Ponciano Cruz, M.D.

  • Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • Paul R. Bergstresser, M.D., Chair in Dermatology
  • Dermatology - General
  • Skin Cancer


In addition to serving as Vice Chairman, Dr. Cruz directs the Dermatology Residency Training Program at UT Southwestern. He also serves as Chief of Dermatology at the Dallas VA Medical Center. He directs the Photosensitivity/Phototesting Clinic and the Occupational Skin Disease and Contact Allergy Clinic at UT Southwestern. 

Dr. Cruz is the recipient of numerous awards and grants for research and teaching, including the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Excellence in Education Award; NIH research grants; Animal Alternatives Research funding from Procter & Gamble; the Stelwagon Award given by the AAD; and the first Fitzpatrick Research Award given by the Kao Corporation of Japan; gold, silver and bronze awards for teaching posters from the AAD; and the 1989 Outstanding Research Award from the Upjohn Company and the Department of Dermatology at UT Southwestern. He was also included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2021.

In 2019, Dr. Cruz received UT Southwestern's Mentoring Award.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1987-1989), Dermatology
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1986-1987), Immunodermatology
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1984-1986), Dermatology
  • Residency - Kettering Medical Center (1981-1984), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - Makati Medical Center (1979-1980), Rotating
  • Medical School - University of the East (1972-1979)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • American Dermatological Association
  • American Contact Dermatitis Society
  • American Board of Dermatology
  • American Academy of Dermatology
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2021
  • Mentoring Award – UT Southwestern 2019
  • Stelwagon Award 1988, American Academy of Dermatology
  • Outstanding Research Award 1988, Upjohn Company
  • Teacher of the Year 1991, Voted by Derm Residents at UT Southwestern
  • Fitzpatrick Research Award 1991, Kao Corporation of Japan
  • Excellence in Education Award 1992, American Academy of Dermatology
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Skin Cancer

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