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Charite University Hospital Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology (26107)

Thorsten Schlomm

Prof. Dr. med.

Thorsten Schlomm

Specialized in: adult and pediatric urology

About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology at the Charite University Hospital Berlin ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in prostate cancer treatment!

The department offers all types of modern diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with urologic diseases. Of particular interest is the treatment of urogenital tumors in men and urogynecological diseases. The department also specializes in kidney transplantation, which is carried out within the specialized center. This center is the largest in Germany and Europe and annually demonstrates high treatment success rates. In addition, the department's competence covers the treatment of urological problems in boys of all age groups. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Thorsten Schlomm.

The department's doctors have a perfect command of all conservative and surgical treatment methods of urological cancer pathologies, benign prostatic hyperplasia, penile and testicular diseases, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence in men and women, hormonal disorders and infertility in men. In the field of pediatric urology, the department treats all malformations of the urogenital system in boys, for example, phimosis, cryptorchidism, etc.

It is worth noting that the department has a reputation of the leading Laparoscopic Urological Center. A large number of operations are performed using laparoscopic techniques (for example, nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, ureteral interventions, and others). However, some clinical cases require classic open surgeries and the department's surgeon can also perform them very well. In addition, the department's technical base and the professionalism of doctors allow them to achieve outstanding results even in particularly complex cases.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of prostate cancer
    • Diagnostics
      • Ultrasound-, MRI-guided biopsy (puncture, fusion biopsy)
      • 3T MRI (in collaboration with the Department of Radiology)
      • PSMA-PET (in collaboration with the Department of Nuclear Medicine)
    • Therapy
      • Open interventions on the prostate gland
      • Robotic interventions (da Vinci) on the prostate gland
      • High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
      • Irreversible electroporation
      • Drug treatment
      • Radiation therapy (intensity-modulated radiation therapy, irradiation of metastases)
      • Diagnostics and treatment of bladder cancer
    • Diagnostics
      • Fluorescent cystoscopy (Hexvix®)
      • 3Tl MRI of the bladder; CT/MR urography with 3D reconstruction for the assessment of the upper urinary tract condition (in collaboration with the Department of Radiology)
      • High resolution transrectal/transvaginal ultrasound examination
      • Imaging examinations (in collaboration with the Departments of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine): CT, MRI, skeletal scintigraphy
    • Therapy
      • Surgical treatment
        • Transurethral resection (Hexvix®)
        • Partial resection with bladder preservation in appropriate indications (open and robotic operations)
        • Total bladder removal with ileal reconstruction (radical cystectomy; open and robotic surgeries)
        • Total bladder removal followed by reconstruction (open and robotic surgeries)
        • Ureteroscopy (URS) and local laser therapy or local resection of renal pelvis tumors through percutaneous access (with the preservation of kidneys and ureters)
        • Nephroureterectomy with bladder cuff excision (open, robotic and laparoscopic surgery)
      • Drug therapy
        • Chemotherapy (neo/adjuvant chemotherapy) before and after surgery
        • Immunotherapy
  • Diagnostics and treatment of kidney cancer
    • Diagnostics
      • CT, MRI (in collaboration with the Department of Radiology )
      • Ultrasound-, CT- guided biopsy 
    • Therapy
      • Partial kidney resection (open, robotic and laparoscopic surgeries)
      • Total kidney removal (open, robotic and laparoscopic surgeries)
      • Metastasis surgery 
      • Radiofrequency ablation
      • Drug treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of testicular cancer
    • Diagnostics
      • Cryopreservation
      • Imaging examinations (in collaboration with the Departments of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine)
    • Therapy
      • Removal of testicular tumors (orchiectomy), if necessary with lymph node removal
      • Residual tumor resection in metastases after chemotherapy completion
      • Testicular prosthetic surgery
      • Drug treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of penile cancer
    • Tumor removal (partial penile amputation)
    • Total penile amputation (penectomy)
    • Removal of inguinal and pelvic lymph nodes (open and laparoscopic techniques)
    • Drug treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of urogynecological tumors 
    • Diagnostics
      • Ultrasound examinations
      • Cystoscopy
      • Rectoscopy
      • Ureterorenoscopy
      • X-ray 
    • Therapy
      • Tumor removal with the subsequent reconstruction of the urethra, bladder or ureter with the preservation of fertility
      • Drug treatment
  • Kidney transplantation
    • Interdisciplinary diagnostics as part of a special kidney transplantation program
    • Preparation of patient for the transplantation (in collaboration with the Department of Nephrology)
    • Kidney transplantation surgeries and kidney donation
  • Diagnostics and treatment of kidney stones
    • Diagnostics
      • Native, low-dose CT (in collaboration with the Department of Radiology)
    • Therapy
      • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy with continuous stone positioning (real-time tracking) or using X-ray
      • Flexible and rigid ureteroscopy
      • Percutaneous nephrolitholapaxy (including mini and ultra mini technique)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia
    • Transurethral resection of the prostate
    • Laser vaporization using Greenlight laser
    • Prostate embolization (in collaboration with the Department of Radiology)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of erectile dysfunction (impotence)
    • Penile prosthetic surgery
    • Drug treatment
    • Vacuum therapy
  • Diagnostics and treatment of urinary incontinence in men
    • Sling procedures (Advance Band)
    • Artificial sphincter implantation (AMS, VICTOR)
    • Drug treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of urinary incontinence in women
    • Diagnostics
      • Ultrasound examinations
      • Cystoscopy
      • X-ray 
      • Urodynamic testing
    • Therapy
      • Sling procedures (TVT, TVTO)
      • Colposuspension (abdominal, laparoscopic, vaginal)
      • Artificial sphincter implantation (AMS)
      • Injection of bulking agents
      • Botox injections
      • Sacral neuromodulation
      • Reconstructive interventions after cancer (for example, artificial bladder formation from segments of the small intestine)
      • Surgical repair of fistulas
      • Drug treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of pelvic diseases in women
    • Diagnostics
      • Ultrasound examinations
      • Cystoscopy
      • Rectoscopy
      • Ureterorenoscopy 
      • X-ray 
      • Colposcopy
      • Urodynamic testing
    • Therapy
      • Sacropexy (minimally invasive vaginal or laparoscopic, abdominal)
      • Cystocele correction
      • Enterocele correction
      • Rectocele correction
      • Pelvic prolapse correction
      • Treatment of bladder emptying disorders
      • Treatment of defecation disorders
      • Pelvic floor reconstruction after oncological interventions with sexual function preservation
      • Hysterectomy
      • Myomectomy
      • Drug treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of urogenital endometriosis
    • Diagnostics
      • Ultrasound examinations
      • Cystoscopy
      • Rectoscopy
      • Ureterorenoscopy
      • X-ray 
    • Therapy
      • Sanitation with fertility preservation (removal of endometriosis followed by reconstruction of the bladder and ureters)
      • Drug treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of urogynecological fistulas
    • Diagnostics
      • Ultrasound examinations
      • Cystoscopy
      • Rectoscopy
      • Ureterorenoscopy
      • X-ray 
    • Therapy
      • Minimally invasive fistula surgery
      • Fistula treatment using flap surgery
      • Stent implantation
      • Drug therapy
  • Medical care for couples with sexual problems
  • Diagnostics and treatment of chronic pelvic pain
    • Diagnostics
      • Ultrasound examinations
      • Cystoscopy
      • Ureterorenoscopy
      • X-ray 
      • Urodynamic testing
    • Therapy
      • Scar revision
      • Augmentation plastic surgery
      • Imposition of a special mesh with subsequent reconstruction of the urethra, bladder or ureter
      • Fistula surgery
  • Diagnostics and treatment of urological diseases in children
    • Vesicoureteral reflux
    • Preparation and performance of kidney transplantation, including kidney donation
    • Functional disorders of bladder emptying
    • Neurogenic disorders of bladder emptying
    • Disorders of urodynamics in the urinary tracts
    • Urethral malformations
    • Diseases of the external reproductive organs
    • Disorders of sexual differentiation
    • Urinary tract stones
    • Prenatal care in urological diseases
    • Medical care for adults with congenital and acquired urological diseases in childhood
  • Other urological diseases, other diagnostic and treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

Education and Professional Career

  • Study of Human Medicine and Doctorate in Göttingen and Denver (USA), specialist training in Urology at the University Hospitals of Göttingen and Hamburg.
  • 2003 - 2007 Assistant Physician, Department of Urology at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf with clinical and scientific focus on the diagnostics and therapy of prostate cancer.
  • 2007 - 2018 Senior Physician at the Martini Clinic, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf.
  • 2007 - 2018 Center Coordinator of the Martini Clinic for the German Cancer Society/OnkoZert (certified Prostate Cancer Center).
  • 2009 Habilitation in Urology on the subject: "High throughput clinical validation of predictive and therapeutic biomarkers in prostate cancer using the tissue microarray (TMA) technique".
  • 2010 - 2018 Scientific Director of the Martini Clinic, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf.
  • 2011 Appointment as University Professor (W3), Department of Urology, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf.
  • Since 2016 Adjunct Professor of Molecular Urology, Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO, University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Since 2018 Professor of Urology (W3) and Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology at the Charite University Hospital Berlin.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • German, European and American Society of Urology.
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Clinical Focuses

  • Prostate cancer: open surgical and robot-assisted (da Vinci) nerve sparing radical prostatectomy.
  • Therapy of metastatic prostate cancer.
  • Gene-based cancer therapy.

Research Focuses

  • Cancer research.
  • Clinical Coordinator of the International Cancer Genome Consortium and the Cancer Genome Atlas.

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