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1.24.2012

Keyvan Nouri, M.D., Named Louis C. Skinner, Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Dermatology

With the support of his family, colleagues, students, and Miller School leadership, Keyvan Nouri, M.D., the Richard Helfman Professor of Dermatologic Surgery, director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Dermatology, and Laser Surgery, and chief of Dermatology Services, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, accepted the first Louis C. Skinner, Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Dermatology at a January 18 ceremony on the Miller School campus.

“Dr. Nouri is an exemplary physician and researcher and a shining example of the caliber of talent that endowments such as this one support,” said Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., who is also Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO of UHealth-University of Miami Health System. “I am honored to call him a colleague, and I am so proud to have him as a member of the UHealth family.”

Accepting the chair, Nouri thanked his colleagues, family and benefactors for their professional, emotional, and financial support throughout his career and into the future. “This is a great honor for me,” Nouri said with typical humility, “but I accept this honor not just for myself but for the many people who helped me get where I am today.”

Lawrence Schachner, M.D., chairman and Harvey Blank Professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, recalled his longstanding admiration for his former student in the form of a letter of congratulations he felt compelled to send to Nouri’s parents 15 years ago when the young doctor was applying to fellowship programs. “I was accustomed to writing letters of recommendation, which I did gladly for Keyvan,” Schachner said to the audience, which included Nouri’s mother and father, “but I felt his parents deserved some of the credit as well.”

Also in attendance for the event were friends and associates of the late Dr. Louis Skinner, for whom the chair is named.

“I had the great pleasure of knowing both Lou Skinner and Keyvan Nouri,” said Chair Emeritus William Eaglstein, M.D. “I was the one who first approached Lou about creating the endowment, and he didn’t hesitate for a minute because he understood the importance of the longevity of an endowed gift.”

A longtime dermatologist and wine enthusiast who founded the Miami chapter of the Food & Wine Society, Commanderie du Bordeaux, and other wine societies, Skinner was passionate about research and education. “He loved to teach and introduce people to new concepts and ideas,” said former colleague Stephen Mandy, M.D., “in the lab, in the classroom and in life.”

“One of the few things Dr. Skinner was more passionate about than wine was education,” said Charles Sacher, an attorney who represents the Skinner estate. “He was very philanthropically minded when it came to research and education and supported programs in his native North Carolina as well as his beloved UM medical school. He knew the importance of the kind of long- term support that comes with an endowment like this one. It was very important to him and he would have been so proud to be here tonight.”

“I am very aware of the significance of this award,” Nouri concluded. “I know what a great legacy Dr. Skinner left behind, and I am honored to have been chosen to carry on in his tradition.”

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