In the decades that Dermatology Times reporters have covered the specialty, we’ve had the pleasure of profiling the specialty’s champions. Some shared their professional accomplishments, while others revealed unknown aspects of their personal lives. Here just some of the interesting tidbits from years’ past.
When we interviewed Diane R. Baker, M.D., for Dermatology Times’ Jan. 2007 edition, she was about to become president of the American Academy of Dermatology. While being AAD president was the most visible of her 30-year dermatology career, it was only one of more than 60 political appointments and memberships in her career.
Mover and shaker Shelley Sekula Gibbs, M.D., shared her life as a dermatologist and politician. Among her feats, Houston-based Dr. Sekula Gibbs helped to fund 12 new federally qualified health centers in low-income neighborhoods serving the uninsured. She helped pass an ordinance against secondhand smoke in the workplace and legislation restricting young people’s access to tanning beds in Texas, according to Dermatology Times’ Feb. 2007 profile
In a profile published April 2007, James H. Beckett, M.D., shared how growing up on the California coast in the 1950s as a surfer influenced his personal and professional life. He was 60 years old at the time of the interview and still surfing. Dr. Beckett was known as the surfing dermatologist and taught kids and adults about sun safety while promoting the surfing lifestyle. It was his way of giving back, he said.
Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., had run five marathons by the time his profile ran in May 2007. That’s including finishing one 26.2 mile course in an impressive 3:36. The then professor of dermatology and vice chair of the department
of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine said, “When you run, there is often the desire to give up, and you have to overcome your body’s desire to quit. I think it is discipline that helps you get through.”
Dermatologist Ruskin Lines, M.D., created Captain Cutaneum, the cancer fighting superhero who strove to teach kids about sun and skin cancer before those kids reached puberty. If children in elementary school could learn about the different types of cloud formations, they certainly could distinguish basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma, he reasoned. “I just thought it would be fun to visit schools dressed in a super suit as a comic book style character,” Dr. Lines said in a Feb. 2008 profile.