We are deeply saddened that Professor Stefania Jablonska passed away on May 8, 2017.

jablonskaProf. Stafania Jablonska (7 September 1920 - 8 May 2017) was a world-respected dermatologist. President of the Polish Dermatological Society (1962-1982, 1987-1995) and Chairwoman of the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Warsaw (1950-1990). She was honorary member of over 40 dermatological associations worldwide.

The Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venereology mourns the loss of its honorary member who was a dear friend and dedicated physician scientist.

She traversed boundaries, both scientifically and culturally. She pioneered the use of concepts from the fields of virology and immunology to tackle fundamental questions of skin pathology. For her achievements she received honorary membership and the highest honor of our society, the gold medal, in 1999. Prof. Jablonska was a rigorous educator and a role model for us all. She was influential on the international stage of dermatology.

Her innate curiosity and appreciation of life will remain with those who were fortunate to be her friend. We will remember her for her enthusiasm, open-mindedness, and loyalty to her friends and institutions.

Our deepest sympathies go to her family.


Matthias Schmuth, Peter Fritsch, Klaus Wolff
for the board of the Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venereology