December 16, 2022

Voorhees Legacy Professorship Campaign

We are excited to share information about the John J. Voorhees, M.D. Legacy Professorship campaign, announced by Dr. Bichakjian at our 2022 Fall Alumni Symposium. 

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Dr. Bichakjian announces the Voorhees Legacy Professorship Campaign, October 2022

This legacy professorship will honor Dr. Voorhees’s remarkable career and impact upon the field of dermatology. During his tenure at U-M, Dr. Voorhees has mentored, and continues to mentor, countless dermatology faculty and trainees, including many current leaders within our specialty.

We invite the support of all past trainees, colleagues, and friends to help us reach our $500,000 goal to establish the John J. Voorhees, M.D. Legacy Professorship. If you would like to make a gift to the professorship, we invite you to visit our Leaders & Best giving page to do so. For additional information or questions, please contact us at: [email protected].

Honoring A Remarkable Career

Dr. John Voorhees, Duncan and Ella Poth Distinguished Professor of Dermatology at the University of Michigan Medical School, is a renowned dermatologist, physician-scientist, and mentor. Dr. Voorhees graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he also completed his internship and residency training including two years of postdoctoral training in biochemistry. Appointed as instructor of dermatology in 1969, he rose rapidly to become professor of dermatology in 1974 and was appointed chair of the Department of Dermatology in 1975. Remarkably, he held this role until 2018. Dr. Voorhees remains actively involved in the department’s training and research programs.

Dr. Voorhees’s pioneering research has shaped our understanding of psoriasis as an immune-mediated disease and developed our current understanding of the extracellular matrix in aging and photodamaged skin. He has received many national and international awards honoring his contributions to the field of dermatology and has delivered prestigious named lectureships throughout the world. Additionally, Dr. Voorhees has served as the President of the Michigan Dermatological Society, Association of Professors of Dermatology, Dermatology Foundation, Society for Investigative Dermatology, and American Dermatological Association; he has also served on the editorial boards of eight scholarly journals. His more than 700 peer-reviewed publications have been cited over 64,000 times, and he has twice been acknowledged as the most cited author in dermatology in the world.