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Submissions Closed for 2024

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This distinguished award will be presented to the best oral presentation by a resident or medical student at the Annual Scientific Meeting on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

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CND has created a mentorship program with established investigators (clinicians/ researchers/ academicians) to help develop young leaders with investigative interests and expertise in nails. The intent is to foster mentoring relationships that encourage young investigators and clinicians (medical and podiatry residents, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty) to acquire academic or investigative skills to advance their careers as leaders in nail research.


This award is meant to encourage a Dermatologist or Podiatrist who has demonstrated scholarship and initiative in the study of people with disorders of the nails to pursue further a career related to nail disease. This award will be presented at the Scientific Meeting, held virtually on Saturday, June 1, 2024.


C. Ralph Daniel III, MD

Board of Trustees, Council for Nail Disorders

Dr. C. Rallph Daniel, III is a board-certified dermatologist with over 40 years

of experience in private practice. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and

attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. After completing his

residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, he served as Chief of Dermatology at the VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS from 1989 to 2001. Dr. Daniel is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Mississippi and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He has served as President of the Council for Nail Disorders, President of the Mississippi Dermatology Society. Vice President of the European Nail Society, and Scretary-Treasurer of the Women's Dermatology Foundation.


Dr. Daniel has authored several textbooks on Nail Disease and published hundreds of book chapters, peer- reviewed articles, posters, and abstracts. He is also known for his philanthropic work with the American Academy of Dermatology, the Women's Dermatological Society, and the Noah Worcester Dermatological Society. Dr. Daniel has been a meeting chair and speaker at over 100 national and international conferences on nail disorders.



Phoebe Rich, MD

Board of Trustees, Council for Nail Disorders

Oregon Dermatology and Research

Adjunct Professor Dermatology, OHSU

Phoebe Rich, M.D., adjunct professor of dermatology, provides her extensive

expertise in nail disease to OHSU by directing the nail clinic in the Department

of Dermatology.  She has been in private practice in Portland for 24 years.   She received her medical degree at OHSU and Dermatology residency at OHSU.  

As a leader and educator of dermatology, Dr.  Rich has contributed significantly.  She enjoys educating her colleagues, residents, and the public on the vast array and importance of inflammatory, neoplastic, infectious, and inherited nail conditions. Her career now spans nearly 20 years and she is nationally and internationally recognized for her expertise.   She is a founding member and scientific advisory board member of the Council of Nail Disorders, an organization dedicated to research and education about nail disorders and nail science.  Additionally, she is a member of the European Nail Society, a charter member of the International Melanonychia Society, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Rich has also put energies and focus into resident education and mentorship throughout her career. She is a mentor for young dermatologists, junior faculty, and residents who have an interest in nail disorders, many of whom visit Portland under Woman's Dermatology and Council for Nail Disorder mentorship grants, and return to their universities to set up their own nail clinics.  She has 20 year of experience as principal investigator in over 400 clinical trials.  Phoebe has authored a textbook Nail Atlas, numerous text book chapters including the Nail Surgery chapter in the Bolognia Dermatology text, three nail chapters in the online reference UpToDate, and over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals. 

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