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Hannover Medical School (MHH)

location_on Hannover, Germany
9.8/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Pediatric Nephrology, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Endocrinology and Treatment of Metabolic Disorders (390077)

Dieter Haffner

Prof. Dr. med.

Dieter Haffner

Specialized in: pediatric nephrology, hepatology, gastroenterology, neurology, endocrinology, ,metabolic disorders

About the department

The Department of Pediatric Nephrology, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Endocrinology and Treatment of Metabolic Disorders at the Hannover Medical School offers the full range of services in these medical fields. The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of all diseases of the kidneys, endocrine glands, gastrointestinal tract, liver, metabolic disorders, neurological diseases in children and adolescents. Of particular interest is the interdisciplinary treatment and research of complex diseases, kidney and liver transplantation. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dieter Haffner.

The department has at its disposal 30 beds. It treats more than 1,600 inpatients and 10,000 outpatients every year. In addition, it performs 20 kidney transplants and 30 liver transplants every year. An interdisciplinary team consisting of 17 highly qualified doctors takes care of the health of young patients.

The range of medical services of the department includes:

  • Pediatric nephrology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of acute and chronic kidney diseases
    • Treatment of children and adolescents with urinary tract malformations or kidney malformations (in cooperation with the Department of Pediatric Surgery)
    • Diagnostics and treatment of children and adolescents with excretion of blood or protein in the urine
    • Diagnostics and treatment of water-electrolyte imbalance
    • Diagnostics and conservative treatment of kidney calcification and kidney stones
    • Ambulatory infusion therapy for kidney diseases and after kidney transplantation
    • Sonography and ultrasound duplex scanning of the kidneys and kidney vessels
    • Diagnostics and drug treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) in patients with kidney diseases
    • Prevention of complications in chronic kidney diseases, including growth hormone therapy
    • Outpatient care before dialysis
    • Preparation and monitoring of any dialysis procedure with a special focus on home dialysis in the form of ambulatory peritoneal dialysis or home hemodialysis
    • Preparation for kidney transplantation
    • Kidney transplantation
    • Follow-up of the patient after kidney transplantation
    • Counseling of patients who need peritoneal dialysis
    • Counseling of patients who need home dialysis
    • Counseling and formation of dialysis access (a catheter for peritoneal dialysis, a dialysis shunt or a permanent dialysis catheter)
    • Counseling on the formation of a vascular shunt, including sonography-guided, and patient care after its creation
    • Other diagnostic and therapeutic services
  • Pediatric endocrinology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, pituitary gland and adrenal glands
    • Diagnostics and treatment of puberty disorders
    • Diagnostics and treatment of growth disorders (especially after organ transplantation and appropriate medication and in chronic diseases)
    • Diagnostics and treatment of endocrine disorders after kidney, liver, heart and lung, bone marrow transplantation
    • Interdisciplinary treatment of severe clinical cases
    • Other services
  • Pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the stomach, intestines, pancreas and liver
    • Liver transplantation and combined liver/kidney/lung /pancreas transplantation
    • Gastroscopy, duodenoscopy and colonoscopy
    • Liver biopsy and endoscopic placement of percutaneous gastrostomy
    • Other methods of diagnosis and treatment
  • Pediatric metabolic disorders
    • Diagnostics and treatment of all congenital metabolic diseases (protein, carbohydrate, fat metabolism disorders)
    • Treatment of metabolic disorders with the help of various diets (for example, low-protein, low-fat, carbohydrate-rich diet)
    • Drug therapy
    • Substrate reduction therapy
    • Other treatments
  • Neuropediatrics
    • Diagnostics and treatment of epilepsy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of neuromuscular diseases in children
    • Diagnostics and treatment of infantile cerebral palsy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of motor disorders in children (for example, ataxia, dystonia, chorea)
    • Diagnostics and treatment of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases of the nervous system (for example, meningitis, encephalitis, optic neuritis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, etc.)
    • Diagnostics and treatment of congenital malformations of the nervous system in children (for example, spina bifida, hydrocephalus)
    • Diagnostics and treatment of headaches in children
    • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Haffner is the Managing Director of the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Hannover Medical School. After studying medicine at the Ruprecht Karls Heidelberg University for 2 years he was a fellow of the German Research Society in the Research Group "Experimental studies of the kidneys and blood circulation" at the Ruprecht Karls Heidelberg University. This contributed to the formation of his research activities in the field of growth disorders and bone metabolism in children with chronic kidney disease. In Heidelberg and London, he received his education in the field of pediatric and adolescent medicine, pediatric nephrology, neonatology. In 2000, the professor defended his doctoral thesis at the Ruprecht Karls Heidelberg University. Subject: "Pathophysiology, elimination kinetics and long-term effects of growth hormone in children with kidney hypoplasia." Since 2000, he was a Senior Physician in the Department of Pediatrics (the main focus – nephrology) at the Charite Hospital in Berlin. In 2005, he headed the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Rostock. Since 2006, Prof. Haffner has been the Head of the Department of Pediatric Nephrology, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Endocrinology and Treatment of Metabolic Disorders and the Head of the KfH Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Nephrology at the Hannover Medical School. In addition to his duties in the clinic, research and teaching activities, he is also a Representative of the Center for Congenital Kidney Diseases, a Board Member of the Center for Research and Treatment in Transplantation (IB-Tx) at the Hanover Medical School and the Head of the Working Groups "Chronic kidney diseases – mineral and bone metabolism disorders" (CKDS-MBD), the European Society of Pediatric Nephrology and Lupus Nephritis and the German Society of Pediatric Nephrology. The professor is a co-editor of the journal "Pediatric Nephrology" and a Board Member of the European Society of Pediatric Nephrology, as well as of the International Society of Pediatric Nephrology. The main scientific interest of Dieter Haffner is the identification of pathophysiological foundations and the further development of therapy for acute and chronic kidney diseases, especially with regard to their influence on growth, bone metabolism, and the state of the cardiovascular system. His goal is to improve the treatment of children suffering from kidney diseases by introducing the results of basic research into clinical practice.

Main Scientific Interests

  • Pathophysiology and treatment (dialysis / transplantation) of chronic renal failure in children:
    • Renal osteodystrophy
    • Disorders of bone longitudinal growth and state of the epiphyseal cartilage
    • Uremic vasculopathy/cardiomyopathy (endothelial dysfunction and ectopic calcification)
  • Autosomal recessive kidney scleropolyakistosis
    • Cell proliferation and apoptosis
    • Inhibition of mTOR in the animal model (treatment with Rapamune)
  • X-chromosomal dominant hypophosphatemic rickets
    • Growth disorder (anthropometry/pathophysiology)
    • rhGH and Cinacalcet therapy
  • Treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus

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

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