University Hospital Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

Diagnosis of shingles (program ID: 102571)

Alexander Enk

Prof. Dr. med.

Alexander Enk

Department of Dermatology

Specialized in: dermatology

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1982-1988 Studies in Medicine at the Westf. Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  • 1984-1988 Doctoral Thesis (MD), Dept. of Dermatol. of the University of Münster
  • 1990- 1992 Post Doc, Dermatol. Branch of the National Institutes of Health 
  • 1994-1997 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Dermatol. of the University of Mainz
  • 1995 Habilitation, Dept. of Dermatol. of the University of Mainz
  • 1997 Associate Professor and Vice Chairman, Dept. of Dermatol. of the University of Mainz
  • 2004 Full Professor and Chairman Dermatology and Venerol. Ruprecht-Karls-Univ. Heidelberg

Awards and Appointments 

  • 2002 Appointment as Full Professor and Chairman Dermatology und Venerol., Philipps-Univ. Marbur 
  • 2003 Appointment as Full Professor and Chairman Dept.of Dermatology and Venerol. Univ. Essen 
  • 2004 Appointment as Full Professor and Chairman Dermatology and Venerol. Ruprecht-Karls-Univ. Heidelberg – acceptance
About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The Department of Dermatology at the Heidelberg University Hospital is a national recognized Center for Oncological Dermatology. It is the first Department of Dermatology in Germany, which was awarded an official high-quality mark of the certified Skin Cancer Center. The chief physician of the Department is Prof. Dr. med. Alexander Enk. The Department includes numerous specialized units, such as general outpatient unit, the outpatient unit for allergy treatment, andrological, immunological, oncological and phlebological outpatient units as well as the Laser Medicine and Aesthetics Center. The Department covers a wide range of dermatology.

The Skin Cancer Center Heidelberg has a variety of specialized departments: department of surgery, department of phototherapy, training center, and specialized histological laboratory. They are all located in the same building. Furthermore, the patients with skin cancer receive a necessary care on consultations. The Center is integrated into the National Cancer Center (NCT) and develops individual treatment plans for every patient together with other partners of the Heidelberg University Hospital. The experts from various fields are involved into the development of these treatment plans. The main objective of the Center is to provide multidisciplinary, individual medical care.

The range of clinical services of the Department of Dermatology at the Heidelberg University Hospital under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Alexander Enk includes:

  • Malignant melanomas (black skin cancer)
  • Squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell skin carcinoma (white skin cancer)
  • Mycosis fungicides and other skin lymphomas
  • Merkel cell carcinoma
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma
  • Angiosarcomas and other rare skin tumors
  • Consultations for the patients after organ transplants and chronic suppressed immunity 

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • dermatological skin examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
    • herpes simplex virus (HSV)
    • Immunoassay for antibody analysis (Ig G, Ig M) to herpes zoster
  • differential diagnosis of other diseases of the skin 
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • treatment by chief physician and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
    (the cost of medicines is not included)
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About hospital

The Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the largest medical centers in Germany. The Faculty of Medicine of the Heidelberg University has the worldwide renowned biomedical research institutions in Europe. Hospital and Faculty strive together for the goal to develop innovative diagnostics and therapy and implement this technique quickly for the patient. “In Scientia Salus” (healing through science) is the motto of the Heidelberg University Hospital. With 44 medical departments it has a good reputation for its treatment in Germany and throughout Europe.

The focus of the Heidelberg University are cancer treatment and the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In the fields of transplantation medicine, neuroscience with psychosocial medicine, cardiovascular medicine, genetics and infectious diseases it is also at the leading digit.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

Further details

Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.