About ASDP

The American Society of Dermatopathology was founded in 1962 to improve the quality of dermatopathology and the treatment of skin diseases.

ASDP's Mission

The mission of the American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP) is to improve patient care, support member needs and advance the field of Dermatopathology through education, advocacy and innovation.

Vision Statement

The vision of the ASDP is to improve the quality of lives by advancing dermatopathology.

What is a Dermatopathologist?

Dermatopathologists are physicians who after completing their training in either dermatology or pathology pursued additional training in accredited programs for the interpretation of skin biopsies. These physicians integrate the clinical information with microscopic observations of the biopsy from the patient to provide diagnostic information to the treating physician. Dermatopathology is a consultative service to the referring dermatologist and not simply a laboratory test. The accurate microscopic interpretation of the biopsy is important in the selection of appropriate therapies.

ASDP'S History

The American Society of Dermatopathology turned 60 in 2022. The brainchild of 12 dermatologists who had a passion for the subspecialty, even before it was a subspecialty, ASDP has become a leading advocate for education and the teaching of dermatopathology.



Look back at some of ASDP's milestones
from the past 60 years!


A Video History

View selected video interviews on the history of ASDP and dermatopathology. 


Journal of Cutaneous Pathology

Read the JCP article on ASDP's 50th Anniversary.
Read the JCP article on ASDP's 30th Anniversary.



Past Presidents

Klaus J. Busam, MD 20222023
M. Yadira Hurly, MD 20212022
Lyn M. Duncan, MD 2020–2021
Omar P. Sangueza, MD 2019–2020
Rosalie Elenitsas, MD 2018–2019
Michael Hitchcock, MBChB, MBA 2017–2018
Lawrence E. Gibson, MD 2016–2017
Dirk M. Elston, MD 2015–2016
Mark A. Hurt, MD 2014–2015
Thomas N. Helm, MD 2013–2014
Nigel J. Ball, MD, FRCPC 2012–2013
Jennifer M. McNiff, MD 2011–2012
Zsolt B. Argenyi, MD 2010–2011
Earl J. Glusac, MD 2009–2010
Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, FACP 2008–2009
Terry L. Barrett, MD 2007–2008
James W. Patterson, MD  2006
Clifton R. White, MD  2005
Hideko Kamino, MD  2004
Bruce R. Smoller, MD 2003
Thomas D. Horn, MD 2002
Jag Bhawan, MD 2001
Emily F. Omura, MD 2000
Neal S. Penneys, MD 1999
Ronald P. Rapini, MD 1998
George F. Murphy, MD 1997
William A. Caro, MD 1996
John C. Maize, MD 1995
Antoinette F. Hood, MD 1994
N. Scott McNutt, MD 1993
Beno Michel, MD 1992
Evan R. Farmer, MD 1991
Loren E. Golitz, MD 1990
Ronald J. Barr, MD 1989
Waine C. Johnson, MD 1988
Ken Hashimoto, MD 1987
Kurt S. Stenn, MD 1986
A. Bernard Ackerman, MD 1985
Martin H. Brownstein, MD 1984
John T. Headington, MD 1983
Amir H. Mehregan, MD 1982
Robert W. Goltz, MD 1981
Mark Allen Everett, MD 1980
Robert G. Freeman, MD 1979
George Ioannides, MD 1978
Richard K. Winkelmann, MD 1977
James H. Graham, MD 1976
Edward P. Cawley, MD 1975
Alvin J. Cox, MD 1974
John R. Haserick, MD 1973
Louis H. Winer, MD 1972
Walter R. Nickel, MD 1971
Daniel F. Richfield, MD 1970
Walter F. Lever, MD 1969
Francis Ellis, MD 1968
Herbert Z. Lund, MD 1967
Herman Beerman, MD 1966
Elson B. Helwig, MD 1965
Hermann Pinkus, MD 1964
Hamilton Montgomery, MD 1963

Past Secretary-Treasurers

Tamme. C. Ferringer, MD 2019  2022
Lyn M. Duncan, MD 2016 – 2019
Michael G. Hitchcock, MBChB, MBA 2013 – 2016
Mark A. Hurt, MD 2009 – 2013
Zsolt B. Argenyi, MD 2005 – 2009
James W. Patterson, MD 2001 – 2005
Thomas D. Horn, M.D. 1997 – 2001
Ronald P. Rapini, M.D. 1993 – 1996
Antoinette F. Hood, M.D. 1989 – 1992
Loren E. Golitz, M.D. 1985 – 1988
Kurt S. Stenn, M.D. 1982 – 1984
John T. Headington, M.D. 1978 – 1981
Robert G. Freeman, M.D. 1975 – 1977
James H. Graham, M.D. 1970 – 1974
Walter F. Nickel, M.D. 1963 – 1969

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