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Academic Hospital Garmisch-Partenkirchen

location_on Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Metabolic Disorders and Nephrology (569796)

Hans-Dieter Allescher

Prof. Dr. med.

Hans-Dieter Allescher

Specialized in: gastroenterology, hepatology, metabolic disorders, nephrology

About the department

The Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Metabolic Disorders and Nephrology at the Academic Hospital Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the stomach, intestines, liver, metabolic disorders, and kidney pathologies. The diagnostic options of the department include the comprehensive laboratory diagnostics, ultrasound examinations of the abdominal organs, as well as imaging examinations of the gastrointestinal tract and endoscopy. The department's specialists work on high-tech equipment, apply in their clinical practice both conventional and most advanced therapeutic techniques, which provide the patient with fast and effective treatment. The department ranks among the best medical institutions of this kind in the national medical arena.

The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Dieter Allescher, who has gained an excellent reputation not only in Germany, but also far beyond its borders. According to the Focus magazine, the specialist was ranked among the top German doctors specializing in gastroscopy three times!

It should be noted that the high professionalism of the department's doctors allows them to carry out the treatment of particularly complex pathologies of the organs of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys, and metabolic disorders. Certainly, the therapy is prescribed according to the results of a comprehensive diagnostics. Each patient receives an individual treatment strategy, adapted to the specific clinical indications, the general health of the patient, age and other important specifications. The department's specialists apply all options of conservative therapy and only in the absence of positive dynamics they resort to the invasive procedures.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Endoscopy
    • Gastroscopy (examination of the larynx, esophagus, stomach and duodenum, including the assessment of the state of the mucous membrane and detection of pathological changes)
    • Interventional procedures
      • Endoscopic therapy in Zenker's diverticulum
      • Endoscopic dissection of formations in the submucosal layer
      • Endoscopic therapy of gastroesophageal reflux disease
      • Endoscopic removal of stones from the ureters and kidneys in urolithiasis
      • Treatment of Barrett's esophagus with the help of high-frequency methods (for example, Barrx technique)
      • Photodynamic therapy in esophageal cancer
      • Bougienage and dilatation for stenosis treatment
    • Colonoscopy in the following suspected diseases:
      • Colon cancer
      • Diverticulosis
      • Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases
      • Crohn's disease
      • Ulcerative colitis
    • Capsule endoscopy
    • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
      • Tissue sampling (biopsy)
      • Endoscopic stone therapy (for example, in the gallbladder)
      • Treatment of benign or malignant stenosis
    • Endosonography
      • Examination of the gastrointestinal tract (liver, pancreas)
      • Examination of the esophagus and stomach, biliary tract and pancreas
    • Contrast-enhanced endosonography for the assessment of the blood supply to tumors
    • Manometry (measurement of pressure in the muscles of the esophagus during swallowing, as well as the examination of function of the upper and lower esophageal sphincter at rest and during swallowing)
    • Impedancemetry/pH metry (particularly, in gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Ultrasound diagnostics
    • Doppler ultrasonography
    • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound examinations
    • Elastography
    • Color duplex ultrasonography
  • Ultrasound-guided therapeutic procedures
    • Punctures (for example, pleural puncture, ascites puncture)
    • Insertion of drainage tubes
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Dieter Allescher holds the position of the Chief Physician of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Metabolic Disorders and Nephrology at the Academic Hospital Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Since 2007, he is also the Medical Director of the Center for Internal Medicine at the Trauma Clinic Murnau. Since August 1, 2013 till July 31, 2018, Prof. Allescher headed the Board of Medical Directors. Prior to his appointment as the Chief Physician, he also worked as a Deputy Medical Director (2006 - 2013).

Clinical Practice and Additional Medical Qualifications

Since 1985 till 1994, prior to his appointment as the Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Metabolic Disorders and Nephrology at the Academic Hospital Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the doctor was a Research Fellow, while since 1995 till 2002 he was a Senior Physician in the famous Department of Internal Medicine II at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Dr.h.c. Meinhard Classen). Since 1986 till 1988, he completed a research internship at McMaster University, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Hamilton, Canada. He repeatedly came as a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. He acted as a Tutor and Instructor in national and international courses on Endoscopy for several times. Between 1998 and 2002, he, together with Prof. Wessel and Prof. Feussner, temporarily headed the Working Group on Minimally Invasive Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Interventions (MITI) at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich.

Study of Medicine

Since 1978 till 1980, Dr. Allescher completed his Preclinical Study of Medicine at the Regensburg University, and since 1980 till 1985 he completed his Clinical Training at the Technical University of Munich. In 1985, he received a medical license and in the same year he defended his doctoral thesis in Sports Medicine. In the same period of time, he became a scholar of the Bavarian Foundation for the Promotion of Gifted People (Bayerische Begabtenförderung) and a student of German People Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes). Then, in 1991, he received the title of a Medical Specialist in Internal Medicine, and in 1993 he received the qualification of a Medical Specialist in Gastroenterology. In the same year he underwent his habilitation, received the title of PD and Venia Legendi at the Technical University of Munich. In 2000, he received the title of the Extraordinary Professor in Internal Medicine at the Technical University of Munich.

Research Focuses

The special research focuses include the fundamental and clinical researches, in particular in the field of Neurogastroenterology, Diagnostic and Interventional Endoscopy.

Neurogastroenterology

Prof. Allescher for many years headed the project, which was implemented with the support of the German Research Foundation. The research was devoted to the cellular and molecular-biological basis of the nervous regulation of the gastrointestinal tract. Since 1995 till 2003, his research team was part of the Collaborative Research Centres SFB 391.

Endoscopy

Prof. Allescher carried out many clinical and fundamental researches in Interventional Endoscopy (Gastroscopy, ERCP, Endosonography), as well as in Functional Diagnostics of the Gastrointestinal Tract. He was one of the initiators of the LEADER II ENDOTEL "Endoscopy Teleservice" Project (funded by the Federal State of Bavaria, Bayern-On-line II) and headed the Working Group on Invasive Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Interventions (MITI) at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich.

Professional Medical Experience and Volunteer Activities

Prof. Allescher is a Scientific Member of several national and international specialized organizations. He was the European Representative on the Steering Committee of the International Motility Society, and in 2003 he was appointed as a Board Member of the German Society of Endoscopy and Imaging Techniques (DGEBV). In 2015, he was elected as the President of this society. In 2004, he became a Member of the Advisory Board of the Bavarian Society of Gastroenterology.

Prof. Allescher is the author of more than 200 scientific publications, co-author of numerous works on gastroenterology, as well as a publisher and co-publisher of several medical textbooks. He is a member of the editorial boards of many journals (Zeitschrift für Gastroenterologie, World J. of Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology, Endoskopie heute, Viszeralmedizin), as well as an active reviewer for more than 20 scientific journals. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of the organizations Deutschen Gastroliga and Kompetenzteams Magengesundheit.

The doctor has won numerous awards for his scientific and academic achievements, for example, the Prize in the field of Gastroenterology of the Bavarian Society of Internal Medicine.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM).
  • German Society for Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS).
  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).
  • European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE).
  • Association of German Internists (BDI).
  • German Cancer Society (DKG).
  • Working Group on Internal Oncology (AIO).
  • Working Group on Neurogastroenterology and Motility.
  • European Motility Society (EMS).
  • American Motility Society (AMS).
  • International Motility Group (IMG).
  • German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM).
  • German Society for Dysphagia (DGD).

Photo of the doctor: (с) Klinikum Garmisch-Partenkirchen 

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