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 2023 Walter R. Nickel Award Recipient


Raymond Barnhill, MD, Msc
Anatomic Pathologist, International Expert and Consultant for Melanoma, Institut Curie, Paris, France
Professor, UFR of Medicine University of Paris Cité

Dr. Raymond Barnhill, Franco-American, born in Shreveport, Louisiana, completed his formal studies at Tulane University, Duke University School of Medicine, and the University of Oxford.  Honors awarded during this period were Eagle scout, valedictorian, honors theses in chemistry and psychology, and election to Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. Postgraduate training in internal medicine, dermatology, anatomic pathology, dermatopathology was pursued at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School/Parkland Memorial Hospital, Ochsner Foundation Hospital, the University of Miami, and Yale University. At Oxford, Dr. Barnhill was both a Wellcome and Burroughs-Wellcome postdoctoral fellow. His principal posts have included Instructor and Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Yale University; Assistant and Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Co-director, Pigmented Lesion Clinic, Deputy Chief, Dermatopathology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director of Dermatopathology, Brigham and Women’s and Children’s Hospitals, Boston; tenured Professor of Dermatology, Pathology, and Oncology, Director of Dermatopathology and Oral Pathology, Johns Hopkins University; Professor and Chairman of Dermatology, George Washington University; Consultant, Dermatology Branch, National Institutes of Health; Professor associated with Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris; Professor of Pathology, Co-Director of Dermatopathology, UCLA. Dr. Barnhill’s research interests have included angiogenesis/vascular biology and the biology and pathology of melanoma. With Dr. Claire Lugassy, she and he have unveiled and continue to actively pursue research on the phenomenon of angiotropic extravascular migratory metastasis which is now formally accepted as an additional mechanism of cancer metastasis. Dr. Barnhill has published a substantial body of work on melanocytic lesions including some 35 papers related to the NIH-funded MPATH Study Group over the past 12 years. Dr. Barnhill has been (or remains) a member of the WHO Melanoma Program (now defunct), EORTC Melanoma Group, the Board of the Uveal Melanoma Group, Institut Curie, and the Cancer and Blood Vessels Study Group. He has founded the North American Melanoma Pathology Study Group and more recently the International Melanoma Pathology Study Group with Symposia held annually over the past 15 years. In addition, to organizing formal courses on the pathology of melanocytic lesions over the past 25 years (recently four International Courses on the Pathology of Melanoma at Institut Curie), Dr. Barnhill has always been intensely engaged in the teaching of dermatopathology to students, residents, fellows, and colleagues at the microscope and in hospital/university training programs, courses, and lectures nationally and internationally, including the ASDP, USCAP, IAP and in many other venues.   His major books are the Textbook of Dermatopathology (McGraw-Hill, 4 editions), the Dermatopathology Challenge, Pathology of Melanocytic Nevi and Melanoma (Springer, 3 editions), and the WHO Classification of Skin Tumours. Dr. Barnhill has many interests in common with his best friend, loving wife and soul mate including opera and classical music, philosophy, literature, art, and Venice.     

Past Recipients of the Walter R. Nickel Award

Award YearRecipient
2022Leonard C. Sperling, MD
2021Steven D. Billings, MD
2020Rossitza Z. Lazova, MD
2019Tammie C. Ferringer, MD
2018Victor G. Prieto MD, PhD
2017Maria Angelica Selim, MD
2016Rosalie Elenitsas, MD
2015Philip E. LeBoit, MD
2014Omar P. Sangueza, MD
2013Lori Lowe, MD
2012Ronald J. Barr, MD
2011Jennifer M. McNiff, MD
2010Hideko Kamino, MD
2009James W. Patterson, MD
2008Dirk M. Elston, MD
2007Bernett L. Johnson, MD
2006Jag Bhawan, MD
2005Ronald P. Rapini, MD
2004Bruce R. Smoller, MD
2003Terence J. Harrist, MD
2002Neil Scott McNutt, MD
2001Antoinette F. Hood MD
2000Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, FACP, FAAD
1999James H. Graham, MD
1998A. Bernard Ackerman, MD
1997Elson B. Helwig, MD