2008 Visiting Professor - R. Rox Anderson, M.D.
Dr. Anderson graduated from MIT, then received his MD degree magna cum laude from the joint MIT-Harvard medical program, Health Sciences and Technology. After completing his residency in dermatology and research fellowships at Harvard, he joined the faculty there, where he is a Professor in dermatology, Director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine; and a Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT.
Dr. Anderson conceived and developed many of the non-scarring laser treatments now widely used in dermatology. These include selective photothermolysis for birthmarks, microvascular and pigmented lesions, tattoo and permanent hair removal. He also contributed to laser lithotripsy, laser angioplasty, photodynamic therapy and optical diagnostics. The highest-resolution imaging device approved for human use, an infrared confocal microscope came from his laboratory. Dr. Anderson has contributed to basic knowledge of human photobiology, drug photosensitization mechanisms, tissue optics and laser-tissue interactions.
In addition to research at the Wellman Center, Dr. Anderson practices dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and teaches at Harvard and MIT. Active research includes diagnostic tissue imaging and spectroscopy, photodynamic therapy, mechanisms of laser-tissue interactions, low-level light effects and novel therapy for skin disorders. Dr. Anderson has been awarded over 50 national and international patents.