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Dr. John Parrish Receives ASA's 2011 Humanitarian Award

Dr. Parrish is the first individual to have received both the Mentor and Humanitarian Awards in the 25 year history of the American Skin Association

Date: 10/26/2011
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On October 25th, Dr. John Parrish received the Humanitarian Award, the highest recognition of the American Skin Association (ASA). The award was presented at the ASA annual gala in New York City before a gathering of nearly 1,000 philanthropists, physicians, scientists and educators, capping the evening that also celebrated the development of breakthrough medical therapies for skin cancer and a nation-wide K-12 educational program for healthy skin. 

Dr. Parrish was honored for his wide-ranging lifetime professional contributions. These include technically ambitious uses of light to treat a variety of devastating skin diseases, outstanding leadership as Chairman of the MGH and Harvard Departments of Dermatology for 18 years, and pioneering interdisciplinary translational research in the context of three sequential and overlapping innovative highly successful centers based at MGH. Dr. Parrish’s vision and team-building skills were credited with bringing together leading scientists, clinicians, engineers, industry leaders and federal agencies to accelerate bench-to-bedside development of much-needed drugs and devices.  Particularly lauded was his leadership of the Home Base Program, a partnership between MGH and the Red Sox Foundation, created to improve the care of veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of war. Only two years old, the Program has been nationally praised as a model for care of those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). These achievements were noted to reflect Dr. Parrish’s exceptional humanitarianism, a sustained determination to marshal all the resources of his academic environments for those who suffer.

In May 2011, the ASA also presented Dr. Parrish with its David Martin Carter Mentorship Award that recognizes a dermatologist who has been extraordinarily caring and effective in guiding his trainees. A high point of the annual meeting of the Society of Investigative Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ, the award was applauded by dozens of Dr. Parrish’s prior and current residents and collaborators, as well as by the international community of investigative dermatologists. Dr. Parrish is the first individual to have received both the Mentor and Humanitarian Awards in the 25 year history of the ASA.

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