Walter Burgdorf, MD



Dr. Burgdorf was hired as the first Chair of the newly formed UNM School of Medicine Department of Dermatology in 1984, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pathology.

He obtained his M.D in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. Following dermatology residency at University of Minnesota Hospitals, he completed a dermatopathology fellowship with two world renowned physician scientists, Juan Rosai, MD, a surgical pathologist, and Robert Goltz, MD, a dermatopathologist. Together they pioneered a tumor detection process involving labeled monoclonal antibody stains.

Prior to his appointment as Chair of Dermatology at the UNM School of Medicine, Dr. Burgdorf served on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma. His career included clinical practice; pathological services; academic leadership; and medical writing, editing and translating. His writing included well respected dermatology and dermatopathology texts. His primary interests were dermatopathology, medical dermatology and pediatric dermatology.