Priv. Doz. Mag. Dr. Dennis Linder, born 1955 in Milan, Italy, a citizen of Austria, obtained a degree in pure mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and worked later on at the same place for 2 years as an assistant doing research in the field of stochastic processes. He studied then Medicine at Innsbruck University and was trained there as a dermatologist, under the supervision of Professor Peter Fritsch.
After attending in New York two workshops organized by Rita Charon (Columbia University) on Narrative Medicine (both ground level and advanced), he organized, in Venice in 2009, the XIII Congress of the European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry, and as a satellite event to this congress, with the team of Rita Charon, the first workshop in Narrative Medicine in Italy.
He has been President of the European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry, is a member of the Board of the Italian Society for Psychosomatic Dermatology and cofounder and vice-president of the International Society for Biopsychosocial Medicine. He has been member of the editorial board of the Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia and of the Austin Journal of Dermatology. He is currently section editor for Psychodermatology of the journal Acta Dermatovenereologica.
His interests reside in the domains of psychodermatology, social aspects of dermatology, dermatoepidemiology and medical humanities. In 2013 he has edited, together with Alexa Kimball (Harvard), a volume for Karger Publishers (Basel) on “Cumulative Life Course Impairment in Dermatology”. He has authored or co-authored about 70 publications (articles in peer-reviewed journals or book chapters in scientific textbooks). He has participated, as an invited speaker, to more than 100 national and international scientific congresses and meetings in Italy, Austria and in other countries. In 2014, in Geneva, he took part as an invited speaker to a side event of the WHO, dedicated to Psoriasis. In June 2015 he has been awarded the Herman Musaph Prize for Psychodermatology and in July he has attended, as an invited speaker, the World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver. In September 2015, he has received the academic title of “Privatdozent” (“adjunct professor” – “libera docenza”) from the Medical University of Graz (Austria).
He is currently a lecturer for residents (“professore a contratto”) in Dermatology at the Padua University Medical School and regularly lectures also at the Medical University of Graz on doctor – patient communication as well as on dermatological subjects, with a focus on psychological aspects of skin diseases. He has been Visiting Professor at Sassari University and – over a period of several years – lecturer at the Université Paris Descartes on Medical Humanities within a course on Narrative Medicine organized by Prof. François Goupy.
He runs a dermatological a private practice in Venice and he currently pursues a research project at Oslo University about mathematical life course modelling in chronic skin diseases. He speaks fluently Italian, German, English, French and Russian. He is married and lives happily in Venice with his family and two dogs.