ACDS Honorary Members
The ACDS Board of Directors has designated the below individuals as ACDS Honorary Members based on their meritorious achievements. Their lifetime of dedication, distinguished service, and accomplishment in the field of contact dermatitis is an outstanding representation of the goals of the American Contact Dermatitis Society.
Magnus Bruze, MD PhD is a Senior Professor of Occupational Dermatology, Lund University, Skåne University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden. He has been the main tutor for 12 doctoral theses at Lund University and opponent and evaluator for doctoral theses defended in Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands. He participates in research nationally and internationally within various fields such as metals, polymers, fragrances, photosensitizers and dyes. Dr. Bruze is the current president of the International Contact Dermatitis Research Group (ICDRG), has been the president of the European Contact Dermatitis Society (ESCD) and is a member of ESCD’s Fragrance Group and the EDEN Fragrance Study Group. Dr. Bruze is a member and past-President of the Swedish Society of Dermatology and Venereology. He has served as the Swedish board member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. He is a member of the Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety. He is author of approximately 1,000 articles and chapters published in peer-reviewed journals (around 900) and textbooks.
Suzanne Connolly, MD completed her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and undertook her dermatology training at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. She was the first woman on the staff in the department of dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and was the founding chair of the department of dermatology at Mayo Clinic Arizona. Dr. Connolly is a medical dermatologist with special interest in connective tissue diseases, allergic contact dermatitis and manifestations of systemic diseases. In addition to leadership positions in the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Connolly has held positions locally, regionally and nationally in dermatologic organizations. She has been president of the Pacific Dermatological Association, Women’s Dermatologic Society, American Contact Dermatitis Society and Noah Worcester Dermatological Society.
Ponciano (Chito) D. Cruz, Jr., MD served as Editor-in-Chief of the ACDS’s Journal from 1999 to 2020. During his tenure, the original American Journal of Contact Dermatitis became Dermatitis with a purview expanding beyond contact dermatitis to include atopic, occupational, and drug dermatitis, and a growing family of global societies that called it home (NACDG, ECDRG, ICDRG, SIDAPA). Dr. Cruz’s editorship culminated in Dermatitis achieving its highest Impact Factor (3.988) and a rank of 8th among 68 journals in dermatology.
At the ACDS, Dr. Cruz served on the Board of Directors and on several committees (Long-range Planning, Nominations, Publications, Scientific Program, Strategic Planning); his notoriety included creation of the Contact Allergen Bee.
Dr. Cruz resides in Dallas, Texas where he serves on faculty at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as Distinguished Professor, Endowed Chair in honor of Paul Bergstresser, Residency Program Director, and Vice Chair of the Department of Dermatology. He is also Chief of Dermatology at the North Texas VA Medical Center.
He served as President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology and the Photomedicine Society, and founded the Dermatology Teachers Exchange Group. He has served on several editorial boards and NIH study sections, has been a consistent recipient of research grant awards from the NIH, DVA, DOD, and CPRIT, and is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications.
Anton C. de Groot, MD PhD (1951) already had a special interest in contact dermatitis before starting his private practice in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, in 1980. Dr. de Groot wrote his PhD Thesis on Adverse Reactions to Cosmetics in 1988. Two years later in 1990, he was one of the founders of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Dermatologie en Venereologie (Dutch Journal for Dermatology and Venereology) and served as editor-in-chief of this journal for 10 years. Dr. de Groot served as chairman of the Dutch Contact Dermatitis Group for 15 years. He has over 400 publications to his name, including 20 book titles (13 in Dutch, 7 international) and 70 book chapters. Of these publications, his books Patch Testing (first edition 1986, 5th edition 2022, www.patchtesting.info), Essential oils: Contact Allergy and Chemical Composition and the four volumes of Monographs in Contact Allergy are well known to dermatologists interested in contact dermatitis. Dr. de Groot has donated the contents of the 5th edition of Patch Testing to the ACDS, which can be accessed online by ACDS members. In addition to his ACDS honorary membership, Anton de Groot is also an honorary member of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis.
Patricia Engasser, MD is Stanford through and through – undergraduate, medical school, dermatology residency, served as the medical school's Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs, and continues to volunteer as an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Dermatology. Before retiring, Dr. Engasser’s dermatology practice was with the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. Bob Adams and Howard Maibach sparked her interest in contact dermatitis. She has served as the ACDS Secretary/Treasurer (1997-2001) and President (2002-2003). During her presidency, she saved the ACDS Journal, Dermatitis, with a series of extensive negotiations with the publisher and with support from her co-conspirator, Cindy Froehlich.
Walter G. Larsen, MD was a founding member of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group in 1972. He is the author, along with Drs. Robert Adams and Howard Maibach, of Color Text of Contact Dermatitis, 1992. In 1977, Dr. Larsen developed the original fragrance screening mixture. He also led international research on fragrance allergy.
An expert in occupational and contact dermatitis, Dr. Maibach sees patients at The Environmental Dermatoses Clinic, part of the Dermatology Clinic at UCSF. His most active fields of research are in dermatopathology, dermatotoxicology and environmental dermatoses. Dr. Maibach has been on the editorial of more than 30 scientific journals. His bibliography includes 3,075+ manuscripts and over 150 books. He is a member of 19 professional societies and organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD); American Dermatological Association (ADA), North American Contact Dermatitis Group (NACDG), American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) and International Contact Dermatitis Research Group (ICDRG). The AAD awarded Dr. Maibach the 2013 Master Dermatologist Award, which recognizes significant contributions in the field of dermatology and to the AAD. In 2017, Dr. Maibach also received their Presidential Citation in recognition of his signification contribution and dedication. The International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) awarded Dr. Maibach their 2014 Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Dermatology, both nationally and internationally, through his work, research, publications and teaching in the USA and over 60 countries.
Gerald N. McEwen, Jr, PhD JD was the Vice-President, Science, for the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA, later renamed the Personal Care Products Council) when he began supporting the ACDS. His early efforts included providing visibility for the work of the ACDS within the Industry, ensuring financial support for ACDS programs, and helping with the development of the CAMP program, particularly by providing free access to the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary database, encouraging industry to provide lists of the ingredients in their products, and providing programing assistance. He also assisted the Board in early deliberations regarding the ACDS Bylaws and Administrative Procedures. For 25 years he served as the Industry Liaison Representative to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel, providing industry unpublished data and perspectives on use of ingredients under review, product exposures, and other valuable information and insights, including conducting additional testing where required by the Expert Panel. Other involvement in contact dermatitis research and evaluation included participation in FDA and AAD panels on Sunscreen testing, labeling, and active ingredient efficacy and safety. He was the editor of the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary for almost 10 years and is the author and co-author of many articles and book chapters on the regulation of cosmetic ingredients and products. He retired from CTFA in 2006.
Robert L. Rietschel, MD role in the field of contact dermatitis included 26 years as an active member of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group, where he served as secretary for eight of those years. His friendship with Alexander Fisher grew out of that group. Dr. Rietschel, along with Joe Fowler, had the chance to continue Dr. Fisher’s textbook through three more editions as Fisher's Contact Dermatitis. In his role as Chair of the Academy's Committee on Contact Dermatitis, he asked the members of that group to help make Bob Adams's vision for a democratically run contact dermatitis society come into being. They did and it became the American Contact Dermatitis Society with the splendid efforts of those who followed. He was the Secretary of the ACDS for its first four years and then served a year as its President. Dr. Rietschel finished his academic career as a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Arizona.
Andrew Scheman, MD is a Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. A member of the ACDS since 1992, Dr. Scheman was the director of the ACDS Contact Allergy Management Program (CAMP) from 2012 to 2019. In 2015, he received the Alexander A. Fisher Lecture Award and gave the “Contact Allergy Cross-Reactors” lecture at the ACDS 26th Annual Meeting. In addition, Dr. Scheman has served on the ACDS Board of Directors and on 10 ACDS committees. Dr. Scheman has a strong interest in advancing studies on contact allergy alternatives. He founded the American Contact Alternatives Group (ACAG) and is the first contact allergy alternatives section editor for Dermatitis. He has authored 100 peer reviewed publications including eight editions of Pocket Guide to Medications Used in Dermatology and a chapter in the current edition of Fisher’s Contact Allergy.
Frances Storrs, MD is known worldwide for her work in contact dermatitis and the discovery of new workplace and environmental allergens. During her career, Dr. Storrs has been a mentor for residents, clinician and researcher. She led the Contact Dermatitis Clinic at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She is author or co-author of more than 100 studies in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Storrs has won numerous awards in her specialty including the Gold Medal of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) – its highest award.
James S. Taylor, MD, is a founding member and past president of ACDS. He is a past Associate Editor of the American Journal of Contact Dermatitis (1990-98) and is Editor Emeritus of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Taylor has been a member of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group since 1976 and was a past vice-president of the AAD and ADA. His entire professional career has been at Cleveland Clinic (PGY 55!) and Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Taylor’s major clinical research, consulting, speaking and committee activities include: contact, occupational and environmental dermatology; device allergy; big data; patient safety and quality; and public policy for industry, non-profits and government (ESCD, AAD/A. AAAAI, ACAAI, ACOEM, PEHRC, NQF, CIR, EU, NIOSH, FDA, CPSC, US Air Force, VA, NRC, National Academy of Medicine, etc.). He is author/coauthor of 353 scientific articles and book chapters and presenter of seven eponymous lectures. In addition to his ACDS honorary membership, Dr. Taylor is also an honorary member of AAD, CDA and the Mexican Academy of Dermatology.