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 2011 the G. Steigleder Award of the German Society of Dermatopathology. 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 2004, he co-founded the pathology laboratory Kempf and Pfaltz Histological Diagnostics for dermatopathology and ENT pathology in conjunction with a private dermatology practice in Zürich with a team of 9 colleagues. Both institutions celebrate their 10th anniversary in spring 2014. Apart from diagnostic aspects, these institutions are dedicated to teaching as well as research activites in dermatopathology and clinical dermatology.


    Since 2011 Dr. Kempf serves as the Vice-President of the Internat. Society Dermatopathology (ISDP) and since 2012 as the President of the Swiss Group of Dermatopathology (SGDP). He is the 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 200 peer-reveiwed articles and 40 book chapters ort books including contributions to major textbooks. He is co-editor of a book on cutaneous lymphomas (Informa Publisher) and main editor of a book on dermatopathology (Springer Publisher).


    His wife is a hand surgeon. They have twins aged 7 years. His passions are travelling, modern art and classic British cars.