About – Amit G. Pandya, MD

Global Vitiligo Foundation President

Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group

Dr. Pandya was a faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for 28 years, where he achieved the rank of full professor with tenure. During that time, he was given the “Outstanding Teacher” award by the second-year medical school class 16 times. Other awards include the Barbara Stark Baxter Volunteer of the Year Award by the Agape Free Clinic, Mentor of the Year by the Women’s Dermatologic Society, Certificate of appreciation by the International League of Dermatological Societies for his work with patients with Skin of Color, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the American Academy of Dermatology, University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, holder of the “Dr. J.B. Shelmire Professorship in Dermatology, election to the Southwestern Academy of Teachers, with the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor, Texas Super Doctor by Texas Monthly Magazine, 2007-2019, Members Making a Difference Award for volunteerism in dermatology by the American Academy of Dermatology, Best Doctors in America, 1996- 2019, Best Doctors in Dallas by D Magazine, 1996, 1999, 2002-2019

Dr. Pandya has given hundreds of lectures nationally and internationally and has published over 200 research articles and book chapters, mostly on pigmentary disorders. He is also working with several organizations, foundations, and companies to discover and test new treatments for these disorders.

Dr. Pandya’s work in vitiligo goes back about 20 years when he started focusing on pigmentary disorders as an academic dermatologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Very few doctors were exploring vitiligo back then. Over the years, he has been involved in basic and translational research on vitiligo, exploring the causes, immunology, and biology of vitiligo. He has also been heavily involved in research into the clinical types of vitiligo, epidemiology of vitiligo, topical, oral, and phototherapy treatment of vitiligo as well as the quality of life of individuals with this condition. During this time, he was involved in support communities for vitiligo, and one of the highlights of his career was helping to organize 3 walkathons in Dallas, TX to raise awareness and support for vitiligo. Other highlights have been his ability to participate in helping to elucidate the causes of vitiligo, how to recognize active from inactive vitiligo and what to do about it, and develop a method to transplant melanocytes using blisters as donor material. He is also happy with his involvement in several quality of life studies, which have shown the great impact vitiligo has on affected individuals. Being asked to help design clinical trials for the many new medications being developed for vitiligo has truly been an honor for him and the fact these medications are already being given in clinical studies has brought him great satisfaction. But the greatest highlight has been the thousands of individuals he has seen in his clinic over the last 20 years. You have inspired him to do all of the above and he will continue to feel inspired by you every week in the clinic.

In The Schedule

Saturday, June 25
1:50 – 2:10 PM

Topic: Treatments – Surgical Options