Leonard Sperling, M.D.

Leonard C Sperling, M.D.

Name: Leonard C Sperling, M.D.

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Dermatology
Title: 
Professor of Dermatology and Pathology
Faculty Rank: 
Full Professor
Location: 
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Hair disorders
Dermatopathology

Office Phone: 
(301) 295-9478

Education

M.D., University of Pennsylvania
Residency in Dermatology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Fellowship in Dermatopathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

Biography

A native of Connecticut, Dr. Leonard Sperling graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale College, followed by medical school at the University of Pennsylvania where he was awarded Alpha Omega Alpha membership. He completed dermatology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his first years after training were spent as Chief of the Dermatology Service at Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Germany where he honed his skills and developed an appreciation for fine craft beers. He later completed dermatopathology fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), holder of the Sulzberger Endowed Chair, and Vice-Chair of Dermatology, Dr. Sperling is a dedicated teacher of medical students, residents, fellows and a frequent rotation of visiting mentees. Dr. Sperling initiated and received AGCME approval to found the first dermatopathology fellowship within the National Capital Consortium and was appointed as its first Program Director. He has also previously served as the Chair of the Department of Dermatology, USUHS. Dr. Sperling has made a tremendous mark in the understanding and diagnosis of alopecia thanks to his prolific number of publications, his frequent speaking engagements, his mentorship of so many students, and his text, “An Atlas of Hair Pathology with Clinical Correlations” which has served as a touchstone for many in the study of alopecia. Dr. Sperling’s life is enriched by many loves: first and foremost, his wife and daughter; his passion for teaching the art and practice of dermatology, dermatopathology, and specifically the study of alopecia; his adorable cats; his woodworking; and finally, a great fondness for ice cream.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • Chair, Dept. of Dermatology, 1997-2014
  • Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, USUHS

Bibliography

  • Sperling LC, Cowper SE, Knopp EA. An atlas of hair pathology with clinical correlations, 2nd edition. London, Informa Healthcare, 2012.