Leonard C. Harber Professorship of Dermatology

The Department of Dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center has been a recognized center of excellence in the field of dermatology for more than a century. The recent establishment of the Leonard C. Harber Professorship of Dermatology and the appointment of its first incumbent, Donald V. Belsito, M.D., has given the department a powerful new tool to enhance our ability to care for patients, discover new scientific advances, and train the medical leaders of tomorrow.

The professorship celebrates the legacy of Leonard C. Harber, M.D., professor emeritus and chair of dermatology from 1973 to 1989. A distinguished research investigator and one of the leading academic dermatologists of his generation, Dr. Harber pioneered innovative diagnostic and therapeutic techniques now widely used in managing patients with photosensitivity diseases. During his tenure as chair, he established one of the world’s foremost centers dedicated to the phototherapy of skin disorders such as psoriasis. 

The Leonard C. Harber Professorship of Dermatology has been made possible through the generosity of the Harber family and other dedicated supporters. The professorship’s first incumbent, Dr. Belsito, is an internationally recognized expert in immunodermatology, contact dermatitis, and occupational dermatology. Dr. Belsito will play a key role in the department’s efforts to train world-class dermatologists, make new scientific discoveries, and translate medical advances into new treatments that benefit patients. 

Columbia’s Department of Dermatology remains a leader in managing all aspects of skin and its diseases thanks to the generous support of its friends and partners.

For more information about the Department of Dermatology, please contact Suzanne Altshuler, director of development, at or (212) 342-4605.