For the first time,  Samuel J Zakon Prize was awarded to ONMedU scientists

The American Academy of Dermatology recognized the article “Non-Dermatological Interests of Well-Known Dermatologists” by the staff of the Department of Dermatology and Venereology of ONMedU, Professor Mykhailo Lebedyuk and Associate Professor Serhiy Korkhov, as one of the best papers of 2022 nominated for Samuel J Zakon Prize. As an award, they received an honorary memorial address as a sign of recognition of their work – “receive a plaque recognizing your work”.

The President of the Committee, Professor Mark Valentyn, personally congratulated the authors and thanked them for participating in the competition. In his letter addressed to Associate Professor Serhiy Korkhov, it is specifically stated: “…On the positive side, the information in the article is extremely valuable. The facts and pictures are really good, and the details given may contain some surprises even for the well-informed dermatology aficionado. As you and Dr. Lebedyuk state in the first few paragraphs of the article, liking can make life fuller and more enjoyable. I think it’s great that you took the time to put all this information together, and if it can be read by young doctors, it will give them reason and even inspiration to expand their horizons beyond medicine.”

It is pertinent to recall that the Society for the History of Dermatology of the American Academy of Dermatology has been awarding Samuel J Zakon Prize annually since 1980 in recognition of important new work in the history of dermatology, skin diseases, their treatment and people who played an important role in dermatology. The award is named after the famous Chicago dermatologist Samuel Joseph Zakon, the first historian of the American Academy of Dermatology, and it is perhaps the most prestigious award of this field in dermatology. It is impossible not to note, and it is especially pleasant, that there is one more interesting and important circumstance – Samuel Joseph Zakon is in some ways our countryman.  He was born in Ukraine on December 26, 1898 in the glorious city of Kyiv.

During the entire period of the prize’s existence, it has never been received by representatives of the post-Soviet countries. The list of laureates of the prize for its many years of history includes such prominent figures in the world of dermatology and the history of medicine as Alan Lyell and John Savin from Scotland, Karl Holubar and Manfred Skopetz from Austria, Walter Lever from the USA, Daniel Wallach and Gerard Till from France, Monk from of Great Britain, Albin Propp from Germany, Andrzej Grzybowski and Stefania Jablonska from Poland and many other world-renowned specialists. And during the last 6 years, starting in 2016, it was received only by authors from the USA.

We congratulate Professor Myhailo Lebediuk and Associate Professor Serhiy Korkhov with this prestigious prize from the Society for the History of Dermatology of the American Academy of Dermatology and wish them new creative achievements.