Walter R. Nickel Award
for Excellence in Teaching of Dermatopathology

Established by The American Society of Dermatopathology in 1997 in honor of Walter R. Nickel, this award was conceived to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the teaching of dermatopathology.

Congratulations to the 2014 Walter R. Nickel Award Recipient

Omar Sanqueza, MDOmar Sangueza, MD 
Professor of Pathology and Dermatology and Director of Dermatopathology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston Salem, North Carolina

Dr. Omar Sangueza is honored with the Walter R. Nickel Award for his contributions in teaching dermatopathology nationally and internationally.  He completed his residency in pathology at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, followed by a dermatopathology fellowship under the late Dr. Bernard Ackerman at New York University Medical Center.   He also completed a one-year fellowship in dermatology at Provincial Hospital in Valencia, Spain.  Dr. Sangueza is board certified in clinical and anatomical pathology and dermatopathology.

Dr. Sangueza served as assistant professor in dermatology and pathology at Oregon Health Sciences University from 1992-1994, associate professor in dermatology and pathology at the Medical College of Georgia from 1994-1999 and professor at the Medical College of Georgia from 1999-2000.  In 2000, Dr. Sangueza joined the faculty as a professor in the departments of dermatology and pathology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston- Salem, North Carolina.  Since then he has served as the director of dermatopathology and director of the dermatopathology fellowship. 

Dr. Sangueza has presented at more than 200 meetings regionally, nationally and internationally.  He has authored or co-authored 180 articles, 60 abstracts, eight book chapters, and two books.  He served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the International Society of Dermatopathology from 2002-2004 and the President of the International Society of Dermatopathology from 2004-2007.  He was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Dermatopathology in 2010 and served in that condition until 2013.  He is the current President of the International Committee for Dermatopathology and is the current editor in chief of the American Journal of Dermatopathology.  He is also on the editorial board of several journals.  He has served on the advisory test committee of the American Board of Pathology and Dermatology and international dermatopathology board examination.  Dr. Sangueza has trained 15 ACGME accredited fellows and more than 40 international fellows from all over the world. 

Past Recipients of the Walter R. Nickel Award

2013 Lori Lowe, MD
2012 Ronald J. Barr, MD
2011 Jennifer M. McNiff, MD
2010 Hideko Kamino, MD
2009 James W. Patterson, MD
2008 Dirk M. Elston, MD
2007 Bernett L. Johnson Jr., MD
2006 Jag Bhawan, MD
2005 Ronald P. Rapini, MD
2004 Bruce R. Smoller, MD
2003 Terence J. Harrist, MD
2002 N. Scott McNutt, MD
2001 Antoinette F. Hood, MD
2000 Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD
1999 James H. Graham, MD
1998 A. Bernard Ackerman, MD
1997 Elson B. Helwig, MD