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Luis Diaz, MD of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and John Stanley, MD of the University of Pennsylvania took home the American Skin Association’s David Martin Carter Mentor Award at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology.

ASA President Dr. David Norris presented the David Martin Carter Mentor Award as well as the Research Achievement Awards.

Since 1989, ASA's David Martin Carter Mentor Award has honored members of the dermatology community who embody the characteristics that made the late Dr. David Martin Carter an inspiration to many dermatologists, investigators, colleagues and medical students throughout the world. Dr. Carter and ASA's late founder, Dr. George Hambrick, were dear friends who worked tirelessly to grow the organization into a leading force to defeat melanoma, skin cancer and other skin diseases.

For five decades, Dr. Diaz has influenced the field of dermatology as a distinguished researcher, mentor and educator.  He is also a notable author, having worked on hundreds of scholarly articles.  Dr. Diaz is the C.E. Wheeler Jr. Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Stanley is a renowned dermatologist with nearly forty years of experience in education and leadership in dermatological research and immunology. He is Emeritus Professor of Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

"We are honored to present Drs. Diaz and Stanley with the 2019 David Martin Carter Mentor Award. Renowned researchers and educators, Drs. Diaz and Stanley are the 27th and 28th honorees to receive this prestigious award. Throughout their distinguished research careers, both doctors have prepared a generation of young scientists for careers in investigative dermatology," says Dr. Norris in a news release.

ASA's Research Achievement Awards were instituted in 1989 to identify established scientists in investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology. This year, ASA recognized those who have greatly advanced work related to autoimmune and inflammatory skin diseases, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, as well as vitiligo and pigment cell disorders.

Recipients included:

Nicole Ward, PhD 
Case Western Reserve University 
Research Achievement Award in Psoriasis

Victoria Werth, MD  
University of Pennsylvania  
Research Achievement Award in Autoimmune and Inflammatory Skin Disorders

William Pavan, PhD 
National Institutes of Health 
Research Achievement Award in Vitiligo and Pigment Cell Biology

Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD 
University of Washington 
Research Achievement Award in Melanoma and Skin Cancer

Mary Margaret Chren, MD 
Vanderbilt University  
Research Achievement Award in Public Policy and Medical Education

"We are delighted to present the Research Achievement Awards this year to such exceptional doctors. Drs. Ward, Werth, Pavan, Nghiem and Chren have all made tremendous contributions in their respective fields. ASA is proud to celebrate their brilliant achievements," says Dr. Norris.