Dr. John Abernethy joined The Skin Surgery Center in July of 2007 and is director of the Paraffin Lab. Dr. Abernethy earned his medical degree and a doctorate in Biochemistry from Duke University in Durham, N.C. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in Chemistry from Duke.

He completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Duke University Medical Center and fellowships in Dermatopathology at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and at the Institute for Dermatopathology at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Additionally, Dr. Abernethy has served on the faculties of Duke University Medical Center, University of South Alabama Department of Pathology and the University of Pittsburgh Department of Pathology and Dermatology.

American Academy of Dermatology Fellow

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1970 Duke University
Durham, NC
BS in Chemistry
magna cum laude

1970  Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC


1980 Medical Scientist Training Program
Ph.D. 1982 Biochemistry
Durham, NC

1980-1983 Resident
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

1989-1992 Associate
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

1992-1993 Fellow
Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

1993-1994 Fellow
Jefferson Medical College
Philadelphia, PA


1984 American Board of Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology)

1993 American Board of Pathology and American Board of Dermatology (Special Certification in Dermatopathology)


1984 North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners (North Carolina)

1994 Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners, Medical Licensure Commission (Alabama)

1995 Composite State Board of Medical Examiners (Georgia)

1997 State Board of Medicine (Pennsylvania)

2002 Commonwealth of Virginia, Board of Medicine (Virginia)

2002 South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners (South Carolina)

2008 West Virginia Board of Medicine (West Virginia)

2009 Florida Medical Board


1984-1988 Assistant Professor of Pathology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

1984-1987 Assistant Director
Protein Macro-molecular Structure Facility Core Grant
Duke University Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center
Durham, NC

1994-1997 Assistant Professor of Pathology
Department of Pathology
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL

1994-1997 Director of Dermatopathology
Medical Director of Clinical Laboratory
USA Knollwood Park Hospital
Mobile, AL

1997-2001 Associate Professor of Pathology and Dermatology
Department of Pathology And Dermatology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

1997-2001 Director of Dermatopathology
Department of Pathology And Dermatology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA


The Skin Surgery Center
Winston-Salem, NC

2001-2003; 2008-Present
Greensboro Pathology Associates
Greensboro, NC

Dermatopathology Services
Contractor to LabCorp

Private Practice with H. Michael Jones, MD, Surgical Pathology
Maria Parham Hospital
Henderson, NC


Associate, 1969; Member, 1978 Sigma Xi

1973 American Chemical Society

1973 American Association for the Advancement of Science

1992 American Society of Clinical Pathologists

1992 College of American Pathologists

1992 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

1995 The American Society of Dermatopathology

2001 American Medical Association

2001 North Carolina Medical Society

2002 North Carolina Society of Pathologists

2002 North Carolina Dermatology Association


1969 Phi Beta Kappa

1967 Phi Eta Sigma

1968 Pi Mu Epsilon

1969 Phi Lambda Upsilon

1967-1968 ACC Honor Roll (Wrestling)

1969-1970 Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges

1970 Magna Cum Laude

1969 National Science Foundation Senior Research Fellowship (Chemistry)

1997 At the University of South Alabama, selected by the graduating medical student class to be recognized at commencement as one of faculty who have had the most meaningful input into their medical education


Protein chemistry section of graduate course, Molecular Biology I, Duke University Medical Center, Fall of 1983-1985.

Medical student laboratory sections and small groups, Pathology Core Course, Duke University Medical Center, Spring of 1985, 1987.

Participated in teaching Dermatopathology to Dermatology and Pathology residents during Dermatopathology fellowship, 1992-1993.

Taught Dermatopathology section, 5-9 lectures per year, in Pathology Core Course at University of South Alabama, 1995-1997.

Small group sessions in Pathology Core Course, University of South Alabama, 1994-1997.

Taught regular Dermatopathology rotations and conferences with residents and medical students, University of South Alabama, 1994-1997.

Teaching Dermatopathology to Dermatology and Pathology residents in daily sign-out, as well as in weekly conferences, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 1997-2001.

Presentation of dermatopathology cases at weekly Dermatology Ground Rounds, University of Pittsburgh, 1997-2001.

Lectures to 2nd-year medical students at University of Pittsburgh, during Dermatology core course each January, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.

Lectures to pathology residents and faculty at University of Pittsburgh, 2-3 times per year, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.

Dermatopathology presentations at Pittsburgh Academy of Dermatology, 6 times per year, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.


Grants: S10RR02371-01; Co-investigator, DRR-BRS Shared Instrumentation Grant for Gas Phase Sequencer, 1984. DAA G29-85-G-0035; Co-investigator, DoD-University Research Instrumentation Program Grant for High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Equipment, 1985.

Seminars and invited lectureships: “Self-Assessment in Dermatopathology,” American Society of Dermatopathology, 33rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Feb. 7-9,1996.

Other research related activities: NIH Study Section, DRR-BRS Shared Instrumentation Grants, 1985 and 1988.


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Protein Glycosylation.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Melanocytic Neoplasms.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Blistering (and other) Skin Diseases.


University and Medical School:
Service on Continuing Medical Education Committee, University of South Alabama, 1995-1997.

Community/Hospital activities:

Service on Special Care Committee, 1994-1995; Surgical Committee, 1994-1997; and Long Term Care Hospital Committee, 1996-1997 at USA Knollwood Park Hospital.

Chairman of Blood Usage Sub-Committee, 1995-1997, at USA Knollwood Park Hospital.

Alternate Delegate to ASCP Advisory Council from Alabama, 1997-1997.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) presentations:
Two invited lecture presentations on Eyelid Pathology, Neuro-Ophthalmology Grand Rounds, Feb. and May, 1995.

Participated in Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, “Pruritic Dermatoses of the Vulva”, May, 1996.

Lectures, “Optimizing Skin Biopsy Results”, as part of day long Dermatology CME Meeting, “Dermatology for the Primary Care Practitioner”, presented by the Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Oct. 1998 and 1999.

Invited Lecture, Pittsburgh Academy of Periodontology, “Blistering Diseases of the Oral Mucosa”, Jan. 24, 2001.

Invited lecture, Vasculitis and Panniculitis in Skin Biopsies of Rheumatology Patients”, Rheumatology Ground Rounds, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, May, 2001.

Invited lecture, “Skin Pathology and Systemic Disease”, Annual meeting, North Carolina Society of Pathologists, Nov. 10, 2001.

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