The American Society of Dermatopathology

Founders' Award

Established by The American Society of Dermatopathology in 1983 in honor of the Founding Members of the Society, this endowed award is conceived to recognize individuals who have made outstanding original and significant contributions to the field of dermatopathology.

Congratulations to 2016 Founders’ Award Recipient

Photo-Christopher-Shea.jpgChristopher R. Shea, MD
Eugene J. Van Scott Professor in Dermatology
Chief, Section of Dermatology
University of Chicago


Christopher Shea, MD, earned his undergraduate degree at Brown University and his medical degree at Georgetown University. He completed a two-year basic research fellowship at the Wellman laboratories at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, where his investigations focused on targeting laser efforts on subcellular organelles such as mitochondria, principally using pathologic techniques including fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy, and with a focus on the role of oxidation-dependent pathways in these effects. He maintained this research program during the following three-year residency in dermatology at MGH, during which time he also held a faculty appointment in dermatology from Harvard Medical School. He went on to perform a dermatopathology fellowship at New York Hospital-Cornell. His post-training career has included service as assistant professor at Cornell, and as both associate and full professor at Duke University (where he directed the dermatopathology unit and the dermatopathology fellowship training program). He has served as the national director of diagnostic quality programs for the American Society of Dermatopathology, and is currently on the editorial boards of several of the top dermatology and dermatopathology journals. Since 2001 he has been serving as professor and chief of dermatology at the University of Chicago. In 2013 he was named the first Eugene J. Van Scott Professor in Dermatology. He has published more than 160 publications, 48 book chapters, and authored a book in melanocytic neoplasms.

Past Recipients of the Founders' Award

2015 Lorenzo Cerroni, MD
2014 Thomas D. Horn, MD
2013 Dirk M. Elston, MD
2012 Ronald P. Rapini, MD
2011 Raymond L. Barnhill, MD
2010 Daniel J. Santa Cruz, MD
2009 Antoinette F. Hood, MD
2008 Jag Bhawan, MD
2007 Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, FACP
2006 Ronald J. Barr, MD
2005 David D. Weedon, AO, MD, FRCPA
2004 Philip E. LeBoit, MD
2003 Ernst H. Beutner, PhD
2002 John C. Maize, MD
2001 Franz M. Enzinger, MD
2000 Waine C. Johnson, MD
1999 Loren E. Golitz, MD
1998 Martin C. Mihm, Jr., MD
1997 Edward Wilson Jones, FRCP, FRCPath
1996 John R. Haserick, MD
1995 Herbert Z. Lund, MD
1993 Richard J. Reed, MD
1992 John T. Headington, MD
1991 Robert G. Freeman, MD
1990 James H. Graham, MD
1989 A. Bernard Ackerman, MD
1988 Wallace H. Clark, Jr., MD
1987 Richard K. Winkelmann, MD
1986 Walter F. Lever, MD
1985 Elson B. Helwig, MD
1984 Hermann Pinkus, MD