Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

location_on Hamburg, Germany
9.5/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Neurology (356107)

Peter Paul Urban

Prof. Dr. med.

Peter Paul Urban

Specialized in: neurology

About the department

The Department of Neurology at the Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek offers the full range of services in this medical field. The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of all diseases of the brain and spinal cord, peripheral nervous system and muscles. It provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services of the highest quality. The medical team of the department has many years of experience in the treatment of patients with neurological diseases, using which provides excellent treatment results. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Peter Paul Urban, who has repeatedly been recognized as one of the top doctors in Germany according to the FOCUS magazine. 

One of the most common neurological clinical pictures is a stroke. The department has a state-of-the-art Stroke Unit, which the German Stroke Society and the German Society for Stroke Patients Support certified as the supraregional Stroke Unit. The Stroke Unit has 10 beds for the treatment of patients with acute stroke. Each bed is equipped with a monitor that constantly registers important body functions, such as blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, breathing, oxygen level in the blood and body temperature. All monitors are connected to a central monitoring system, through which all necessary parameters can be controlled.

The department offers both diagnostics and treatment of all forms of dementia. In this pathology, early diagnostics and therapy are of great importance, which have a positive effect on the course of the disease, contribute to the mental capabilities of the affected person and thereby maintain the quality of life as much as possible. In addition to neurological and psychological treatment, here are offered additional therapeutic measures, including group trainings, physiotherapy and logopedic classes.

Of particular interest is the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Initially, the patient undergoes comprehensive diagnostics, for which the department offers the latest ultrasound methods, magnetic resonance imaging, neurophysiological diagnostic procedures and other special examinations in accordance with the corresponding symptoms. It is known that now Parkinson's disease cannot be completely cured, but there are many ways to preserve the quality of human life and slow down the progression of the disease. The department uses all the possibilities of drug therapy, including treatment with Duodopa or apomorphine. Drug therapy is supplemented by physiotherapy, speech therapy, ergotherapy, music therapy and specialized care. For example, within the framework of physiotherapeutic treatment, LSVT Big Concept is used, which is effective for typical Parkinson’s manifestations, such as short step length and limited range of movement. It is worth noting that the department takes part in scientific research, so it guarantees the most modern diagnostics and treatment. Also, the department is a member of the MedNet Parkinson.

In addition, the department’s scope of tasks includes the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis.Unfortunately, this disease is incurable, but there are many ways to maintain a decent standard of living for the patient. Since the pathology has many special aspects, each patient always receives an individual treatment strategy, which considers specific symptoms. There are offered various forms of drug therapy. In acute relapse, treatment is carried out in accordance with the recommendations of the German Society for Multiple Sclerosis (DMSG). For example, a high dose of cortisone helps to relieve symptoms and reduce inflammation, but in severe acute relapses cortisone may be ineffective, and then the patient is assigned the so-called plasmapheresis or immunoadsorption. 

The range of services of the department includes both diagnostics and treatment of the following diseases:

  • Stroke
  • All forms of dementia
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diseases of the intervertebral discs
  • Neuromuscular diseases (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myopathy, neuropathy, polyneuropathy, etc.)
  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Epilepsy
  • And many other diseases

Curriculum vitae

  • 1982 - 1987 Study of medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
  • 1983 - 1987 Student Scholarship of the Deutschen Volkes.
  • 1988 Defense of doctoral thesis, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Department of Neurology. Note: summa cum laude.
  • 2001 - 2002 Distance learning "Management of Health and Social Services" at the University of Kaiserslautern.
  • 2004 - 2005 Distance learning "Management of Health and Social Services", Witten-Herdecke University, Master of Arts.

Professional Activities

  • 1988 - 1990 Internship, Department of Internal Medicine II, University Hospital Mainz (Head: Prof. Dr. J. Meyer).
  • 1990 - 1996 Assistant Physician, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Mainz (Head: Prof. Dr. H.C. Hopf).
  • 1996 - 1997 Assistant Physician, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Mainz (Head: Prof. Dr. O. Benkert).
  • 05/1997 Medical Specialist in Neurology.
  • 1997 - 2006 Senior Physician, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Mainz (Head: Prof. Dr. H.C. Hopf, since 2011: Prof. Dr. M. Dieterich).
  • 2000 Assistant Professorship "Pathophysiology of dysarthrophonia in acute cerebral infarction".
  • Since 05/2006 Chief Physician of the Department of Neurology, Academic Teaching Hospital Asklepios Barmbek, Hamburg.
  • Since 08/2013 Chief Physician of the Hospital Asklepios Barmbek.

Scientific Awards

  • 1999 Richard Jung Prize of the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology (DGKN).
  • 2000 Posterprize, 5th Congress of the European Federation of
  • Neurological Societies (EFNS).
  • 2001 Posterprize of the German Society of Neurology (DGN).
  • 2001 Boehringer Ingelheim Prize, Mainz University.
  • 2003 Posterprize of the German Society of Neurology (DGN).
  • 2004 Posterprize of the German Society for the Study of Pain (DGSS).
  • 2001 1st Posterprize of the German Society of Neurology (DGN).
  • 2004 2nd of the German Society of Neurology (DGN).
  • 2005 Honoured Oral Presentation of the European Neurological Society (ENS).
  • 2011 Asklepios Award.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Neurology.
  • German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM).
  • German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology (DGKN) and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board.
  • German Society for Muscular Diseases (DGM).
  • German Society of Neurology (DGN).
  • German Society for Multiple Sclerosis (DMSG).
  • German Society for Parkinson's Disease (DPV).
  • German Stroke Society (DSG).
  • European Brainstem Society.
  • Movement Disorders Society.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Asklepios Klinik Barmbek 

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