Luis Diaz, MD
Stephen I. Katz, MD/PhD International Lectureship
Title: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Dr. Diaz is a renowned academician educated at the University of Trujillo School of Medicine in Peru. He trained in dermatology at the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and autoimmunity research at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (UNC-SOM) and Chairman of the Departments of Dermatology at MCW (1989-1999) and UNC-SOM (2000 to 2016). He has trained over fifty research fellows from the USA and several countries (Spain, France, Germany, England, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Egypt, India, China and Japan). As a clinician and educator, Dr. Diaz has been involved in the training of over 100 dermatology residents in the USA spanning more than 40 years. Dr. Diaz’s research career, supported by the National Institutes of Health of USA (NIH) for over 30 years, in the area of cutaneous immunology has been groundbreaking in the immunopathology of pemphigus and pemphigoid. He has on-going studies on the etiology of endemic pemphigus foliaceus in an Amerindian population of Brazil for the last 25 years. He is listed in over 300 publications as author and/ or co-author.
Dr. Diaz’s peers have awarded him the prestigious Montagna (SID), Sulzberger (AAD) and S. Rothman (SID) Awards for his contributions to dermatology. As well, he is recognized internationally, having received honorary memberships from dermatological societies globally. Dr. Diaz’s other honors include being President of both the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) and Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD), organized the SID’s 1st Resident Retreat program in 2001, and testified to Congress in 2001 regarding appropriations to assess the burden of skin disease. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, National Academy of Medicine (IOM), Royal Society of Medicine, American Academy of Dermatology, American Dermatological Association, International Society of Dermatology and other International Societies.