Academic Hospital Augustinerinnen Cologne

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Department of Pulmonology ( 300552)

Wolfgang Galetke

Priv.-Doz., Dr. med.

Wolfgang Galetke

Specialized in: pulmonology

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School and professional development 

  • from 1970 to 1983: primary school; gymnasium in Essen 
  • 1983: passed final school examination 
  • 1984: started studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU)
  • from 1984 to 1986: civil service at the Marienhospital hospital in Essen-Altenessen 
  • from 1986 to 1992: continued education at the Faculty of Medicine of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU)
  • 1992: state examination and approbation to work as a medical doctor

Clinical/scientific education 

  • from 1992 to 1993: Medical Assistant Apprentice in the Department of Pulmonary and Bronchial Diseases at Hospital St. Elizabeth in Dorsten (chief doctor: Dr. Wolf) 
  • from 1994 to 1999: Assistant Doctor in the Medical Department of the Miners Hospital in Bottrop (Chief Physician: Dr. Schilling) 
  • 1995: awarding the degree of Doctor of Science at the Faculty of Medicine of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) 
  • 1998: certified primary care physician. 
  • с 1999 to 2003: physician assistant/functional senior physician at the Ambroke Hagen Clinic, Department of Pulmonology, Allergology and Sleep Medicine (Chief Physician: Prof. Dr. Rühle) 
  • 2000: achievement of qualification in main specialization "pulmonology" 
  • from 2003 to 2009: leading senior physician at the hospital Bethanien in Solingen, Pulmonology and Allergology Department, sleep and resuscitation medicine center (chief doctor: Prof. Dr. Randerat) 
  • 2006: awarded qualification in additional specialization "Allergology" 
  • 2007: awarded qualification in additional specialization "Sleep Medicine" 
  • 2008: obtaining a post of assistant professorship in the specialty "Therapy" at the University of Witten-Herdecke 
  • from 01.11.2009: chief physician of Pulmonology, Cardiology, Allergology, Sleep Medicine and Resuscitation Medicine Department at the St. Augustine Hospital in Cologne 

Additional qualifications 

  • Certificate "Expert assessment of interrelations in industrial accidents" of the German Society of Industrial Medicine and Environmental Medicine 
  • Transfusion medicine 


  • European Respiratory Society – ERS 
  • German Therapeutics Alliance (BDI) 
  • German Society of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine (DGP) 
  • German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM) 
  • German Interdisciplinary Community for Community-Based Resuscitation (DIGAB) 
  • The North Rhine-Westphalia Sleep Medicine Society (NRM-GSM) 
  • Union of Pulmonary Clinics (VPK) 
  • West German Society of Pulmonology (WdGP) 

Additional Information 

  • Deputy Director of the Institute of Pulmonology Bethanien, Solingen 
  • Speaker of the working group on apnea DGSM 
  • Head of the DGSM Self-Help Commission 
  • Member of the Commission on Excipients DGSM 
  • Member of the conference under S3 directives "Sleep that does not bring rest" DGSM 
  • President of the 22nd Annual Meeting of DGSM in December 2014 in Cologne 
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of journals "Respiration", "Somnologie", "Lung", "Sleep and Breathing" 
  • Publisher of the specialized journal "Somnologie" 
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The Department of Pulmonology at the Academic Hospital Augustinerinnen in Cologne, headed by Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Wolfgang Galetke, deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all respiratory diseases. Pulmonology, including artificial lung ventilation and sleep medicine with 3 sections containing 46 beds. There are annually treated over 2,100 inpatients. 

The Department of Pulmonology under the direction of Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Wolfgang Galetke has a special focus on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive respiratory diseases, especially progressive stages of COPD/emphysema. In addition to drug treatment options, there are also offered non-drug treatments, including noninvasive artificial lung ventilation (ALV), continuous oxygen therapy and lung volume reduction. The diagnosis of malignant lung and pleural diseases is carried out by means of cutting-edge endoscopic techniques. Drug and maintenance treatment of malignant lung diseases is provided on an inpatient basis. To ensure a comprehensive treatment of all malignant lung and pleural diseases, there is maintained tight cooperation with thoracic surgeons, oncologists and radiologists in private practice.

The Department of Pulmonology at the Academic Hospital Augustinerinnen has a unique competence in the field of device-based therapy for severe respiratory disorders not only of the lungs, but also of complications after diseases of the nervous system, musculoskeletal system. There is designed a specialized section for noninvasive ALV. 

Another focus of the Department of Pulmonology under the direction of Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Wolfgang Galetke is the diagnosis and treatment of interstitial lung diseases. There are offered all common methods, including open lung biopsy (in cooperation with the Department of Surgery), as well as drug and non-drug medical procedures. 

The Department of Pulmonology has a big Weaning Section. There are admitted patients with a long-term ALV from the hospitals of other regions. The Department also provides weaning from mechanical ventilation. If a patient cannot be weaned from ALV, the physicians of the Department at the Augustinerinnen Hospital in Cologne have a separate specialized unit for a long-term ALV. Moreover, there is close collaboration with intensive care services for the so-called artificial lung ventilation at home. 

The treatment focuses of the Department of Pulmonology at the Academic Hospital Augustinerinnen are:

  • Lung cancer
  • Chronic obstructive bronchitis and emphysema / COPD
  • Bronchial asthma 
  • Interstitial lung diseases 
  • Infectious lung diseases
  • Pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis, including, multi-drug resistant forms, as well as atypical mycobacteriosis 
  • Lung diseases in immunodeficiency and immune dysregulation (autoimmune diseases)  
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Occupational lung diseases (silicosis, asbestosis, etc.) 
  • Pleural diseases with pneumothorax, pleural effusion and pleural empyema in cooperation with the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Hospital Augustinerinnen in Cologne 
  • Long-term oxygen therapy and ALV at home
  • Diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the lungs and bronchi, pleura, diaphragm, mediastinum, as well as chest wall tumors and chest deformities in cooperation with the Department of Thoracic Surgery 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases 

The field of pulmonology offers the following diagnostic and therapeutic procedures:

  • Video-guided bronchoscopy 
  • Rigid bronchoscopy 
  • Stent implantation 
  • Transbronchial lung biopsy 
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage 
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Interventional bronchoscopy under anesthesia in the treatment of tumors (tumor removal), in hemostasis and removal of foreign bodies  
  • Comprehensive functional diagnosis of the lungs, including a whole body plethysmography, lung diffusion testing, diagnosis of the respiratory muscle disorders 
  • Blood gas test to detect chest wall diseases, including ultrasound-guided puncture of the chest wall, costal and pulmonary pleura, as well as pulmonary lesions close to the chest wall 
  • Thoracoscopy to detect and treat diseases of the costal and pulmonary pleura (in cooperation with the Department of Surgery)

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