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Academic Hospital Schlosspark Berlin

location_on Berlin, Germany
9.7/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Oncology, Diabetology and Cardiology (278867)

Richard Stern

Dr. med.

Richard Stern

Specialized in: gastroenterology, hepatology, oncology, diabetology, cardiology

About the department

The Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Oncology, Diabetology and Cardiology at the Academic Hospital Schlosspark Berlin provides the full range of modern diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the area of its specialization. The specialists are focused on patients with benign and malignant diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, metabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases. Emergency care in urgent clinical cases is provided around the clock. Depending on the complexity of the disease, the specialists provide treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. The department's doctors are distinguished by rich and successful experience, due to which they provide highly competent individualized medical care to each patient. The Chief Physician of the department is Dr. med. Richard Stern.

Gastroenterology is represented by a highly professional team of doctors who are involved in the diagnostics and treatment of esophageal, stomach, gallbladder and bile duct diseases, as well as pancreatic diseases. In total, the department annually performs about 3,000 endoscopic procedures and more than 5,000 ultrasound scans.

It is worth noting that the department's doctors regularly demonstrate excellent results in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancer. The department holds weekly interdisciplinary tumor boards, during which gastroenterologists, oncologists, radiologists, radiation therapists and surgeons cooperatively examine the clinical case of each patient, developing the most effective treatment tactics.

In addition, the department's medical team has exceptional experience in the treatment of liver diseases (the health facility is part of the German Liver Foundation, Deutsche Leberstiftung).

The department also carries out diagnostics and treatment of type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus. The department offers special courses on lifestyle modification due to diabetes mellitus, self-control of blood glucose levels and many other aspects related to this pathology. The course programs are developed in accordance with the recommendations of the German Diabetes Society, which guarantees their high effectiveness.

An integral part of the department's clinical practice is cardiology. The cardiologists annually treat about 2,500 inpatients with cardiovascular diseases. In addition, the Chest Pain Unit admits over 2,500 outpatients annually. The most common pathologies in this field include coronary heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmia, heart valve insufficiency and arterial hypertension.

The key focuses of the department's work include:

  • Gastroenterology
    • High-resolution video endoscopy of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum and colon, including endoscopic procedures (bougienage, stenting, endoscopic treatment of Zenker's diverticulum, hemostasis, polyp removal, ablation, endoscopic mucosal resection)
    • Interventions on the biliary tract with endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (endoscopic stone removal, stenting, correction of stenoses caused by tumors)
    • Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (in collaboration with the Department of Interventional Radiology)
    • Endosonography using radial and linear endoscopes (from endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography to the assessment of the size of neoplasms)
    • Ultrasound-guided biopsy
    • Ultrasound-guided puncture and drainage of cysts
    • MR cholangiography for biliary tract imaging
    • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound examinations and elastography of the abdominal cavity and thyroid gland
    • Functional esophageal diagnostics
      • pH-metry
      • Diagnostics using BRAVO capsule in case of gastroesophageal reflux disease
      • Manometry in case of esophageal transport disorders
      • Hydrogen breath test in suspected intolerance to lactose and fructose, as well as in case of bacterial overgrowth syndrome
  • Oncology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers
  • Hepatology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of liver diseases
  • Diabetology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of types 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Cardiology
    • Non-invasive diagnostics
      • Functional diagnostics
        • Rest and stress ECG
        • 24-hour ECG
        • 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
        • Spiroergometry
        • Obstructive sleep apnea screening
      • Imaging diagnostics
        • Echocardiography (classic, transesophageal and stress echocardiography with dynamic physical and pharmacological load)
        • Cardiac CT and MRI (in collaboration with the Department of Diagnostic Radiology)
    • Invasive diagnostics and therapy
      • Diagnostic procedures
        • Fractional flow reserve measurement
        • Intravascular ultrasound scanning
      • Therapeutic procedures
        • Event recorder implantation
        • Pacemaker implantation
        • Defibrillator implantation
    • Catheter-assisted procedures
      • Percutaneous coronary intervention (balloon dilatation and stent implantation)
      • Repeated restoration of vascular patency in case of chronic occlusions with the use of ante- and retrograde recanalization
      • Emergency medical care in acute coronary syndrome (around the clock)
    • Treatment of heart rhythm disorders
      • Pacemaker implantation
      • Defibrillator implantation
      • Cardiac resynchronization therapy for patients with advanced chronic heart failure
      • Event recorder implantation (to determine the causes of syncope of unclear origin, diagnostics of atrial fibrillation)
    • Treatment of structural heart diseases
      • Closure of the open foramen ovale using catheter-assisted techniques
      • Preliminary diagnostics and clarification of indications for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (the procedure is carried out within specialized partner clinics)
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Education

  • 1977 - 1984 Study of Human Medicine at the Free University of Berlin.
  • 1981 - 1984 Experimental thesis at the Institute for Toxicology and Embryonic Pharmacology (under the guidance of Prof. Merker).

Professional Career

  • 1985 - 1989 Assistant Physician, Berlin Jewish Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.
  • 1989 - 1996 Assistant Physician, Charite University Hospital Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Department of Cardiology and Pulmonology.
  • 1993 Board certification in Internal Medicine.
  • 1996 Board certification in Cardiology.
  • 1996 - 1997 Senior Physician at the Martin Luther King Hospital, Internal Medicine, Berlin.
  • 1997 - 2005 Deputy Head and Leading Senior Physician of the Department of Cardiology and Intensive Care at the Vivantes Am Urban Hospital and the Vivantes Hospital Friedrichshain, Berlin.
  • 2005 - 2012 Medical Director of the Heart Failure Center at the Berlin Jewish Hospital.
  • Since 2013 Chief Physician of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Oncology, Diabetology and Cardiology at the Academic Hospital Schlosspark Berlin.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • German Society of Cardiology, Working Group on Heart Failure.
  • Board of Trustees of the Men's Health Foundation.
  • Berlin Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Schlosspark-Klinik GmbH 

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