Francisco A. Tausk, M.D.

Francisco A. Tausk, M.D.

Contact Information

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

Fax: (585) 461-3509
Administrative: (585) 275-3871

Research Bio

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

Awards & Honors (Local)

Recognition Award for Commitment to the Education and Well-being of the Residents of the Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University 2004
The Israel Zeligman Annual Lectureship: "Stress and the Skin" , Johns Hopkins University 2004
Faculty of the year award, for outstanding patient care and teaching, by theResidents of the Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University 1997
Dermatology Foundation: Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology 1985
American Academy of Dermatology: Bronze Award for Original Investigation 1985
Nelson Paul Anderson Memorial Prize, Pacific Dermatological Association 1985
Dermatology Foundation: Roche Pharmaceuticals Award 1984
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 1984
First Prize. Residents' and Fellows' Forum, University of Buenos Aires, Department of Dermatology. 1981

Recent Journal Articles

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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.
2008 Oct
Sandoz A, LoPiccolo M, Kusnir D, Tausk FA. "A clinical paradigm of delusions of parasitosis." J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008; 59(4): 698-704.
Tausk F, Elenkov I, Moynihan J. "Psychoneuroimmunology". Dermatol Ther. 2008; 21(1): 22-31.
LoPiccolo M, Crestanello J, Yoo SS, Sciubba J, Fernández C, Tausk FA. "Facial erythema ab igne of rapid onset." Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2008; 105(5): e38-40.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Dermatology (SMD) - Primary


Clinical and Laboratory Dermatological Immunology - American Board of Dermatology
Dermatology - American Board of Dermatology


MD | Medicine | Arg-Fac Medical University Buenos Aires1977

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Dermatology at University of California (San Diego) Medical Cente07/01/1985 - 06/30/1986
Residency in Dermatology at University of California (San Diego) Medical Cente07/01/1984 - 06/30/1988
Internship in Dermatology at Ramos Mejia Hospital09/01/1978 - 05/30/1982