In 2008, Dr. Dlugosz was named Poth Professor of Cutaneous Oncology in the Dermatology Department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is Scientific Director of the Cutaneous Oncology Program of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received his M.D. at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1984, did an internship at the Roger Williams General Hospital in Providence, RI, and completed his dermatology residency, including a year as Chief Resident, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, in 1988. He received his post-doctoral training with Dr. Stuart Yuspa at the National Cancer Institute, where he subsequently established an independent research program prior to his recruitment to the University of Michigan in 1997.
Dr. Dlugosz has received multiple awards, grants, and fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, American Association for Cancer Research, Society for Investigative Dermatology, and Dermatology Foundation. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2002, has been included in the "Best Doctors in America" listing since 2003, and was elected to the American Dermatological Association in 2005.
The National Institutes of Health and other scientific agencies frequently enlist Dr. Dlugosz as a grant reviewer. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for multiple scholarly journals, and is frequently invited to speak, or chair sessions, at major scientific meetings both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Dlugosz is an author on over 60 published papers.
Dr. Dlugosz's basic research program is centered on two interrelated areas. He is investigating how the abnormal regulation of an embryonic signaling pathway, called the Hedgehog pathway, causes tumor development in skin and several other organs. In other studies, he is investigating the role of the Hedgehog pathway in development, growth, and regeneration of hair follicles and related structures.