February 5, 2002

Worcester, Mass. - Jeffrey D. Bernhard, MD, has been appointed to the Leadership Development Committee of the American Dermatological Society. Dr. Bernhard is professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Dermatology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

A recognized authority on itching, Bernhard earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and was chief resident in dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital before coming to UMMS in 1983.

The American Dermatological Society, founded in 1876, is the oldest national dermatological society in the world. In turn, it spearheaded establishment of other dermatological societies, notably the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Bernhard currently serves as editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $123 million in research funding annually. A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

Alison Duffy, 508-856-2000

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