RWTH University Hospital Aachen

Aachen, Germany

Diagnosis and conservative treatment of pneumonia (program ID: 105511)

Nikolaus Marx

Prof. Dr. med.

Nikolaus Marx

Department of Cardiology, Pneumology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Medicine

Specialized in: cardiology, internal medicine, pulmonology

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down


  • 1988-1994  Studium der Medizin in Mainz, Genf und Düsseldorf
  • 1994 3.  Staatsexamen der Medizin (Universität Düsseldorf)
  • 1994  Dissertation "Die Wachstumsregulation humaner Nierenkarzinomzelllinien-Untersuchungen zur mRNA-Expression von Protoonkogenen, p53, Wachstumsfaktoren und TNF" (Prof. Dr. med. C.-D. Gerharz; Institut für Pathologie, Mainz)
  • 1994/1995  1. und 2. Teil des Amerikanischen Staatsexamens (USMLE)

Beruflicher Werdegang

  • 12.1994-05.1996 Arzt im Praktikum 1. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik der Technischen Universität München; Klinikum rechts der Isar; Direktor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. A. Schömig
  • 06.1996-06.1997 Assistenzarzt Deutsches Herzzentrum und 1. Medizinische Klinik, Technische Universität München; Direktor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. A. Schömig
  • 07.1997-06.1999 Stipendiat der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft Wissenschaftliche Tätigkeit am Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, (Boston, MA, USA) bei Dr. Peter Libby und Dr. Jorge Plutzky
  • 08.1999 bis 08.2003 Assistenzarzt Klinik für Innere Medizin II; Universitätsklinikum Ulm; Direktor: Prof. Dr. med. V. Hombach
  • 06.2002 Habilitation im Fach Innere Medizin Thema: "Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors als Modulatoren der inflammatorischen Reaktion in der Atherogenese" Verleihung der Venia legendi für Innere Medizin
  • 08.2002 Facharzt für Innere Medizin
  • 08.2003 Erwerb der Teilgebietsbezeichung Kardiologie
  • 09.2003-09.2008 Oberarzt der Klinik für Innere Medizin II Universitätsklinikum Ulm
  • 02.2005 Erwerb der fakultativen Weiterbildung Spezielle Internistische Intensivmedizin
  • 04.2005 Ernennung zum außerplanmässigen Professor
  • 03.2006 Erwerb der Fachkunde im Strahlenschutz
  • 2007 Ruf auf einen Lehrstuhl als Professor of Cardiovascular Biology, St. George's University of London, UK; abgelehnt
  • 10.2008-11.2009 Leitender Oberarzt der Klinik für Innere Medizin II Universitätsklinikum Ulm
  • 07.2009 Ruf auf die W3-Universitätsprofessur Innere Medizin / Kardiologie der RWTH Aachen
  • 11.2009 Ruf auf die W3-Professur für Kardiologie und Angiologie der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (abgelehnt)
  • Seit 11.2009 W3-Universitätsprofessur Innere Medizin / Kardiologie der RWTH Aachen, Direktor der Medizinischen Klinik I


  • 1997-1999 Forschungsstipendium der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • 1999 Servier Young Investigators' Poster Award 1999 at the First European Meeting on Vascular Biology and Medicine
  • 1999 Forschungspreis 1999 der Deutschen Stiftung für Herzforschung
  • 2000 W. H. Hauss -Preis 2000 der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Arterioskleroseforschung
  • 2000 Finalist of the Young Investigator Award Competition on Thrombosis
  • 2000 at the XXII. Congress of the European Society of Cardiology
  • 2000 Förderpreis 2000 der Stiftung "Der Herzkranke Diabetiker"
  • 2002 Posterpreis der Deutschen Diabetes Gesellschaft
  • 2002 Winner of the Poster Award Competition in Epidemiological Science. 75th Meeting of the American Heart Association 2002, Chicago, USA
  • 2004 Morgagni Young Investigator Award
  • 2004 Merckle-Forschungspreis
  • 2005 Rising Star Lecture 2005 of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)
  • 2009 Lehrbonus der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität Ulm
  • 2010 Paul-Morawitz-Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie
About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The Department of Cardiology, Peneumology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Medicine (Medical Department I) of the University Hospital Aachen under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Nikolaus Marx has been a well-known national and international center for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases for more than three decades. In addition to the normal care units for the patients with cardiovascular and lung diseases, the Medical Department I also has an intensive care unit with 12 beds, the conservative intermediate care unit and the “Chest Pain Unit”(CPU) within the emergency department, where the patients with unclear heart or chest pains can be treated acutely 24/7. 

The special offers of the provided services in the Department of Cardiology, Peneumology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Medicine are non-invasive diagnostic methods, such as 3D-echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging of the heart. The patients with heart and kidney diseases are treated in the newly established Heart-Kidney-Unit. This unit includes 32 beds, which belong to the Department of Cardiology, Peneumology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Medicine together with the department for kidney diseases (Medical Department II for kidney diseases and hypertension, rheumatologic and immunologic diseases). Thus, this new unit is a place, where the specialists of both departments provide care to the patients with heart and kidney diseases. Due to this approach, a particular attention is paid to the sparing treatment of kidneys in the cardiologic patients with kidney diseases. Consequently, the patients with kidney diseases and heart problems recover better and quicker. 

Along with cardiology, one more focus of the Medical Department I at the University Hospital Aachen for already few years has been pneumology.

The clinical focuses of the Department of Cardiology, Peneumology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Medicine (Medical Department I) of the University Hospital Aachen under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Nikolaus Marx:

  • Interventional cardiology
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Internal intensive care
  • Electrophysiology
  • Angiologic diagnosis
  • Heart failure and heart transplant outpatient department
  • Adults with congenital heart diseases (CHD)
  • Adults with acquired  heart diseases 
  • Counseling on lipid metabolism
  • Pneumology Unit 

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
    • TSH-basal
    • blood gas analysis
  • chest x-ray examination
  • bronchography
  • collected three sputum samples
  • pulmonary function test
  • bronchoscopy with biopsy
  • histological and microbiological examination
  • bronchial lavage
  • measurement of arterial blood pressure
  • electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • echocardiography (ECHO)
  • high-resolution computed tomography (HR-CT)
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bedded room 
  • explanation of future recommendations
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The University Hospital Aachen is a so-called hospital of the university maximum care. With its 34 clinics, 25 institutes and five multidisciplinary units covers the University Hospital Aachen not only the entire spectrum of medicine, but also it offers a patient- oriented medical care and nursing, medical education and research of international level. In the current ranking of the magazine FOCUS took the University Hospital Aachen among 2000 hospitals in Germany with number 15 a peak position. That patient care, medical education and research are located in a central building provides the advantage for an intensive interdisciplinary exchange and a close networking between clinics and scientific research. In this way it promotes a better understanding of disease, enables the progress in diagnosis and treatment for decades, thereby its innovations are of national importance.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

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Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

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Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.