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Hannover Medical School (MHH)

location_on Hannover, Germany
9.8/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Psychosomatics (390080)

Martina de Zwaan

Prof. Dr. med.

Martina de Zwaan

Specialized in: adult and pediatric psychosomatics

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Psychosomatics at the Hannover Medical School offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services in these medical focuses. A competent multidisciplinary team consisting of doctors, psychologists, specially trained nursing personnel, professional therapists and social workers takes care of the patients' health. Treatment is based on intensive and differentiated psychotherapy, which is conducted in accordance with current recommendations. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Martina de Zwaan.

The most common psychosomatic diseases include mental illnesses, such as eating disorders, somatoform disorders, pain disorders, the consequences of psychological trauma, personality disorders, the so-called behavioral addiction (for example, shopaholism), anxiety disorders, depression, as well as the consequences of psychological disorders and concomitant pathologies that have developed due to chronic diseases (for example, cancer, cardiovascular, gynecological diseases, tinnitus, diabetes, obesity).

Moreover, the specialists of the department have to deal with the elimination of the psychological consequences of physical diseases, for example, psychological support in cancers. In this case, the main goal is to improve the patient's quality of life.

The key to successful treatment outcomes demonstrated by the department is an individual approach to each patient and a comprehensive, targeted treatment that takes into account all the peculiarities of each individual case.

It should be noted that the department specializes in providing competent psycho-oncological care, as well as psychological support for patients who require organ transplantation. Within the framework of gynecological psychosomatics, it provides support for women with conception problems, complications during pregnancy (for example, severe toxicosis, premature birth, diagnosis of severe diseases of the baby in the womb), after childbirth (for example, postpartum depression) or baby's loss (for example, miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion or perinatal death of a child), etc.

Curriculum vitae

  • 1986 Doctor’s Degree, University of Vienna.
  • 1986 - 1994 Further education, Medical Specialist in Psychiatry and Neurology, Vienna.
  • 1990 - 1991 Scientific Scholarship in the field of nutrition disorders, Medical School of the University of Minnesota (Schrödinger Scholarship).
  • 1987 - 1993 Further education in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (Austrian Society of Behavioral Therapy).
  • 06.29.1995 Venia Legendi, Psychiatry, University of Vienna, subject: eating disorders.

Professional Career

  • 1994 - 1995 Senior Physician, Department of Psychosomatics, Bad Bramstedt Hospital.
  • 1995 - 2003 Senior Physician of the Department of Psychiatry at the University Hospital Vienna.
  • 2001 - 2002 Visiting Professor: Section of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine and Health, Fargo, ND.
  • 2003 - 2011 Head of the Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg.
  • Since 01.10.2011 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Psychosomatics at the Hannover Medical School.

Membership in Societies

  • Founder Member and till 01.06.2012 President of the German Society for Eating Disorders (DGESS).
  • Vice President of the German Obesity Society (DAG).
  • Vice President of the German Society of Behavioral Medicine (DGVM).

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

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