Dermatology has long been a component of medical education at the New Jersey Medical School. During the school’s inception as Seton Hall College of Medicine, Harold Jeghers, MD, renowned for the Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, was recruited as its first clinical faculty member and head of internal medicine. Dr. Jegher had a special interest in cutaneous pigmentation and lectured to medical students on cutaneous anatomy and physiology. Additionally, dermatologists in private practice including Joseph Guerra MD, Moses H. Holland MD, Pasquale A. Statile MD, and Morris H. Saffron MD, joined the faculty, providing both educational and clinical support to the budding medical school.

One year following the school’s name change to the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, in 1965, Roger Harrison Brodkin MD, MS was appointed clinical assistant professor and assumed the role of acting head of dermatology. In 1974, George Kihiczak MD, an alumnus of the medical school renamed in 1970 as New Jersey Medical School, returned as a faculty member. Two years later, he was joined by W. Clark Lambert MD, PhD. Tamotsu Imaeda MD, PhD (1927-1988), a distinguished professor of microbiology, also contributed as professor of dermatology.

In July of 1983, Robert A. Schwartz MD, MPH joined the faculty at NJMS and became the first permanent head of dermatology. Dr. Lambert, at the time an associate professor of pathology and chief of dermatopathology, was appointed as associate head of dermatology. Together, Drs. Schwartz, Lambert, Brodkin, Imaeda, and Kihiczak formulated the first dermatology residency program in New Jersey. In July 1983, an inaugural class began training, with the primary training sites consisting of the New Jersey Medical School, in Newark, NJ and the East Orange, NJ campus of the Veterans Administration Health Care System.

Subsequently, major additions to the teaching staff have included: David J. Goldberg MD, now Clinical Professor and Chief of Mohs and Laser Surgery; Philip J. Cohen MD, now Chief of Dermatology with the VA NJ Health Care System; Camila K. Janniger MD, now Clinical Professor and Chief of Pediatric Dermatology; Jerry Rothenberg MD; Muriel W. Lambert PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Michael P. Bagley MD; Isabelle Thomas MD; Julianne H. Kuflik MD; Christopher W. Sciales MD; Judit Nyirady MD; and Jeffrey Whitworth MD.


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