The Department of Dermatology is at the forefront of dermatological treatment and advances. 

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A tax-deductible contribution to the Department of Dermatology Endowment Fund is an everlasting gift benefiting the Department, both at the present time and in the future. Penn State Dermatology has four interrelated missions: education, research, patient care, and community service.

We strive to constantly educate its patients, physicians, residents, and the public. The Department continues to offer some of the best clerkships and core lectures at Penn State College of Medicine, as well as offering one of the best residency programs in the United States. A gift to a Dermatology Department Endowment Fund will help support our mission of education.

The Department of Dermatology is proud of our research accomplishments to date, but there is much more work to be done. With the diminishing availability of federal funds for biomedical research, we are now, more than ever, dependent upon the generosity of private donors to support our research endeavors. Accordingly, we hope that you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our Dermatology Research Endowment Fund. By giving to the Endowment Fund, you will help ensure that dermatology research will continue to grow and flourish here at the Penn State College of Medicine. As a result, dermatology patients will directly benefit by receiving state-of-the-art care. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Having an outstanding commitment to patient care, our staff is distinguished among their peers and a provider of choice among residents in central Pennsylvania. All of our physicians were recently honored by being named to the list of the "Best Doctors in America®." In the future, we would like to be able to offer more appointments, more cosmetic procedures, and the most cutting edge therapies available. The foremost benefit of a contribution to the Department of Dermatology is in our ability to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

Support the Department of Dermatology

Support our missions by taking advantage of one of the following opportunities:

The Dermatology Research Endowment Fund supports Dermatology research at the Penn State College of Medicine.


The Dermatology Residency Gift Fund supports educational needs such as specialty resources, travel scholarships, training equipment and elective rotations for less common skin diseases for our residents.


The Donald P. Lookingbill LectureshipThe Donald P. Lookingbill Lectureship sponsors an educational lecture to the faculty and residents by an Annual Visiting Professor of international prominence.

Donald P. Lookingbill, MD created the Division of Dermatology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, in 1975. Under his tutorage and nurturing, the division grew to become recognized within the medical center, the region, and nationally as an extremely strong clinical division, providing excellent patient care, clinical teaching, and research. Under his nurturing guidance, the faculty and dermatology residents within the division excelled in their respective areas of interest. His advice, insight, constructive criticism, and encouragement resulted in the initiation of successful careers in dermatology by medical students, dermatology residents, and junior faculty.

It is impossible to work with him and not learn some of his quiet, thoughtful, consideration for difficult patient problems and situations. His counsel to his patients and colleagues was always invaluable. He mentored not only by word but by active participation.


Adams, Anderson, Billingsley, Helm, Ioffreda, Mackley, Marks, Miller, Thiboutot, Travelute, Zaenglein Professorship in Dermatology helps the department attract and retain an outstanding physician at Penn State College of Medicine. This talented individual is a leader, an influential teacher, important researcher, and exceptional patient caregiver.


Alan H. Schragger FundAlan H. Schragger Fund supports educational dermatology programs at Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and enables the Department to offer expert clerkships and core lectures as well as one of the top residency programs in the nation. 

The physicians of Advanced Dermatology Associates, Ltd., are proud to announce the establishment of an educational endowment to honor Dr. Alan H. Schragger as he retires from private practice.

On December 10, 2005, Advanced Dermatology Associates honored Dr. Schragger at a private reception, as he began a new chapter in his life.  During that-evening, we retired his Advanced Dermatology Physician "number," so that no future associate will be able to claim the number "1."  A jersey with his name and number will be hung in our office as a way of paying tribute to Dr. Schragger for all that he has done to benefit each of us.  Additionally, we also surprised him with the announcement of this educational endowment in his honor.

In recognition of Dr. Schragger's many contributions to dermatologic education, the "Alan H. Schragger Fund for Program Support in the Department of Dermatology" is being established at Penn State College of Medicine. This endowed educational fund will provide ongoing resources to support educational activities in the field of dermatology.  It will enable the department to continue to offer some of the best clerkships and core lectures in the College of Medicine, as well as offering one of the best residency programs in the United States.  We have all been fortunate to have Dr. Schragger make a difference in our lives and for that we are grateful.  In honor of his years of service and dedication to the patients and families he has served, we are asking you to make a gift to this very special educational fund. 

Dr. Schragger has been a prominent and active member of our community since he established his dermatologic practice in Allentown in 1963.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors at the Allentown Sacred Heart Hospital Center. He was Chairman of the Board of the Leigh Valley Hospital, President of the Lehigh County Medical Society, and President of the Medical Staff at Allentown Hospital.  He served as Executive Producer of the weekly television show "On Call" and was a winner of the Scripts Howard Award and the AMA Award for medical television. Of course, those who know him realize when he is not involved in medicine, he is sure to be engaging in his other passion...sailing!

Dr. Schragger graduated from Lehigh University cum laude, and attended the University of Chicago Medical School. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the West Side Veterans Administration followed by a residency in Dermatology at the University of Miami School of Medicine.  He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and Syphilology.

Dr. Schragger was an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Division of Microbiology with research in immunology and has a number of publications in the field of dermatology and immunology. He served as physician in charge of the dermatology clinics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital before moving to Allentown in 1963.  He was an Associate Professor at Hahnemann Medical School, then Professor at St. Francis DeSales University and at Drexel University Medical School.

An active member of the teaching staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Dr. Schragger is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Penn State College of Medicine.  Because of his love of dermatology and interaction with the young physicians at the hospital, Dr. Schragger has been frequently named Dermatology Teacher of the Year.

We hope you will join in spirit as we wish Dr. Schragger well as he sets sail into retirement and thank him for his many contributions to our profession and our community. Please consider honoring Dr. Schragger by contributing to the establishment of his endowment. We all value Dr. Schragger for his passion, honesty, integrity, and commitment to outstanding patient care. We invite you to take this opportunity to honor a world-class physician and support the educational experiences of future dermatologists.


Mark H. Hassel Educational Endowment FundMark H. Hassel Educational Endowment Fund provides financial support for educational activities, clerkships, core lectures and residency programs in the field of dermatology.

On January 25, 2007, Mark H. Hassel, MD, died after a 19-month battle with stomach cancer.  He was only 47 years old and leaves behind his wife, Jennifer and three children, Emily, Erin and Carson. A native of central Pennsylvania, Mark was born and raised in Lancaster County. He was a gifted physician who was loved by his staff, patients and everyone who was lucky enough to have known him.  He will be remembered for his caring, compassionate nature nourished with humility, a rare sense of humor and infectious laugh. It is in celebration of his intellectual curiosity and love of teaching that we ask you to consider making a tax deductible gift to a very special educational fund that is being established in his memory. "The Mark H. Hassel Educational Endowment Fund for the Department of Dermatology."

Mark did his undergraduate training at Franklin and Marshall College followed by medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed a dermatology residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and subsequently a fellowship in Mohs micrographic and laser surgery at NYU Medical Center in New York City. Upon completion of his training, Mark returned to Lancaster and established a thriving dermatology practice, following in the footsteps of his father.

Mark's dedication to education was evidenced by his active participation in many local and national medical societies, including the Pennsylvania Medical Society; Lancaster County Medical Society; American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.  He was also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and an enthusiastic participant of our monthly Grand Rounds. He played such an important and valued role in the education of our residents and colleagues that it only seems right to honor his memory by creating an educational endowment that would carry on his educational quest. "The Mark H. Hassel Educational Endowment Fund for the Department of Dermatology" is being established to provide ongoing resources dedicated to educational activities in the field of dermatology.

This endowment will be recognized annually at one of the Department of Dermatology's Grand Rounds focusing on dermatologic surgery and will benefit the entire central Pennsylvania community through the continued education of Mark's colleagues in the surgical management of skin diseases.  We hope that you will join us in contributing to the establishment of this endowment. We all value the example set by Dr. Hassel and wish to honor his memory in a way that celebrates his love of teaching, endless pursuit of knowledge and exceptional patient care. We invite you to take this opportunity to support the educational enrichment of future generations of dermatologists as a lasting tribute to Dr. Hassel's own extraordinary example.


James and Joyce Marks Clinician Educator EndowmentJames and Joyce Marks Clinician Educator Endowment provides financial support for clinical education and research in the Department of Dermatology.

James G. Marks, Jr., MD, is Professor and former Chair of Dermatology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Wilkes College in 1967 and his Medical Degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1971. After serving for three years as a General Medical Officer at the United States Air Force Hospital in Aviano, Italy, Dr. Marks completed a residency in Dermatology at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. 

Dr. Marks served in the Air Force for two additional years, as Chief of Cutaneous Immunology and Staff Dermatologist at Wilford Hall. In 1980, he joined Penn State Hershey Medical Center as Assistant Professor and Staff Dermatologist with the Division of Dermatology in the Department of Medicine. He was named Associate Professor in 1985 and Professor in 1991. From 1998 until 2002, Dr. Marks served as the Division Chief for Dermatology. In 2002, when the Department of Dermatology was created, Dr. Marks was named the Department’s first Chair. 

Dr. Marks is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology, Association of Military Dermatologists, Dermatology Foundation, Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, Philadelphia Dermatology Society, North American Contact Dermatitis Group, American Contact Dermatitis Society (Vice-President and President), European Society of Contact Dermatitis, and Pennsylvania Medical Society. He has served as a consultant to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and to private industry. He is a panel leader for the Cosmetic Ingredient Review which determines the safety of personal care product ingredients sold in the United States. He is co-inventor of two patents. He has appeared in Who’s Who in America and Best Doctors in America. 

Dr. Marks has been an invited speaker at scientific meetings in North America and Europe.  He co-founded Caribbean and Coastal Dermatology Symposia. His research interests include contact dermatitis, occupational skin disease, and investigational new drugs and devices. He has published more than 200 articles, book chapters, and abstracts on various dermatologic topics. He co-authored multiple editions of the leading textbooks on dermatology and contact dermatitis. He has served as Associate and Section Editor of the American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, on the Editorial Board of Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology, and as a Reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and American Journal of Contact Dermatitis.

Joyce L. Marks received her Bachelor’s degree from Wilkes College in 1966 and her Master’s Degree from Trenton State University in 1970. She taught elementary education prior to moving with her husband to Italy, Texas, and then back to Pennsylvania. Her passions for the arts lead to a career in painting and photography with exhibitions in the United States and Italy. She has also been active in fund-raising events for various charities and the Department of Dermatology. She was instrumental in initiating the annual Elegant Evening of Food and Wine Pairings and Splish Splash, A Made in the Shade Event which benefit dermatologic research and community health at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Marks and his wife, Joyce, reside in Hershey and enjoy ballroom dancing, scuba diving in the Caribbean, and food and wine tastings. Their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live in Herndon, Va.

Learn more about the James and Joyce Marks Clinician Educator Endowment


Miller Family Dermanity Endowment

The Miller Family Dermanity Endowment

Dr. Jeffrey Miller, chair of the Department of Dermatology, and his four siblings gained a love of learning from their parents, which included a deep appreciation for how the humanities - literature, philosophy, religion, art, music, history and language - illuminate the human experience and may inform one’s personal and professional ambitions. Members of the Miller family have applied their passion for the humanities in a wide array of fields, including medicine, higher education, finance, business, publishing, and art collecting. With three physicians in the family - Jeff, his father, Fred, and brother, Chris - the Millers saw establishing an endowed lectureship at the Penn State College of Medicine as a meaningful way to create a legacy and enhance the practice of humanistic medicine. Established in 2016, the Miller Family Dermanity Lecture exists to increase people’s knowledge of how the humanities intersect with the art of medicine, both within and outside the specific field of dermatology.

Hear why giving matters to Dr. Miller and his family.

Visit engage.pennstatehealth.org/dermatology to support any of the funds listed above. With your support, you are enhancing education and research, and ultimately improving care for the patients we serve.

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