Steve Katz: a tribute from the EDF
On December 20, 2018, Steve Katz, the acting director of the National Institute for skeletomuscular disease and skin (NIAMS) passed away.
Steve Katz truly was one of the giants of Dermatology and his influence on dermatological science worldwide is beyond comparison. Steve was the long-term acting Chief of the Dermatology Branch at NIH. During his term multiple now famous dermatologists passed through his lab as postdocs (e.g. K. Cooper, G. Stingl, S. Shimada and many others). This by itself indicates how strong Steve’s influence was for the scientific developments in dermatology as he formed a new generation of international leaders in dermatology that showed a strong interest in science and were willing to spread the news that science is key for future developments of our specialty.
European Dermatology Forum
The practice of dermatology has, over the past 30 years, been distinguished by its transition from provision of essentially empirical treatments to a practice in which rational therapies, based on enhanced knowledge of the pathogenesis of disease, are administered. Coincidentally, the boundaries between organ specific specialities such as our own have become blurred. Thus there is now great overlap with numerous other medical disciplines.
Recognising the need to address these issues, seven academic dermatologists, all heads of university departments, formed the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) in 1997 as a non-profit professional organisation dedicated to improving the healthcare needs of dermatology patients in Europe. At its inception the EDF published a document setting out its mission and this continues to remain at the core of its activities.
To implement actions aimed at preventing skin disease and improving the quality of healthcare for dermatologic & venereologic patients in Europe, notably by strengthening the position and reducing the health economic impact of dermato-venereology and its several subspecialties such as allergology and dermato-oncology to the benefit of our patients and our profession.