Duke Dermatology News
The Sheldon Pinnell Center for Investigative Dermatology
Duke University School of Medicine and the Department of Dermatology are pleased to announce the creation of The Sheldon Pinnell Center for Investigative Dermatology. The center is named in honor of Sheldon Pinnell, M.D., J. Lamar Callaway Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and chief emeritus of the Division of Dermatology, for his unwavering commitment to the discovery of new and innovative methods of treating skin diseases and to training the next generation of young investigators.
The establishment of the Pinnell Center will provide the foundation to build a comprehensive program for investigative dermatology through:
Support for early career investigators through initial funding;
Support for post-doctoral fellow training;
Funding for innovative proposals and new projects focused on translational research leading to new therapies for skin disease;
Enrichment of the investigative community through regular seminar series, development of core facilities and laboratories, and support for translational and clinical research.
With a vision to build a world-renowned Department of Dermatology, Dr. Pinnell marked his tenure as division chief from 1982-1997 with bold strategic initiatives. He led the recruitment of new clinicians and investigators and established new areas of research in immuno-dermatology and connective tissue, as well as new clinical efforts in wound care, laser medicine, dermatologic surgery, and pediatric dermatology. His efforts and those who have come before and after him culminated in the establishment of the Department of Dermatology in 2009, highly regarded today for innovation and excellence in research, clinical care, and training.
Dr. Kelly West recently won the First Place for Oral Presentation at the Dermatopathology Trainee World Cup, at the International Society of Dermatopathology, 16th Joint Meeting in Miami, FL. Her presentation was entitled, "CD8 positive mycosis fungoides: what sets it apart?"