Dr. Werner Kempf


    Werner Kempf, MD, Zürich, Switzerland

    Werner Kempf, MD, is professor of dermatology and consultant dermatopathologist at the

    Dept. of Dermatology, University Hospital Zürich and co-director of the laboratory Kempf

    and Pfaltz Histological Diagnostics in Zürich, Switzerland.

    He received his MD from the University of Zürich. After residencies in surgical pathology

    and dermatology at the University Hospital Zürich he pursued postdoctoral fellowships in the

    Dept. of Pathology Div. Hematopathology (M. E. Kadin, MD) and the Dept. of Medicine,

    Div. Viral Pathogenesis (N.L. Letvin, MD) at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,

    Harvard Medical School, Boston MA) in 1999 - 2000. His studies focused on viral

    oncogenesis and growth factors in CD30-positive cutaneous lymphomas. In 2000, he joined

    the faculty at the Dept. of Dermatology, University Hospital in Zürich (Chairman: G. Burg,

    MD) and served as head of Dermatopathology Unit and head of the Unit for skin diseases in

    transplant recipients.

    In 2007 he received the Robert Fischer Award for cutaneous lymphomas, Germany and in

    2014 the Prix International de Dermatopathologie Jean Civatte, Paris. He was involved in the

    WHO-EORTC classification for cutaneous lymphomas as well as member of the working

    group elaborating the WHO classification of cutaneous lymphomas in 2003 as well as in


    In 2004, he co-founded the pathology laboratory Kempf and Pfaltz Histological Diagnostics

    for dermatopathology, ENT pathology and molecular pathology in conjunction with a private

    dermatology practice in Zürich with a team of 8 colleagues. Both institutions celebrate their

    15th anniversary in spring 2019. Apart from diagnostic aspects, these institutions are

    dedicated to teaching as well as research activites in dermatopathology and clinical


    From 2011 to 2014 Dr. Kempf served as the Vice-President of the Internat. Society

    Dermatopathology (ISDP) and from 2012 to 2016 as the President of the Swiss Group of

    Dermatopathology (SGDP). He is the Secretary and Representative for Switzerland in the

    International Committee for Dermatopathology.

    His major interests are cutaneous lymphomas, virus-associated skin tumors, inflammatory

    skin disorders, and molecular diagnosis of infectious skin disorders. Apart from cutaneous

    lymphomas, his clinical activites focus on skin disorders in organ transplant recipients as well

    as photodynamic therapy. He published more than 280 peer-reviewed articles and 50 book

    chapters or books including contributions to major textbooks on dermatology and

    dermatopathology. He is co-editor of a book on cutaneous lymphomas (Informa Publisher)

    and main editor of a book on dermatopathology (Springer Publisher).