Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg
Department of Nephrology, Diabetology and Hypertensiology (356105)
Specialized in: nephrology, diabetology, hypertensiology
About the department
The Department of Nephrology, Diabetology and Hypertensiology at the Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek offers the full range of services in the relevant medical fields. The department is the leading healthcare facility in Hamburg specializing in the treatment of kidney diseases. It performs a comprehensive diagnostics and treatment of kidney diseases, diabetes, renal replacement therapy and dialysis shunting that provides the necessary vascular access. The department is headed by PD Dr. med. Tobias Meyer.
The department specializes in the treatment of kidney diseases of any severity. One of the most common pathologies is acute and chronic kidney failure. The treatment methods for kidney failure depend on the causes of this condition. Initially, doctors try to compensate for the lack of fluid, normalize blood pressure and wean the patient from taking a particular drug under doctor’s supervision. In some cases, renal replacement therapy is required. Chronic kidney failure is usually caused by diabetes and high blood pressure. The treatment of this form of disease primarily aims to stop the progression of the disease as much as possible and to preserve the remaining kidney function. To this end, the department has various treatments, in the use of which the main priorities are blood pressure regulation, optimal control of blood sugar and prevention of infections, rejection of medications that can even more load the kidneys. Naturally, the range of services of the department includes peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis (the main methods of renal replacement therapy).
In addition, the department has the Shunting Center, which offers various methods of shunting to provide dialysis access. The center is equipped with the state-of-the-art medical equipment that provides accurate intervention planning, which guarantees its best possible safety and efficiency.
A separate focus of the department is diabetology. The medical team specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of type 1 and 2 diabetes, diabetic foot, gestational diabetes (in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics) and complications of diabetes mellitus.The department provides many consultations in the field of diabetology, incl. recommendations on nutrition in certain clinical pictures, for example, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diverticulosis, colitis, pancreatitis, gout, kidney failure, etc. To ensure the most effective results in the diagnosis and treatment process, all the necessary specialists from related fields are involved.
Another important focus of the department is hypertension. The treatment is provided by highly qualified doctors of the German Hypertension League. Most often, specialists have to deal with hypertensive crisis and constant increased pressure. With these pathologies, the patient is prescribed an individual therapy.
The department’s service range is complemented by the treatment of vascular inflammation (vasculitis): chronic inflammation of the vessels, granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's disease), systemic lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, amyloidosis and many other diseases.
The main treatment focuses of the department include:
- Kidney disease (e.g., kidney failure)
- Shunting for dialysis access
- Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis
- Diabetes 1 and 2 types, diabetic foot, gestational diabetes
- Inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis)
- And many other diseases
On 1 July 2014, PD Dr. med. Tobias Meyer was appointed Chief Physician of the Department of Nephrology, Diabetology and Hypertensiology at the Academic Teaching Hospital Asklepios Barmbek.
Before that, the doctor was the Chief Resident of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf. After studying medicine in Freiburg, Dr. Meyer became an intern in Munich (under the direction of Prof. Schlöndorff). He also received a scholarship from the German Research Society (DFG), thanks to which he became a Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School in Boston and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Diego.
PD Dr. med. Tobias Meyer is a very active teacher of the Asclepios Medical School. Every week he conducts courses and lectures on general and special nephrology.
Membership in Professional Societies
- German Society of Nephrology.
- American Society of Nephrology.
- International Society of Nephrology.
- European Society of Nephrology.
Department of Nephrology, Diabetology and Hypertensiology.
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