Thomas named chair of dermatology department

UNC Lineberger member Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Dermatology, effective Jan. 1.

Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Dermatology, effective Jan. 1. She assumes the role from Luis Diaz, MD, who is stepping down from the position after serving as chair for 16 years.

Thomas joined the faculty at the UNC School of Medicine in 1992 and currently holds the position of Irene and Robert Alan Briggaman Distinguished Professor and is vice chair in the Department of Dermatology. An active clinician and researcher, Thomas co-leads the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center's Skin Cancer and Melanoma Program. Thomas’ work focuses on understanding the diverse genetic and environmental causes of melanoma and its myriad presentations.

“I am excited by the opportunity to step into the role of Chair and work to enhance and expand the department’s outstanding work in clinical care, education, and research,” Thomas said.

Thomas is a recognized leader in the field of melanoma treatment and research, serving on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Melanoma Research Foundation, and previously holding multiple leadership positions – including President of the North Carolina Dermatology Association.

Thomas received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and her doctorate from Rockefeller University. Her surgical internship and dermatology residency training were completed at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.