The world of clinical skin care lost an innovator and a true pioneer when died last week. He was 73. Surrounded by his wife of 44 years, President , daughter and CEO , daughter , son , and son , Fulton succumbed to colon cancer at in Miami.
“Jim devoted his life to dermatology and his passing will leave a void in the world of skin care,” offers Sara Fulton. “He achieved much during his career, but his greatest contributions may have been the hope and confidence he instilled in his acne patients.”
“We are devastated by the loss of our company founder and my father, but are determined to carry on his legacy,” says Fulton-Kendrick
Born in Ottumwa, IA to Alice Hermann Fulton and James Sr. (a one-time CEO of ), Dr. Fulton’s interest in dermatology stemmed from the acne struggles he endured as a pre-teen and throughout adulthood. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from in 1965, and while there his academic achievements led to his induction into the prestigious Honor Medical Society and Phi Beta Kappa Society. While in residency at the Hospital of the , Dr. Fulton met his close friend and mentor ; together they co-developed , a topical form of vitamin A. At the invitation of he relocated to South Florida and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry under the noted dermatologist , from the . Together, Dr. Fulton and Dr. Blank developed a stabilized benzoyl peroxide gel (Panoxyl®). In addition, Dr. Fulton developed topical erythromycin (E-Gel®).
In the early 1970s with his wife Sara, Dr. Fulton launched a successful chain of 12 acne clinics called , opened the and developed and manufactured a line of patented skin care products under the and brands in their FDA-approved manufacturing facilities. During this time he invented a high-speed diamond fraise for dermabrasion, was the first to use aestheticians in a medical office and developed a paramedical aesthetician training program.
In 1990, Dr. Fulton opened , a cosmetic surgery and dermatology practice where he pioneered fat transfer and laser surgery. He was the first to use hyperbaric oxygen chambers for post-surgical recovery. In addition, Dr. Fulton and Sara co-founded Vivant Skin Care in 1990, a clinical skin care line rooted in Fulton’s patented vitamin A therapies.
opular international speaker and teacher, he authored the definitive book on acne, and presented at the in New York City and the .and published more than 300 medical articles, the most recent ones being released earlier this year in the
He actively split time between his research lab at the Vivant Skin Care headquarters in Miami Lakes and in Coral Gables, where he continued to see patients until a week before his passing.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s
He was most proud of his beloved wife Sara who helped him with his Ph.D., and worked with him in research and in the medical office. She always attended medical meetings with him and helped with his teaching projects. Dr. Fulton always told her he couldn't have done what he did without her.
Among his noteworthy achievements were creating more than 50 original skin care formulations, qualifying as a Full Fellow of the , membership in and election to the ’s Leader Society.
and the 1000s of acne patients in whose lives he made a clear difference.
In lieu of flowers, the Fulton family is asking for donations to be made to the , University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, 1600 NW 10th Ave., Suite 2023-A, Miami, FL 33136. An open memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the , 2750 McFarland Rd, Coconut Grove, FL 33133.