Professor Hugo Partsch

Dermatologist, Phlebologist, Compression Specialist; Past President, UIP

Hugo Partsch specialized for Dermatology and 1979 received a PhD in Dermatology. His sub speciality is Angiology. 1984 he was appointed as a Professor of Dermatology at the Medical University of Vienna, established an outpatient department for vascular diseases in Vienna and then served as the Head of the Dermatological Department of the Wilhelminen Hospital for 15 years.
His main interest is peripheral vascular diseases and the scientific research publications are focussing on compression therapy and on diagnosis and management of acute and chronic venous disease, vascular malformations, leg and foot-ulcers and of lymphoedema. (Thesis VASA 1979, Suppl. 6: Ulcero-mutilating neuropathies: Clinics, classification, measurements of blood flow).
Hugo Partsch founded the Austrian working group for Phlebology 1986 and served as the President of the International Union of Phlebology between 1999 and 2003. He is an honorary member of several international medical societies. 2005 he created the International Compression Club (ICC), which is a forum linking medical experts with manufacturer’s representatives, trying to promote the science behind compression therapy; to propose research trials and to organize consensus meetings on several practically important issues like classification of compression material or evidence based indications for compression treatment.

Where do you see the industry in the next 10 years?:
Increasing interest to cooperate with clinicians to supply effective therapeutic modalities, both concerning patients’ needs (indications) and efficacy.

Why are you excited about participating in UIP2018:
Mainly nostalgia: Having attended the UIP meeting in Lucerne 1971 and then every single UIP world meeting since 1980 (12 conferences in total) this will be my last visit to Australia, where I was elected as the sixth UIP president serving between 1999 and 2003.