The New Year is a time during which most of us celebrate the idea of fresh starts and resolve to create new healthier habits, improved relationships, and revised budgets, to name a few. It’s also a time of reflection. Some of us look back at the previous year and ruminate over what was left undone, what was lost and some of us will even ponder our own mortality — do we still have time to accomplish all of the things we’d hoped for ourselves. All of us want to be remembered after we’re gone, and physicians are no different. After all, doctors spend their lives working to help people heal, and many hope to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

What about dermatologists? Who inspires you? What lessons do you hope to leave to future generations? In the spirit of this New Year, Dermatology Times asked several top dermatologists to ponder their legacies. Here are excerpts from our conversations.

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