Leonid (Leo) Shmuylovich, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering

Research Centers:
Biophotonics Research Center
Leo Shmuylovich, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of dermatology, medicine, radiology, and pediatrics, and a principal investigator in the Biophotonics Research Center for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Shmuylovich is a physician scientist with a weekly pediatric dermatology clinic, and he leads a monthly multidisciplinary vascular anomalies clinic. His research is focused on developing novel imaging technologies to help address unmet needs facing patients skin disease including skin cancer and inflammatory conditions. A core goal is to build optical imaging devices that are accurate for any skin pigmentation type. A central theme of the research is leveraging the infrared spectral range (near infrared and beyond) to extract new insights into the pathophysiology of disease. After studying chemical engineering at Cornell University, Leo completed his MD/PhD at Washington University, earning his doctorate in physics in the laboratory of Sándor Kovács, MD, PhD. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Washington University and a residency in dermatology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital before joining the laboratory of Samuel I. Achilefu, PhD, as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2021, Shmuylovich was awarded the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5) to build short-wave infrared imaging devices for skin disease assessment. 

Clinical Interests

Pediatric dermatology vascular anomalies

Research Interests

Noninvasive skin imaging Infrared optical imaging, including near infrared, short wave infrared, and thermal Low cost medical devices

Link to Publications

Education History


Pediatric Dermatology, Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis


Dermatology, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Medical Degree

Washington University in St. Louis


Washington University in St. Louis


Cornell University


Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
American Academy of Dermatology Society of Investigative Dermatology Society of Pediatric Dermatology
Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance


2021 NIH Director's Early Independence Award (DP5)