Thomas J. Lawley, M.D. is Former Dean and William P. Timmie Professor of Dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine. He was appointed Dean in 1996 serving until January 2013.
Dr. Lawley is an internationally known expert in autoimmune skin diseases. He is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and attended SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine where he graduated in 1972. He trained in Dermatology at Yale, Buffalo, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and spent the early years of his career as a clinical investigator at NIH. He was senior investigator at the NCI/NIH Dermatology Branch in 1988 when he left to become Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Emory. Under his leadership, the faculty grew six fold and the department went from no NIH funding to become the third highest NIH-funded dermatology department in the nation. His research interests include the cell biology of endothelial cells and the regulation of cell adhesion molecules and inflammation. He has published over 175 original articles and chapters.
Dr. Lawley has served on many national boards and committees, including NIH study sections and the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the NIH. He served as President of the Emory Medical Care Foundation. He served on the Boards of the Emory Children’s Center, the Emory Clinic, Emory Healthcare, the Emory Children’s Research Center, and Grady Memorial Hospital. He is also a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He was elected President of the Society of Investigative Dermatology.
During his tenure as Dean, the School of Medicine’s research enterprise increased five-fold, more than one million square feet of clinical, research, and teaching space was built, the size of the faculty doubled and a new innovative curriculum was created. Emory’s School of Medicine has risen dramatically in a variety of rankings to become one of the outstanding schools in the nation.
At a national level, Dr. Lawley served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and as Chairman of the Board of the AAMC. He served as a member of the Council of Deans and as Chair of the Council of Deans of the AAMC. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the LCME and as Co-Chairman of that board as well. He also headed the AAMC/VA Dean’s Liaison Committee for more than 10 years. He is the recipient of the AAMC Distinguished Service Award from the AAMC.