Department of Dermatovenerology

Message from Department of Dermatovenerology


I am delighted to welcome you to the website of our Dermatovenereology department. As the head of this department, I am proud to lead a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to providing exceptional care and expertise in the field of dermatology and venereology.

At our department, we strive to deliver the highest standard of care for patients with various skin conditions and sexually transmitted infections. Our team consists of experienced dermatovenereologists, General practitioners, nurses, and supportive staff who work collaboratively to ensure that every patient receives personalized and evidence-based treatment.

We offer a wide range of services, including diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair and nail diseases, management of sexually transmitted infections, dermatology procedures, and dermatologic surgery. Our department is equipped with different dermatological equipment’s allowing us to provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatments.

In addition to our clinical services, we are actively engaged in research and education. Our team is involved in ongoing research projects to advance the understanding and treatment of dermatological diseases. We also participate in medical education programs, training the next generation of dermatovenereologists and contributing to the continuous professional development of our colleagues.

As you explore our website, you will find comprehensive information about our services, healthcare professionals, and patient resources.

I invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff is here to assist you and ensure that you receive the care you deserve.

Thank you for visiting our website, and we look forward to serving you.


Dr. Alemtsehay Getachew (M.D)

Head of the Department of Dermatovenerology,

Alert Comprehensive Specialized Hospital

Historical back ground

The Department of Dermato-venereology at ALERT Hospital traces its roots back to the 1950s, when it officially became a department. However, the provision of dermatology services commenced with the hospital's establishment in 1932.

Collaborating closely with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, the department plays a vital role in supporting leprosy referral centers across Ethiopia, providing not only expertise but also undertaking supportive supervision of these sites. Serving as the highest dermatology referral hospital in the country, it receives patients from all corners of Ethiopia, including offering private wing services during weekends and after regular working hours.

In a bid to enhance accessibility to dermatological expertise, the ALERT Dermatology department has pioneered video conferencing-based Tele-Dermatology. This innovative approach allows our dermatologists to remotely assist and consult on complicated cases from referral centers, eliminating the need for patients to undergo extensive travel to reach Addis Ababa. This has significantly improved patient comfort and reduced referral rates.

Looking ahead, the department envisions establishing a national dermatology center that will emerge as a leader in dermatologic medical tourism, medical services, and training. Plans are also underway to initiate an independent residency program after obtaining medical college status. Furthermore, the introduction of phototherapy is on the horizon, further expanding the range of specialized services provided by the department.

Yearly Performance

Annually, the department achieves the following milestones in its dedicated service:

  1. Over 160,000 outpatient consultations
  2. 600 inpatient services
  3. 500 dermato-surgical procedures
  4. 14,000 cryotherapy procedures

Qualifications & Number of Health Professionals

The department is comprised of a skilled team of healthcare professionals, including:

  1. Dermato-venereologists, hailing from ALERT and Addis Ababa University College of Health Sciences
  2. General practitioners
  3. Dermato-venereology residents
  4. Nurses

Number of Operating Tables/Theaters

The department has one operating table

Number of beds

The department has sixty-four ward beds

    Teaching/ Training Services

    Dedicated to the education and training of healthcare professionals, both locally and internationally, the department plays a central role as the main teaching facility for dermatology specialty students and undergraduate medical students at Addis Ababa University College of Health Sciences. Furthermore, the department extends its training initiatives to international trainees and healthcare professionals from diverse regions of Ethiopia. This collaborative effort is facilitated through a partnership with ALERT Hospitals CPD Training Center.

    Forms of Services

    The department delivers emergency, routine outpatient, and inpatient services.

    Service Hours

    The department extends the aforementioned services across both public and private wings. While all services mentioned are available during regular working hours on weekdays, emergency and inpatient services remain accessible outside of working hours, ensuring continuous coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Services provided by the department

      The department offers a comprehensive range of dermatology services, catering to both outpatient and inpatient needs. Our services encompass the diagnosis and treatment of patients seeking assistance with skin, nail, and hair issues, as well as those with sexually transmitted infections.

      Outpatient services cover a diverse array of dermatologic disorders, including but not limited to atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, urticaria, angioedema, psoriasis, pityriasis, rosacea, cutaneous drug reactions, lichen planus, sarcoidosis, ecchymosis, acanthotic disorders of the skin, vesiculobullous disorders, acneiform disorders, hyperhidrosis, Fox Fordyce disease, hidradenitis suppurativa, hair and nail diseases, cutaneous malignancies (such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma), vascular malformations, porphyria, cutaneous manifestations of internal organ disease, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis complex, bacterial skin diseases, and insect bites and stings.

      In addition to outpatient services, our department provides inpatient care for conditions like leprosy, leishmaniasis, vesiculo-bullous dermatosis, autoimmune connective tissue disorders, rheumatologic disorders, erythroderma, cutaneous drug reactions (including toxic epidermal necrolysis and Stevens-Johnson syndrome), cutaneous malignancies, cellulitis, pyoderma gangrenosum, hemangioma, and more.

      Furthermore, our skilled team performs various dermatologic procedures, including cryotherapy, electrosurgery, dermato-surgery, skin and nail surgery, intralesional injections, and laser treatments.

        Contact Info

        1. +251 113 48 60 51 (Chief Executive Direcor)
        2. +251 113 47 16 32 (Chief Clinical Director)
        3. +251 113 48 11 63 (Chief Academic Director)
        5. Zenebework, Kolfe Keranyo Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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