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Gil Yosipovitch, MD, Appointed Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Temple

News September 04, 2013

Gil Yosipovitch, MD, has been appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Temple University School of Medicine, effective September 1, 2013. Dr. Yosipovitch most recently served as Professor of Dermatology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center for Integrative Medicine and Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was also Director of the Institute's Skin Physiology Laboratory and the International Fellowship Program that trains overseas dermatologists.

Board-certified in dermatology and internal medicine, Dr. Yosipovitch is a leading expert in the field of dermatology and a world-renowned clinician and investigator into the causes and treatments of complex skin diseases – including eczema, psoriasis, and diseases of other organ systems with skin manifestations and chronic itch. As Chair of the Department of Dermatology, Dr. Yosipovitch will be responsible for re-establishing a premier academic dermatology department that encompasses direct patient care as well as medical education and research. This also includes developing an accredited dermatology residency program and expansion in suburban locations.

Dr. Yosipovitch will also lead the dermatologic program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and direct the development of a dedicated Center for Itch on Temple's Health Sciences Campus. The Center will serve as an institutional hub for patient-focused care and patient education, as well as research collaborations and interactions among investigative dermatologists, neuro- and other bio-medical scientists whose efforts will focus on a better understanding of chronic itch that can lead to new therapies for this common affliction.

Dr. Yosipovitch has studied and treated complex skin diseases with internal manifestations since the launch of his career in academic medicine, which began in 1989 following graduation from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After completing residencies in dermatology and internal medicine at Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tiqva, Israel, and a fellowship in dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Dr. Yosipovitch joined the faculty of the National Skin Center of Singapore, and opened a skin physiology lab. In 2002, he returned to the United States to become Associate Professor of Dermatology and Neurology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and was promoted to full Professor in 2006.

During the intervening years, Dr. Yospivotich has been awarded dozens of grants from the government, industry and private foundations to pursue his investigations into the causes and cures of diseases of the skin. He has authored or co-authored 29 book chapters and 212 scientific articles in professional journals; and has given numerous plenary and named lectures at meetings and conferences throughout the world.

Dr. Yosipovitch is the author of "Living with Itch: A Patient's Guide" – which will be published this fall by The Johns Hopkins University Press as both an enhanced e-book and a traditional paperback.

Dr. Yosipovitch serves on the editorial boards of key specialty journals (including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and Experimental Dermatology) and has served as a reviewer for more than 40 national and international, peer-reviewed publications such as Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, J Clinical Investigation, Journal of Neuroscience and Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

In 2001, Dr. Yosipovitch organized the first International Workshop for the Study of Itch in Singapore; and he is the founder and past president of the International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI), a multidisciplinary association of clinicians and researchers dedicated to improving our understanding of itch.

He holds membership in numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Dermatology Association.

Dr. Yosipovitch has earned dozens of teaching and researcher awards – including, most recently, the "Friends of Students" Award from the Wake Forest School of Medicine's Class of 2012, and the Clinician Investigator Award for 2012 from Wake Forest.