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 and pharmacology, having conducted extensive research involving retinoids and other treatments to inhibit photoaging and the natural aging of skin. He holds numerous patents and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles on the topic. Dr. Kang is also the editor-in-chief of the Fitzpatrick's Dermatology textbook (9th edition), which is the most authoritative reference in dermatology. He serves as an officer of various professional boards and is currently the president of the Photomedicine Society.