Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Junghanss

Wiss. Mitarbeiter (Abteilung Infektions- und Tropenmedizin)

Ärztlicher / Beruflicher Werdegang

seit 2018

Research fellow of the Section of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, Heidelberg University Hospital

Focus of Research:

Diagnosis and treatment of neglected tropical / infectious diseases, in particular cystic and alveolar echinococcosis, Buruli ulcer, epidemic bacterial meningitis, dengue fever and snake bite envenoming.

Cooperation with partner institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, SE Asia and Latin America. The principle approach is multidisciplinary with the aim of translating research findings into clinical practice.

2003 – 2018

Head of the Section Clinical Tropical Medicine

1997 – 2003

Senior registrar at Section Clinical Tropical Medicine

1994 – 1995

Sabbatical at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. MSc Course Public Health in Developing Countries, University of London; MSc thesis: ”Synthesising mathematical modelling, field epidemiology, clinical and laboratory sciences in lymphatic filariasis”

1991 – 1997

Senior Registrar at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basle

1988 – 1991

SHO at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basle

1986 – 1988

SHO at St. Joseph’s Hospital Anchal / South India. Visiting doctor at the School of Tropical Medicine, Calcutta, and at the Leprosy Hospital, Chettipatty / South India.

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang


apl. Professor, University of Heidelberg / Germany


Habilitation at the University of Heidelberg (“Evidence-based algorithms for treating envenomings and poisonings”)


MSc PHDC, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London/UK and University of London


Medical Doctorate, University of Göttingen / Germany („Distribution of Toxoplasma gondii in Kerala / South India: diagnostics, epidemiology and ecology of the parasite“)

1980 – 1986

Clinical training in Germany and UK

1973 – 1980

Medical School, University Hospital Göttingen / Germany

1969 – 1973

Geology at University of Göttingen / Germany and University of Reading / UK: Diploma


Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) awarded for Tropical Medicine 2016

Ämter und Funktionen

seit 2018

Member of the WHO Snakebite envenoming (SBE) Working Group

seit 2016

Chair of the WHO Informal Working Group on Echinococcosis (WHO-IWGE)

seit 2014

Editor of Manson’s Tropical Diseases, 23rd ed (2014), Editors: Farrar J, Hotez P, Junghanss T, Kang G, Lalloo D, White NJ

2010 – 2011

President of the Federation of the European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH)

seit 1996

Editor of the Journal "Tropical Medicine & International Health”

Member of the clinical guideline committee of the German Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health (DTG e.V.)