Spa People in the News
to Recognize Dr. Howard Murad as a Visionary Leader in the Spa Industry
Ky. - 9/3/2009 - The International SPA Association will honor Howard Murad, M.D.,
CEO and founder of Murad, Inc. during the 2009 ISPA Conference & Expo, Oct.
5-8 at the Hilton Austin and the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Tx. Dr. Murad
is a board-certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist and associate clinical
professor of medicine (dermatology) at the Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, and
will be the recipient of this year's ISPA Visionary Award. He is a pioneer in
research and clinical studies into The Science of Cellular WaterTM, which established
him as an international authority on the aging process. Dr. Murad has treated
more than 50,000 patients and holds 18 patents for advances in the science of
skin health in a career spanning four decades.
was a pioneer in marrying the medical and spa worlds, and his lifelong dedication
to delivering important research in skin care to better this industry is commendable"
said ISPA Chairman Jean Kolb. "We are honored to recognize him for all of
his contributions and visionary leadership within the spa industry."
ISPA Visionary Award is given each year to an ISPA member who has made significant
contributions to both the definition and positive movement of health and wellness
over the lifetime of their career. As a member of the ISPA Foundation Board from
2004 to 2008, Dr. Murad established the Dr. Howard Murad Research Grant, which
offers assistance to researchers studying the effects of cultural stress and ways
to manage it.
Upon learning of this recognition, Dr. Murad
said, "I am deeply moved to have been named a visionary by a group that has
done so much in raising standards of care and improving the public perception
of the spa experience. Being honored by ISPA also reminds me how fortunate I am
to enjoy a career built upon my passion for helping people live healthier, happier
In 1972, Dr. Murad opened his practice in Westchester,
Calif. By 1989 he had created Murad Inc. and established Sense of Self, a medically
supervised day spa. Soon after, he launched the first line of clinically proven
skin care products developed by a dermatologist. Dr. Murad has published several
books including: "The Murad Method," published in 2003, "Wrinkle-Free
Forever," released in 2004 and "The Cellulite Solution," published
in 2005. His next book is set to be released in 2010.
2009 ISPA Visionary Award will be presented to Dr. Murad during the General Session
on Monday, Oct. 5. Other 2009 award recipients include Pat and Juanita Corbett,
accepting the ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award on Tuesday, Oct. 6; and Tour de
France champion Lance Armstrong, accepting the ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian
Award during the closing General Session on Thursday, Oct. 8. If you are interested
in learning more about the 2009 ISPA Conference & Expo, please visit the ISPA
Web site. Registration is open, and the easiest way to register is online.
the International SPA Association
ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading
professional organization and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA
advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities,
promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice
to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on http://www.experienceispa.com/.