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Francisco A. Tausk, M.D.
Francisco A. Tausk, M.D.

Francisco A. Tausk, M.D.

Dermatology — General — Dermatology

Accepting New Patients

Francisco A. Tausk, M.D.

Dermatology — General — Dermatology

Accepting New Patients


Locations

University Dermatology Associates
400 Red Creek Drive, Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14623
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Appointments

(585) 275-7546

(585) 487-1400

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(585) 461-3509

About Me

Head of the nation's only Center for Integrated Dermatology, Dr. Tausk specializes in skin diseases that interface between dermatology and psychiatry. He has a particular interest in skin diseases exacerbated by stress and emotional problems, such as "skin picking syndrome." Dr. Tausk also conducts all NIH-sponsored clinical trials of psoriasis and is currently recruiting patients. He received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires.

Credentials

Education:

MD | University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine — 1977

Post-doctoral Training & Residency:

Internship in Dermatology at Ramos Mejia Hospital — 1978 - 1982
Residency in Dermatology at University of California (San Diego) Medical Cente — 1984 - 1988
Fellowship in Dermatology at University of California (San Diego) Medical Cente — 1985 - 1986

Research

Two major research projects are ongoing.
Classical Conditioning in the Pharmacotherapy of Psoriasis: Placebo arms are required in clinical trials in order to evaluate the non-specific effects of drug administration. One mechanism by which these are believed to work is Classical Conditioning. Our hypothesis is that patients exposed to a successful treatment, will subsequently benefit from the administration of a placebo through the mechanism of expectancy. We are conducting a study in which subjects with severe psoriasis will be treated with cyclosporine until remission, at which point we will maintain them clear with significantly lower doses of the drug by interspersing placebo with their schedule of cyclosporine.

Effects of Stress on UV induced carcinogenicity: We have recently shown that psychological stress significantly accelerates the development of UV induced Squamous Cell Carcinomas in SKH mice. Our laboratory is interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying the effects of stress on the biology of the skin, in particular, wound healing, as well as the generation of skin cancer

Publications:

Ibrahim SF, Pryor J, Tausk FA. "Stress-induced erythema annulare centrifugum." Dermatol Online J. 2009; 15(4): 15.

Smith N, Weymann A, Tausk FA, Gelfand JM. "Complementary and alterative medicine for psoriasis: a qualitative review of the clinical trial literature." J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009; 61(5): 841-56.

Sandoz A, LoPiccolo M, Kusnir D, Tausk FA. "A clinical paradigm of delusions of parasitosis." J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008; 59(4): 698-704.

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