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University Hospital Essen

location_on Essen, Germany
9.6/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation (290006)

Dietrich W. Beelen

Prof. Dr. med.

Dietrich W. Beelen

Specialized in: bone marrow transplantation

About the department

The Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University Hospital Essen offers the full range of treatment for malignant and benign hematological diseases, diseases of the bone marrow and the lymphatic system. The department specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, malignant lymphomas, multiple myeloma and aplastic syndrome. The department is the largest specialized center for allogeneic stem cell transplantation from related and unrelated donors in Europe. The Chief Physician of the department is a leading hematologist and oncologist, Prof. Dr. med. Dietrich W. Beelen.

The Chief Physician of the department, Prof. Beelen, made a significant contribution to the development of allogeneic stem cell transplantation. In particular, he developed new, sparing methods for elderly patients in whom hematopoietic and lymphatic diseases are more common than in other age groups. In addition, the professor is also actively developing modified stem cell drugs for allogeneic transplantation in patients in the absence of tissue compatibility with the donor, as well as innovative cellular therapeutic drugs.

The department specializes in allogeneic stem cell transplantations for malignant and benign hematological systemic diseases. The specialists’ tasks also include the transplantation of the patient’s own hematopoietic stem cells after myeloablative or previous chemoradiation therapy of reduced intensity. The department has special competence in the field of allogeneic stem cell transplantation from a related donor with partial tissue compatibility or from an unrelated donor.

In addition, the department has at its disposal the specialized center for the production of stem cell drugs from the bone marrow and blood, which has at its command all the methods of collecting, preparing and storing hematopoietic stem cells. The department also operates the Transplant Coordination Center, which is responsible for optimizing the organizational processes associated with stem cell transplantation. Thus, thanks to the use of innovative medical technologies and the expertise of the medical staff, the department provides top-class medical services for stem cells transplantation.

The department’s range of medical services includes:

  • Allogeneic and autologous stem cell transplantation in the treatment of malignant and benign hematological systemic diseases:
    • Bone marrow cancer
    • Non-Hodgkin diffuse lymphoma
    • Diseases of the bone marrow with impaired hematopoietic function (myelodysplastic syndrome)
    • Blood cancer
    • And other diseases
  • Monitoring and management of patients after stem cell transplantation
  • Preparation of stem cell drugs from bone marrow and blood (specialized functional section)
  • Transplant Coordination Center
  • And other diagnostic and therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

Current position

  • Since 2002 Head of the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University Hospital Essen.

Prizes and Awards

  • Numerous awards for achievements in the field of bone marrow transplantation.
  • 2014 Karl Heinrich Bauer Medal for special services in the field of bone marrow transplantation.

Research Focuses

  • Studies on the optimization of treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.
  • Development and trials of new methods in conditioning therapy (including new cytostatics, radioimmunotherapy, helical tomotherapy).
  • Allogeneic stem cell transplants in older patients.
  • Allogeneic stem cell transplants with partially identical donors.
  • Optimization of donor selection.
  • Methods of transplant modification.
  • Adoptive cell therapy following allogeneic stem cell transplants.
  • Importance of molecular polymorphisms of congenital and acquired immunity in allogeneic stem cell transplants.
  • Detection and therapy of molecular residual disease following allogeneic stem cell transplants.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsklinikum Essen 

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