University Hospital Muenster

Muenster, Germany

Department of Dermatology and Venereology

Thomas A. Luger

Prof. Dr. med.

Thomas A. Luger

Specialized in: dermatology, venereology

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  • Dermatologie

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

  • 1969 – 1975 Medizinstudium an der Universität Wien
  • 1975 Promotion zum Doktor der gesamten Heilkunde an der Universität Wien
  • 1976 – 1980 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Krebsforschung der Universität Wien (Prof. Dr. M. Mickschke)
  • 1980 – 1982 Postdoctoral Training, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental Research, Labaratory of Microbiology and Immunology (Dr.J.J. Oppenheim) (Stipendium der Max Kade Foundation)
  • 1982 Anerkennung zum Facharzt für Dermatologie durch die Österreichische Ärztekammer
  • 1984 Ernennung zum Universitätsdozent für Dermatologie und Venerologie durch die Medizinische Fakultät der Universität Wien und Verleihung der Lehrbefugnis
  • 1982 – 1990 Oberarzt an der II. Universitäts-Hautklinik Wien
  • 1990 Berufung zum Direktor der Klinik und Poliklinik für Hautkrankheiten an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Deutschland
  • 1992 Ernennung zum Leiter des Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes für Zellbiologie und Immunbiologie der Haut an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Übersiedlung des Instituts von Wien nach Münster)
  • 1992 – 1999 Sprecher (gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. C. Sorg) der Klinischen Forschergruppe "Die Rolle des Endothels bei der Induktion entzündlicher Reaktionen der Haut" am Zentrum für Dermatologie der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  • 1995 – 1999 Dekan der Medizinischen Fakultät der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  • Seit 2001 Mitglied der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
  • Seit 2001 Vorstandsmitglied des Interdisziplinären Zentrums für Klinische Forschung der Westfälischen Wilhelms Universität Münster.
  • Seit 2001 Vorsitzender des wissenschaftlichen Komitees der European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
  • Seit 2003 Vorstandsmitglied der European Academy of Oermato/ogy and Venereology.

The Department of General Dermatology and Venereology at the University Hospital Muenster offers the full range of medical focuses in dermatology. The Department ranks among the largest clinics in Germany dealing with the treatment of congenital and acquired skin diseases. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Thomas A. Luger.

A high level of specialization and an intensive cooperation of certain medical fields ensure a comprehensive patient care. The medical team under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Thomas A. Luger provides medical care on both inpatient and outpatient basis as well as in the day hospital. In April 2010, the Department of Dermatology and Venereology at the University Hospital Muenster was certified by the German Cancer Society (DKG) as the Skin Cancer Center.     

The main treatment focuses in Dermatology at the University Hospital Muenster:

  • Skin Cancer Center with Photodermatology 
  • Center of Excellence for Chronic Pruritus (chronic dermatosis, prurigo)
  • Vein Center of Excellence
  • General dermatology
  • Dermatosurgery / phlebosurgery
  • Allergology and professional dermatology
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Aesthetic dermatology
  • Day hospital 
  • Outpatient treatment of wounds

The spectrum of medical services of the Department of Dermatology and Venereology at the University Hospital Muenster includes:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of allergies, e.g. drug, food allergies; allergic and toxic contact eczema, atopic eczema, acute and chronic urticaria, angioedema and systemic mastocytosis.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases and HIV-related diseases. This group also includes autoimmune dermatoses, musical diseases, such as scleroderma. 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of bullous dermatoses, such as pemphigus, pemphigoid, Duhring’s disease etc. 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of skin tumors: a wide range of methods to remove skin tumors or prevention of their manifestations (immune system support, e.g. interferon), chemotherapy (on both outpatient and inpatient basis), extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP), photodynamic therapy. 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of skin and subcutaneous layer infections, such as erysipelas, cellulitis, infections of the outer skin layer (e.g. herpes simplex, herpes zoster) and skin infections (skin lesions by mites, lice and other arthropods) etc.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of diseases of skin appendages, especially diagnosis and treatment of alopecia areata (hair loss in round patches), androgenetic alopecia (caused by hormones / hereditary hair loss).
  • Diagnosis and treatment of skin pigmentation disorders, such as Vitiligo (white spot disease)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of papulosquamos disorders, psoriasis, herpes (nodular herpes) etc.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of urticaria and skin redness (erythema)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of other skin and subcutaneous layer diseases, especially diagnosis and treatment of chronic pruritus and prurigo; determination of thickness of skin nerve fibers in case of painful neuropathy, therapeutic recommendations for severe itching in case of dermatological diseases.

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