Vesna Petronic-Rosic, MD - Appointed Chief, Section of Dermatology

May 30, 2017

Vesna Petronic-Rosic, MD, MSc, Professor of Medicine, has been appointed Chief of the Section of Dermatology. For the past 11 months, Dr. Petronic-Rosic has been serving the Department of Medicine and the Section of Dermatology in an interim capacity where she has demonstrated remarkable leadership, determination and thoughtful academic vision.

Dr. Petronic-Rosic is a graduate of the University of Belgrade School of Medicine. She completed dermatovenereology postgraduate training at the University of Belgrade, where she remained on the faculty for an additional three years. In 1997 she moved to the United States as the recipient of the prestigious International Society for Dermatopathology Award for dermatopathology fellowship training under the mentorship of the late A. B. Ackerman, a founding figure in the field. Upon completion she remained at Thomas Jefferson University for her dermatology and cutaneous biology residency followed by a second dermatopathology fellowship at The University of Chicago. In 2003, she joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine as an Instructor and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2004 and Associate Professor in 2008. Just recently, Dr. Petronic-Rosic was promoted to full Professor. In 2013 she was appointed as the Director of the Dermatopathology Fellowship Program. For 9 years (2004-13) she served as the director of Dermatology’s Ambulatory Practice.

Nationally, Dr. Petronic- Rosic serves in several leadership roles. She is Deputy Editor of SKINmed: Dermatology for the Clinician, and serves on the Editorial Board of Clinics in Dermatology, as well as Treasurer and Board Member of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology. She is also a National Inspector for the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation Program. Dr. Petronic-Rosic is the recipient of several awards including the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Leadership Forum Award and the AAD Diversity Mentorship Award. She has been recognized by Chicago Magazine as a Top Cancer Doctor and by Castle Connolly as both a Top Doctor and Exceptional Woman In Medicine, and is a two-time recipient of the Top US Dermatologists Award by the Consumer Research Council of America. She is also the 2015 recipient of the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division Outstanding Service Award for her contributions relating to patient care. Dr. Petronic Rosic is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, the American Society of Dermatopathology, the Illinois Dermatological Society and the Chicago Dermatological Society, and has lectured extensively in the national and international arenas. She also participates as the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Network Expert Dermatologist.

Dr. Petronic-Rosic's research examines the relationship between melanocytes and keratinocytes. Her scholarly work includes nearly 90 original publications, reviews, case reports and book chapters. She specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant skin conditions (melanoma), as well as autoimmune skin diseases.

In addition to strengthening the clinical, research and educational programs of the Section of Dermatology, Dr. Petronic- Rosic’s vision also includes the creation of a Skin Cancer Center of Excellence, a premier center for diagnosis, treatment and comprehensive care of patients with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, as well as patients whose skin is affected by treatments for other cancers or who are at high risk of developing skin cancer due to other diseases or treatments.