Lobitz Visiting Professorship

The Walter C. Lobitz Jr., M.D., Lectureship was established in 1977 at the time of Dr. Lobitz's retirement. The lectureship celebrates Dr. Lobitz's distinguished career as professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University from 1959 to 1977, and his countless contributions to dermatology as a master clinician, investigator, leader and more.

2016 Lobitz Lectureship

Marie-Louise Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.

Visiting Lobitz Professor:
Marie-Louise Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.

Marie-Louise Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician-scientist dermatologist who has spent her entire career blazing trails in the field of dermatology. She received both her PhD (microbiology) and MD from Yale Medical school and was among the first 300 women nationwide to achieve a doctorate in the sciences. Since then she has made an incredible impact in both the practice and teaching of dermatology.

Among many others, her accomplishments include:
  • Awarded Master Dermatologist Award by the American Academy of Dermatology - first female (1995) 
  • First dermatologist ever elected for membership in the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (1981)
  • Director of Yale's Dermatology Inpatient and Outpatient services until 1964
  • Chief of dermatology on the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Active member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
  • Tenured professorship at NYU Medical School and director of medical education at Benedictine Hospital (1980)
  • Established a fellowship program for primary care physicians for advanced study in dermatology.