Skinformation - May 2011

Skinformation May 2011

A Message from the Interim Chair

Alfons Krol, M.D.

Alfons Krol, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.

Greetings! I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of the faculty and staff for their efforts in making the transition to my temporary position as smooth and seamless as possible. Change often creates anxiety and uncertainty and I believe that we have had a fairly smooth transition these last nine months. We eagerly anticipate meeting the prospective chair candidates as they visit in the next month and the eventual announcement of the successful candidate later this year. Our department has historically had great stability in Chairs with only five in almost 80 years of existence, and I hope the Dean’s choice for the next Chair will continue this tradition to ensure long term growth and stability both in our clinical enterprise and research.

Personally I have been very busy getting up to speed on budget and personnel issues while still dealing with a very busy clinical service (with the capable assistance of Sabra Lofgren, M.D. my Pediatric Dermatology Fellow and the deputized honorary pediatric dermatologists of our department including Drs. Tatyana Shaw, Eric Simpson and Jon Hanifin).  I am pleased to announce that Dr. Lofgren has accepted a faculty position as our second pediatric dermatologist and will be starting in the summer. Additionally, I am excited to announce that Julianne Mann, M.D., this past year’s Chief Resident, will be the new Pediatric Fellow beginning in July.  I want to send a special note of congratulations to her and her husband, Britton, since they recently welcomed a new daughter, Coraline, to their family.

Frances Storrs, M.D.’s, retirement weekend (which I termed, ‘Franapalooza’) was a great success with friends and visitors from all corners of North America and Europe attending. Molly Blauvelt and her committee members are to be congratulated on all their work in organizing a well deserved celebration.  Despite being retired there have been numerous “Fran sightings” especially on Wednesday morning morphology rounds which we all hope will continue.

With spring comes the time to budget.  It also marks a time when we realize how powerful endowment support is to our academic mission. To those of you who have contributed to the Storrs Endowment, please accept my sincere appreciation and know that your contribution really makes a difference.

Onwards and upwards!

Alfons Krol, M.D.