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May 2, 2023

Dr. Luis Diaz-Sr., MD, is the C.E. Wheeler Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of North Carolina. He is a nationally renowned academician, running a robust NIH-funded lab that has been groundbreaking in discovering the immunopathology of pemphigus and pemphigoid. In his career spanning over 40 years, he has chaired departments of dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of North Carolina. He is the past president of both the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) and the Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD).
“When you feel you’re at the top of the mountain, look around. You’ll recognize that there are taller mountains all around you. This will help you to remain humble as you grow.” Join us for an inspiring discussion with renowned dermatologist Dr. Luis Diaz Sr. A mentor to hundreds of residents and research fellows, we journey with Dr. Diaz from finishing medical school in Peru to becoming one of thirteen dermatologists who are members of the National Academy of Medicine. Tune in as we learn the secrets to overcoming disadvantage with hard work, embracing the small tasks, and remaining humble as we climb our mountain.
Pearls of Wisdom:
1. With hard work, we can overcome any disadvantage we enter life with. Recognize that and stick to your goal despite possibly having to work harder than others.
2. When you reach the top of the mountain, don’t forget that there are other mountains around you that are much taller. Remember to be humble.
3. As we progress, the smaller more menial tasks somehow become less important. If we remember to always be helpful, to pick up those small tasks that others may not want to do we will become individuals that the lab or hospital is going to miss rather than be glad you’re gone.