Fisher Lectureship Award

About the Fisher Lectureship

The Alexander Fisher Lectureship is awarded in honor of Alexander Fisher, MD honoring his contributions to the field of contact dermatitis. The lecturer is selected based on his or her contributions to contact dermatitis, reflection of the spirit of Dr. Fisher's enthusiasm for the subject of contact dermatitis, and for sharing knowledge and experience in evaluating patients.

Stephen I. Katz, MD PhD

This year has ended with the tragic loss of a great leader in dermatology, Dr. Stephen I. Katz. He was a personal mentor of mine and one of the best known and most influential dermatologists of our time. He touched thousands of lives both professionally and personally and will truly be missed by many.

Dr. Katz had served as the Director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases since August of 1995 and as Senior Investigator and Chief of the Dermatology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. His impact on the worldwide dermatology community, national public health field and medical professional societies has been profound, and he has been honored with numerous honors and awards, including the prestigious U.S. Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award and the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2018 Gold Medal recipient.

Dr. Katz leaves behind a legacy of scientific inquiry and formidable nurturing. In the words of Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, United States, --- “The Torch Has Been Passed”.   

This year, the American Contact Dermatitis Society had selected Dr. Katz to be the Alexander A. Fisher Keynote Lecturer at the Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.  In recognition of Dr. Katz’s foundational role in establishing the roots upon which our Society has been built, Drs. Alan Moshell and Frank Gerberick will initiate a tribute and Dr. Boris Lushniak will present the tributary Fisher lecture on “The Enduring Power of Leadership in Contact Dermatitis”.  We will also honor Dr. Katz with the ACDS Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th Anniversary Gala.

The Enduring Power of Leadership in Contact Dermatitis - Boris D. Lushniak, MD MPH

Rear Admiral retired (RADM Ret) Boris D. Lushniak, MD MPH, has been Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland since January 2017.  Prior to that he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics and Professor of Dermatology, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Lushniak was the US Deputy Surgeon General from November 2010 to September 2015, assisting the Surgeon General to articulate the best available scientific information to the public to improve personal health and the health of the Nation. He also oversaw the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our Nation.

Dr. Lushniak served as Acting Surgeon General from July 2013 to December 2014 and was responsible for the release of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health and the first ever Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. From January to March 2015 he served as commander of the USPHS Monrovia Medical Unit in Liberia, the only US government hospital providing care to ebola patients.

Dr. Lushniak began his USPHS career in 1988 in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and initially served with the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio where he conducted epidemiological investigations of workplace hazards. In 1993 he completed a dermatology residency at the University of Cincinnati and established an occupational skin disease program at NIOSH. He also served on assignments in Bangladesh, St. Croix, Russia, and Kosovo, was part of the CDC/NIOSH team at Ground Zero and part of the CDC anthrax team in Washington, DC. In 2004 he transitioned from CDC to the FDA in the Office of Counterterrorism and was appointed FDA Assistant Commissioner in 2005. He was deployed to Hurricane Katrina and also served as the FDA Deputy Incident Commander for the 2009 pandemic response. He was promoted to Rear Admiral, Lower Half in 2006 and attained the rank of Rear Admiral, Upper Half in 2010. He retired from the USPHS On October 1, 2015 after 27 years of service. In November 2017 he was awarded the American Medical Association Distinguished Service Award for his service as Surgeon General.

Dr. Lushniak was born in Chicago to post-World War II immigrants from Ukraine. He was admitted to the six-year Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University and completed his BS degree in 1981 and MD in 1983. In 1984 he completed the MPH degree at Harvard University. He completed a residency in family medicine in 1987 (St Joseph Hospital, Chicago) and maintains certifications in dermatology and preventive medicine (occupational). He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Dermatological Association, the American Contact Dermatitis Society, the American Public Health Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and other professional organizations.

A firm believer in leadership by example, Dr. Lushniak also promotes the core messages of the National Prevention Strategy via his active lifestyle. He is an avid long-distance bicyclist, runner and hiker. In 2012, he scaled the summit of the most heavily-glaciated peak in the United States, Washington’s 14-thousand foot Mount Rainier and in 2015 bicycled across the state of Iowa. He resides in Rockville, Maryland with his wife Dr. Patricia Cusumano and two daughters Larissa and Stephanie.