Martha-Maria Hospital Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
8.9/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Internal Medicine and Pulmonology (286901)

Andreas Fertl

Dr. med.

Andreas Fertl

Specialized in: internal medicine, pulmonology

About the department

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the Department of Internal Medicine and Pulmonology at the Martha-Maria Hospital Munich ranks among the top German facilities specializing in lung cancer treatment! 

The department offers the full range of highly accurate diagnostics and effective treatment of respiratory diseases, as well as internal diseases. In the field of pulmonology, of particular interest is the provision of medical care to patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer and pulmonary hypertension. The scope of tasks of the specialists in internal medicine includes the detection and treatment of diseases of the liver, stomach and bowel, cardiovascular pathologies, metabolic disorders, as well as palliative care for cancer patients. The department is headed by Dr. med. Andreas Fertl.

The department has state-of-the-art technologies for functional diagnostics (for example, diagnostic endoscopy, including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), systems for removal of bile duct stones, implantation of stents, endosonography with puncture biopsy, abdominal ultrasound scanning, color duplex sonography, 24-hour ECG and blood pressure monitoring. The department also has a progressive Clinical Laboratory.

The priority focuses of the department include the treatment of lung cancer, which is considered one of the most common oncological diseases. To fight against this pathology, the doctors use adjuvant, neoadjuvant and palliative chemotherapy.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of such diseases:

  • Internal medicine
    • Liver disease
    • Stomach diseases
    • Bowel disease
    • Cardiological diseases
    • Metabolic disorders
  • Pulmonology
    • Benign respiratory diseases
      • Chronic lung diseases (such as asthma and COPD)
      • Infectious lung diseases (for example, pneumonia, tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacteria)
      • Interstitial lung diseases (for example, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and lung lesions due to autoimmune diseases)
      • Sarcoidosis
      • Pulmonary hypertension
      • Sleep disorders and hypoventilation syndrome
    • Malignant respiratory diseases
      • Lung cancer (for example, small cell and non-small cell lung cancer, as well as other endobronchial tumors)
      • Mediastinal tumors (for example, thymoma)
      • Malignant pleural diseases (for example, pleural mesothelioma)
      • Metastases of other tumors in the lungs
  • Other diseases and pathological conditions

The diagnostic and therapeutic service range of the department includes:

  • Functional diagnostics of the heart and lungs
    • Blood gas analysis
    • Spirometry
    • Body plethysmography
    • Diffusing capacity of the lungs test
    • Specific and nonspecific inhalation provocation tests
    • Respiratory muscle function assessment
    • 6-minute walk test
    • Spiroergometry
    • Ergometry
    • Long ECG and 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
    • Right heart catheterization, including vasoreactivity testing in pulmonary hypertension
  • Bronchoscopy
    • Rigid and flexible bronchoscopy with biopsy
    • Bronchoalveolar lavage
    • Endobronchial ultrasound
    • Diagnostics using a cryoprobe
    • Thulium laser treatment
    • Endoscopic hemostasis
    • Removal of a foreign body from the trachea and bronchi
    • Implantation of tracheal and bronchial stents
    • Bronchial thermoplasty for bronchial asthma
    • Endoscopic lung volume reduction in case of COPD
  • Interventional thoracoscopy
    • Pleurisy diagnostics
    • Pleural biopsy
    • Pleurodesis
  • Allergology
    • Prick tests and intracutaneous tests
    • Determination of IgE levels
    • Provocative inhalation tests
    • Hyposensitization (subcutaneous immunotherapy, sublingual immunotherapy)
    • Adaptive deactivation in the case of acetylsalicylic acid intolerance syndrome
  • Ultrasound diagnostics
    • Pleural puncture, ultrasound-guided biopsy of the lungs and lymph nodes
    • Ultrasound-guided placement of drainages and permanent pleural catheters (PleurX system)
    • Abdominal ultrasound scanning
    • Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography
    • Doppler scanning of blood vessels
  • Pulmonary oncology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of malignant tumors of the lungs, mediastinal organs and pleura
    • Treatment of metastases of other tumors in the lungs
    • Neoadjuvant, adjuvant and palliative chemotherapy
    • Preoperative functional diagnostics
    • Development of multimodal treatment regimens (surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy) at interdisciplinary tumor boards
  • Home mechanical ventilation
    • Polygraphy
    • Non-invasive CO2 measurement
    • Initiation and follow-up care of patients on invasive and non-invasive home mechanical ventilation
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

  • 1989 - 1996 Study of Medicine, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
  • 1995 - 1998 Thesis in Pulmonology, University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Degree of Candidate of Natural Sciences.
  • 1996 - 1997 Work in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich.
  • 1998 Work in the Department of Infectology, Central Hospital Gauting.
  • 1998 - 2000 Work in the Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital Ebersberg.
  • 2000 - 2012 Work in the Department of Pulmonology and Intensive Care at the Specialized Pulmonary Clinic Asklepios Munich-Gauting.
  • Since 2012 Chief Physician of the Department of Internal Medicine and Pulmonology at the Martha-Maria Hospital in Munich.

Main Areas of Specialization

  • Lung diseases.
  • Resuscitation measures.
  • Treatment of thoracic cancers.
  • Allergology.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • German Society of Pulmonology.
  • German Association of Physicians.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Diakoniewerk Martha-Maria e. V. 

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