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 requirement in exceptional circumstances.

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


  • Criteria

    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: There is no set 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.

  • Selection process
    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.
  • Honorary members

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

    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, FAAD
    Bruce A. Deitchman, MD, FAAD
    Roger I. Ceilley, MD, FAAD

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