Dr. Ruud Valks


Dermatologist
Consultation hoursBy appointment


As a child I alreaddy knew I wanted to become a doctor. Understanding the human body and its diseases and being able to help people with that attracted me enormously. What made me enthusiastic about dermatology is the visual aspect. It is an art that often we can still make a diagnosis with the naked eye without complicated tests.

In addition, dermatology is very versatile with both medical and surgical aspects that affect patients of all ages. Everyone has one or more skin conditions in his life. The skin is often referred to as the mirror of the soul. The things we see on the skin can be reflections of what is going on in the body or soul. And vice versa, it is our shell that protects us from the outside world and especially the sun, which is of course so important here in Spain.

Skin diseases have a major impact on human life. This applies to patients with malignant melanoma, but also to patients with skin conditions that are very visible such as eczema, psoriasis or acne. Much research has been done on the relationship between skin and quality of life. People often really suffer from skin conditions and are often seriously hindered in their daily functioning. Unfortunately, this is often very underestimated by many people, including the government.

The pursuit of excellence in dermatology means that I want to apply my knowledge and skills as optimally as possible on a daily basis and therefore always want to improve by attending conferences, following courses and keeping up with professional literature, but also what I learn daily in practice during work with my patients. During my time at the University hospitals, I had the opportunity to do research and publish about skin diseases. Being able to better understand, diagnose or treat skin diseases continues to fascinate me.

Excellent care is based on special care for patients. For me it is very important that patients feel confident as if they were at home and not only understand their illness and how it can be treated, but also that they feel understood as people. Explaining well, accompanying and being accessible is essential.

That is why I can offer you the best solution for your skin as if it were my skin.

Education

Medical Degree (MD). Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 1989.

Resident at the Departments of Internal Medicine and General Surgery. Hospital ‘t Langeland, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.1989-1991.

Residency in Internal Medicine (passing the MIR exam).
University Hospital of Getafe (Madrid). 1992 – 1994.

Residency in Dermatology and Venereology (passing the MIR exam).
University Hospital La Princesa Madrid and Academic Medical Center Amsterdam 1994 – 1998.

PhD (degree) 1999 Summa cum laude and Extraordinary Faculty Award 2000.
Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Madrid

Professional Practice

Dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology University Hospital La Princesa, Madrid, 1998 – 1999 and 2001 – 2002

Dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology University Hospital of Albacete, 1999 – 2000

Dermatologist at the Academic Medical Center and Netherlands Institute for Pigment disorders, University of Amsterdam 2001

Dermatologist at Dermatoclinic Madrid, 2001 – 2004

Dermatologist at the Department of Occupational Dermatology, Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid 2002-2004

Dermatologist on the Costa Blanca in private Clinics since 2003

Awards

Premio Actas 1996 of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology in the Section Clinical and Laboratory Studies. Published in Actas Dermosifiliogr. 1996; 87: 450-458.

Smithkline Beecham Award 2000 of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Best Academic Thesis about Dermatology.

Extraordinary Faculty Award 2000 for the best Academic Thesis of the year 1999.
Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Madrid.

Languages

English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish (fluent).