Special Clinical Focus
- Mohs surgery
- Skin cancer
- Eczema (neurodermatitis)
- Pruritus therapy
- Acne and rosacea
- Aesthetic dermatology
- Leg ulcers
- Inflammation in the large skin folds: hidradenitis suppurativa
One of only five university hospitals in Switzerland, the University Hospital of Basel is the most important healthcare centre in the entire north-west of the country. Located in the middle of the beautiful city on the Rhine, it covers the entire spectrum of medicine with over forty clinics. In addition to its longstanding tradition of providing healthcare for people from the entire region, it also has an excellent reputation: the University Hospital of Basel is known for being able to attract absolute clinic management specialists. This is particularly true for dermatology: Prof. Dr med. Dr sc. nat. Alexander Navarini, an internationally recognised senior consultant, heads the clinic as well as the Centre for Skin Tumours and Clinical Research in Dermatology.
If you are looking for an outstanding acute or chronic skin disease specialist in the Basel area, this is the right place: under the direction of Dr Alexander Navarini, the well-coordinated team of the Clinic for Dermatology at the University Hospital of Basel offers the best possible medical care. Whether its skin diseases, allergies, immune diseases, hair problems or venereal diseases – 60,000 examinations per year underline the clinic’s high level of expertise. The clinic also offers teledermatology: via www.hautproblem.ch, patients can upload photos of the disease and receive an assessment and, if necessary, initial treatment within 24 hours.
In Prof. Navarini, the clinic has a versatile and highly specialised physician with a first-class reputation in clinical practice and research. Born in Basel, he grew up in the cantons of Graubünden and Aargau before returning to the city of his birth to study. He completed part of his medical studies in Paris at the Université Marie-Curie. The fact that he has always been fascinated by the cross-over between the clinical and academic fields is something that above all benefits his patients.
The broad field of dermatology: a high level of expertise in many specialist fields
By the time the University Hospital of Basel succeeded in recruiting Dr Navarini as Senior Consultant for Dermatology and Allergology in 2018, he was already well experienced in all areas of his specialist field: among other things, he had focused on experimental medicine and biology in Zurich, where he received funding as an extremely talented student within the framework of an MD-PhD programme; on tropical medicine, which he studied in detail at the Swiss Tropical Institute and in Tanzania; and on modern genomics, which he explored with the help of a research fellowship at King’s College in London. New specialist fields, such as experimental immunology, modern genetics or visual image recognition, continue to motivate his research. His motto: Better treatment requires greater understanding.
Skin cancer as a speciality
Given Dr Navarini’s wide-ranging interests, it is not surprising that he approaches his daily clinical routine with great dedication and, for example, incorporates innovative perspectives in the diagnosis of skin cancer. Under his leadership, the Centre for Skin Tumours at the University Hospital of Basel has managed to build on its traditionally good reputation in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer: patients that come to the centre at the University Hospital with a skin tumour can count on receiving holistic and absolutely comprehensive treatment – from the first contact to individual aftercare.
The dermatology team also boasts Dr. Michael Kunz, who is the only dermatologic surgeon in all of continental Europe to have trained at the American College of Mohs Surgery. The Mohs technique allows the smallest excision wounds with 100% control of complete excision with the most esthetically acceptable scars.
The fact that the Centre for Skin Tumours has always conducted basic and clinical research covering the entire field of skin cancer was an additional incentive for Dr Navarini. After all, his patient-oriented approach means that he is always interested in offering his patients cutting-edge medical services that reflect the current state of science, as can also be seen by the specialist’s numerous publications. Today, more than ever, good medical care requires an ongoing international exchange about the latest and, above all, most effective therapeutic strategies. This responsibility is taken very seriously in Basel, where the latest therapies are made possible not least thanks to the daily exclusive participation in trials, which are the result of highly active clinical research.
Interdisciplinary approach at the Centre for Skin Tumours
As international medicine at the highest level always transcends your own specialisation, interdisciplinary exchanges with equally internationally renowned specialists play a major role for Dr Navarini. At the Centre for Skin Tumours alone, for example, interdisciplinary conferences are held on a weekly basis and are attended not only by dermatologists but also by colleagues from fields such as aesthetic and plastic surgery, visceral surgery, oncology, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine – as well as by pathologists, geneticists and radiologists. Dr Navarini and his team thus live the philosophy of the Centre for Skin Tumours: what matters is finding exactly the right therapy for skin cancer patients – not only the safest and the fastest, but also most gentle and least stressful treatment as possible. This applies, for example, to diagnostics, where full-body screening is used, with all parties strictly adhering to international guidelines. Senior physician Dr med. Lara Valeska Maul organises the skin tumour centre and always implements the latest international guidelines. She is an excellent clinician and researcher and uses high-tech on a daily basis to improve diagnosis and therapy for patients. She also heads the large outpatient unit, the Dermatology Polyclinic. There are numerous studies on the detection of black skin cancer using the latest technology, such as the highly popular MELVEC Study.
Dr Navarini and his team also handle the aftercare of skin cancers with appropriate care. Not only do they choose the most suitable and effective tumour aftercare together with the patient – care partners for the ongoing follow-up are also agreed on. People who develop skin cancer in Switzerland, southern Germany and Alsace can therefore rest assured that they are in the best of hands – starting with early detection using the most innovative methods.
Dermatopathology at the University Hospital
Dermatopathology at the University Hospital is headed by PD Dr med. Beda Mühleisen. He is a very experienced dermatopathologist who has both the required microscopic and clinical analysis understanding. This is extremely important for integrating the two sources of information and a prerequisite for ensuring that even the most difficult cases can be correctly understood and treated in Basel. As he specialised in the innate inflammatory reactions of the skin during an extremely successful research stay in California, he is also very knowledgeable in one of the most difficult fields of dermatology: inflammatory skin diseases. Every week, the most interesting tissue samples sent in are discussed anonymously with the referring colleagues via zoom on the virtual microscope: an incredible learning effect and an exciting broadening of horizons for all those who do not assess preparations on a daily basis or are still receiving further training. PD Dr med. Mühleisen is also Dr Kunz’s partner in Mohs Surgery. Together, they guarantee 100% histologic incision margin control and thus complete removal of all tumours with minimal tissue loss.
Wide range of specialities in the Allergology Polyclinic
The Allergology Polyclinic is headed by the deputy senior consultant Prof. Dr med. Karin Hartmann. She is an internationally renowned specialist in mastocytoses and has greatly improved the understanding of this disease (which can cause non-specific increased allergic reactions) thanks to new clinical findings and treatments. Dr Hartmann is widely sought after in the fields of teaching and research and maintains a close network of specialists throughout Europe who cooperate in matters of patient care and research. The Allergology Polyclinic at the University Hospital of Basel is one of the best known in Switzerland and specialises in all forms of allergy. The polyclinic thoroughly diagnoses and treats everything from annoying hay fever and asthma to rare mastocytosis. Its specialisms include drug reactions and angioedema, which are very important and also dangerous reactions. Allergic problems can also be submitted via www.hautproblem.ch.
Aesthetic dermatology does not come up short
As many patients focus on appearance when it comes to skin health, Dr Navarini always has one foot in the field of aesthetic dermatology. When they look at themselves in the mirror following an intensive round of acne or rosacea treatment by this strong team, many patients are happy to discover that their skin looks healthier and fresher again. The team at the University Hospital of Basel has the most modern therapy options available for facial skin diseases. In dermatology, this department is headed by Dr Roberta Vasconcelos Berg, who advises and treats our patients with great experience and empathy.
Advanced therapies for leg ulcers
As chronic wounds, too, can severely affect quality of life and mobility, Dr Navarini takes the topic of leg ulcer therapies very seriously. Patients who come to the University Hospital of Basel with this venous problem not only have their wounds closed after a short stay in the relevant specialty ward, but are also given training to keep their legs healthy. Dr Caroline Buset specialises in wounds, vessels and dermatologic surgery, i.e. covering wounds with skin grafts and innovative overlays such as fish skin.
Impressive research and teaching reputation
As head of dermatology in Basel, Dr Alexander Navarini took on yet another role: he is a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Basel and thus responsible for the entire dermatology curriculum at the University of Basel and ETH Zurich. As “Head of Clinical Research in Dermatology” he is an ideal position to pass on his expertise. There is a long list of studies on this topic that offer and test the latest therapy options.
Whether it’s teaching, research or the daily clinical routine – for Dr Navarini, highly effective therapies are the prerequisite for the best possible treatment results. He has developed biological therapies for diseases such as psoriasis or eczema – for instance in connection with neurodermatitis – that have already helped many patients. This also applies to his treatment of chronic itch patients. Dr Navarini’s team has an excellent reputation in international itch research: private lecturer Dr med. Simon Müller, for example, is on the international guideline committees for itch treatment and recently discovered which of the colours have an itch-relieving effect.
There is virtually nothing in dermatology that Dr Navarini and his team are not very familiar with. Word of this impressive expertise has long since spread beyond Switzerland’s borders, even attracting patients from Germany and France to Basel. This is certainly also thanks to the outstanding patient care the university hospital offers – such as through the affiliated “Margarethenklinik”, which combines university expertise with state-of-the-art technology. It also offers aesthetic surgical and dermatological treatments. Whether at the Dermatology Clinic or the Margarethenklinik – the same principle always applies: the well-coordinated teams at the University Hospital of Basel always provide the best possible healthcare under the direction of their renowned specialist.