Eric R. Tkaczyk, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.D.

Director, Vanderbilt Dermatology Translational Research Clinic

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

Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

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

Dr. Tkaczyk (spelled with a "CZ" like "Czech") is a physician-scientist with research interests in biophotonics for diagnosis and treatment of 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.


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Doctor of Medicine - University of Michigan
Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering - University of Michigan (summa cum laude)
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering - Purdue University (summa cum laude)
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics - Purdue University (summa cum laude)

Postgraduate Training


Dermatology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Post-doctoral training in Physics, University of Tartu (Fulbright and Whitaker Foundation Fellowships)

Clinical Interest 

Areas of Expertise

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


Research Description 

  • Noninvasive Diagnostic Technology
  • 3D Imaging
  • Machine learning / artificial intelligence / deep learning

Board and Certifications 

American Board of Dermatology, 2016

European Board of Dermato-Venereology, 2016