George Cotsarelis, MD
Albert M. Kligman/Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture
25 Years of Riding the Hair Wave
Dr. Cotsarelis is the Milton B. Hartzell Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He performed a medical internship at Geisinger Medical Center and his dermatology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently completed a Dermatology Foundation postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Dermatology and then a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Physicians in the Department of Pathology at Penn. Dr. Cotsarelis is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Dermatology Foundation, and the American Dermatological Association. He directs the Hair and Scalp Clinic at Penn and is an Assistant Director of the Edwin and Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance and Director of the Program on Epithelial Regeneration and Stem Cells at the Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine, as well as former President of the North American Hair Research Society. Dr. Cotsarelis has received numerous awards, including the SID’s Montangna lecturer, the AAD’s Marion Sulzberger Award and the Mancunian Skin Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has an honorary degree from China Medical University. His research focuses on hair follicle stem cells, alopecia and skin regeneration. He has published many high-impact research manuscripts, served on an array of grant review panels, and presented numerous invited lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Cotsarelis has held research support from the National Institutes of Health for over twenty years.