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Hannover Medical School (MHH)

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Department of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation in Children (253179)

Christian Kratz

Prof. Dr. med.

Christian Kratz

Specialized in: pediatric hematology, oncology, stem cell transplantation in children

About the Department of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation in Children at Hannover Medical School (MHH)

The Department of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation in Children at the Hannover Medical School specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the full range of solid malignant tumors and various types of blood cancers. In addition to the treatment of oncopathologies in childhood, the medical facility also performs all types of stem cell transplantation in young patients. A distinctive feature of the department is the combination of clinical activities with medical research, due to which it uses the advanced treatment methods for all oncological and hematological diseases in childhood. A multidisciplinary team of highly qualified physicians, including pediatric oncologists, hematologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pediatric psychologists, and experienced nursing staff takes care of the children's health. The department's doctors are guided by the recommendations of the German Society for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (GPOH) in their work. The medical complex is one of the leading pediatric centers of this kind in Germany, and provides effective treatment of diseases of any severity. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Christian Kratz.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of all types of solid malignant tumors in children and adolescents. The most common pathologies in this field include sarcomas, liver cancer, thyroid cancer, neurinomas, nephroblastomas, malignant abdominal tumors, neuroblastomas, retinoblastomas and other tumors. To make an accurate diagnosis, a number of examinations are carried out, including laboratory tests, functional and imaging tests. The department has diagnsotic room with modern equipment for examining children. Based on the particular diagnosis, the stage of cancer, the age of the child, his general health condition and other factors, the interdisciplinary tumor board develops the optimal treatment regimen. As a rule, the doctors combine several therapeutic techniques: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, stem cell transplantation and others. Psychologists are often involved in the therapeutic process, because after detection of cancer, both child and his parents experience an emotional shock, which can be difficult to cope with without professional psychological assistance.

The team of hematologists of the pediatric department treats benign and malignant pathologies of the hematopoietic system. These include leukemias, lymphomas, myelodysplastic disorders, blood clotting disorders, abnormalities of erythrocytes, platelets, granulocytes and lymphocytes, anemia, thrombocytopenia, etc., which occur in childhood and adolescence. The treatment of benign hematopoietic diseases is usually based on the use of classical and innovative drugs, including vitamin complexes. In the case of blood cancer, pediatric hematologists use more radical measures – chemotherapy and/or stem cell transplantation.

It is worth noting that the department is the only center in Lower Saxony specializing in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in children and adolescents. The department's stem cell transplant team has an impressive clinical experience and achieves excellent success rates when performing the therapeutic procedure. In addition to conventional transplants, doctors also use cord blood and perform transplantations from haploidentical donors.

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of cancers in children
    • Malignant tumors of bones and articular cartilage of the extremities
    • Malignant brain tumors
    • Malignant tumors of connecting and soft tissues
    • Malignant tumors of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system
    • Malignant tumors of the liver and other abdominal organs
    • Malignant eye tumors (retinoblastoma)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of hematological diseases in children
    • Myeloid leukemia
    • Lymphatic leukemia
    • Non-follicular lymphoma
    • Blood coagulation disorders
    • Structural pathology of erythrocytes, platelets, granulocytes and lymphocytes
    • Anemia
    • Thrombocytopenia
  • Diagnostics and treatment of other cancers and hematological diseases in children of all age groups

The department's therapeutic options include:

  • Drug therapy
  • Surgical resection of solid tumors (in collaboration with pediatric surgeons)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Stem cell transplantation
  • Other treatment methods

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Christian Kratz

Higher Education and Postgraduate Training

  • Study of Human Medicine at Universities of Bochum, Duesseldorf and Johannesburg.
  • Professional training in Pediatrics at the University Hospital Duesseldorf.
  • 1999 Dr. Mildred Scheel Foundation Scholarship for the implementation of a two-year research project on leukemia at the University of California in San Francisco.
  • 15.03.2012 W3 Professor in Pediatric Oncology and Hematology.
  • 22.12.2005 Habilitation and Venia Legendi.

Professional Career

  • Since 2012 Chief Physician of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Hannover Medical School.
  • 2009 - 2012 Research Fellow in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA.
  • 2008 - 2009 Head of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Wellington Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • 2008 Invitation to the position of University Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, declined in 2009.
  • 2007 Specialization in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.
  • 2005 Five-month scientific internship at the University of California, San Francisco (Scholarship of the Heinrich Kircher Foundation).
  • 2005 - 2008 Senior Physician in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (specialization: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology) at the University Hospital Freiburg.
  • 2002 Board certification in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
  • 1999 - 2000 Scientific internship in the Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco (Scholarship of the Mildred Scheel Foundation).
  • 2001 - 2002 Research Fellow in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (specialization: Pediatric Oncology and Hematology) at the University Hospital Duesseldorf.
  • 1998 - 1999 Research Fellow in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (specialization: Pediatric Oncology and Hematology) at the University Hospital Duesseldorf.
  • 1998 Admission to medical practice.
  • 1997 - 1998 Trainee Doctor in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Duesseldorf.

Activities in Professional Organizations and Societies

  • Chairman of Section II of the Senate of the Hannover Medical School.
  • Editor of "Clinical Pediatrics".
  • Head of the Working Group on Genetic Predisposition to Cancer in the German Society for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (​GPOH).
  • Head of the Register of Fanconi anemia of the German Society for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (​GPOH).
  • Co-Head of the Register of the Predisposition to Cancer of the German Society for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (​GPOH).
  • Head of the Working Group on the Genome of the European Society for Paediatric Oncology.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the German Childhood Cancer Foundation.
  • Member of the Medical Advisory Board and Representative of the German Department of the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association.

Awards, Prizes and Honors

  • 2010 Nih-Bench-to-Bedside Award.
  • 2005 Kind Philippe Scientific Prize for research work in the field of pediatric oncology.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH)

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