The American Society of Dermatopathology

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 2016 Walter R. Nickel Award Recipient

2016RosalieElenitsas_03-(1).jpgRosalie Elenitsas, MD
Professor of Dermatology
Director of Dermatopathology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Rosalie Elenitsas, MD, is the Herman Beerman Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Elenitsas has been a faculty member at Penn since 1991 and has been director of the Dermatopathology Fellowship Program since 1998. She also has been director of Penn Cutaneous Services since 1999. Over the past 25 years, she has had a profound role in educating dermatopathology fellows and she is uniformly recognized by her students as a model teacher. Her trainees have come from throughout the United States, as well as South America, Africa and Asia. Dr. Elenitsas is heavily involved in resident and medical student teaching. She is an internationally recognized expert in melanocytic lesions, and she has published more than 150 peer-reviewed studies, reviews and chapters, many related to evaluating the histopathology of melanocytic lesions.

She has served as associate editor of Lever's Histopathology of the Skin since 1997. For 15 years, she was director of Penn's Dermatopathology Self-Assessment and Board Review Course, and she currently is on the faculty of the ASDP Essentials of Dermatopathology Board Review and MOC Course. She teaches a complete approach of dermatopathology including laboratory management, quality assurance and collegiality. Her teaching efforts represent much of the foundational dermatopathology knowledge for our fellows and residents. She has lectured nationwide and internationally. As a dedicated member of the ASDP, she currently serves on the Board of Directors, as the chair of the Maintenance of Certification Committee, and on the Fellows In-Service Assessment Committee.

Past Recipients of the Walter R. Nickel Award

2015 Philip E. LeBoit, MD
2014 Omar P. Sangueza, MD
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