Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim

Cologne, Germany

Department of Internal Medicine I (Nephrology, Transplant and Intensive Care Medicine)

Achim Jörres

Prof. Dr. med.

Achim Jörres

Specialized in: nephrology, transplant and intensive care medicine

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The Department of Internal Medicine I at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim, headed by Prof. Dr. med. Achim Jörres, is an interregional center for internal medicine, specialized in nephrology, dialysis, transplant and intensive care medicine. The key focus is on nephrology: the Department has been the recognized Center of Competence for Kidney Diseases in the Cologne region for decades. There are annually treated 2,500 inpatients and almost a half of them suffer from acute and chronic kidney diseases. 

The Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Achim Jörres treats all kidney diseases, including primary diseases, such as various types of glomerulonephritis and secondary ones, such as diabetic nephropathy (both types make up 30% of new detected cases of kidney diseases). The Department is especially focused on the treatment of rare diseases, such as hereditary nephropathy (familial glomerulonephritis with deafness, ADPKD), vasculitis (Goodpasture syndrome, Wegener's disease), SLE and hantavirus nephropathy. The field of dialysis offers all the time-tested types of renal replacement therapy at the most advanced level. Moreover, the Department has an excellent reputation due to the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension. 

Transplant medicine is another focus of the Department of Internal Medicine I at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim. Within the framework of the transplant program of the Department (kidney and pancreas transplant), there is maintained tight cooperation with the Department of Visceral Surgery. The Department of Transplant Medicine is part of the Surgery Center. There are carried out many examinations for transplant preparation, as well as postoperative care. In 2015 the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim performed a total of 88 kidney transplants, including combined transplants of pancreas and liver.    

The main treatment focuses of the Department of Internal Medicine I at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim are:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of hypertension
  • Diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases (as well as kidney and pancreas transplantation)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the anus 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of infectious parasitic diseases
  • Patient care before and after transplantation
  • Diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired immunodeficiency diseases, including HIV and AIDS
  • Special consultations for patients with immunological diseases

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