Thomas J. Russell, MD: Named the Dermatology Foundation's 2003 Clark W. Finnerud Honoree
Thomas J. Russell, MD, was honored with the Dermatology Foundation's Clark W.
Finnerud Award as an exceptional member of the specialty. This distinguished
award was presented to Dr. Russell on February 7, 2004 at the Foundation's
Annual Meeting during the annual convention of the American Academy of
Dermatology in Washington, DC.
This award was named in honor of the late Clark W. Finnerud, MD, symbolizing
his commitment to excellence during his 47 years at Rush Medical College in
Chicago as teacher, practitioner, researcher, and committed supporter of the
specialty. In addition, his generosity helped launch the Dermatology Foundation
Dr. Russell attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI as an
undergraduate and then a medical student (at what is now the Medical College of
Wisconsin, or MCW). After interning at Minneapolis General Hospital in
Minneapolis, MN, he completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic and spent the
next two years as dermatologist and allergist at the U.S. Air Force Base in
Shreveport, LA. He returned to Milwaukee in 1968, where he has remained, joining
the Department of Dermatology at MCW and establishing a thriving private
practice that has evolved to a large group. He is now clinical professor of
dermatology and has twice served as Acting Chairman of the department. Dr.
Russell is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, received the Taub International
Memorial Award for psoriasis research after his innovative work documenting the
immunogenetics of this disease, was chosen by medical school faculty to receive
the 2002 Marvin Wagner Preceptor Award for dedication and excellence in
teaching, and has repeatedly earned public honors as a top clinical
dermatologist both locally and with inclusion in Best Doctors in America. His
weekly clinics have long been "a favorite of the residents." Dr.
Russell's active contributions to clinical photography and promulgation of high
standards are widely acknowledged. He has been president of the Dermatology
Photographic Society Milwaukee Academy of Medicine and the Wisconsin
The Dermatology Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in 1964 by
concerned dermatologists to provide a national organization for advancing
patient care through funded research, and is now second only to the federal
government as a source of funding for investigative dermatology. The Foundation
raises funds from within both the specialty and from the cosmetic,
pharmaceutical and surgical industries to support a research program of the
highest quality that is also exceptional in its breadth and depth.