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Valeska Padovese

Genito-Urinary Clinic of Mater Dei Hospital, Malta

Valeska Padovese

Valeska Padovese, MD, Specialist in Dermatology and Venereology
Dermatology and Venereology Consultant, Genito-Urinary Clinic of Mater Dei Hospital, Malta

Dr. Padovese graduated at the medical school of Trieste University in 1998 and obtained the post-degree diploma in dermatology and venereology in 2002. After the specialization she collaborated with the National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty in Rome, a public institute which focusses on migrants health and development cooperation; during this time she was involved in national and international projects . In 2003 she started travelling to Africa and working in Tigray region of northern Ethiopia (2005-2007) at the Italian Dermatological Hospital. She carried out an operational research project in the rural communities of Tigray region aimed at early detection of HIV infection through skin signs and symptoms, and also research to determine prevalence and type of dermatological conditions/STIs related to HIV infection in the area.

In 2008 she started working in emergency projects: from July to October in a public hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she trained the local health professionals on management of burn injuries and performed clinical epidemiological research on self-immolation; therefore, from the end of 2008 till 2010 she was project coordinator of the emergency program on migration in the small island of Lampedusa (Italy).

In 2010-11 she was the project manager of a project in Malta aimed at improving health conditions of asylum seekers living in the reception centers of the island. In collaboration with the Maltese health authorities and the Ministry of Interior, she planned and performed a medical screening of all migrants hosted in the open centers and a pilot study on STIs (hepatitis B and C, Syphilis) and tuberculosis prevalence.

In 2012 she was the project manager of a project in Djibouti dealing with reproductive health issues and the practice of female genital mutilations (FGM). She drew up the project action plan in partnership with the local Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Muslim Affairs and the Ministry of Women Promotion, and she coordinated the project activities with the existing programs on reproductive health of UNPF and UNICEF.

Dr. Padovese has been recently appointed as consultant at the the Genito-Urinary (GU) Clinic at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta. She is leading the GU Clinic team, which serves the entire Maltese population ensuring infection control practice and extend support for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, in-service training and research programs. She is in charge of diagnosis, investigation and treatment of STIs and related conditions, as well as counselling in relation to HIV testing, for operating a system of contact tracing in order to contain the spread of STIs, and for ensuring a clinical consultancy and liaison services to other services, hospitals, agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations on matters pertaining to sexual and reproductive health.


  • Dassoni F, Abebe Z, Morrone A, Padovese V. Darier’s disease in Ethiopia: report of two cases. Int J Dermatol. 2015 May;54(5):e160-2. doi: 10.1111/ijd.12383
  • Dassoni F, Morrone A, Padovese V. The spectrum of genodermatoses and congenital cutaneous conditions in northern Ethiopia. Int J Dermatol. 2015 Mar;54(3):307-14. doi: 10.1111/ijd.12660
  • Padovese V, Egidi AM, Melillo Fenech T, Podda Connor M, Didero D, Costanzo G, Mirisola C. Migration and determinants of health: clinical epidemiological characteristics of migrants in Malta (2010-11). J Public Health (Oxf). 2014 Sep;36(3):368-74. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdt111
  • Morrone A, Bordignon V, Barnabas GA, Dassoni F, Latini O, Padovese V, Ensoli F, Cristaudo A. Clinical-epidemiological features of contact dermatitis in rural and urban communities in northern Ethiopia: correlation with environmental or occupational exposure. Int J Dermatol. 2014 Aug;53(8):975-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05777.x
  • Padovese V, Egidi AM, Melillo TF, Farrugia B, Carabot P, Didero D, Costanzo G, Mirisola C. Prevalence of latent tuberculosis, syphilis, hepatitis B and C among asylum seekers in Malta. J Public Health (Oxf). 2014 Mar;36(1):22-7. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdt036
  • Franco G, Calcaterra R, Valenzano M, Padovese V, Fazio R, Morrone A. Cupping-related skin lesions. Skinmed. 2012 Oct;10(5):315-8.
  • Morrone A, Padovese V, Dassoni F, Pajno MC, Marrone R, Franco G, Calcaterra R, Manni L, Barnabas GA, Maiani E. Podoconiosis: an experience from Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Jul;65(1):214-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.08.018
  • Morrone A, Pitidis A, Pajno MC, Dassoni F, Latini O, Barnabas GA, Padovese V. Epidemiological and geographical aspects of leishmaniasis in Tigray, northern Ethiopia: a retrospective analysis of medical records, 2005-2008. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2011 May;105(5):273-80. doi: 10.1016/j.trstmh.2011.02.003
  • Padovese V, De Martino R, Eshan MA, Racalbuto V, Oryakhail MA. Epidemiology and outcome of burns in Esteqlal Hospital of Kabul, Afghanistan. Burns. 2010 Nov;36(7):1101-6. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2010.01.003
  • Padovese V, Eshetie W, de Vito G. Unusual variant of neurocutaneous melanocytosis. Int J Dermatol. 2009 Sep;48(9):991-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2009.04146.x
  • Padovese V, Terranova M, Toma L, Barnabas GA, Morrone A. Cutaneous and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis in Tigray, northern Ethiopia: clinical aspects and therapeutic concerns. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2009 Jul;103(7):707-11. doi: 10.1016/j.trstmh.2009.02.023
  • Naafs B, Padovese V. Rural dermatology in the tropics. Clin Dermatol. 2009 Jun;27(3):252-70. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2008.10.005
  • Accorsi S, Barnabas GA, Farese P, Padovese V, Terranova M, Racalbuto V, Morrone A. Skin disorders and disease profile of poverty: analysis of medical records in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, 2005-2007. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2009 May;103(5):469-75. doi: 10.1016/j.trstmh.2008.11.028
  • Terranova M, Padovese V, Fornari U, Morrone A. Clinical and epidemiological study of cutaneous tuberculosis in Northern Ethiopia. Dermatology (Basel). 2008;217(1):89-93. doi: 10.1159/000128284
  • Terranova M, Padovese V, Klaus S, Morrone A. Onchocerciasis in Tigray. Int J Dermatol. 2007 Oct;46 Suppl 2:39-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2007.03472.x