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History of UNMC Dermatology

The Department of Dermatology may be one of the younger departments on campus, but its history is tied to events that date back over 100 years.

Alum and Faculty Member John Latenser, MD

John Lateness, MDDr. John Latenser graduated from the UNMC College of Medicine in 1946. Dr. Latenser was a pioneer and innovator. He was a founding member of the American College of Chemosurgery, of which Dr. Frederick Mohs was the founder. The organization now is called the American College of Mohs Surgery.

Dr. Latenser served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corp and as a UNMC clinical assistant professor of Surgery for over 50 years.

Although he comes from a family of architects (his grandfather John L. Latenser, Sr., designed Central High School), he chose to study medicine and started private practice as a general surgeon, while also serving as a UNMC faculty member. He saw private patients, made house calls and rollerbladed every day.

Read more about the history of the American Colelge of Mohs Surgery.