Vladimir Vincek, M.D., Ph.D


Dr. Vladimir Vincek earned his medical degree and Ph.D. 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 Tubingen, Germany, under directorship of Professor Jan Klein. During that time, he published more than 30 publications related to the structure and evolution of the major histocompatibility complex. Additionally, to date, he has also authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals.

In 1990, Dr. Vincek was appointed as an assistant professor at University of Miami, where he received the tenure and promotion to full professor in the Departments of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. During his tenure at the University of Miami, he mentored three Ph.D. graduate students, continuing his research of major histocompatibility complex, and developed new research on the genetics of skin cancer, wound-healing and tissue preservation.

Dr. Vincek received funding for his research through grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Cancer Society (ACS), National Science Foundation (NSF) and Flight Attendants’ Medical Research Institute grants. He also completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and fellowship training in dermatopathology at the University of Miami while actively operating a research laboratory.

In 2007, Dr. Vincek accepted a position at the  University of Florida in Gainesville, where he became a professor and the director of its Dermatopathology Program. From 2009-11, he also served as the medical director for the University of Florida Pathology Laboratories (UF PathLabs).

On December 12th, 2011 the University of Florida College of Medicine has appointed Vladimir Vincek, M.D., Ph.D., a professor and director of dermatopathology, to become the founding chair of the new department of dermatology, effective January 1st 2012.  He stepped down from this position in August of 2016 to concentrate on academic work.

Continuing in his academic tradition, Dr. Vincek actively teaches in dermatology and pathology training programs as well as in UF’s dermatopathology fellowship program. He also continues to pursue his research interest in gene expression analysis of melanocytic lesions and study of abnormal wound healing.

He has received several teaching awards, including The Hydra Award from UF’s department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine in 2007-2008.