Gaspari Appointed Chairman of Dermatology

For immediate release: August 10, 2005

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Karen E. Warmkessel

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Anthony A. Gaspari, M.D., a dermatologist with a special interest and expertise in immunology and skin allergies, is the new chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of dermatology at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Dr. Gaspari came to the University of Maryland in 2001 and served as interim chairman of the department since the former acting chairman, Joseph W. Burnett, M.D., retired in 2003. Dr. Gaspari is the Shapiro Professor of Dermatology and also a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is the director of the cutaneous immunopathology laboratory at the University of Maryland Medical Center, which studies and diagnoses complex skin disorders through cellular analysis.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Gaspari as the new chairman of our Department of Dermatology. He has done an excellent job of leading the department as the interim chair, and we are confident that he will continue his efforts to strengthen and expand the department in his new position,” says Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P., Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and Dean of the School of Medicine.

“He is not only an outstanding clinician, but also a talented researcher whose work is advancing our understanding of the skin's role in the human immune system,” Dr. Wilson adds.

Jeffrey A. Rivest, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center, says that Dr. Gaspari is an excellent choice to lead the dermatology department. “He is committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients who have the full range of skin disorders,” Mr. Rivest says.

Dr. Gaspari says that he hopes to build on the department's strengths, particularly in treating skin cancer and allergies, and to develop a clinical and basic science research program that will translate into better therapies for patients. “We've always had a strong clinical program, and I would like to recruit more doctors who are interested in doing research as well as treating patients. I also am very committed to education and using the latest technologies to teach the next generation of dermatologists,” he says.

Dr. Gaspari has done considerable research in cutaneous immunology and recently was awarded $1.2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study skin allergies. He also has a $524,000 grant from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration to investigate allergic reactions to natural rubber latex.

A graduate of Temple University and Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Gaspari completed his residency at the Emory School of Medicine and a fellowship in cutaneous immunology at the NIH.

He spent 11 years at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., serving as an associate professor of dermatology and associate professor of oncology at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. He was acting chairman of the Department of Dermatology in 1996. Dr. Gaspari was also on the staff of Strong Memorial Hospital and Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., from 1990 to 2001 and was director of the clinical skin immunopathology service at Strong Memorial Hospital from 1990 to 1995.

He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and review articles. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals as well as NIH grant review panels and U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory board committees. Dr. Gaspari is also the outgoing president of the American Contact Dermatitis Society and serves on the organization's executive committee. He is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, the Clinical Immunology Society, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Dermatology Foundation.

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