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Honorary Membership is one of the highest honors our Society can bestow.
We are pleased to announce and congratulate our newest members.
Richard Edelson, MD, has served continuously as Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Yale since 1986. He also served as Director of the Cancer Center, Deputy Dean for Clinical Affairs, and Director of the Cancer Center’s Lymphoma Research Program. He invented Photopheresis, which has been used on thousands of patients since its discovery. Dr. Edelson is an internationally recognized pioneer in the research and treatment of Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (CTCL) and immunogenic cancers, and has served as a mentor to countless young investigators.
Irene Leigh, MD, is a Professor at the University of Dundee, and her research has centered around all aspects of keratinocyte biology from studying basic epithelial differentiation into disease applications, particularly the molecular mechanisms of skin cancer, genetic disease and tissue engineering and she is widely recognized as an international leader in those fields.
Her group has made major contributions to the understanding and treatment of human disease, including Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers, and Wound Healing. She was also the Local Chair for the 2013 International Investigative Dermatology meeting in Edinburgh.
Douglas Lowy, MD, is Dr. Lowy served as NCI Deputy Director from 2010 to 2015. In addition to serving as Acting NCI Director, Dr. Lowy is chief of the Laboratory of Cellular Oncology in NCI’s Center for Cancer Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the NAS.
Dr. Lowy received the Federal Employee of the Year Service to America Medal from the Partnership for Public Service in 2007, and the Sabin Gold Medal Award from the Sabin Vaccine Institute in 2011. In November 2014, he was honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
Any distinguished physician or research scientist may be elected an honorary member of the SID. Candidates for honorary membership are nominated annually by a committee of active members.