Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Oncology

The Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Oncology offers all established procedures, including minimal invasive practices, to diagnose and treat illnesses of the gastrointestinal organs, that is esophagus, gastrointestinal tract, liver, gall bladder, gall ducts and pancreas.

The clinic is acknowledged as a tertiary center of reference for complex endoscopic issues and thus provides an above average know-how in the field of minimal invasive endoscopic procedures. The medical director, professor Dr. Brigitte Schumacher, is a nationally and internationally renowned expert in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy. The professional expertise is complemented by state-of-the-art technical equipment such as high-definition video endoscopy, cholangioscopy or the high-resolution manometry of the esophagus. The department carries out 7,000 endoscopies per year, 40 per cent of which serve therapeutic purposes.

The most frequent diagnostic and therapeutic interventions are performed for diseases of the esophagus, early carcinoma in the gastrointestinal tract, gall ducts and pancreas illnesses, e.g. endoscopic examination of the gall ducts or electro-hydraulic lithotripsy of problematic gall stones. Among the less frequent, but still regularly performed special endoscopic interventions one can find transgastral drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts and -necroses, or video capsule endoscopy and balloon enteroscopy for small intestine diseases.

The 20 doctors and 50 nursing staff members set great value upon a patient-centered attitude. From a medical point of view this encompasses an individualized application of the current expert association guidelines plus, if required, a close interdisciplinary collaboration with other specialist departments, e.g. radiology, cardiology, nephrology or surgery. Due to spatial proximity and personal ties of the medical personnel professional exchanges without red tape are possible at all times.

"Our medical work acts up to the following principle: Minimal-invasive gentle interventions, excellent patient care and interdisciplinary treatment."

PD Dr. Brigitte Schumacher, Chefärztin der Klinik für Innere Medizin, Gastroenterologie, Hepatologie und Onkologie