Giuseppe Argenziano speaks to Sebastian Dennis-Beron, Commissioning Editor: Giuseppe Argenziano is Full Professor and Head of the Dermatology Unit at the University of Campania, Naples, Italy. His main research field is dermato-oncology. He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books concerning dermoscopy, a new technique improving the clinicians detection of benign and malignant skin tumors. As a coordinator of a Skin Cancer Unit, he has established a successful tertiary, multidisciplinary, referral center particularly devoted to the diagnosis and management of patients with skin tumors. Over the past 20 years he has supervised over 100 foreign students and 40 residents in dermatology, established scientific collaborations with more than 200 colleagues from more than 30 nations, and organized more than 50 national and international scientific activities, courses and conferences (such as the Consensus Net Meeting on Dermoscopy and the First Congress of the International Dermoscopy Society).
What inspired you to develop a career in dermatology?
I have a very strong family influence; my father is a dermatologist and my grandfather was a dermatologist. So in some way you could say I was attracted by my family’s history in the field. My work in melanoma specifically, began quite early in my career; I was in contact with patients with melanoma and other skin cancers as my medical degree thesis was on these particular issues, and this is why I was very early attracted by this topic.
Read the full interview here in Melanoma Management.