Dr. Ronald Rapini
Dr. Ronald Rapini

Dr. Ronald Rapini, Josey Professor and chair of the  Department of Dermatology at both the Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center, is the recipient of the 2013 Robert G. Freeman Mentoring and Leadership Award from the Texas Dermatological Society.

Presented at the 2013 Annual Spring Meeting of the Texas Dermatological Society in San Antonio last month, the award is a peer-recognition honor, celebrating a member for outstanding service to the specialty of dermatology.

Awardees must have a “lifelong commitment to mentoring and leading other physicians in dermatological health care” and “outstanding/noteworthy leadership in dermatology in the state of Texas.”

Rapini received his medical degree from the Ohio State University Medical School, completed  an internship at Marshfield Clinic (affiliated with University of Wisconsin), did his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and completed his fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

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 Dermatological Society. He received the 2012 Founders’ Award of the American Society of Dermatopathology.

Rapini is board certified in both dermatopathology and dermatology and his clinical and research interests include skin cancer, dermatopathology, and general dermatology.

The Texas Dermatological Society was founded in 1928 to promote and advance the science and art of medicine pertaining to diseases of the skin.

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School