The Zola Cooper Lee T Nesbitt Clinical and Dermatopathologic Seminar is an educational organization designed to promote continuous excellence in the field of clinical dermatology and dermatopathology.
Tax exempt contributions are welcome. The Seminar’s Federal Tax Identification Number is 30-0232262. Contributions can be made payable to:
Zola Cooper Lee T Nesbitt Seminar
Tom Davis, M.D., Secretary-Treasurer
1122 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, Texas 78209
As Dr. Jim Burks relates in the 1956 program, it was suggested at the 1953 meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology that a group of Southern dermatologists consider organizing a dermatopathologic seminar with the Southern Medical Association, similar to the seminar held with the meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association. Dr. Burks became the leader of this effort to organize such a seminar, one of the first ever organized in this specialty as a continuing education program. In introducing Dr. Walter Nickel as the guest in 1958, Dr. Burks stated of Dr. Nickel “the creator and director of the CPC of the PDA for 10 years is largely responsible for the creation of this, the Zola Cooper Seminar.”
The 1954 meeting of the Southern Medical Association was scheduled in St. Louis. Dr. Burks sought the help of Zola K. Cooper, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Consultant Pathologist to the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital. (She also served on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine from 1946 - 1949). Although Dr. Cooper was not a physician, she had become an expert in the knowledge and diagnosis of skin diseases. She was one of the foremost authorities in Dermatopathology. She devoted much of her time in 1953 and 1954 to the planned Seminar and was to have served as the first guest moderator. She was found dead in her room on October 23, 1954. Upon her untimely death, Dr. Hamilton Montgomery was selected to be on the panel of the first meeting in 1954. Others participating included Dr. Francis Lynch, the guest dermatologist of the Section on Dermatology; Dr. John H. Lamb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Dr. Francis A. Ellis of Baltimore, Maryland; Dr. Morris Waisman of Tampa, Florida; Dr. Joseph M. Hitch of Raleigh, North Carolina; and Dr. Ed Cawley of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dr. James W. Burks, III, eminent dermatologist, pioneer dermatologic surgeon, member of the faculty of Tulane University School of Medicine, teacher, friend, and devoted deep-sea fisherman, was the founder, and then the Director and Moderator of the Zola Cooper Seminar for the remainder of his life. He died after fighting a blue marlin on a deep-sea expedition on July 27, 1978. Jim had many interests, but he remained dedicated to the Zola Cooper Seminar. He co-moderated every meeting, remained firmly but gently in control as moderator, and always finished the discussion of cases on time. He was generous in giving credit to others, careful to enroll the aid of worthy contributors, and dedicated to maintaining the goal of the Seminar as a practical continuing educational exercise for the practicing physician. His associates, Dr. John Yarborough, Dr. Gary Brown, and Dr. George A. Farber contributed significantly as well. Virtually every prominent name in Dermatopathology has participated at least once in this Seminar. After Dr. Burks’ death, the name of the Seminar was revised to the “James W. Burks-Zola Cooper Memorial Clinicopathologic Seminar” under the direction of George A. Farber, M.D.
In 1984, the Seminar was reorganized as a new organization, continuing the affiliation with the Southern Medical Association. For 10 years it was presented as the Clinical and Dermatopathologic Seminar. It is with great pleasure that by general agreement we can again honor the memory and pioneering work of Dr. Zola Cooper by presenting the Seminar as the “Zola Cooper Seminar presented in memory of its founder, James W. Burks, III, M.D.” Also honored are seven other long-time contributors to the Seminar who have each served significantly in continuing the Burks tradition, four of whom have participated for 35 or more years each. Dr. Herbert Christianson was a Co-Director and Moderator from 1962 until his death; Dr. Wallace Clark contributed as a key Dermatopathology panel member and “faculty moderator” at a critical time in the development of the Seminar from 1958 - 1973; Dr. Robert G. Freeman began participating in the Seminar in 1959, and he was the President and Director from 1984 - 1994; Dr. Richard J. Reed has been panel member, host, moderator, and significant contributor since 1963; Dr. Morris Waisman was a panelist and Director of the Seminar from its inception in 1954 and was involved until his death; Dr. Marvin E. Chernosky was a long-time contributor, Director, Secretary-Treasurer and moderator from 1984 - 1995; and Dr. Robert Fine has been a generous contributor of cases and knowledge for many years.
The 48th Zola Cooper Seminar was represented in Maui, Hawaii, in January, and the 49th, 50th, and 51st Annual Seminars were presented in conjunction with the Fall meeting of the Louisiana Dermatological Society in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 52nd, 53rd, and 54th seminars were held in conjunction with the Southern Medical Association in San Antonio, Texas, Charlotte, North Carolina, and New Orleans, Louisiana. The 55th was held in New Orleans with the combined meeting of Louisiana and Texas dermatology societies. The 56th was held in conjunction with the Texas Dermatology Society. The 57th -60th were in New Orleans with the Louisiana Dermatology Society.
The 61st annual seminar will be in conjunction with the Louisiana Dermatology Society on November 15th, Dr. Marty Mihm will be the guest dermatopathologist.
Past Honored Guest Dermatopathologists
1954 Hamilton Montgomery, M.D.
1955 Marcus Caro, M.D.
1956 Herman Beerman, M.D.
1957 J. Walter Wilson, M.D.
1958 Walter R. Nickel, M.D.
1959 Walter F. Lever, M.D.
1960 Hamilton Montgomery, M.D.
1961 Richard Stoughton, M.D.
1962 Frederick J. Szymanski, M.D.
1963 Richard K. Winkelman, M.D.
1964 Robert W. Goltz, M.D.
1965 Herman Beerman, M.D.
1966 Elson B. Helwig, M.D.
1967 Hermann Pinkus, M.D.
1968 James H. Graham, M.D.
1969 Arthur Hyman, M.D.
1970 Louis Winer, M.D.
1971 Herbert Z. Lund, M.D.
1972 Daniel Richfield, M.D.
1973 Lewis Shapiro, M.D.
1974 Waine C. Johnson, M.D.
1975 Robert W. Goltz, M.D.
1976 Walter R. Nickel, M.D.
1977 Edward Wilson-Jones, M.D.
1978 A. Bernard Ackerman, M.D.
1979 John T. Headington, M.D.
1980 Loren E. Golitz, M.D.
1981 Amir H. Mehregan, M.D.
1982 Martin Brownstein, M.D.
1983 Wilma Bergfeld, M.D.
1984 Ronald J. Barr, M.D.
1985 William A. Caro, M.D.
1986 Richard J. Reed, M.D.
1987 Antoinette Hood, M.D.and Evan Farmer, M.D.
1988 James H. Graham, M.D.
1989 N. Scott McNutt, M.D.
1990 W. P. Daniel Su, M.D.
1991 Kurt Stenn, M.D.
1992 Clifton R. White, M.D.
1993 David N. Silvers, M.D.
1994 Philip LeBoit, M.D.
1995 Daniel J. Santa Cruz, M.D.
1996 Hideko Kamino, M.D.
1997 Raymond L. Barnhill, M.D.
1998 Neal S. Penneys, M.D.
1999 George P. Lupton, M.D.
2000 James E. Fitzpatrick, M.D.
2001 Alan S. Boyd, M.D.
2002 Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.
2003 Thomas D. Horn, M.D.
2004 Dirk Elston M.D.
2005 Joan Guitart, M.D.
2006 John Maize Sr. M.D
2007 Anita Gilliam, M.D..
2008 Iftikhar Ahmed, M.D.
2009 . Mark Jacobson, M.D.
2010 Beth Ruben, M.D.
2011 Mary Stone, M.D.
2012 Lori Lowe, M.D.
2013 Adam Rubin, M.D.
Past Chairmen, Officers, Moderators, and Panelists
Chairmen: James W. Burks, III, M.D., Founder and Chariman, 1953 - 1978
Herb Christianson, M.D., Co-Director, 1962 - 1983
George A. Farber, M.D., Co-Director and Secretary-Treasurer, 1970 - 1983
Robert G. Freeman, M.D., President and Director, 1984 - 1994
Thomas R. Wade, M.D., Director, 1994 - 1997
Clay J. Cockerell, M.D., Director, 1998 - present
James W. Burks, III, M.D., 1953 - 1966
John Yarborough, M.D., 1966 - 1969
George A. Farber, M.D., 1970 - 1973
Gary R. Brown, M.D., 1974 - 1984
Marvin E. Chernosky, M.D., 1984 - 1994
Lee T. Nesbitt, Jr., M.D., 1995 - 1997
Charles V. Perniciaro, M.D., 1998 - 2003
Marilyn Ray, M.D., 2003- 2008
Tom Davis M.D., 2009-
Moderators: James W. Burks, III, M.D., 1954 – 1978
Herbert B. Christianson, M.D., 1962 – 1993
George A. Farber, M.D., 1973 – 1983
Marvin E. Chernosky, M.D., 1984 – 1998
Lee T. Nesbitt, Jr., M.D., 1984, 1988, 1991 – 2004, 2006-2013
Kenneth E. Greer, M.D., 1994 – 1998
Emily F. Omura, M.D., 1996 – 2000
Jack Lesher, M.D., 1999 – 2000
Marilyn Ray, M.D., 2001 –2008
Ted Rosen, M.D., 2001,2002,2005, 2007
Leonard Gately, M.D., 2003 - 2006, 2008, 2012
Jaqueline Sasaki M.D. 2010. 2011
Sandra Osswald M.D. 2011 2013
Travis Vandergrift M.D. 2013
Dermatopathology Panelists: Robert G. Freeman, M.D., 1959 – 1996
Richard J. Reed, M.D., 1960 – 1996; 2002 - 2003
Clay J. Cockerell, M.D., 1997 – present
Charles V. Perniciaro, M.D., 2001 – present
Omar Sangueza, M.D. 2002-2003
Tom Davis, M.D, 2004-2005, 2007-present