Title: Professor, Dermatologist, Researcher
Company: University of Southern California
Location: Altadena, California, United States
David Woodley, Professor at the University of Southern California, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching and practicing in dermatology.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University, St. Louis in 1968, Dr. Woodley continued his education with a medical doctorate from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1973. He served an internship with the Cornell University School Medicine, New York, from 1973 to 1974, a residency in internal medicine with the University Nebraska, Omaha, from 1974 to 1976 and a residency in dermatology with the University North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, from 1976 to 1978. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Dermatology and National Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Woodley prospered as a Research Fellow with the University of Paris from 1978 to 1980, after which he served as assistant and later associate professor of dermatology with UNC from 1983 to 1988. He thereupon served as co-chief of Cornell University Medical Center’s division of dermatology, New York, from 1988 to 1989 and Vice Chair of Stanford University’s and Chair of Northwestern University’s dermatology departments from 1989 to 1999. In the latter year, he became Founding Chair of the department of dermatology at the University of Southern California, where he remained until his retirement.
Contributing with chapters of books and articles for professional journals, Dr. Woodley has composed learned pieces for Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, Experimental Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and has written a chapter for “Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine” scheduled for a winter 2022 release.
Dr. Woodley stepped down from his position as founding chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Southern California a few years ago, but he is still seeing patients and conducting laboratory research work. His research, which he started in 1983, focuses on studying collagen on the skin called type VII collagen, which has to do with wound healing and blistering diseases of the skin. He cites his best research work as the crowning achievement of his career: identifying the collagen that serves as the target for antibodies of patients with autoimmune diseases affecting the skin. Currently, he is working toward new treatment of the childhood illnesses called epidermolysis bullosa by injecting Type 7 Collagen.
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