Dr. Robert S. Kirsner Named Chair of Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., has been named Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. Kirsner, who holds the Harvey Blank Professorship, has been Interim Chair since his predecessor, Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D., stepped down in December 2014.

He is also a professor of public health sciences, and he lends his expertise to treating the underserved and homeless populations of Miami-Dade County at Camillus House, where, for more than 20 years, he has conducted a monthly dermatology clinic.

Kirsner currently serves as Chief of Dermatology at University of Miami Hospital and Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is one of the nation’s leading wound care experts and was selected to serve as the first Director of the University of Miami Hospital Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center, which opened in 2011. The Center offers under one roof state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary care by a unique team of UHealth and community physicians, nurses and therapists who specialize in healing some of the most complex chronic wounds.

“Rob’s excellence in all aspects of being a physician, researcher and educator are well known,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Dean of the Miller School of Medicine. “His appointment as Interim Chair has given him an opportunity to also demonstrate his qualities of leadership. That is why I am so pleased to name him Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. As only the fourth Chair in the Department’s 60-year history, he can continue to have his invaluable personal impact on the field today, while also acting as a guide and mentor for younger faculty and medical students who will take the field to new heights in the future.”

He is on the editorial boards of a number of journals in the fields of dermatology and wound healing. He recently completed his term as chair of the American Academy of Dermatology’s Council on Education and Maintenance of Certification and is a trustee for the Dermatology Foundation. He recently retired as a board member of the Wound Healing Society, and is past president of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and of the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. In addition to receiving career development awards and industry-sponsored funding, he is a recipient of National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding for his research. He has published numerous books, book chapters and abstracts, and more than 400 peer-reviewed articles.

Kirsner is also a Miller School of Medicine alumnus, receiving his M.D. in 1988 after earning an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Texas A&M University. He was a resident in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital prior to completing his fellowship in wound healing (1992) and his residency in dermatology (1995). After joining the Dermatology faculty he pursued a Ph.D. from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health which he completed in 2004. He is a member of Iron Arrow, the highest honor awarded at the University of Miami.

In 2013, Kirsner was named Practitioner of the Year by the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, the state’s oldest and largest dermatological society. At that time, Schachner praised Kirsner for his “remarkable intellect, empathy and ceaseless dedication to patient care.”

He told the audience: “Rob is the academic quadruple threat, providing excellence in clinical care, research, education and community service. The entire University of Miami community should rejoice in this outstanding recognition of one of our own and one of our best.”

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