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Francisco Tausk, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-7546

Fax: (585) 487-1188

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, Dermatology


Dr. Tausk specializes in:

- Psychosomatic Cutaneous Medicine. He has a particular interest in the “placebo” effect and in skin diseases exacerbated by stress and emotional problems, such as "skin picking syndrome."

- Psoriasis

- Complex Medical Dermatology

Dr. Tausk also conducts NIH - as well as pharmacological industry sponsored clinical trials.

He received his medical training in the University of Buenos Aires, followed by 8 years at the University of California in San Diego performing basic science research. He spent 15 years in Johns Hopkins University, where he was Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Neurosciences and Program Director of the Department of Dermatology before joining the University of Rochester in 2005. He is currently the President of the Association for Psychoneurocutaneous Medicine of North America.



MD | Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1985 - 06/30/1986
Fellowship in Dermatology at University of California Medical Center San Diego

07/01/1984 - 06/30/1988
Residency in Dermatology at University of California Medical Center San Diego

09/01/1978 - 05/30/1982
Internship in Dermatology at Hospital Jose Maria Ramos Mejia (Argentina)

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Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award For Exemplary Compassion and Respect for Patients & for Excellence in the Art of Medicine
Location: University of Rochester

Award of Excellence, Association for Psychoneuroimmunology of North America

Faculty of the Year award, Department of Dermatology, University of Rochester

Recognition Award for Commitment to the Education and Well-being of the Residents of the Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University

The Israel Zeligman Annual Lectureship: "Stress and the Skin" , Johns Hopkins University

Faculty of the Year Award, for Outstanding Patient Care and Teaching
Sponsor: Residents of the Department of Dermatology
Location: Johns Hopkins University

Dermatology Foundation: Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology

American Academy of Dermatology: Bronze Award for Original Investigation

Nelson Paul Anderson Memorial Prize, Pacific Dermatological Association

Dermatology Foundation: Roche Pharmaceuticals Award

Henry Stelwagon Award, American College of Physicians of Philadelphia: Best original work presented by Residents/Fellows at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology

First Prize. Residents' and Fellows' Forum, University of Buenos Aires, Department of Dermatology.

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Journal Articles

Paine A, Brookes PS, Bhattacharya S, Li D, Garcia-Hernandez ML, Tausk F, Ritchlin C. "Dysregulation of bile acids, lipids, and nucleotides in psoriatic arthritis revealed by unbiased profiling of serum metabolites." Arthritis & rheumatology.. 2022 Jul 11; Epub 2022 Jul 11.

Pope E, Kowalski E, Tausk F. "Topical ruxolitinib in the treatment of refractory facial seborrheic dermatitis." JAAD case reports.. 2022 Jun; 24:59-60. Epub 2022 Apr 23.

Singh P, Brickley S, Mannava K, Tausk F. "Papular Purpuric Gloves and Socks Syndrome in a Patient with Previous COVID-19 Infection." JAAD case reports.. 2021 Aug 25; Epub 2021 Aug 25.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Psychoneuroimmunology in Dermatology
Book Title: Integrative Dermatology
Author List: Denby K, N Dufy and F Tausk
Published By: Weil Integrative Medicine 2014

Chapter Title: Stress and Immunology
Book Title: Clinical Immunodermatology
Author List: Tausk F, Elenkov I, Paus R and Label M
Edited By: A Gaspary and S Tyring
Published By: Springer 2009 in London

Chapter Title: Psychocutaneous Medicine
Book Title: Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine
Author List: Sandoz A, Kusnir D, Koenig T and F Tausk
Edited By: Wolff et al
Published By: McGraw Hill, 2008