Vladimir Vincek, M.D., Ph.D.

Saving your skin


Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, and Florida has the second highest rate of melanoma cases in the nation. Melanoma cases are also becoming more common in young people.

Because of issues like these, there is a growing need for dermatologists and their expertise in Florida. To help care for patients and train the next generation of dermatologists, the UF College of Medicine recently established a department of dermatology, selecting a member of the UF Shands Cancer Center to lead it.

Vladimir Vincek, M.D., Ph.D., a professor and director of dermatopathology, was appointed founding chair of the new department in January.

“My goal is to reorganize clinical operations,” said Vincek, who is both a practicing clinical dermatopathologist and a researcher in the area of melanoma and genetics. “We want to provide both routine care and highly subspecialized care for the most challenging and complex conditions.”

Vincek joined UF as a professor and director of its Dermatopathology Program in 2007. He also has served as medical director for the UF Pathology Laboratories since 2009.

Previously, dermatology was a division within the department of medicine. Vincek’s goals for the new department include doubling the number of dermatologists to serve more patients, plus offering additional equipment to perform specialized procedures.

A prolific author with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, Vincek studies the genetics of melanocytic lesions of skin. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and the National Science Foundation. He also serves as a scientific reviewer for the NIH and ACS, and for several industry-leading scientific journals.

He earned his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Rijeka, Croatia, and later became a postdoctoral fellow and research associate in the department of immunogenetics at the Max Planck Institute for Biology in Germany. Vincek completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and fellowship training in dermatopathology at the University of Miami while actively operating a research laboratory, where he studied the genetics of skin cancer, woundhealing and tissue preservation. He joined the UM faculty in 1990.

In addition to his work in the lab, he has received several teaching awards, including The Hydra Award from UF’s department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine.
— By Melanie Stawicki Azam


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