Dr. Ronald Rapini
Dr. Ronald Rapini

Dr. Ronald Rapini, Josey Professor in Dermatology and chair of the Department of Dermatology at both the Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been selected to receive the 2012 Founders’ Award of the American Society of Dermatopathology.

Annually honoring an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of dermatopathology, the national award will be presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Dermatopathology in Chicago Oct. 12.

The American Society of Dermatopathology established the endowed award in 1983 in honor of the founding members of the society. The society was founded in 1962 to improve the quality of dermatopathology and the treatment of skin diseases.

An internationally renowned dermatopathologist and dermatologist, Rapini is actively involved in patient care, teaching, and clinical research. He is the author or co-author of many publications, including a textbook of dermatopathology and one co-edited with Drs. Jean Bolognia and Joseph Jorizzo. He has served as president of the American Society of Dermatopathology, he is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology Board of Directors, and he is a past president of the American Board of Dermatology, the Society for Mohs Surgery, and the Texas Dermatologic Society.

Along with his many accomplishments, Rapini continues to mentor medical students and residents and participates in numerous courses and symposia. His colleagues have described his friendly manner and collegiality as traits that exemplify the values of the American Society for Dermatopathology’s founding members.