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Daniel Sauder Named New Director of Hopkins Dermatology

Daniel N. Sauder, M.D., an internationally acclaimed dermatologist, has been appointed the new director of dermatology at Johns Hopkins, effective July 1. Sauder succeeds dermatologist Grant Anhalt, M.D., who served as interim director.

"Dr. Sauder is an exceptional researcher, scholar and mentor, with an impressive record as an investigator and program builder," says Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean of faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "He should lead his department to significant distinction."

Following in the footsteps of one of Hopkins founding physicians, Sir William Osler, Sauder trained at McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal and currently hails from the University of Toronto, where he is professor and chief of the Division of Dermatology. His research has focused on the molecular mechanism of the cutaneous (skin) immune response. He was instrumental in developing the field of cutaneous cytokine biology by identifying the role of certain immune system molecules, interleukins and cytokines, in inflammatory skin diseases and tumors. Considerable funding for his work has been provided by the Medical Research Council (the equivalent of the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Canada).

In a recent review of the top 25 first authors in worldwide dermatology literature, Sauder was cited as number 4. Sauder is past president of the Canadian Dermatology Association, past and founding president of the Canadian Society for Investigative Dermatology and current and founding editor of the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. He has also served on numerous other editorial boards, including the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Lymphokine Research, Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, and International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology.

Sauder received his M.D. degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1975. Following an internship at McGill, and a year of internal medicine residency at McMaster, he completed a fellowship in dermatology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Then he remained in the United States as a visiting associate of the Dermatology Branch of NIH. He returned to Canada and joined the faculty of McMaster as an assistant professor, rising to the rank of professor in 1990.

He has received numerous awards, including election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. In 1990, he was appointed division director of dermatology for the University of Toronto. In 1993, he also became head of the clinical division of dermatology at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, one of the main teaching hospitals in the University of Toronto Medical System.

His latest work focuses on using gene micro-arrays to study molecular mechanisms of cutaneous disease and developing novel therapies to treat these diseases. With his mix of basic, translational and applied research, he brings an important new dimension to the dermatology department at Johns Hopkins, according to Miller.

Sauder and his wife, Betsy Sauder, will live in Baltimore with their three children: 18- year-old Max and 16-year-old twins Stephen and Sarah.

Photo available upon request.

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