Biography of Maria Duran

Dr. Maria M. Duran completed her dermatology residency in 1976 at Javeriana University-Centro Dermatologico Federico Lleras Acosta, Bogota, Columbia and then engaged in immunology research at the Hospital San Juan de Dios. She was appointed Professor of Dermatology at Javeriana University in 1986 where she also served as a Director, Coordinator of Academic Activities, Director of the Immunologic Section and a Member of the Executive Board.

Maria M. Duran was an officer of the International Society of Dermatology, first as Secretary-General (1989-1999) and then as Executive Vice-President (1999-2000). She was also a member of the International Committee of the International League of Dermatological Societies, the Committee on International Affairs of the American Academy of Dermatology, and the Board of Directors of the Foundation for International Dermatologic Education. In addition, she was a Guest Dermatologist of the Immunodermatology section of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Maria M. Duran was a member of the Colombian Association of Dermatology having served as both Secretary-Treasurer (1978-1980) and President (1986-1988). Other society memberships included the American Academy of Dermatology, Colegio Ibero Latino Americano de Dermatologia, Federacion Bolivariana de Dermatologia (Vice-President 1983-1985, 1988-1991 and President 1986-1988), the Venezuelan Society of Dermatology, Argentinean Society of Dermatology, British Association of Dermatology (honorary member), Societe Francaise de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie, and Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft.


Dr. Mercedes Florez Porto, first recipient of the Maria Duran award
Dr. Mercedes Florez (left) was
the first award winner

In memory of Maria M. Duran, MD, the “Maria M. Duran Committee” was established by the leadership of the International Society of Dermatology (ISD) during the AAD meeting in Washington, DC in 2000. The “Maria M. Duran Committee” is charged with recognizing women leaders in dermatology as well as dermatologists who have made significant contributions to dermatologic conditions affecting women and children via the awarding of the Maria M. Duran Medal. The memory of Maria M. Duran is also honored via the sponsorship of lectureships at international and regional meetings and fellowships for young women dermatologists to attend these meetings.


Jana Hercogova, MD
Jean Bolognia, MD

See the slides from Dr. Rafael Falabella's 2009 Maria Duran Lecture in Prague, Czech Republic.


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