Walter Burgdorf, MD

Dr. Walter Burgdorf MD 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, and served in this role until 1993. Previously, Dr. Burgdorf had been on faculty at the University of Oklahoma. His career included general and pediatric dermatology and pathological services, academic leadership, and medical writing, editing and translating. Dr. Burgdorf is vividly remembered for his passion for teaching and diagnostics, and we seek to honor this memory and let it guide our future as a Department.

About the Walter Burgdorf MD Memorial Lectureship

Since its establishment in 2016, the Walter Burgdorf MD Memorial Lectureship takes place every autumn; all faculty, trainees, community providers and alumni are invited to attend and CME credit is offered for continuous professional learning activities.  The conference typically consists of didactics, case presentations given by Dermatology trainees, social networking events, and an invited speaker of national or international stature, especially selected for their work in legacy of Dr. Burgdorf's memory and interests. 

Walter Burgdorf Lecture Series Presenters

Guest Speaker

Bruce Thiers, MD

Professor, Medical University of South Carolina




Guest Speaker

Antonio Torrelo, MD

Children's Hosptial del Nino Jesus, Madrid, Spain

Guest Speaker

Stephen Katz, MD, PhD

Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)


Guest Speaker

Mark Dahl, MD

Professor, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic