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Eric Tkaczyk, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Dermatology
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Vanderbilt Dermatology Translational Research Clinic
  • Staff Physician, Department of Veterans Affairs

Eric Tkaczyk, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Dermatology
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Vanderbilt Dermatology Translational Research Clinic
  • Staff Physician, Department of Veterans Affairs

(615) 322-3932

eric.tkaczyk@vumc.org

Profile

Dr. Tkaczyk is a physician-scientist with research interests in biophotonics for diagnosis and treatment of cancer and cancer treatment-related skin diseases. He is a graduate of the MD/PhD at the University of Michigan, with PhD in electrical engineering from the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS). At CUOS, he overlapped with his academic grandfather Gerard Mourou, the 2018 Nobel Laureate who founded the lab. Dr. Tkaczyk's post-doctoral training in medical device design at the University of Tartu was supported by Fulbright and Whitaker awards. This work culminated with a prize awarded by the US Ambassador to Estonia and the Estonian Speaker of Parliament at the 2011 Estonian-American Innovation Award ceremony. In 2016, he completed dermatology residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Biomedical Engineering. He is also an attending dermatologist at the VA Medical Center. He is board-certified to practice dermatology both in the USA and in Europe. As founding Director of the Vanderbilt Dermatology Translational Research Clinic, he lectures internationally on dermatologic imaging technologies, which is his research focus.

Education

  • M.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2010)
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2010)
  • M.S.E., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2007)
  • B.S., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (2003)
  • B.S.E.E., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (2003)
Postgraduate Training
  • Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee (2016)
  • Internship: Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals, Detroit, Michigan (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Training in Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia

Research Emphasis

biophotonics, imaging, dermatology, translational research, cutaneous, confocal microscopy, machine learning, neural networks, deep learning, artificial intelligence, digital pathology, inflammatory disease, graft-versus-host disease, GVHD

Research Description

The Vanderbilt Dermatology Translational Research Clinic (https://medsites.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vdtrc/home) was founded in 2016 (then as the Cutaneous Imaging Clinic) as a platform for direct clinical translation of biophotonics for clinical impact in dermatology, oncology, and related specialties. The mission is seamless integration of technology-based patient care and translational research. A major focus is engineering development and clinical investigation of noninvasive methods to assess graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) severity in bone marrow / hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) patients. Occurring in most patients following allogeneic HCT, chronic GVHD is the leading cause of long-term mortality and morbidity in this population. Current staging relies on physician estimation of involved skin body surface area, which suffers poor intra- and interrater reproducibility and is therefore insensitive to disease changes.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE AN AVAILABLE POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP POSITION IN CUTANEOUS IMAGE ANALYSIS (and several other positions for all levels)!
Representative publication: DOI: 10.1038/s41409-018-0211-8

Interested candidates should read more on the Translational Research Clinic homepage:
https://medsites.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vdtrc/positions-available

And email us: TranslationalResearchClinic@vumc.org

Publications

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