, and was instrumental in the passage of laws in Illinois regulating indoor tanning and tattoo parlors.
2014: Amit Pandya, MD, FAAD
Dr. Pandya received this recognition for his work with underserved patients in the Dallas area, where he created the dermatology program at the Agape Clinic, as well as on overseas service trips. In addition to his work on Academy brochures for patients with skin of color, he has produced 14 patient-focused educational brochures in Spanish to bridge the knowledge gap with the large population of underserved Spanish-speaking patients in his area. He is renowned for his ability to relate to patients with complex disorders, organizing a support group for patients with vitiligo. In addition, he is a sought-after medical educator and mentor, receiving the Regent’s Outstanding Teacher Award, the highest honor given to graduate medical educators in the state.
2013: Neil Prose, MD, FAAD
Dr. Prose received this award in recognition for his work toward greater understanding of physician/patient communication. He developed a curriculum at Duke that seeks to improve cross-cultural communication and find better ways to deliver bad news to patients in an understanding and sympathetic fashion. In addition, he has brought this program to the University of KwaZul-Natal in South Africa and worked to establish clinics in that country, as well as others in Mexico and South America. Dr. Prose was presented with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the 2013 Recognition Luncheon during the Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida.
2012: Thomas P. Waldinger, MD, FAAD
Dr. Waldinger is an extremely dedicated physician with a strong focus on patient-centered care. His peers indicate that he is a role model for compassion, honesty, integrity, respect, dignity, diversity, and selfless dedication to excellence. He is a great communicator to patients, staff, and colleagues. Dr. Waldinger has been involved in a number of community service programs, including skin cancer detection. He has written several inspiring books and poems and has been honored with the “Best Doctors” award seven times in the last 15 years. Dr. Waldinger was presented with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the 2012 Recognition Luncheon during the Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.
2011: Samuel L. Moschella, MD, FAAD
Dr. Moschella has mentored hundreds of students, residents and colleagues. His professional career spans more than 60 years of service to patients in the U.S. Navy and the Lahey Clinic. He conducts a local clinic in Massachusetts with leprosy patients where he invites trainees and faculty members to learn about the disease. Dr. Moschella has written and lectured extensively about the diagnosis and care of patients with leprosy and educates the young physicians in the diagnosis and therapy. Dr. Moschella was presented with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the 2011 Recognition Luncheon during the Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2010: O. Fred Miller, MD, FAAD
Dr. Miller is deeply involved in the community and in his patient's lives. He serves as a role model for hundreds of physicians, and embodies empathy, respect and understanding. He helped to found a camp for children with severe skin diseases, and still attends camp every year as a counselor. Dr. Miller has a genuine interest in the well-being of the doctors, staff and patients. The patient always is first to Dr. Miller. Dr. Miller was presented with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the 2010 Recognition Luncheon during the Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida.