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The skin - an essential human organ

We know more than 2.000 skin disorders and every human being experiences several of them during a lifetime. Several of them are very common, sometimes easy to diagnose and treat. Others are complex, difficult to diagnose and hard to treat. Some are life threatening and / or significantly impair the quality of life.

Only well trained dermatologists can differentiate between "simple" and "complex" skin disorders. Therefore, even "seemingly simple" skin disorders should be evaluated by dermatologists.

 


Patient Services


The department of dermatology, Innsbruck Medical University, offers patient services in dermato-oncology, for HIV/AIDS patients, maintains dedicated outpatient clinics in allergy & immunology, autoimmune skin disease, photomedicine, psoriasis, chronic wounds, phlebology, laser treatments, proctology, genodermatoses, a general dermatology clinic, dermatopathology services, a day care unit, 3 inpatient wards and 24/7 acute dermatologic care for patients from all over Western Austria. A dermatosurgery unit consists of 2 operating theaters and one procedure room. Hospital-based dermatologic care is complemented by basic dermatologic care provided by dermatology specialists in private praxis.



Education


The department is fully accredited for specialty training in dermatolo-venereology and in dermatopathology. Rotations are offered for trainees in pathology, pediatrics, general medicine and other specialties.

Medical student education includes several lecture series (pathophysiologic concepts, general dermatology), case-based small group teaching, practical courses and student rotations. There is a special emphasis on using up to date interactive teaching tools. For students interested in research, the department offers enrollment in several PhD programs.



Research
 

Research and Development is a strength of the department of dermatology in Innsbruck. Research projects are funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and other funding agencies and involve close links to leading research institutions in Austria and abroad. Translational research is carried out in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry.


History
 

In the early 19th century patients with syphilis were seen in the general surgery department in Innsbruck. Increasing patient numbers resulted in foundation of a department of syphilology and dermatology by Dr. Eduard Lang in 1873 after approval by the Austrian emporer Franz Joseph. In 1874 student teaching commenced with a lecture on pathology and therapy of skin disease. In 1894, a new 3 story building was dedicated to dermatology. Although earlier plans to share the building with internal medicine were dispelled by official concerns that syphilis patients must have separate wards, the building was initially shared with psychiatry and ENT.



Former chairs of the department of dermatology, Innsbruck Medical University


Eduard Lang (1873-1887), subsequently chair II. Abteilung für Syphilis in Vienna
Special interest: Infections (syphilis, tuberculosis)


Adolf Jarisch (1888-1892), subsequently chair department of dermatology in Graz
Text book: „Die Hautkrankheiten“, coined the ‘Jarisch-Herxheimer-reaction’


Wladimir von Lukasiewicz (1892-1898), subsequently chair department of dermatology in Lemberg
Special interest: Lichen scrophulosorum, Erythema multiforme, Folliculitis exulcerans, Mycosis fungoides, Xeroderma pigmentosum


Johann Heinrich Rille (1898-1902), subsequently chair department of dermatology in Leipzig
Text book: „Lehrbuch der Haut- und Geschlechtskrankheiten“


Ludwig Merk (1903-1925)
Special interest: pellagra, dermatopathology; Reruitment of a 2nd resident, established Syphilis serology (Wassermann test)


Leopold Arzt (1926), subsequently chair II. department of dermatology in Vienna
Text books: „Die Haut- und Geschlechtskrankheiten“, „Allgemeine Dermatologie“, „Atlas der Haut- und Geschlechtskrankheiten“


Wilhelm Kerl (1926-1927), subsequently chair II. department of dermatology in Vienna
Special interest: radiation therapy, Salvarsan-Therapy, established phototherapy unit


Leo Kumer (1928-1938), 1938 dismissed and arrested, after 1939 subsequently chair department of dermatology Wilhelminenspital in Vienna
Textbook: „Dermatologie“, Special interest: radiation therapy (Radium), infections (mykoses, tuberculosis, viral diasease)


Josef Konrad (1945-1971)
established photography of skin lesions, Special interests: burns, radiation therapy, tuberculosis, Lupus erythematodes, syphilis


Gustav Niebauer (1971-1975), subsequently chair II. department of dermatology in Vienna
Special interest: soft tissue, pigment, melanoma


Klaus Wolff (1976-1981), subsequently chair II department of dermatology in Vienna
Text books: „Dermatology in General Medicine“, „ Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology “, „Challenge Dermatology“, Special interests: Langerhans cells, melanoma, therapy of inflammatory skin disease


Peter Fritsch (1983-2008)
Text books: „Dermatologie, Venerologie“, „Dermatologie & Venerologie für das Studium“, Special interests: SSSS, TEN, melanocytes, Langerhans cells, retinoids
 

Universitätsklinik für Dermatologie und Venerologie | Anichstrasse 35, A-6020 Innsbruck | Tel.: (+43-512) 504-22971, Fax: (+43-512) 504-22990