$$ Ponciano Dalmacio Cruz, Jr., MD Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center


UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health

Board Certification American Board of Dermatology/Dermatopathology
Languages Spoken: English,
Education and Training

Education and Training

Medical School

University of Philippines (1979)


Makati Medical Center (1980), Rotating


UT Southwestern Medical Center (HR) (1986), Dermatology
Kettering Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (1984), Internal Medicine


UT Southwestern Medical Center (HR) (1989), Dermatology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (HR) (1987), Allergy & Immunology
Departments & Programs

Departments & Programs

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Research Interests

  • Alopecia Areata (Hair Loss)
  • Contact Dermatitis

Selected Publications

  • DC-HIL is a negative regulator of T lymphocyte activation., Chung J-S, Sato K, Dougherty I, Cruz PD Jr., Ariizumi K Blood 2007 109 4320-7
  • Syndecan-4 mediates the co-inhibitory function of DC-HIL on T cell activation., Chung J-S, Dougherty I, Cruz PD Jr, Ariizumi K J Immunol 2007 179 5778-84
  • Identification and expression of dectin-2 promoter in transgenic mouse., Gavin ACP, Chung J-S, Sato K, Ariizumi K, Cruz PD Jr. Exp Dermatol 2005 14 281-8
  • Ultraviolet B radiation upregulates expression of dectin-2 in epidermal Langerhans cells by activating the gene promoter., Bonkobara M, Yagihara H, Chung J-S, Washizu T, Ariizumi, K, Cruz PD Jr Photochem Photobiol 2005 81 944-8
  • Freshly isolated spleen dendritic cells and epidermal Langerhans cells undergo similar phenotypic and functional changes during short term culture., Girolomoni G, Simon JC, Bergstresser PR, Cruz PD Jr. J Immunol 1990 145 2820-6

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

Professional Associations and Affiliations

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Board of Dermatology
  • American Contact Dermatitis Society
  • American Dermatological Association
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology

Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors

  • Excellence in Education Award - American Academy of Dermatology (1992)
  • Fitzpatrick Research Award - Kao Corporation of Japan (1991)
  • Teacher of the Year - Voted by Derm Residents at UT Southwestern (1991)
  • Outstanding Research Award - Upjohn Company (1988)
  • Stelwagon Award - American Academy of Dermatology (1988)