History

The Diagnostic Division of the BWH Program in Dermatopathology synergistically interfaces with basic and translational research initiatives, providing an outstanding bioarchive for assessment of human relevance. The BWH Dermatopathology Service was created by the legendary pathologist and Departmental Chair, Ramzi S. Cotran in 1982 with the recruitment of the first full-time Brigham dermatopathologist. Since that time, the Service grew under the direction of Drs. Barnhill and McKee. In 2004, Dr. Murphy, who began the Service in 1982 returned to the helm to initiate the BWH Program in Dermatopathology which for the first time combined excellence in diagnostics and education with NIH-funded research.

At present, the Program is staffed by junior and senior-level dermatopathologists, all Harvard-trained, and all with complementary expertise that blends excellence as diagnosticians with established records as clinician-educators and physician-scientists. Areas of special interest and accomplishment include the diagnostic excellence in skin cancer and dermatitides, their epigenetic and cell biological underpinnings, and their global and epidemiological impact evidenced by educational efforts worldwide. The faculty have been recipients of multiple awards and honors recognizing their accomplishments, including the ASIP’s Cotran Early Investigator Award, the Grunbaum Cancer Fellowship, election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and a Harvard Scholars in Clinical Science designation.