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He has trained over 400 dermatopathologists, many of whom he inspired to pursue the discipline.
Left Elizabeth, NJ, as an adolescent, for Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.
Pre-Med at Princeton; Med at Columbia; Derm at Columbia, Penn, and Harvard; Dermpath at Harvard.
Considered psychiatry, but did not want to be a psychoanalyst. Fondness for things morphologic, especially art, led to dermatology. An affinity for the microscope coupled with the realization that dermatopathologists could resolve quandaries vexing to clinicians led to dermatopathology.
Cockerell CJ. A Focus on IndividualityA. Bernard Ackerman, MD. Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(10):1388. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.10.1388