Victor Newcomer Research Award

Victor D. Newcomer (April 5, 1916 - March 15, 2002) was a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at UCLA's School of Medicine and a clinician in private practice in Santa Monica, California. A gifted teacher and leader, he received countless accolades including the prized Golden Apple Award from both UCLA and the California Medical Association. Dr. Newcomer was an esteemed and beloved educator, mentor, and role model throughout the Dermatologic community and amongst his students. His life exemplified his dedication and commitment to excellence in teaching and academics. In honor of his memory, the PDA has established the Victor Newcomer Research Award to encourage residents and new practicing clinicians of dermatology to strive for excellence in their own work.

Submission Guidelines

All Newcomer Research Award submissions must be done online.
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The submission deadline is June 7, 2024. Please note that applicants should receive a confirmation email immediately after submission of the case online. If this email is not received within 5 minutes of your submission, please contact PDA at All applicants will be notified of the results on June 30, 2024.


The Victor Newcomer Research Award is open to PDA members who are either physicians currently enrolled in a graduate dermatologic training program or physicians that have completed their training less than ten (10) years ago. Prior award recipients may also apply. Any clinical research, basic science research, or clinically focused review may be submitted for consideration for this award.


Entries will be judged on the following criteria, depending upon the nature of the presentation:

  1. Originality
  2. Potential importance of work
  3. Experimental methods
  4. Conclusions
  5. Clarity of presentation
  6. Clinical relevance

Please omit any information that might lead the judges to recognize you or the institution for which the work was done.

Award Provisions

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash prize of $500, complimentary meeting registration and reimbursement of expenses (roundtrip economy air travel, two nights hotel accommodations and ground transportation/airport parking) to present the paper at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association in San Francisco, CA. Approximately 15 minutes will be allotted for the presentation of the paper on Friday morning, August 23, 2024.

Past Award Recipients

2022 - Roberto Ricardo-Gonzalez, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Innate Type 2 Immunity Controls Hair Follicle Commensalism by Demodex Mites

2019 - Alex Ortega Loayza, MD, Oregon Health & Science University
Comparison of Three Diagnostic Frameworks for Classic Ulcerative Pyoderma Gangrenosum

2018 - Mariah Johnson, MD, Oregon Health & Science University
Skin Cancer Screening: Recommendations for Data-Driven Screening Guidelines and a Review of the USPSTF Controversy

2017 - Heidi Wat, MD, University of Alberta
The Predictive Value of Mitotic Rate for Sentinel Lymph Node Positivity in Thin Melanomas

2016 - Andrew Ji, MD, Stanford University
Molecular Profiling in Cutaneous Melanoma

2015 - Stephanie Martin, MD, University of California, Los Angeles
Novel Injectable Microporous Wound Healing Scaffold Decreases Scar Formation Following Full Thickness Surgical Excision

2014 - Amanda Raymond, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Melanoma Outcomes in Transplant Recipients with Pre-Transplant Melanoma

2013 - Jashin Wu, MD, Kaiser Permanente LA Medical Center
Association Between Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitor Therapy and Myocardial Infarction Risk in Patients with Psoriasis

2012 - Lu Q. Le, MD, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Skin-Derived Neural Progenitors in Cutaneous Nerve Regeneration and Tumorigenesis