Thomas Lawley, MD

William Patterson Timmie Professor of Dermatology

Department of Dermatology

Professor of Global Health

Rollins School of Public Health

Former Dean

Emory University School of Medicine

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory University: Department of Dermatology

1525 Clifton Road
Suite 100

Atlanta , GA 30322


  • MD, State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, NY
  • Internship, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • Dermatology Residency, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Dermatology Residency, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • Clinical Associate Fellowship, National Institutes of Health: Dermatology Branch, Bethesda, MD
  • Certifications: American Board of Dermatology and American Board of Dermatological Immunology


Born in Buffalo, New York, Dr. Lawley graduated magna cum laude from Canisius College and received his MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He trained in dermatology at Yale University, in Buffalo, New York, and at the National Institutes of Health, where he began as a clinical associate and became a senior investigator. Board certified in dermatology and in dermatological immunology, he came to Emory's School of Medicine as chair of the Department of Dermatology in 1988 and increased the then-unranked department's national rating to third place.

Dr. Lawley has served in numerous leadership positions both locally and nationally including Chairman of the Board of the American Association of Medical Colleges and most notably, dean of the Emory University School of Medicine from 1996 to 2013. In addition to these roles he has served as president of the Emory Medical Care Foundation and on the boards of The Emory Clinic, Emory Healthcare, Emory Children’s Center, Emory Eggleston Research Center, and Grady Health System. He has written more than 200 book chapters, research articles, and abstracts, and has been on the editorial boards of several journals. He has received numerous academic prizes and is a member of several honorific medical societies, including the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Professors. 

Select Honors and Awards:

  • Charles R. Hatcher Jr., MD, Award for Excellence in Public Health, 2014  
  • Distinguished Service Award, Association of American Medical Colleges, 2014
  • NIAMS Intramural Research Program, Long Range Planning Committee, 2014 
  • Emory School of Medicine, LCME Advisory Committee, 2014   
  • Arnall Patz Lifetime Achievement Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2012
  • AAMC Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors, 2012 
  • AAMC Chair of the Board of Directors, 2011 
  • AAMC Chair-elect of the Board of Directors, 2010 
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology, Member Committee on Nominations, 2010-2013 
  • Brookings Institute Advisory Board on Future of Academic Medical Centers, 2009-present 
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Regenerative Medicine Advisory Council, 2009-present 
  • AAMC Co-Chair of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, 2009-2010 
  • David Martin Carter Mentor Award, American Skin Association, 2009
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology, President, 2008-2009 
  • Blue Ribbon Panel on VA Relationships with Medical Schools, 2007-2009 
  • Association of American Medical Colleges, Council of Deans, Chair Elect, 2006; Chair, 2007; Immediate Past President, 2008 
  • Stephen Rothman Memorial Award, Society for Investigative Dermatology, 2006  
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, SUNY at Buffalo, 2002  
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Canisius College, 2002  
  • American Academy of Dermatology Marion Sulzberger Award, “Professor of the Year,” 1995  
  • Emory University William Patterson Timmie Endowed Professor, 1993 
  • Public Health Service - Superior Service Award, 1987  
  • Hoechst Award, 1986  
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1971 

Society and Professional Memberships:

  • Association of American Physicians  
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation  
  • American Clinical and Climatological Association  
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology  
  • American Academy of Dermatology  
  • American Dermatological Association  
  • American Professors of Dermatology  
  • Georgia Society of Dermatologists  
  • Atlanta Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery   
  • Southeastern Clinical Club