Research and Clinical Interests
Jouni Uitto, MD, PhD, has been professor of dermatology and cutaneous biology, and biochemistry and molecular biology, and chair of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology at Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1986.
He is also Director of the Jefferson Institute of Molecular Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. He received his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and completed his residency training in dermatology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr Uitto is internationally recognized for his research on connective tissue biochemistry and molecular biology in relation to cutaneous diseases and skin aging. Dr Uitto's publications include 610 original articles in peer-reviewed journals, 285 textbook chapters and review articles, and 907 abstracts on presentations at national and international meetings.
Dr Uitto has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, the Distinguished Service Award from the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America, the William Montagna Lectureship Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the Hermann Pinkus as well as Elson B. Helwig Memorial Lectureship Awards from the American Society of Dermatopathology, the Earl of Litchfield Lectureship Award of Oxford University, The Dohi Memorial Lectureship Award from the Japanese Dermatological Society, and the Kung-Sun Oh Memorial Lectureship from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. In 1993, he was selected as the recipient of the Marion B. Sulzberger Memorial Award and Lectureship and was designated as the "Professor of the Year" by the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr Uitto has been awarded the prestigious Matti Ã„yrÃ¤pÃ¤Ã¤ Lectureship, the highest physician-scientist award in his native country, Finland. In 1996, Dr Uitto was appointed as Anglo-American Visiting Professor of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom. Most recently, he was the recipient of the first SID Kligman/Frost Leadership Award presented at IID, Kyoto, Japan. He has received an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Kuopio, the University of Oulu, and the University of Turku, Finland, as well as the Honorary Professor title from China Medical University, and Honorary Visiting Professor from the University of Helsinki.
Dr. Uitto has held office in several scientific and professional societies, including President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the Dermatology Foundation, Member and Chair of the General Medicine A Study Section, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Cancer Institute, and National Advisory Council, National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, all at National Institutes of Health. Dr Uitto is also section editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and is on the editorial boards of numerous peer-reviewed journals.