Eric R. Tkaczyk, MD, PhD, FAAD


Assistant Professor of Dermatology,

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Director, Vanderbilt Dermatology Translational Research Clinic

Staff Physician, Department of Veterans Affairs, Nashville Dermatology and Research Services

Associate Professor, Dept of Physiology, University of Tartu, Estonia

Professional Highlights

Dr. Tkaczyk is a physician-scientist with research interests in biophotonics for diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases. He graduated summa cum laude with degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering from Purdue University, where he was a Beering Presidential Scholar. He then completed a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan Center for Ultrafast Optical Science under the mentorship of Director Ted Norris, winning several research awards including the best paper award from the International Biomedical Optics Society at Photonics West and also first prize at the IEEE International Summer School and Symposium on Medical Devices and Biosensors. He subsequently earned an MD with honors from the University of Michigan Medical School and went on to do medical device design postdoctoral work in the European Union at the University of Tartu, Estonia, supported by Fulbright and Whitaker awards. This work culminated with a prize awarded by both the US Ambassador to Estonia and the Estonian Speaker of Parliament at the Estonian-American Innovation Award ceremony. He joined the faculty of the University of Tartu Medical School, where he developed a course in biomedical optics and spearheaded an international regenerative medicine collaboration. He subsequently completed dermatology residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Director of the Cutaneous Imaging Clinic.

Research Description

The Vanderbilt Cutaneous Imaging Clinic (VCIC) (now the VDTRC) was founded in 2016 as a platform for direct clinical translation of engineering for clinical impact in dermatology, oncology, and related specialties. The mission is seamless integration of technology-based patient care and translational research. 

For more information about my research, please visit the VDTRC website.


MD - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
PhD - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Clinical interest

Graft – versus – Host Disease
Reflectance Confocal Microscopy
Noninvasive Diagnostic Technology
General Dermatology
Consultative Dermatology
Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Areas of Expertise
• Cancer
• Dermatology
• Graft-versus-Host Disease
• Reflectance Confocal Microscopy
• Skin Cancers Including Melanoma

Postdoctoral Positions Available

We have multiple positions available and are often able to create new project for talented and driven individuals at all levels from undergraduate and post-bac to post-doc and clinical fellow:

Board and Certifications

American Board of Dermatology, 2016

European Board of Dermato-Venereology, 2016