Dr. Henry Lim Honored as a ‘Giant’ in Dermatology

March 31, 2021

DETROIT (March 31, 2021) – Henry Lim, M.D., a Henry Ford Health System dermatologist and an internationally recognized expert in diseases of the skin, was honored as a Giant of Dermatology by the journal Dermatology Times.

Dr. Lim was among six distinguished recipients recently recognized for their contributions to the field of dermatology.

In announcing their inaugural “Giants of Dermatology”, the Dermatology Times said “this prestigious honor celebrates the achievements of the visionaries who have devoted their time, talent and resources to improving care for the millions of patients and their families affected by skin conditions and diseases. Their discoveries have propelled the field forward and established the building blocks for future breakthroughs.”

Dr. Lim, who currently serves as senior vice president of Academic Affairs at Henry Ford and continues to see patients, was the chair of the Department of Dermatology for 20 years until he stepped down from the leadership position in 2017. He is considered a world authority on phototherapy and vitiligo, and was an advisor on the writing of new Food and Drug Administration regulations for sunscreen labeling and consumer use that were released in 2012.

In accepting his honor, Dr. Lim said he practices dermatology “because I feel I can make a difference for my patients, educate and mentor the next generation of dermatologists, and contribute to our specialty.”

As chair, Dr. Lim was instrumental in advancing new programs and treatments at Henry Ford:

  • Established one of the first Multicultural Dermatology Centers in the United States, which specializes in diagnosing and treating skin, tissue and hair conditions unique to women and men of ethnic heritage
  • Established a robust clinical and laboratory research program
  • Launched the Vitiligo Treatment and Research Center that specializes in managing and treating vitiligo, a skin disease that causes the skin to lose its natural color.

Dr. Lim has served as president of the two most prominent dermatology societies: the American Academy of Dermatology in 2017-2018 and American Dermatological Association 2014-2015. In both instances, he was the third Henry Ford dermatology chair to hold the top leadership position in both organizations. He also served as president of the American Board of Dermatology in 2012, a voluntary, non-profit organization that oversees the training, education and qualifications of physicians who provide care in dermatology.

Dr. Lim has authored more than 500 articles, edited nine textbooks and served on the editorial boards of several journals.


About Henry Ford Health System
Founded in 1915 by Henry Ford himself, Henry Ford Health System is a non-profit, integrated health system committed to improving people’s lives through excellence in the science and art of healthcare and healing. Henry Ford Health System includes Henry Ford Medical Group, with more than 1,900 physicians and researchers practicing in more than 50 specialties at locations throughout Southeast and Central Michigan. Acute care hospitals include Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI and Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, MI – both Magnet® hospitals; Henry Ford Macomb Hospital; Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; and Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

The largest of these is Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a quaternary care research and teaching hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center recognized for clinical excellence in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, and multi-organ transplants. The health system also provides comprehensive, best-in-class care for cancer at the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion, and orthopedics and sports medicine at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine – both in Detroit.

As one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, Henry Ford Health System annually trains more than 3,000 medical students, residents, and fellows in more than 50 accredited programs, and has trained nearly 40% of the state’s physicians. Our dedication to education and research is supported by nearly $100 million in annual grants from the National Institutes of Health and other public and private foundations.

Henry Ford’s not-for-profit health plan, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), provides health coverage for more than 540,000 people.

Henry Ford Health System employs more than 33,000 people, including more than 1,600 physicians, more than 6,600 nurses and 5,000 allied health professionals.


MEDIA CONTACT: David Olejarz / David.Olejarz@hfhs.org / 313-303-0606


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