Established in 1985 by the Noxell Foundation

The NOXELL COMPANY, manufacturer of Noxema Skin Cream and Cover Girl cosmetics, was founded in 1920 by pharmacist GEORGE AVERY BUNTING.


Image Credit: Robert J. Smith His son, G. LLOYD BUNTING SR., and then his grandson, GEORGE L. BUNTING JR. (pictured), led the company in turn until 1990, when it merged with Procter & Gamble. At the time of the merger, Noxell had sales of more than $500 million a year. George Bunting Jr. has chaired the boards of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, was the first chairman of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and is a longtime university trustee, now trustee emeritus.

At the time of the chair's creation, it was one of only four endowed chairs in dermatology in the country. The Noxell Professorship provides a focal point and source of fiscal stability for work in patient care, research, and training in the Department of Dermatology. The first faculty member appointed to the chair was Thomas T. Provost, who brought exceptional experience not only in dermatology, but also in internal medicine and in the application of immunology to diseases of the skin. Dr. Provost, then professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology, strengthened the young department's emphasis on research by attracting a research-oriented faculty, which is now internationally recognized. Dr. Provost retired in 1996.

The Noxell Professorship is to be held by the chairman of the department.


SEWON KANG, the Noxell Professor of Dermatology, joined Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as chairman of the Department of Dermatology on September 1, 2008. Dr. Kang is a highly regarded expert on skin aging, having conducted extensive research involving retinoids and other treatments to inhibit photoaging and the natural aging of skin. He has published many papers on the topic and serves as a member and officer on various professional boards. He is president of the Photomedicine Society. At the University of Michigan, where he earned his medical degree and worked for 16 years, he held the Arthur C. Curtis Professorship in Translational Research. As a staff physician in the University of Michigan Health System, Dr. Kang was chief of the dermatology inpatient consultation service.