Dermatology Ways to Give

The Dermatology Endowment Fund supports investigation into the cause and treatment of skin disease. It is dedicated to expanding knowledge about many dermatological conditions by doing research in the laboratory, as well as in the clinic. The dermatology department is very proud of these research endeavors. Many research projects are in progress discovering new knowledge and investigating new treatments for acne, psoriasis, eczema and skin cancers such as malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.

A tax-deductible contribution to the Dermatology Endowment Fund benefits the department, both at the present time and in the future.

The dermatology department at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/Penn State College of Medicine has four interrelated missions: education, research, patient care, and community service.

Education

The dermatology department strives to constantly educate its patients, physicians, residents and the public. The department offers excellent clerkships and core lectures in the College of Medicine, as well as a top residency program. A gift to the Dermatology Endowment Fund will help support our mission of education.

Research

The Department of Dermatology is proud of our research accomplishments to date, but there is much more work to be done. With the diminishing availability of federal funds for biomedical research, we are now, more than ever, dependent upon the generosity of private donors to support our research endeavors. By giving to the Dermatology Endowment Fund, you will help ensure that dermatology research will continue to grow and flourish at Penn State College of Medicine. As a result, dermatology patients will directly benefit by receiving state-of-the-art care.

Patient Care

Staff in Hershey Medical Center’s dermatology department are distinguished among their peers, and the department is a provider of choice among residents in Central Pennsylvania. All of our physicians were recently honored by being named to the list of “Best Doctors in America.” In the future, we would like to be able to offer more appointments, more cosmetic procedures, and the most cutting-edge therapies available. The foremost benefit of a contribution to the Department of Dermatology is in our ability to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

Giving Opportunities

Please support the Department of Dermatology in its missions by taking advantage of one of the following opportunities:

  • The Dermatology Research Endowment Fund supports Dermatology research at the Penn State College of Medicine.
  • The Dermatology Residency Gift Fund supports educational needs such as specialty resources, travel scholarships, training equipment and elective rotations for less-common skin diseases for our residents.
  • The Donald P. Lookingbill Lectureship sponsors an educational lecture to the faculty and residents by an annual visiting professor of international prominence.
  • The Adams, Anderson, Billingsley, Helm, Ioffreda, Mackley, Marks, Miller, Thiboutot, Travelute, Zaenglein Professorship in Dermatology helps the department attract and retain an outstanding physician at Penn State College of Medicine. This talented individual is a leader, an influential teacher, important researcher and exceptional patient caregiver.
  • The Alan H. Schragger Fund supports educational dermatology programs at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and enables the department to offer expert clerkships and core lectures as well as one of the top residency programs in the nation.
  • The Mark H. Hassel Educational Endowment Fund provides financial support for educational activities, clerkships, core lectures and residency programs in the field of dermatology.
  • The James and Joyce Marks Clinician Educator Endowment provides financial support for clinical education and research in the Department of Dermatology.

You can make a secure, tax-deductible donation online through the Development and Alumni Relations website. In the “Comments” field, you can specify one of the above programs, or leave comments blank to make a general contribution to the department.

The Donald P. Lookingbill Lectureship sponsors an educational lecture to the faculty and residents by an annual visiting professor of international prominence.

Donald P. Lookingbill, MD

Donald P. Lookingbill, MD

Donald P. Lookingbill, MD, created the Division of Dermatology at Hershey Medical Center/Penn State College of Medicine in 1975. Under his tutorage and nurturing, the division grew to become recognized within the medical center, the region and nationally as an extremely strong clinical division, providing excellent patient care, clinical teaching, and research. Under his guidance, the faculty and dermatology residents within the division excelled in their respective areas of interest. His advice, insight, constructive criticism and encouragement resulted in the initiation of successful careers in dermatology by medical students, dermatology residents and junior faculty.

It was impossible to work with him and not learn some of his quiet, thoughtful consideration for difficult patient problems and situations. His counsel to his patients and colleagues was always invaluable. He mentored not only by word but by active participation.

The Alan H. Schragger Fund supports educational dermatology programs at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and enables the Department to offer expert clerkships and core lectures as well as one of the top residency programs in the nation.

Dr. Alan H. Schragger

Dr. Alan H. Schragger

The fund was created by the physicians of Advanced Dermatology Associates in 2005 in honor of Dr. Alan H. Schragger on his retirement.

The endowed educational fund provides ongoing resources to support educational activities in the field of dermatology.

Dr. Schragger first established his dermatologic practice in Allentown in 1963. He served as a member of the Board of Directors at the Allentown Sacred Heart Hospital Center. He was Chairman of the Board of the Lehigh Valley Hospital, President of the Lehigh County Medical Society and President of the Medical Staff at Allentown Hospital. He served as Executive Producer of the weekly television show “On Call” and was a winner of the Scripps Howard Award and the AMA Award for medical television.

Schragger graduated cum laude from Lehigh University and attended the University of Chicago Medical School. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the West Side Veterans Administration, followed by a residency in dermatology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He became a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and Syphilology.

Schragger was an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Division of Microbiology, with research in immunology, and has a number of publications in the field of dermatology and immunology. He served as physician in charge of the dermatology clinics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital before moving to Allentown in 1963. He was an associate professor at Hahnemann Medical School, then professor at St. Francis DeSales University and at Drexel University Medical School.

The Mark H. Hassel Educational Endowment Fund provides financial support for educational activities, clerkships, core lectures and residency programs in the field of dermatology.

Mark H. Hassel, MD

Mark H. Hassel, MD

On January 25, 2007, Mark H. Hassel, MD, died after a 19-month battle with stomach cancer. He was only 47 years old and was survived by his wife, Jennifer, and three children, Emily, Erin and Carson.

A native of Central Pennsylvania, Mark was born and raised in Lancaster County. He was a gifted physician who was loved by his staff, patients and friends. He is remembered for his caring, compassionate nature nourished with humility, a rare sense of humor and infectious laugh. It is in celebration of his intellectual curiosity and love of teaching that the Mark H. Hassel Educational Endowment Fund for the Department of Dermatology was created.

Hassel did his undergraduate training at Franklin & Marshall College, followed by medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed a dermatology residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and subsequently a fellowship in Mohs micrographic and laser surgery at NYU Medical Center in New York City. Upon completion of his training, Mark returned to Lancaster and established a thriving dermatology practice, following in the footsteps of his father.

Mark’s dedication to education was evidenced by his active participation in many local and national medical societies, including the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Lancaster County Medical Society, American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He was also a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Penn State College of Medicine.

The endowment fund was established to provide ongoing resources dedicated to educational activities in the field of dermatology and is recognized annually at one of the Department of Dermatology’s Grand Rounds focusing on dermatologic surgery.

The James and Joyce Marks Clinician Educator Endowment provides financial support for clinical education and research in the Department of Dermatology.

Dr. James G. and Joyce L. Marks

Dr. James G. and Joyce L. Marks

James G. Marks Jr. served as professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine for many years.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Wilkes College in 1967 and his MD from Temple University School of Medicine in 1971. After serving for three years as a general medical officer at the United States Air Force Hospital in Aviano, Italy, Marks completed a residency in Dermatology at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Marks served in the Air Force for two additional years, as Chief of Cutaneous Immunology and Staff Dermatologist at Wilford Hall. In 1980, he joined Hershey Medical Center as assistant professor and staff dermatologist with the Division of Dermatology in the Department of Medicine. He was named associate professor in 1985 and professor in 1991. From 1998 until 2002, Marks served as the division chief for dermatology. In 2002, when the Department of Dermatology was created, Marks was named the department’s first chair.

Marks has published more than 180 articles, book chapters and abstracts on various dermatologic topics. He co-authored multiple editions of leading textbooks on dermatology and contact dermatitis. He has served as an editor and reviewer for several noted dermatology journals.

Joyce L. Marks received her bachelor’s degree from Wilkes College in 1966 and her master’s degree from Trenton State University in 1970. She taught elementary education prior to moving with her husband to Italy, Texas and then back to Pennsylvania. Her passions for the arts lead to a career in painting and photography with exhibitions in the United States and Italy. She has also been active in fundraising events for various charities and the Department of Dermatology.

The Markses reside in Hershey and enjoy ballroom dancing, scuba diving in the Caribbean and food and wine tastings. They have a daughter, son-in-law and grandson.